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Dr. James H. Cowan, Jr.

© 2007 Louisiana State University

Institution(s) / Organization(s):
Louisiana State University (LSU)


James H. Cowan, Jr. is a Professor in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences and the Coastal Fisheries Institute at the Louisiana State University. Among many other professional activities, he has served on four National Research Council study committees and technical review panels concerning fisheries issues, resulting in the publication of two books, has served on the Ocean Sciences Division, Biological Oceanography and Arctic natural Sciences Review Panels for the National Science Foundation four times, and has served as a US delegate both to the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and the Pacific Marine Sciences Organization (PICES). He was Chairman of the Reef Fish Stock Assessment Panel (1992-2004) and is a member of the Standing Scientific and Statistical Committee (1993-present) for the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. He has served as President of the Early Life History Section, and on the Outstanding Chapter Award and Distinguished Service Award committees for the American Fisheries Society (AFS). In addition, he recently (2007) received an Award for Excellence in Fisheries Management from AFS and was identified as most outstanding among the science professional members of Madison’s Who’s Who in 2008. He has almost 20 years of experience conducting fisheries research in marine and estuarine ecosystems and on artificial reefs, has authored more than 95 refereed publications in the primary fisheries literature, served four years as an associate editor for Estuaries, the journal of the Estuarine Research Federation, six years as an associate editor for Gulf of Mexico Science, and four years as an associate editor for Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. He currently is the editor for The Open Fish Science Journal of a section dedicated to Ecosystems Based Fisheries Management (http://www.bentham.org/open/tofishsj). This journal is published online and is 100% open access.

Ongoing and Pending Research Projects:
2007-2009. Principal Investigator (with R. Shaw, LSU). Platform recruited reef fish, Phase II: Do platforms provide habitat that increases survival of reef fishes in the northern Gulf of Mexico, LSU-MMS Coastal Marine Institute, $375,704.

2006-2009. Principal Investigator (with D. Baltz, R. Shaw and K. Rose, LSU). Can pulsed-river diversions shift ecological baselines in Louisiana estuarine ecosystems? Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Wallop-Breaux, Sportfish Restoration Program, $632,930.00.

2005-2008. Principal Investigator (with W. Patterson). Post-settlement movement of Gulf of Mexico red snapper inferred from otolith chemistry: Implications for metapopulation structure. MarFIN, $423,638 (LSU portion = $151,594).

2008-2010. Principal Investigator. Age-and-growth and reproductive biology studies of Louisiana marine finfishes in support of state stock assessment activities, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Wallop-Breaux, Sportfish Restoration Program, $372,247.00.

2008-2010. Principal Investigator. Can habitat enhancement in Louisiana marsh ponds be used to improve production potential of recreationally and commercially important finfishes and decapod crustaceans? Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Wallop-Breaux, Sportfish Restoration Program, $747,277.00

2008-2010. Principal Investigator (with K. Boswell, J. Fleeger, and K. Rose). Reef fish demographics on Louisiana artificial reefs: The effects of reef size on biomass, size structure, foraging dynamics, and the need to consider reef spatial arrangement to maximize utility. Louisiana Artificial Reef Program, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, $989, 068.

2008-2010. Co-Principal Investigator (with K. Boswell, J. Powers). Are Louisiana’s shelf-edge banks the center of abundance and historical natural refuge for the Gulf of Mexico’s most valuable reef fish? MarFIN, $491,874.

2009-2010 (Years 3 & 4). Co-Principal Investigator (with M. Sutor, S. Bargu, R. Shaw). Trophic linkages and biomass production in estuarine ecosystems, Northern Gulf of Mexico Cooperative Institute, Mississippi State University, $444, 200.

2007-2009. Principal Investigator. Marine sport fish tagging studies in Barataria Bay and Calcasieu Lake: Towards statewide implementation, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Wallop-Breaux, Sportfish Restoration Program, $316,476.

2008-2009. Co-Principal Investigator (with K. Boswell). Ship time supplemental funding for “Are Louisiana’s shelf-edge banks the center of abundance and historical natural refuge for the Gulf of Mexico’s most valuable reef fish: A pilot study”, National Sea Grant Porgram, $10,484.

2008-2010. Co-Principal Investigator (with K. Boswell). Are Louisiana’s shelf-edge banks the center of abundance and historical natural refuge for the Gulf of Mexico’s most valuable reef fish? A pilot study, LA Sea Grant, $80,000.

2009-2011. Co-Principal Investigator (with K. Boswell). Use of decommissioned petroleum platforms in the northern Gulf of Mexico by fish and fisherman, Mariner Energy, Inc. $566,885.

Pending Support:
2009-2011. Co-investigator. The effects and impacts of hypoxia on production potential of ecologically and commercially important living resources in the northern Gulf of Mexico, NOAA Fisheries, Hypoxia Task Force (LSU subcontract from the University of Maryland, $302,353).


Education:
Ph.D. in Marine Sciences, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.A.

M.S. in Experimental Statistics, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.A.

M.S. in Biological Oceanography, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.A.

B.S. in Biology, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.A.


Area of Expertise / Interest:
Coastal and Estuarine Fisheries; Biological and Fisheries Oceanography; Fisheries; Population Biology; Ecological Indicators; Habitat Loss; Overfishing and Bycatch; Biological Oceanography

Preferred Language:   English

Mailing Address:
Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences
Energy, Coast and Environment Bldg., Rm 2191
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-7503
U.S.A.
Telephone: +1 225-578-9400
Fax: +1 225 578-6513
E-mail: jhcowan@lsu.edu

Home Page URL:   http://www.cfi.lsu.edu/faculty%20bios/Cowan%20site/index.htm

Keywords:   Coastal biology, Fisheries oceanography, 2014 IUCN Red List GoMx Assessor, GoMx Regional Assessment of Fishes, Conservation Threats, Taxonomy, Lutjanidae, Snappers


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