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Dr. Joseph Hightower

Research Publications

  • Raabe, J. K., and J. E. Hightower. 2014. American shad migratory behavior, weight loss, survival, and abundance in a North Carolina river following dam removals. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 143:673-688. Abstract |  Download  | 
  • Rudershausen, P. J., J. A. Buckel, and J. E. Hightower. 2014. Discard mortality of a U.S. South Atlantic reef fish estimated from surface and bottom tagging. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 71:514-520. Abstract |  Download  | 
  • Grote, A., Bailey, M., Zydlewski, J., Hightower, J. 2014 Multibeam sonar (DIDSON) assessment of American shad (Alosa sapidissima) approaching a hydroelectric dam. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 71:545-558. Download  | 
  • 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 | 
  • Raabe, J. K., B. Gardner, and J. E. Hightower. 2014. A spatial capture-recapture model to estimate fish survival and migration patterns from linear continuous monitoring arrays. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 71:120-130. Download  | 
  • Nelson, T. C., P. Doukakis, S. T. Lindley, A. D. Schreier, J. E. Hightower, L.R. Hildebrand, R.E. Whitlock, M.A.H. Webb. 2013. Research Tools to Investigate Movements, Migrations, and Life History of Sturgeons (Acipenseridae), with an Emphasis on Marine-Oriented Populations. PLoS ONE 8(8): e71552. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0071552. Abstract |  Download  | 
  • Hightower, J. E., K. J. Magowan, L. M. Brown, and D. A. Fox. 2013. Reliability of fish size estimates obtained from multibeam imaging sonar. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 4(1):86-96. Abstract |  Download  | 
  • Hightower, J. E., J. C. Taylor, and D. J. Degan. 2013. Estimating abundance of adult striped bass in reservoirs using mobile hydroacoustics. . Pages 279-290 in J. S. Bulak, C. C. Coutant, and J. A. Rice editors. Biology and management of inland striped bass and striped bass hybrids. American Fisheries Society, Symposium 80, Bethesda, Maryland. Abstract |  Download  | 
  • Hightower, J. E., and K. H. Pollock. 2013. Tagging methods for estimating population size and mortality rates of inland striped bass populations. Pages 249-262 in J. S. Bulak, C. C. Coutant, and J. A. Rice editors. Biology and management of inland striped bass and striped bass hybrids. American Fisheries Society, Symposium 80, Bethesda, Maryland. Abstract |  Download  | 
  • Pine, W. E., J. E. Hightower, L. G. Coggins, M. V. Lauretta, and K. H. Pollock. 2012. Design and analysis of tagging studies. Pages 521-572 in A. V. Zale, D. L. Parrish, and T. M. Sutton, editors. Fisheries techniques, 3rd edition. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Friedl, S. E., J. A. Buckel, J. E. Hightower, F. S. Scharf, and K. H. Pollock. 2013. Telemetry-based mortality estimates of juvenile spot in two North Carolina estuarine creeks. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 142:399-415. Download  | 
  • Harris, J. E., and J. E. Hightower. 2012. Demographic population model for American shad: will access to additional habitat upstream of dams increase population sizes? Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Services 4:262-283. Download  |  Publisher Website | 
  • Hightower J.E., J. E. Harris, J. K. Raabe, P. Brownell, and C. A. Drew. 2012. A Bayesian habitat suitability model for spawning American shad in southeastern United States rivers. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 3(2):184-198; e1944-687X. doi: 10.3996/082011-JFWM-047. Abstract |  Download  |  Publisher Website | 
  • Smith, J. A., and J. E. Hightower. 2012. Effect of low-head lock and dam structures on migration and spawning of American shad and striped bass in the Cape Fear River, North Carolina. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 141:402-413. Abstract |  Publisher Website | 
  • Harris, J. E., and J. E. Hightower. 2011. Identification of American shad spawning sites and habitat use in the Pee Dee River, North Carolina and South Carolina. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 31:1019-1033.
  • Harris, J. E., and J. E. Hightower. 2011. Spawning habitat selection of hickory shad. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 31: 495-505. Publisher Website | 
  • Harris, J. E., and J. E. Hightower. 2011. Movement patterns of American shad transported upstream of dams on the Roanoke River, North Carolina and Virginia. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 31: 240-256. Publisher Website | 
  • Allen, M. S., and J. E. Hightower. 2010. Fish population dynamics: mortality, growth, and recruitment. Pages 43-79 in W. A. Hubert and M. C. Quist, editors. Inland Fisheries Management in North America. American Fisheries Society.
  • Bacheler, N.M., J. E. Hightower, S. M. Burdick, L. M. Paramore, J. A. Buckel, and K. H. Pollock. 2010. Using generalized linear models to estimate selectivity from short-term recoveries of tagged red drum Sciaenops ocellatus: effects of gear, fate, and regulation period. Fisheries Research 102:266–275.
  • Harris, J. E., and J. E. Hightower. 2010. Evaluation of methods for identifying spawning sites and habitat selection for alosines. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 30:386–399.
  • Bacheler, N. M., L. M. Paramore, S. M. Burdick, J. A. Buckel, and J. E. Hightower. 2009. Variation in movement patterns of red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) inferred from conventional tagging and ultrasonic telemetry. Fishery Bulletin 107:405–419. Publisher Website | 
  • Smith, W. E., F. S. Scharf, and J. E. Hightower. 2009. Fishing mortality in North Carolina’s southern flounder fishery: direct estimates of instantaneous fishing mortality from a tag return experiment. Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science 1:283-299.
  • Bacheler, N. M., J. A. Buckel, J. E. Hightower, L. M. Paramore, and K. H. Pollock. 2009. A combined telemetry – tag return approach to estimate fishing and natural mortality rates of an estuarine fish. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 66:1230-1244.
  • Bacheler, N. M., L. M. Paramore, J. A. Buckel, and J. E. Hightower. 2009. Abiotic and biotic factors influence the habitat use of North Carolina subadult red drum Sciaenops ocellatus. Marine Ecology Progress Series 377:263-277.
  • Waters, C. T., and J. E. Hightower. 2007. Effect of Water Quality on Hatching Success of Blueback Herring Eggs in the Chowan River Basin, North Carolina. Proceedings of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 61:23-28.
  • Bacheler, N. M., J. E. Hightower, L. M. Paramore, J. A. Buckel, and K. H. Pollock. 2008. An age-dependent tag return model for estimating mortality and selectivity of an estuarine-dependent fish with high rates of catch and release. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 137:1422-1432.
  • Tuomikoski, J. E., P. J. Rudershausen, J. A. Buckel, and J. E. Hightower. 2008. Effects of age-1 striped bass predation on juvenile fishes in western Albemarle Sound. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 137:324?339.
  • Adams, P. B., C. Grimes, J. E. Hightower, S. T. Lindley, M. L. Moser, and M. J. Parsley. 2007. Population status of North American green sturgeon Acipenser medirostris. Environmental Biology of Fishes 79:339-356.
  • Jiang, H., C. Brownie, J. E. Hightower, and K. H. Pollock. 2007. Estimating fishing mortality, natural mortality, and selectivity using recoveries from tagging young fish. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 27:773-781.
  • Erickson, D. L., and J. E. Hightower. 2007. Oceanic distribution and behavior of green sturgeon. Pages 197-211 in J. Munro, D. Hatin, J. E. Hightower, K. McKown, K. J. Sulak, A. W. Kahnle, and F. Caron, editors. Anadromous sturgeons: habitats, threats, and management. American Fisheries Society, Symposium 56, Bethesda, Maryland.
  • J. Munro, D. Hatin, J. E. Hightower, K. McKown, K. J. Sulak, A. W. Kahnle, and F. Caron, editors. 2007. Anadromous sturgeons: habitats, threats, and management. American Fisheries Society, Symposium 56, Bethesda, Maryland
  • Laney, R. W., J. E. Hightower, B. R. Versak, M. F. Mangold, W. W. Cole, Jr., and S. E. Winslow. 2007. Distribution, habitat use, and size f Atlantic sturgeon captured during cooperative winter tagging cruises. Pages 167-182 in J. Munro, D. Hatin, J. E. Hightower, K. McKown, K. J. Sulak, A. W. Kahnle, and F. Caron, editors. Anadromous sturgeons: habitats, threats, and management. American Fisheries Society Symposium 56, Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Oakley, N. C., and J. E. Hightower. 2007. Status of shortnose sturgeon in the Neuse River, North Carolina. Pages 273-284 in J. Munro D. Hatin, J. E. Hightower, K. McKown, K. J. Sulak, A. W. Kahnle, and F. Caron, editors. Anadromous sturgeons: habitats, threats, and management. American Fisheries Society, Symposium 56, Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Thompson, J. S., D. S. Waters, J. A. Rice, and J. E. Hightower. 2007. Seasonal fishing and natural mortality of striped bass in a southeastern reservoir. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 27:681?694.
  • Jiang, H., K. H. Pollock, C. Brownie, J. E. Hightower, J. M. Hoenig, and W. S. Hearn. 2007. Age Dependent Tag Return Models for Estimating Fishing Mortality, Natural Mortality and Selectivity. Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics12:177-194.
  • Jiang, H., K. H. Pollock, C. Brownie, J. M. Hoenig, R. J. Latour, B. K. Wells, and J. E. Hightower. 2007. Tag Return Models allowing for Harvest and Catch-And-Release: Evidence of Environmental and Management Impacts on Striped Bass Fishing and Natural Mortality Rates. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 27:387-396.
  • Hightower, J. E., and C. Nesnow. 2006. Distribution and Abundance of American Eels in the White Oak River Estuary, North Carolin. Southeastern Naturalist 5(4):693-710.
  • Burdick, S. M., and J. E. Hightower. 2006. Distribution of spawning activity by anadromous fishes in an Atlantic slope drainage, after the removal of a low-head dam . Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 135:1290-1300.
  • Cope, W. G., M. R. Bartsch, and J. E. Hightower. 2006. Population dynamics of zebra mussels Dreissena polymorpha (Pallas, 1771) during the initial invasion of the upper Mississippi River, USA. Journal of Molluscan Studies 72:179-188.
  • Rudershausen, P. J., J. E. Tuomikoski, J. A. Buckel, and J. E. Hightower. 2005. Prey selectivity and diet of striped bass in western Albemarle Sound, North Carolina. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 134:1059-1074.
  • Waters, D. S., R. L. Noble, and J. E. Hightower. 2005. Fishing and natural mortality of adult largemouth bass in a tropical reservoir. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 134:563-571.
  • Ricks, B. R., J. E. Hightower, and A. M. Wicker. 2004. Preliminary Assessment of an Alaska Steeppass Fishway on a North Carolina Blackwater Creek. Proceedings of the Annual Conference, Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 58:92-99.
  • Pollock, K. H., H. Jiang, and J. E. Hightower. 2004. Combining telemetry and fisheries tagging models to estimate fishing and natural mortality rates. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 133:639-648.
  • Pine, W. E., K. H. Pollock, J. E. Hightower, T. J. Kwak, and J. A. Rice. 2003. A review of tagging methods for estimating fish population size and components of mortality. Fisheries 28(10): 10-23.
  • Hightower, J. E., and K. L. Sparks. 2003. Migration and spawning habitat of American shad in the Roanoke River, North Carolina. Pages 193-199 in K. E. Limburg and J. R. Waldman, editors. Biodiversity, status, and conservation of the world's shads. American Fisheries Society, Symposium 35, Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Schmidt, R. E., B. M. Jessop, and J. E. Hightower. 2003. Status of river herring stocks in large rivers. Pages 171-182 in K. E. Limburg and J. R. Waldman, editors. Biodiversity, status, and conservation of the world's shads. American Fisheries Society, Symposium 35, Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Armstrong, J. L., and J. E. Hightower. 2002. Potential for restoration of the Roanoke River population of Atlantic sturgeon. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 18(4 - 6): 475-480.
  • Erickson, D. L., J. A. North, J. E. Hightower, J. Weber, and L. Lauck. 2002. Movement and habitat use of green sturgeon Acipenser medirostris in the Rogue River, Oregon, USA. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 18:565-569.
  • Hightower, J. E., K. P. Zehfuss, D. A. Fox, and F. M. Parauka. 2002. Summer habitat use by Gulf sturgeon in the Choctawhatchee River, Florida. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 18:595-600.
  • Fox, D. A., J. E. Hightower, and F. M. Parauka. 2002. Estuarine and nearshore marine habitat use By Gulf sturgeon from the Choctawhatchee River system, Florida. American Fisheries Society Symposium 28:111-126.
  • Jackson, J. R., and J. E. Hightower. 2001. Reservoir striped bass movements and site fidelity in relation to seasonal patterns in habitat quality. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 21:34-45.
  • Beasley, C. A., and J. E. Hightower. 2000. Effects of a low-head dam on the distribution and characteristics of spawning habitat used by striped bass and American shad. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 129:1372-1386.
  • Fox, D. A., J. E. Hightower, and F. M. Parauka. 2000. Gulf sturgeon spawning migration and habitat in the Choctawhatchee River System, Alabama-Florida. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 129:811-826.
  • Hightower, J. E., W. J. Fleming, and M. A. Hayman. 1999. Effects of contaminated sediments on brown bullhead age structure, growth, and condition in a North Carolina tidal creek. American Fisheries Society Symposium 24:161-172.
 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 4

Masters Students: 3

Phd Students: 5

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 25

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 28

Scientific Publications: 100

Presentations: 168

 

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Unit Leader

Thomas Kwak
Tom Kwak, Unit Leader, Professor<br />NC Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

B.S., 1981, Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution, University of Illinois
M.S., 1983, Biology, University of Illinois
Ph.D., 1993, Fisheries, University of Minnesota

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