Public Engagement

  • Faculty

    Konstantine Rountos


    Konstantine Rountos is a marine ecologist and conservation scientist interested in the effects of human impacts on coastal ecosystems. His research examines the economic and ecological importance of forage fish species (e.g. anchovies, sardines, herrings, etc.) to marine ecosystems and fisheries globally. He has worked on a number of domestic and international research projects examining the effects of anthropogenic pollution and modification on coastal marine resources. He is currently a Senior Postdoctoral scientist at Stony Brook University, working on the Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program ( in Southampton, NY. Rountos was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct independent research on the effects of fish farming in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea in 2007. During the fellowship, Rountos developed new public environmental education initiatives in local communities throughout Greece. Rountos has been a part-time lecturer at The New School since 2011, teaching Principles of Ecology and Principles of Environmental Studies. Rountos holds a BS in Biology from Manhattan College and earned his PhD and Master’s degree in Marine and Atmospheric Sciences from Stony Brook University.

    Recent Publications:

    Peer-reviewed publications

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

    Pikitch, EK, Rountos, KJ*, Essington, TE, 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 KJ*, Peterson BJ, Karakassis I (2012). Indirect effects of fish cage aquaculture on shallow Posidonia oceanica seagrass patches in coastal Greek waters. Aquacult Environ Interact 2:105-115.
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