Statewide Fisheries Research

Fisheries Research Staff - Jim Bulak , Ph.D. Research Coordinator

Jim Bulak, Ph. D.

Contact Information

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Research 1921 VanBoklen Road Eastover, SC 29044

Phone: 803-353-8232
Fax: 803-353-8552
Email: bulakj@dnr.sc.gov

Education

Ph.D. in Biology, 1994 University of South Carolina, Columbia Dissertation title: Factors affecting recruitment of striped bass, Morone saxatilis, in the Santee-Cooper system, South Carolina

M.A. in Zoology, 1976 Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois Thesis title: Investigations into the initial inflation of the swimbladder in striped bass, Morone saxatilis

B.A. in Biology, 1972 University of Connecticut, Storrs

Professional Experience

Research Coordinator, Freshwater Fisheries, 2/94 to present, S.C. Department of Natural Resources Description: Oversee and conduct research of statewide significance

Educational Leave, 2/93 to 2/94, University of South Carolina, Columbia Description: Received fellowship from Electric Power Research Institute

Assistant Chief, Freshwater Fisheries, 10/90 to 2/93, S.C. Wildlife and Marine Resources Department Description: Administered environmental, research and striped bass production activities

Fishery Resource Coordinator, 9/87 to 10/90, S.C. Wildlife and Marine Resources Department, Description: Lead freshwater fishery section's environmental program

Fishery Biologist, 2/77 to 9/87, S.C. Wildlife and Marine Resources Department, Description: Design, oversee, and conduct major field surveys of anadromous and freshwater populations.

Awards, Honors, Certifications

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina at Columbia, 1/1/95 to present

Fellowship, Electric Power Research Institute, 2/93-2/95

Certified Fisheries Scientist of American Fisheries Society, 1980 to present

Outstanding Paper Award, South Carolina Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, 2/89 and 2/96

Professional Activities

Associate Editor, North American Journal of Fisheries Management, 1996 to present South Carolina chair of AFS 2000, 1995 to 1998 Member, American Fisheries Society, 1974 to present President, South Carolina Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, 1987-88 Co-chairman, Lower Saluda River symposium, Columbia, S.C., 1988 Treasurer, South Carolina Chapter of American Fisheries Society, 1984-86 Member, Membership Concerns Committee, American Fisheries Society, 1984-85 Member, Environmental Concerns Committee of American Fisheries Society, 1982-84 Member, Pollution Committee, Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society, 1979-84 Treasurer, South Carolina Fishery Workers Association, 1981-83

Outside Funding Support

Survey of the fishery resources of Congaree Swamp National Monument. National Park Service, $70,000, 10/00-9/03

Survey of the fish community of the Broad River, SC. Broad River Mitigation Trust fund, $205,000, 3/00-2/03.

Habitat use by fishes in tidal, freshwater wetlands of Cooper River, South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium, $146,500, 3/98-2/02

Fellowship, Electric Power Research Institute, $55,000, 2/93-2/95

Model of Striped Bass Egg Transport, Consortium of Regional Electric Utilities, State and Federal Agencies, $400,000, 1987-90

Contaminant effects on striped bass, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, $20,000, 1987-88

Peer Reviewed Publications

Diaz, M., J. Macpherson, B. Ely, and J.S. Bulak. 1998. Striped bass population subdivision within the Santee-Cooper system, South Carolina. Molecular Marine Biology and Biotechnology 7(3). 

Alvarado Bremer, J.R., L. Zhang, J.S. Bulak, and B. Ely. 1998. A PCR-RFLP assay for the discrimination of mitochondrial DNA from the Florida and northern subspecies of largemouth bass. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 127:507-511.

Bulak, J.S., J.M. Dean, J.S. Crane, and D.H. Secor. 1997. Recruitment dynamics o striped bass in the Santee-Cooper system, South Carolina. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 126:133-143.

Bulak, J.S., J. Leitner, and T. Hilbish. 1995. Distribution of largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) genotypes in South Carolina: initial implications. American Fisheries Society Symposium 15: 226-235.

Bulak, J.S., D.S. Wethey, M.G. White III. 1995. An evaluation of management options for a reproducing striped bass population in the Santee-Cooper system, South Carolina. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 15:84-94.

Bulak, J.S., N.M. Hurley Jr., and J.S. Crane. 1993. Production, mortality, and transport of striped bass eggs in Congaree and Wateree Rivers, South Carolina. American Fisheries Society Symposium 14:29-37.

Finger, S.E., and J.S. Bulak. 1988. Toxicity of water from three South Carolina rivers to larval striped bass. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 117:521-528.

Gates, D.W., J.S. Bulak, and J.S. Crane. 1987. Preservation of striped bass eggs collected from a low-hardness, freshwater system in South Carolina. Progressive Fish Culturist 49:230-232.

Meador, M. R., and J.S. Bulak. 1987. Quantifiable ichthyoplankton sampling in congested shallow-water areas. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 4:65-69.

Bulak, J.S. 1985. Distinction of larval blueback herring, gizzard shad, and threadfin shad from the Santee-Cooper drainage, South Carolina. The Journal of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society 101(3):177-186.

Meador, M.R., A.G. Eversole, and J.S. Bulak. 1984. Utilization of portions of the Santee River system by spawning blueback herring. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 4:155-163.

Bulak, J.S. 1983. Evaluation of floy anchor tags for short term mark-recapture studies with blueback herring. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 3:91-94.

Bulak, J.S., and R.C. Heidinger. 1980. Developmental anatomy and inflation of the gas bladder in striped bass, Morone saxatilis. Fishery Bulletin 77:1000-1003.

Bulak, J.S., and P.T. Walker. 1979. Spawning and culture potential of blueback herring in ponds. Progressive Fish Culturist 41(4).

Peer Reviewed Publications:

In Review Diaz, M., D. Wethey, J. Bulak, and B.Ely. The effect of harvest and number of breeders on genetic diversity in a striped bass population. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society (accepted).

Bulak, J. and J. Crane. Development of reservoir-specific management models for largemouth bass. Proceedings of National Black Bass Symposium, American Fisheries Society special publication.

Leitner, J., and J.S. Bulak. A reciprocal transplant study for the comparison of two genetic strains of largemouth bass in South Carolina. Proceedings of National Black Bass Symposium, American Fisheries Society special publication.

Wethey, D., J. Bulak, B. Ely and M. Diaz. Effective population size and stock management practice: a theoretical and empirical analysis of striped bass. Conservation Biology (in review).

Oral Presentations - National meetings and symposia:

Crane, J.S., and J.S. Bulak. 2000. Development of reservoir-specific management models for largemouth bass. Annual meeting of the American Fisheries Society, Black Bass Symposium, St. Louis, MO. 

Collins, M., D. Cooke, J. Bulak, J. Crane, W. Post, and T. Smith. 2000. A dam-locked shortnose sturgeon population in South Carolina. Annual meeting of the American Fisheries Society, St. Louis, MO. 

Leitner, J., and J.S. Bulak. 2000. A reciprocal transplant study for the comparison of two genetic strains of largemouth bass in South Carolina. Annual meeting of the American Fisheries Society, Black Bass Symposium, St. Louis, MO. 

Bulak, J.S., and R.D. Harrell. 2000. Recovery of the fish community of the Reedy River, SC, following a major oil spill. Mid-year meeting of the Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society, Savannah, GA. 

Bulak, J.S. 1998. Status of striped bass in South Carolina. Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission annual meeting, Pensacola, Florida. 

Bulak, J.S., Rose, K., and J. Cowan, Jr. 1996. Development and management implications of an individual-based striped bass model for the Santee-Cooper system, South Carolina. Mid-year meeting of the Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society, Mobile, Alabama. 

Bulak, J.S., D. Wethey, and M.G. White III. 1995. Management options for a reproducing striped bass population in the Santee-Cooper system, South Carolina. Mid-year meeting of the Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society, Virginia Beach, Virginia. 

Bulak, J.S., J. Leitner, and T. Hilbish. 1994. Distribution of largemouth bass genotypes in South Carolina: initial management implications. American Fisheries Society Symposium, "Uses and Effects of Cultured Fishes in Aquatic Ecosystems", Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

Bulak, J.S., and M.G. White III. 1993. Management options for a reproducing striped bass population in the Santee-Cooper system, South Carolina. 123rd Annual Meeting, American Fisheries Society, Portland, Oregon.

Bulak, J.S., J.S. Crane, J.M. Dean, and D. Secor. 1993. Use of otoliths to determine the relationship between egg production and striped bass recruitment in the Santee-Cooper system, South Carolina, 1986-1990. International symposium of "Fish Otolith Research and Application". Hilton Head, South Carolina. 

Bulak, J.S., J.B. Box, M. Wahl, J.M. Dean, and H.N. Mckellar. 1992. Comparison of carbon transport and the fish community on impounded and non-impounded headwater streams with adjacent bottomland hardwood wetlands. 122nd Annual Meeting, American Fisheries Society, Rapid City, South Dakota. 

Bulak, J.S., N.M. Hurley Jr., and J.S. Crane. 1992. Transport and mortality of striped bass eggs in Congaree and Wateree rivers, South Carolina. 16th Annual Larval Fish Conference, Kingston, Rhode Island. 

Bulak, J.S. 1991. Factors affecting natural reproduction of striped bass in the Santee-Cooper system, South Carolina. Emergency striped bass study workshop, Norfolk, Virginia. 

Bulak, J.S. 1987. Nutrients in freshwater systems: effects on fish production. Symposium on the "Impact and control of nutrients in surface waters". Charleston, South Carolina.

Oral Presentations - Local meetings:

Bulak, J. 2002. Fish inventory of Weston and Wise lakes. Congaree Swamp National Monument, Science Symposium I.

Rose, L., and J.Bulak. 2002. Species diversity and condition assessment of the fish community, Congaree Swamp National Monument, Science Symposium I. 

Bulak, J.S., Rose, K., and J. Cowan, Jr. 1996. Development and management implications of an individual-based striped bass model for the Santee-Cooper system, South Carolina. 20th Annual meeting of the South Carolina Fishery Workers meeting.

Bulak, J.S. 1993. Striped bass, striped bass, striped bass. 17th Annual meeting of the South Carolina Fishery Workers Association, Clemson, South Carolina.

Bulak, J.S., and M. White. 1992. Interactions of life history, stocking and harvest patterns on the Santee-Cooper striped bass population: a sample model. 16th Annual Meeting of the South Carolina Fishery Workers Association. Columbia, S.C.

Bulak, J.S. 1988. Assessment of striped bass recruitment mechanisms in Lake Marion during 1986. 12th Annual Meeting of the South Carolina Fishery Workers Association, Ballentine, South Carolina. 

Bulak, J.S. 1985. The Wateree-Congaree project. Joint meeting of the Georgia and South Carolina Fishery Workers, Augusta, Georgia.

Bulak, J.S. 1984. Upper Santee creel census. 9th Annual meeting of the South Carolina Fishery Workers Association. Charleston, South Carolina.

Bulak, J.S. 1982. Union Camp: History, present status and planned fishery monitoring. 6th Annual meeting of the South Carolina Fishery Workers Association, Clemson, SC. 

Poster presentations:

Diaz, M., D. Wethey, and J. Bulak. 1994. Use of a simulation model to estimate effective population size of striped bass in the Santee-Cooper system, South Carolina. Annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution, Athens, GA. 

Diaz, M., B. Ely, G. LeClerc, and J. Bulak. 1994. Development of PCR based genomic probes for striped bass. Symposium on the effects of cultured fishes on aquatic ecosystems, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Bulak, J.S., J.S. Crane, and M. Udevitz. 1986. Spawning dynamics of striped bass in the upper Santee-Cooper system, South Carolina. 116th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society.

Technical publications:

Bulak, J.S., J. Crane, and J. Leitner. 1999. Statewide Research - Freshwater Fisheries. Annual Progress Report, F-63. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Columbia, SC. 

Bulak, J.S., J. Crane, J. Leitner, and A.D. Robb. 1998. Statewide Research - Freshwater Fisheries. Annual Progress Report, F-63. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Columbia, SC. 82 pp.

Bulak, J.S., J. Crane, and J. Leitner. 1997. Statewide Research - Freshwater Fisheries. Annual Progress Report, F-63. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Columbia, SC. 91 pp.

Bulak, J.S. 1996. Status of redeye bass Micropterus coosae in South Carolina. Annual Progress Report, Statewide Fishery Research, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Columbia, South Carolina. 32 pp.

Bulak, J.S., and J.S. Crane. 1995. Development and management implications of an individual-based model of striped bass. Study Completion Report, Statewide Fishery Research, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. 55 pp. 

Bulak, J.S. 1991. Distribution of fishes in South Carolina. Study Completion Report WC-8. South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Department, Columbia, South Carolina. 206 pp.

Bulak, J.S. 1991. Adult spawning stock of striped bass on Congaree River during 1990. Study Completion Report WC-5. South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Department, Columbia, South Carolina. 35 pp.

Bulak, J.S., and J.S. Crane. 1991. An assessment of the ichthyoplankton of Santee River and the headwaters of Lake Marion, South Carolina, with emphasis on striped bass. Special Completion Report WC-5. South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Department, Columbia, South Carolina. 37 pp.

Crane, J.S., J.S. Bulak, D.W. Gates, and G.J. Jobsis. 1990. An assessment of the Wateree