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Department of Biology






Name:

Dr. Roger Rulifson

Title:

Professor; Senior Scientist-ICSP

Area of Study: 

Fisheries and Fish Ecology

Phone:

252-328-9400

Fax:

252-328-4265

E-mail:

rulifsonr@ecu.edu

Office:

Flanagan 385

Address:

Department of Biology

 

East Carolina University

 

Greenville, NC 27858

Dr. Roger Rulifson 


Background


B.S., Biology, French, University of Dubuque, 1973
M.S., Marine Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University, 1975
Ph.D., Marine Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University, 1980  


Research Program


Ecology and Evolution of anadromous and catadromous species using otolith chemistry.

Long-distance migration patterns and population demographics of alosines (alewife Alosa pseudoharengus,
blueback herring A. aestivalis, hickory shad A. mediocris, and American shad A. sapidissima), striped bass
(Morone saxatilis), and spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias) along the eastern seaboard of North America.

Bycatch issues in commercial fisheries.

Gear Development:  Menhaden purse seines in Chesapeake Bay; Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs);  bycatch 
reduction devices (BRDs); Finfish Separator Devices (FSDs); traveling screens for water intakes; skimmer trawls



Recent Publications

   
Rulifson, R.A. and C.S. Batsavage. (accepted with revision). Population demographics of hickory shad during a period of recovery. Fishery Bulletin.

Bangley, C.W., R.A. Rulifson, and A.S. Overton. (in press). Evaluation of flushed stomach tube lavage as a nonlethal method for collecting stomach contents from sharks.

Rulifson, R.A., A. Gross, and A.S. Overton. (submitted). Feasibility of Stocking Adult River Herring to Restore Spawning Populations in a Southeast US Coastal Watershed.

Overton, A., N.A. Jones, and R.A. Rulifson. 2012. Spatial and temporal variability in instantaneous rates of growth and mortality rates of larval river herring in Tar-Pamlico River, Pamlico Sound, North Carolina.  Marine and Coastal Fisheries:  Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science.

Mohan, J.E., R.A. Rulifson, D.R. Corbett, and N.M. Halden. 2012. Validation of oligohaline elemental otolith signatures of striped bass using in situ caging experiments and water chemistry. Marine and Coastal Fisheries:  Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science. 4(1):57-70.

Dell’Apa, L. Schiavinato, and R.A. Rulifson. 2012. The Magnuson–Stevens act (1976) and its reauthorizations: Failure or success for the implementation of fishery sustainability and management in the US? Journal of Marine Policy 36(3):673-680.

Murauskas, J.G., R.A. Rulifson, and Y. Zhu. 2011. Reproductive development and related observations during the spawning migration of hickory shad, Alosa mediocris. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 140(1):1035–1048.

Overton, A.S. and R.A. Rulifson. 2009. Annual variability in upstream migration of glass eels in a southern USA coastal watershed. Environmental Biology of Fishes 84(1):29-37.

Murauskas, J.G. and R.A. Rulifson. 2009. Diadromy from a non-salmonid perspective: Learning from the spawning migration of hickory shad. American Fisheries Society Symposium 69:837-840.

Rulifson, R.A. 2009. The dynamic nature of diadromy preamble. pp 43-44 in Haro, A.L. et al. 2009. Challenges for diadromous fishes in a dynamic global environment. American Fisheries Society Symposium 69:43-44.

Haro, A.L. K.L. Smith, R.A. Rulifson, C.M. Moffitt, R.J. Klauda, M.J. Dadswell, R.A. Cunjak, J.E. Cooper, K.L. Beal, and T.S. Avery.  2009. Challenges for diadromous fishes in a dynamic global environment. American Fisheries Society Symposium 69, Bethesda, Maryland.

Rulifson, R. A, and T. M. Moore. 2009. Population estimates of spiny dogfish aggregations overwintering south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, using an area density method. Pages 133–138 in V. F. Gallucci, G. A. McFarlane, and G. G. Bargmann, editors. Biology and Management of Dogfish Sharks. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland.

Rulifson, R.A. and M.C. Fabrizio. 2008. President’s Hook: Can certification as a Fisheries Professional help you?  Fisheries (Bethesda) 33(2):56, 68.

Rulifson, R.A., S.A. McKenna, and M.J. Dadswell. 2008. Intertidal habitat use, population characteristics, movement and exploitation of striped bass in the Inner Bay of Fundy, Canada. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 137 (1): 23-32.

Overton, A.S., and R.A. Rulifson. 2007. Evaluation of plankton surface pushnets and oblique tows for comparing the catch of diadromous larval fish. Fisheries Research 86 (2-3):99-104.

Rulifson, R.A. 2007. Spiny dogfish mortality induced by gill net and trawl capture, and tag and release. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 27:279-285.

Kleber, E.K., R.A. Rulifson, and R. Robbins. 2006.  Briny discharge impacts from membrane filtration water treatment plants on estuarine fauna, pp. 105-116 in Theophanides, T. (ed.) Environmental Engineering & Economics. ATINER, Athens. (ISBN 978-960-6672-13-2).

Woods, T.L., J. Smith, R.A. Rulifson, and K.E. Kleber. 2006.  Water-quality effects of effluent from reverse osmosis (RO) water treatment plants (WTP) in Albemarle Sound, North Carolina (NC), USA, pp. 79-94 in Theophanides, T. (ed.) Environmental Engineering & Economics. ATINER, Athens. (ISBN 978-960-6672-13-2).

Rulifson, R.A., T.L. Woods, and R. Robbins. 2006. Surface waters, ground waters, and the need for membrane filtration water treatment plants along the coast of North Carolina, USA, pp. 71-78 in Theophanides, T. (ed.) Environmental Engineering & Economics. Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), Athens. (ISBN 978-960-6672-13-2).

Rulifson, R.A. and B. L. Wall. 2006. Fish and blue crab passage through water control structures in a coastal bay lake. North American Journal of Fisheries Management: 26:317-326.

Morris, J.A., Jr., R.A. Rulifson, J.A. Babaluk, P.G. May, and J.L. Campbell. 2005. Use of micro-PIXE to investigate otolith Sr distributions of the anadromous striped bass, Morone saxatilis. Journal of X-ray Spectrometry 2005:34-301-305.

Price, A.B. and R.A. Rulifson. 2004. Reducing Striped Bass Bycatch in the Currituck Sound White Perch Gill Net Fishery Using Traditional Ecological Knowledge. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 24(4):785-792.

Adelman, I.R. and R.A. Rulifson. 2004. Should AFS be More Active in Promoting Professional Safety? Fisheries 29(5):4.

Morris, Jr., J.A., R.A. Rulifson, and L.H. Toburen 2003.  Genetics, demographics, and life history strategies of striped bass, Morone saxatilis, inferred from otolith microchemistry.  Fisheries Research 62(2003):53-63.

Bergey, L.L., R.A. Rulifson, M.L. Gallagher, and A.S. Overton. 2003. Variability of Atlantic coast striped bass egg characteristics.  North American Journal of Fisheries Management 23:558-572.

Garcia, E.R., R.A. Rulifson, J.C. Potts, and C.S. Manooch, III. 2003.  Age and growth of yellowtail snapper, Ocyurus chrysurus, collected from the southeastern United States.  Bulletin of Marine Science 72(3):909-921.

Paramore, L.M. and R.A. Rulifson.  2001.  Dorsal coloration as an indicator of different life history patterns for striped bass within a single watershed of Atlantic Canada.  Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 130:663-674.


Research Lab

Jeffrey Dobbs180 

Jeff Dobbs

 Brie Elking  Brie Elking
 Evan Knight Evan Knight
 Jillian Osborne Jillian Osborne

 Walter Rogers

Walter Rogers
Gary Wright  Garry Wright

 Dan Zurlo

Daniel Zurlo


Coastal Resource Management PhD Students:

Charles Bangley 

 Chuck Bangley

Jennifer Cudney-Burch   Jennifer Cudney-Burch
Andrea Dell’apa   Andrea Dell'Apa
Coley Hughes  Coley Hughes
Chad Smith 

 Chad Smith