Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Luke R Iwanowicz, Ph.D.

Dr. Iwanowicz is a research biologist at the USGS, Eastern Ecological Science Center, National Fish Health Research Laboratory in in Kearneysville, WV.


His primary research focuses on the application of resident fishes as sentinels of aquatic ecosystem health, the development of molecular tools for field study, and the identification of emerging diseases of fishes. He also leads a Core Technology Team established to evaluate environmental water samples for biological activity including endocrine disrupting activity and toxicity. 


  • Ph.D. 2008, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Department of Natural Resources, Advisor: Stephen D. McCormick
  • M.S. 2000, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Department of Aquaculture/Fisheries, Advisor: Andrew E. Goodwin
  • B.S. 1997, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Major: Fish Biology, Minor: Biology

Professional Experience

  • Editorial Board, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 2016-present
  • Adjunct Graduate Faculty, University of Maryland, College Park, 2015-present
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Aquatic Animal Health, 2009-2017
  • Research Biologist, US Geological Survey, Leetown Science Center, 2008-present
  • Research Fish Biologist, US Geological Survey, Leetown Science Center, 2006-2008
  • Biological Laboratory Technician, US Geological Survey, Leetown Science Center, 2002-2006
  • Scientist II, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, 2001-2002

Selected Awards & Recognition

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Scientific and Technological Achievement Award (2015)
  • Spotlight Feature Article, Journal of Virology (2015)
  • American Fisheries Society, Most significant paper in Journal of Aquatic Animal Health (2011)
  • AFS-Fish Health Section; Special Achievement Award (2011)
  • American Fisheries Society, Most significant paper in Journal of Aquatic Animal Health (2004)

Professional Societies

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Society for Microbiology
  • American Fisheries Society
  • Microbiology Society
  • Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

Science and Products