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Dr. Jiangang Luo, Scientist




  • University of Maryland                     Postdoctoral    Fish Ecology              (1992-94)
  • College of William and Mary            Ph.D.               Marine Science           (1985-91)
  • Shanghai Fisheries University           B.S.                 Fish. Res. Magt.         (1978-82) 


  • 2001-Present. Scientist, Division of Marine Biology and Fisheries, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami.
  • 1997-2000. Associate scientist, Division of Marine Biology and Fisheries, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami.
  • 1994-1996. Research Scientist and Computer Network System Administrator, Great Lakes Center, SUNY Research Foundation
  • 1992-1994. Assistant Research Scientist, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, Center for Environmental & Estuarine Studies, University of Maryland
  • 1985-1991 Graduate Research Assistant, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary.
  • 1982-1985 Assistant teacher in Shanghai Fisheries College, Shanghai, China.


  • Ault J.S., Smith S.G., Bohnsack J.A., Patterson M., Feeley M.W., McClellan D.B., Ruttenberg B.I.,
    Hallac D., Ziegler T., Hunt J., Kimball D., Luo J., Zurcher N., Causey B. 2012. Assessing coral
    reef fish changes and marine reserve dynamics in the Dry Tortugas, Florida USA. Fisherie Research, in press.
  • Ault JS, Luo J (2012). A Reliable Game Fish Weight Estimation Model for Atlantic Tarpon (Megalops atlanticus). Fisheries Research 139:110-117. DOI:10.1016/j.fishres.2012.10.004
  • Luo J, Ault JS (2012). Vertical movement rates and habitat use of Atlantic tarpon. Marine Ecology Progress Series (MEPS) 467:167-180.
  • Hammerschlag N, Luo J. Irschick D, Ault JS (2012). Comparison of Spatial and Movement Patterns between Sympatric Predators: Bull Sharks (Carcharhinus leucas) and Atlantic Tarpon (Mealops atlanticus). PLoS ONE 7(9):e45958. Doi:10.137/journal.pone.0045958.
  • Hammerschlag, N., Gallagher, A.J., Wester, J., Luo, J. Ault, J.S. (2012).  Don’t bite the hand that feeds: assessing ecological impacts of provisioning ecotourism on an apex marine predator.  Functional Ecology, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2435.2012.01973.x
  • Stramma, L., Prince, E., Schmidtko, S., Luo, J., Hoolihan, J. P., Visbeck, M., Wallace, D. W. R., et al. (2012). Expansion of oxygen minimum zones may reduce available habitat for tropical pelagic fishes. Nature Climate Change, 2(1), 33-37. Nature Publishing Group. doi:10.1038/nclimate1304.
  • Hoolihan, J.P., Luo, J., Abascal, F.J., Campana, S.E., De Metrio, G., Dewar, H., Domeier, M.L., Howey, L.A., Lutcavage, M.E., Musyl, M.K., Neilson, J.D., Orbesen, E.S., Prince, E.D., Rooker, J.R. (2011).  Evaluating post-release behaviour modification in large pelagic fish deployed with pop-up satellite archival tags.  ICES Journal of Marine Science, 68 (5), pp. 880-889.
  • Dewar, H., Prince, E.D., Musyl, M.K., Brill, R.W., Sepulveda, C., Luo, J., Foley, D., Orbesen, E.S., Domeier, M.L., Nasby-Lucas, N., Snodgrass, D., Michael Laurs, R., Hoolihan, J.P., Block, B.A., Mcnaughton, L.M. (2011).  Movements and behaviors of swordfish in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans examined using pop-up satellite archival tags.  Fisheries Oceanography, 20 (3), pp. 219-241.
  • Hoolihan, J.P., Luo, J., Goodyear, C.P., Orbesen, E.S., Prince, E.D. (2011).  Vertical habitat use of sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus) in the Atlantic and eastern Pacific, derived from pop-up satellite archival tag data.  Fisheries Oceanography, 20 (3), pp. 192-205.
  • Smith, S.G., Ault, J.S., Bohnsack, J.A., Harper, D.E., Luo, J., McClellan, D.B. (2011). Multispecies survey design for assessing reef-fish stocks, spatially explicit management performance, and ecosystem condition.  Fisheries Research, 109 (1), pp. 25-41.
  • Prince, E.D., Luo, J., Phillip Goodyear, C., Hoolihan, J.P., Snodgrass, D., Orbesen, E.S., Serafy, J.E., Ortiz, M., Schirripa, M.J. (2010)  Ocean scale hypoxia-based habitat compression of Atlantic istiophorid billfishes.  Fisheries Oceanography, 19 (6), pp. 448-462. Cited 1 time.
  • Larkin, M.F., Ault, J.S. Humston, R, and Luo. J. (2010).   A mail survey to estimate the fishery dynamics of southern Florida’s bonefish charter fleet.  Fisheries Management and Ecology.  17:254-261.
  • Luo, J., Serafy, J.E, Sponaugle, S., Teare, P.B, Kieckbusch, D. (2009).  Movement of gray snapper Lutjanus griseus among subtropical seagrass, mangrove, and coral reef habitats. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 380:255-269.
  • Frias-Torres, S; Luo, J  (2009).  Using dual-frequency sonar to detect juvenile goliath grouper Epinephelus itajara in mangrove habitat.  Endangered Species Research [Endang Species Res]. Vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 237-242.
  • Hoolihan, J.P., Luo, J, Richardson,D.E., Snodgrass, D., Orbesen, E.S., Prince, E.D. (2009).  Vertical movement rate estimates for Atlantic Istiophorid billfishes derived from high-resolution pop-up satellite archival data.  Bull. Mar. Sci. 84:257-264.
  • Goodyear, C Phillip; Luo, Jiangang; Prince, Eric D; Hoolihan, John P; Snodgrass, Derke; Orbesen, Eric S; Serafy, Joseph E. (2008).   Vertical habitat use of Atlantic blue marlin Makaira nigricans: interaction with pelagic longline gear.  Marine Ecology Progress Series [Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser.]. Vol. 365, pp. 233-245. 2008.
  • Lirman, D., G. Deangelo, G., Serafy, J., Hazra, A., Smith-Hazra, D., Herlan, J., Luo, J, Bellmund, S., Wang, J., Clausing, R. (2008).  Seasonal changes in the abundance and distribution of submerged aquatic vegetation in a highly managed coastal lagoon.  Hydrobiologia (2008) 596:105–120.
  • Ault, J.S., S.G. Smith, J. Luo, M.E. Monaco and R.S. Appeldoorn. 2008. Length-based assessment of sustainability benchmarks for coral reef fishes in Puerto Rico. Environmental Conservation 35(3): 221-231
  • Luo, J., Ault, J.S., Larkin, M.F, Barbieri, L.R. (2008).  Salinity Measurements from Pop-up Archival Transmitting (PAT) Tags and Application to Geolocation Estimation for Atlantic Tarpon. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser 357:101-109
  • Luo, J., Ault, J.S., Larkin, M.F., Humston, R. Olson, D.B. (2008)  Seasonal migratory Patterns and vertical habitat utilization of Atlantic Tarpon (Megalops Atlanticus) from satellite PAT tags. In Ault, J.S. (Editor).  Biology and Management of the World Tarpon and Bonefish Fisheries. Taylor & Francis Group, CRC Series in Marine Science. Oxford, UK. ISBN 084932792X. 452 p
  • Ault, J.S., R. Humston, M.F. Larkin, E. Perusquia, N.A. Farmer, J. Luo, N. Zurcher, S.G. Smith, L. Barbieri, and J. Posada. (2008). Population dynamics and resource ecology of Atlantic tarpon and bonefish. Chapter 16 in Ault, J.S. (ed.) Biology and Management of the World Tarpon and Bonefish Fisheries.  Taylor & Francis Group, CRC Series in Marine Science, Volume 9. Oxford, UK. 428 p.
  • Larkin, M.F., Ault, J.S., Humston, R, Luo, J., and Zurcher N. (2008).  Tagging of bonefish in South Florida to study population movement and stock dynamics.  Population dynamics and resource ecology of Atlantic tarpon and bonefish. Chapter 16 in Ault, J.S. (ed.) Biology and Management of the World Tarpon and Bonefish Fisheries.  Taylor & Francis Group, CRC Series in Marine Science, Volume 9. Oxford, UK. 428 p.
  • Ault, J.S., Moret, S., Luo, J., Larkin, M.F., Zurcher, N., and Smith, S.G. (2008). Florida Keys bonefish population cenus.  Population dynamics and resource ecology of Atlantic tarpon and bonefish. Chapter 16 in Ault, J.S. (ed.) Biology and Management of the World Tarpon and Bonefish Fisheries.  Taylor & Francis Group, CRC Series in Marine Science, Volume 9. Oxford, UK. 428 p.
  • Humston, R, Ault, J.S., Schratwieser, J., Larkin, M.F., and Luo, J. (2008).  Incorporating User-Group Expertise in Bonefish and Tarpon Fishery Research to Support Science-Based Management Decision Making.  Population dynamics and resource ecology of Atlantic tarpon and bonefish. Chapter 16 in Ault, J.S. (ed.) Biology and Management of the World Tarpon and Bonefish Fisheries.  Taylor & Francis Group, CRC Series in Marine Science, Volume 9. Oxford, UK. 428 p.
  • Hoolihan,J.P., Luo, J. (2007) Determining summer residence status and vertical habitat use of sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus) in the Arabian Gulf . ICES Journal of Marine Science 64:1791-1799.                  
  • Serafy, J.E., Valle, M., Faunce,C.H., and Luo, J. (2007) Species-specific patterns of fish abundance and size along a subtropical mangrove shoreline: an application of the Delta approach.  Bulletin of Marine Science 80:609-624.
  • Luo, J., Prince, E.D. Goodyear, C.P., Luckhurst, B.E., Serafy, J.E. (2006).  Vertical habitat utilization by large pelagic animals: A quantitative framework and numerical method for use with pop-up satellite tag data.  Fisheries Oceanography 15:208-229.
  • Prince, E. D, Holts,D.B., Snodgrass,D., Orbesen,E.S., Luo, J., Domeier, M. and  Serafy, J.E (2006) Transboundary movement of sailfish, Istiophorus platypterus, off the pacific coast of central America. Bulletin of Marine Science 79:827-838.).
  • Grasmueck, M.,  Eberli, G.P., Viggiano,D.A.,  Correa, T.,  Rathwell, G., and Luo,J. (2006) Autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) mapping reveals coral mound distribution, morphology, and oceanography in deep water of the Straits of Florida.  Geophysical Research Letters 33:L23616
  • Ault, J.S., S.G. Smith, J.A. Bohnsack, J. Luo, D.E. Harper, and D.B. McClellan. (2006). Building sustainable fisheries in Florida’s coral reef ecosystem: positive signs in the Dry Tortugas. Bulletin of Marine Science 78(3): 633-654.
  • Humston, R., Ault, J.S., Larkin, M.F., and J. Luo. (2005). Movements and site fidelity of bonefish (Albula vulpes) in the northern Florida Keys determined by acoustic telemetry. Marine Ecology Progress Series 291:237-248.
  • Goodyear, CP; Luo, J; Prince, ED; Serafy, JE (2006). Temperature-depth habitat utilization of blue marlin (Makaira nigricans) monitored with PSAT tags in the context of simulation modeling of pelagic longline CPUE.  Collect. Vol. Sci. Pap. ICCAT. Vol. 59, no. 1, pp. 224-237.
    Ault, J.S., Bohnsack, J.A., Smith, S.G., and J. Luo. (2005). Towards sustainable multispecies fisheries in the Florida USA coral reef ecosystem. Bulletin of Marine Science 76(2):595-622.
    Franklin, E.C., Ault, J.S., Smith, S.G., Luo, J., Meester, G.A., Diaz, G.A., Chiappone, M., Swanson, D.W., Miller, S.L., and J.A. Bohnsack. (2003).  Benthic habitat mapping in the Tortugas region, Florida. Marine Geodesy 26(1-2):19-34.
  • Ault, J.S, Luo, J., Wang, J.D. (2002).  A spatial Ecosystem Model to Assess Spotted Seatrout Population Ricks from Exploitation and Environmental Changes.  In S. A. Bortone (ed.), Biology of the Spotted Seatrout.  CRC Press.  296 pp.
  • Wang, J. D., Luo, J., Ault, J.S. 2003.  Flows, salinity and some implications on larval transport in South Biscayne Bay, Florida. Bulletin of Marine Science. 72:695-723
    Ault, J.S., S.G. Smith, G.A. Meester, J. Luo, E.C. Franklin, J.A. Bohnsack, D.E. Harper, D.B. McClellan, S.L. Miller, M. Chiappone, and D.W. Swanson. 2002. Synoptic habitat and reef fish surveys support establishment of marine reserves in Dry Tortugas, Florida USA. Reef Encounter 31: 22-23
  • Hitchcock, G.L., Lane, P., Luo, J., Smith, S., Ortner, P.B. (2002).  Zooplankton biomass distributions in coastal waters of the northern Arabian Sea, August, 1995.  Deep-Sea Research. Deep-Sea Research (Part II, Topical Studies in Oceanography) [Deep-Sea Res. (II Top. Stud. Oceanogr.)] 49:2403-2423.
  • Miller, S.L., Chiappone, M., Swanson, D.W., Ault, J.S., Smith, S.G., Meester, G.A., Luo, J., Franklin, E.C. (2001).  An extensive deep reef terrace on the Tortugas Bank, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.  Coral Reefs 20:299-300.
    Cropper, W.P.Jr., Lirman, D., Tosini, S.C.,  DiResta, D., Luo, J., Wang, J. (2001).  Population dynamics of commercial Sponge in Biscayne Bay, Florida.  Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science 53:13-23.
  • Luo, J., Hartman, K.J., Brandt, S.B., Cerco, C. F,  Rippetoe, T.H. (2001).  A spatially-explicit approach  for estimating carrying capacity: An application for the Atlantic menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannus) in Chesapeake Bay.  Estuaries. 24 (4) 545-556
  • Luo, J., Ortner, P.B., Forcucci, D., and Cummings, S.R. 2000.  Diel vertical migration of zooplankton and mesopelagic fish in the Arabian Sea.  Deep-Sea Research 47:1451-1474.
    Jech, J.M. and Luo, J. 2000. Digital echo visualization and information system (DEVIS) for processing spatially-explicit fisheries acoustic data. Fisheries Research 47:115-124.
  • Ault, J.S., Luo, J., Smith, S.G., Serafy, J.E., Wang, J. D., Humston, R., Diaz., G.A. 1999.  A spatial dynamic multistock production Model.  Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 56(Suppl. 1):4-25
  • Ault, J.S., Diaz, G.A.,Smith, S.G., Luo,J., and Serafy, J.E. 1999.  An efficient samping survey design to estimate pink shrimp population abundance in Biscayne Bay, Florida.  North Amer. J. Fish. Management. 19:696-712.
  • Luo, J.,  S.B. Brandt and M. J. Klebasko.  1996.  Virtual reality of planktivores: A fish’s perspective of prey size selection.   Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 140:271-283.
  • Luo, J. and S. B. Brandt. 1993.  Bay anchovy, Anchoa mitchilli, production and consumption in mid-Chesapeake Bay based on a bioenergetics model and acoustic measures of fish abundance.   Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 98:223-236.
  • Luo  J. 1993.  Tidal Transport of the Bay Anchovy, Anchoa mitchilli, in Darkness.  Journal of Fish Biology. 42:531-539.
  • Luo, J., and J. A. Musick.  1991.  Reproductive biology of the bay anchovy in Chesapeake Bay.  Transaction of American Fisheries Society. 120(6):701-710.


  • Lerner-Gray Award for Marine Research, American Museum of Natural History, June, 1989.
  • Oversea scholarship award from the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture of China to study marine science in United States.  August, 1985 - August, 1987.


  • Committee member for R.C. Tiption, (Ph.D.), Wildlife and Fisheries, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.  Bay anchovy population dynamics in Hudson River.Diel distributional Ecology of fish in the Vicinity of Power Plants.
  • Committee member for Rob Robbins, (Ph.D.),  RSMAS, University of Miami.  The Effects of Salinity Fluctuation on the Productivity of Mangrove Fishes in the Southeastern Everglades.

Jerald S. Ault, University of Miami, Stephen Brandt, NOAA/GLERL, Kyle Hartman, West Virginia University, J. Mike Jech, NMFS/Northeast Science Center, Peter Ortner, NOAA/AOML, Jim Colvocoresses, FMRI/Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation.

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