Julie Vecchio

Assistant Marine Scientist, Coastal Fisheries Section, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

Address: Marine Resources Research Institute, 217 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC 29412
Phone: 843-953-5680
E-mail: vecchioj@dnr.sc.gov


Ph.D., 2020, Marine Resource Assessment, College of Marine Science, University of South Florida 

M.S., 2006, Marine Biology, College of Charleston

B.A., 1999, Biology, Albion College

Research Interests

  • Innovative techniques for quantifying, measuring, and assessing fish
  • Fisheries stock assessment
  • Reef fish life history dynamics
  • Reef fish ecology
  • Human impacts on fisheries

Current research projects

  • Using stable isotopes in fish tissues to understand movement dynamics and origins in the Atlantic Ocean off the Southeastern US coast
  • Using Near IR for aging fish and chemically assessing fish origin
  • Using video to non-lethally quantify and measure reef fish in situ

Past research projects

  • Quantifying catch and release mortality using observation and statistical models
  • Using stable isotopes in fish tissues to understand movements and origins of important fisheries species in the eastern Gulf of Mexico 


  • Vecchio, J.L., D. Lazarre, B. Sauls, M. Head, & T. Moncrief. 2022. A description of Florida’s Gulf Coast recreational fishery and release mortality estimates for the central and eastern subregions (Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida) with varying levels of descender use. SEDAR. North Charleston, SC.
  • Vecchio, J.L. & E.B. Peebles. 2022. Lifetime-scale ontogenetic movement and diets of red grouper inferred using a combination of instantaneous and archival methods. Environmental Biology of Fishes.
  • Vecchio, J.L., J.L. Ostroff, & E.B. Peebles. 2021. Isotopic characterization of lifetime movement by two demersal fishes from the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. Marine Ecology Progress Series 657: 161-172
  • Vecchio, J.L. & E.B. Peebles. 2020. Spawning origins and ontogenetic movements for demersal fishes: An approach using eye-lens stable isotopes. Estuarine, Coastal, and Shelf Science 246: 107047
  • Vecchio, J.L., D. Lazarre, & B. Sauls. 2020. Utility and usage of descender devices in the Red Snapper recreational fishery in the South Atlantic. SEDAR. North Charleston, SC.
  • Winner, B.L., K.E. Flaherty-Walia, T.S. Switzer, & J.L. Vecchio. 2014. Multidecadal evidence of recovery of nearshore red drum stocks off west-central Florida and connectivity with inshore nurseries. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 34(4): 780-794.
  • Flaherty, K.E., B.L. Winner, J.L. Vecchio, & T.S. Switzer. 2013. Spatial and size distribution of Red Drum caught and released in Tampa Bay, Florida, and factors associated with post-release hooking mortality. Gulf and Caribbean Research 25(1): 29-41.
  • Vecchio, J.L. & C.A. Wenner. 2007. Catch-and-release mortality in subadult and adult red drum captured with popular fishing hook types. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 27(3): 891-899.