Konstantine Rountos, Ph.D.

Konstantine Rountos, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Biology LI


SJC Long Island

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  • O'Connor Hall, Room N231


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


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

For a complete list see Google Scholar Page.

Rountos, K.J., Kim, J.J., Hattenrath-Lehmann, T.K. and Gobler, C.J. (2019). Effects of the harmful algae, Alexandrium catenella and Dinophysis acuminata, on the survival, growth, and swimming activity of early life stages of forage fish. Marine environmental research, 148: 46-56. DOI: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2019.04.013

Gownaris, N.J., Rountos, K.J., Kaufman, L., Kolding, J., Lwiza, K.M.M. and Pikitch, E.K. (2018). Water level fluctuations and the ecosystem functioning of lakes. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 44(6): 1154-1163.

Rountos, K.J., Gobler, C.J. and Pikitch, E.K. (2017). Ontogenetic Differences in Swimming Behavior of Fish Exposed to the Harmful Dinoflagellate Cochlodinium polykrikoides. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 146(5): 1081-1091.

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.