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Jared Flowers


  • MS Unversity of Florida 2008
  • BS University of Georgia 2004
  • Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College 2001


I am from Augusta, Georgia. I have worked in a variety of fisheries positions which have included hatchery, lab, and field work. Through my career I have worked with a variety of sturgeon species in multiple rivers systems throught the United States. I have also worked with other species including humpback chub in the Colorado River and Grand Canyon, AZ, robust redhorse restoration in the Oconee River, GA, and trout in the White River, AR.

Research Interests

It is a challenge to count fish and other aquatic organisms since we cannot usually see them directly like animals and plants on land. My primary research interests involve using technology to improve our ability to observe and count fish. Technologies include advanced forms of sonar and telemetry tags that track fish movements. I am also interested in designing monitoring programs and population models that take advantage of these technologies. I am particularly interested in fishes found exclusively in rivers and those that use both freshwater and saltwater habitats during their life-cycles (anadromous species), including threatened and endangered species.
The objective of my current project is to develop methods to use side-scan sonar, a form of sonar that produces high-resolution images of the underwater environment, to study endangered fish species. The goal is to produce techniques that will allow researchers to rapidly survey rivers and estuaries in a cost-effective manner that will not cause harm to fish. Traditonal sturgeon survey methods require using nets to sample sturgeon, which is both time consuming and can potentially injure or kill fish, a concern when working with threatened and endangered species.

Research Publications

  • Flowers, H. J., and J. E. Hightower. 2013. A Novel Approach to Surveying Sturgeon Using Side-scan Sonar and Occupancy Modeling. Coastal and Marine Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science 5:211-223. Abstract |  Download  |  Publisher Website | 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 4

Masters Students: 3

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 25

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 21

Scientific Publications: 92

Presentations: 157


Contact Information


North Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. North Carolina State University
  2. North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute