Department of Biology
Institute for Coastal Science and Policy (ICSP) Contact
Information: Flanagan Building 383 (office) and 382 (lab)
252-328-9405(Lab Number), 252-328-4265 (fax) email@example.com
Dr. Joe studies fishes in the estuaries, mangroves, seagrasses and coral reefs.
Dr. Joe is an Associate Scientist at the Institute for Coastal Science and
Policy and an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at East Carolina
University in Greenville, NC. He is a marine ecologist specializing in the
ecology of coastal fishes and fisheries, seagrass fishes and sound production by
fishes. He is also Past - President of the
Tidewater Chapter of the American Fisheries Society .
row, l to
Joe Luczkovich recovering a plankton net in the Caribbean near Punta Galeta,
Panama; with the 2009 Marine Ecology course returning from Toboga Island,Pacific
Panama; with a striped bass on Ocracoke Island, NC; and with Nick the
"Flying Spaghetti Monster" Pirate and director Randy Olson after the
film "Flock of Dodos" premiered at ECU.
(Bottom row, l to r): Recovering sonobuoys in Pamlico Sound, North Carolina;
recovering a Fish Acoustic Buoy and Underwater Logging System (FABULS); On the
black sands of the Big Island, Hawaii; and surveying reefs in Dominican
The links at this site
concern Dr. Joe's research on the ecology of marine fishes and their
The Sciaenid Acoustics Research Team at ECU consists of Dr. Joe
Luczkovich, Physics professor Mark Sprague, Biology Professor Hal J.
Daniel, and graduate students. This web page describes how sounds
produced by fishes are being used to study the behavior and ecology of
fishes in NC
Web Visualizations: This page shows some of the
that I have been analyzing using 3-dimensional MAGE visualization
software, along with Jeff Johnson (ECU - IISCP/Sociology), Dave
Richardson (Duke University - Biochemistry) and Steve
(Boston College - Organizational Studies). The food webs were analyzed
using published data from aquatic (seagrass, rocky intertidal, and
estuarine) and terrestrial (rainforest, desert, and the food web of
Norway) ecosystems, and can be viewed here using your browser.
Socio-Natural Co-Evolution from Different Parts of the
World" sponsored by the Santa Fe Institute and the Institute for Water
and Environmental Problems, Russian Academy of Sciences, Siberian
Branch, Academgorodok, Novosibirsk, Siberia, Russia, 2-5 Sep 2002.
Web Data for the paper in Estuarine Coastal Shelf Science :
Analysis of the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge Seagrass Ecosystem . Data are
available here via FTP for our network analysis of this ecosystem,
ASCII text files arranged in SCOR data format (Baird,
D., J. Luczkovich and R. R. Christian. 1998. Assessment of spatial and
temporal variability in ecosystem attributes of the St Marks National Wildlife
Refuge, Apalachee Bay,
Florida. Estuarine, Coastal, and Shelf Science
nutrition and ecology: The pinfish, Lagodon
, is one of the most important fishes in the seagrass ecosystems of the
Southeastern USA. At this website, one may find summaries of the
research done by Dr. Joe and his students on what pinfish eat and how
they obtain energy from seagrass.
Core Sound Food web A
model of the food web and fishery harvests of Core Sound, NC.
Dissertation project for R. A. Deehr. M.S. Thesis project K. J.
Hart. Funded by NC Sea Grant to J. J. Luczkovich, Jeffrey
C. Johnson, Lisa Clough, David Griffith, Brian Chevraunt (NCDMF). R.A.
Deehr was supported by a Graduate Stipend from NC Sea Grant and the Coastal
Resources Management Program
working in Dr. Joe's Lab
Cecilia Krahforst -Coastal Resources Managment Doctoral candidate "Unintentional User Conflict (Human vs. Fish) Created By Underwater Anthropogenic Noises Masking Fish Communication Signals"
Hilde Zenil - Oyster Reefs, Seagrass and Fish Recruitment to Estuarine Soundscapes.
Former Graduate students
Lyndell Bade - M.S. Biology, "Use of genetic techniques to identify the diet of cownose rays, Rhinoptera bonasus, in North Carolina and Virginia: an analysis of shellfish prey items." (Defended May 2013)
Deirdre Barry - M.S. Biology candidate, "Using visual
censuses to estimate biomass of marine fishes for an Ecopath
model of coral reef, seagrass, and mangrove habitats surrounding Calabash Caye, Belize." (Defended July 2006)
Gary S.Burr. - M.S. Biology, "Cellulose
metabolisms by the intestinal microbiota of the pinfish, Lagodon
rhomboides,." (Defended 1999)
David D. Chagaris - M.S. Biology, "Diet analysis of
selected fishes in a Belizian Coral Reef Ecosystem for
development of a food web model." (Defended May 2006)
Rebecca A. Deehr - Coastal Resources Management Doctoral Program, "Measuring the Ecosystem Impacts of Commercial Shrimp Trawling and Other Fishing Gear in Core Sound, North Carolina Using Ecological Network Analysis" (Defended May 2012)
David R. Gloeckner. M. S. Biology, "Tri-Level trophic Interactions in a North
Carolina Seagrass Bed"(Defended November 2002)
Kevin J. Hart - M.S. Biology, "Comparison of abundance and diets of selected fishes in trawling and non-trawling zones in Core Sound, NC,
USA" (Defended June 2008).
Cecilia Krahforst - M.S. Biology, Can passive acoustics be used to estimate the length of Atlantic croaker (Micropogonias undulatus) within the Pamlico estuary? Biology Master's Thesis. East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.
Greg Meyer - Coastal Resources Management Doctoral Program, "Effects of Land Use Change on Juvenile Fishes, Blue Crab, and Brown Shrimp Abundance in the Estuarine Nursery Habitats of North Carolina." (Defended November 2011)
R. Christopher Pullinger - M. S. Biology, "Acoustic characterization of soniferous fishes in the family Sciaenidae of North Carolina Estuaries."
Jason Rueter. - M. S. Biology, "A Multivariate Approach to Establish Habitat Classifications in a Coral Reef Ecosystem Using Landsat 7 Imagery at
Turneffe Atoll, Belize, Central America" (Defended 2004)
Christine Voss. - M.S. Biology, "Effects of various thicknesses of thin-layer dredged material applied to a Juncus
roemerianus-dominated brackish marsh." (Defended July 2005)
Garcy P. Ward; M.S. Biology, "The effects of selective predation on fish community structure in seagrass meadows in Apalachee Bay, Florida". (Defended 1998)
Flow Boat Trip - Big Island,
Hawaii, Feb 2007. Watch as Dr. Joe and Jill brave the waves, sulphuric
acid fumes, and video the lava flowing into the ocean from the Kilauea
volcano aboard the vessel "Lava Kat" with Captain Shane Turpin and lava
photographer Jose Martinez, near Kalapana, Hawaii (wmv 15 MB file).