Konstantine Rountos, Ph.D.

Konstantine Rountos, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Biology LI

Contact

SJC Long Island

  • 631.687.1463
  • O'Connor Hall, Room N231

Education

Ph.D., Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Stony Brook University, 2014

M.S., Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Stony Brook University, 2008

B.S., Biology, Manhattan College, 2005

Bio

Dr. Konstantine J. Rountos joined the faculty of St. Joseph’s College as an assistant professor in 2016. He completed his undergraduate training at Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York, before earning a Master of Science and Ph.D. at Stony Brook University. Dr. Rountos completed his postdoctoral work at Stony Brook University’s Southampton Campus, as a lead research scientist of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science (IOCS) and the Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program (ShiRP). 

Dr. Rountos’ research spans an array of both natural and anthropogenic concerns impacting coastal marine ecosystems. Besides a handful of international research collaborations, Dr. Rountos has devoted more than 10 years of research to investigating Long Island’s South Shore estuaries. He has lectured and published widely on topics relating to fisheries conservation (specifically forage fish), HABs, aquaculture and seagrasses. He continues to examine coastal ecosystem concerns, as well as explore methods for sustainable offshore seafood production that mitigate impacts on nearby environments.

Dr. Rountos has been a member of various local and international task forces, and continues to collaborate on research projects concerning Long Island’s East End community. His goal is to pique students’ interest in exploring and demystifying the science behind local environmental issues.

Dr. Rountos has written and published his findings in both domestic and international journals, is an active member of the American Fisheries Society (AFS), and serves as the Treasurer for the Estuaries Section of AFS. He has given talks and presentations throughout the continental United States, Canada, Peru, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Malta. He has participated in research activities and seminars in Kenya and Belgium.

Dr. Rountos has received several awards throughout his career, including the Nuria Protopopescu Memorial Teaching Award, the J.R. Schubel Fellowship, the Clark Hubbs Student Research Award and most notably a Fulbright Fellowship in 2007.

Select Publications

Gownaris, N.J., Pikitch, E.K., Aller, J.Y., Kaufman, L., Kolding, J., Lwiza, K.M.M., Obiero, K.O., Ojwang, W.O., Malala, J.O. and Rountos, K.J. (2016). Fisheries and Water Level Fluctuations in the World's Largest Desert Lake. Ecohydrology. DOI: 10.1002/eco.1769

Rountos, K.J. (2016). Defining Forage Species to Prevent a Management Dilemma. Fisheries. 41: 16-17. DOI: 10.1080/03632415.2015.1110791.

Rountos, K.J., Frisk M.G., and E.K. Pikitch. (2015). Are We Catching What They Eat? - Moving beyond trends in the mean trophic level of catch. Fisheries. 40: 376-385. DOI: 10.1080/03632415.2015.1061509.

Rountos, K.J., Tang Y.Z., Cerrato, R.C., Gobler, C.J., and E.K. Pikitch. (2014). Toxicity of the harmful dinoflagellate, Cochlodinium polykrikoides, to early life stages of three estuarine forage fish. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 505: 81-94. DOI: 10.3354/meps10793

Pikitch, E.K., Rountos, K.J., Essington, T.E. et al (2014). The global contribution of forage fish to marine fisheries and ecosystems. Fish and Fisheries. 15: 43-64. DOI: 10.1111/faf.12004

Rountos, K.J., Peterson B.J., and I. Karakassis. (2012). Indirect effects of fish cage aquaculture on shallow Posidonia oceanica seagrass patches in coastal Greek waters. Aquaculture Environment Interactions 2: 105-115. DOI: 10.3354/aei00037