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Western Fisheries Research Center Lead Scientists and Areas of Expertise

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Scientist - Areas of Expertise

WFRC Principal Investigators at 2015 PI Retreat
Photo of WFRC Principal Investigators at 2015 PI Retreat

Noah Adams - Behavioral ecology of juvenile salmonids

David Beauchamp - Aquatic food webs, bioenergetics, growth and production, climate impacts on coldwater fishes, life history and ecology of resident and anadromous salmonids in fresh and marine waters, predator-prey interactions, artificial light pollution, visual foraging models, fish re-introductions above dams

Summer Burdick - Occupancy modeling and early life history of freshwater fishes

Tim Counihan - Mark-recapture models; survey design and implementation; white sturgeon biology; reservoir ecology

Jeff Duda - Community ecology in streams and rivers, ecological effects of dam removal, ecological modeling, desert tortoise ecology

Nancy Elder - Invasive species, fish diseases, GIS, cold-water diver, salmon smoltification

Eveline Emmenegger - Exotic and invasive fish pathogens, aquatic biosafety laboratory procedures, virology and molecular biology of aquatic viruses

John Hansen - Molecular and cellular immunology of teleosts

Jill Hardiman - Mark-recapture models; predator-prey interactions; bioenergetics; salmonid ecology; GIS; aquatic invasive species; early detection and long term monitoring in large river systems

Jim Hatten - Cell-based (GIS) predictive modeling; landscape ecology; remote sensing

Paul Hershberger - Fish health, infectious and parasitic diseases of wild marine fishes, disease ecology, biology and ecology of herring and other forage fishes

David Hewitt - Population dynamics, statistical analysis, capture-recapture and occupancy modeling, age and growth

Eric Janney - Population dynamics, mark-recapture modeling, quantitative ecology

Gael Kurath - Fish virus molecular biology, epidemiology, and evolution; viral host specificity, viral fitness, and DNA vaccines for fish

Kim Larsen - Ecology of juvenile salmonids with an emphasis on life history and estuarine habitats; expertise in otolith research

Theresa Liedtke - Juvenile salmon migratory behavior, dam passage and survival, transmitter effects on fish performance, forage fish of Puget Sound

Carl Ostberg - Hybridization and geneticsRussell Perrystatistical modeling, life-cycle models, telemetry, mark-recapture analysis, salmonids

Maureen Purcell - Fish health, immunology, genetics of disease resistance, microbiology

Jill Rolland - Fish health; aquaculture

Steve Rubin - Wild hatchery interactions, acoustic telemetry, Columbia Basin steelhead and Chinook salmon life history

Ken Tiffan -Fall Chinook salmon life history

Steve Waste -Anthropogenic impacts on anadromous fish and their habitats


Volunteer Emeritus

John Beeman - Juvenile salmonid migratory behavior; dam passage and survival; biotelemetry techniques

Patrick Connolly - Stream fish ecology: PIT-tag technology; watershed restoration; fish recolinization with dam removal

Diane Elliott - Fish histopathology; detection, pathogenesis, and control of fish bacterial diseases

Alec Maule - Physiology; endocrinology; immunology; contaminant effects

Deborah Reusser - Nonindigenous species biogeography and predictive modeling; GIS and spatial analysis; ecosystem informatics design, implementation and research; Web mapping technology researchDennis RondorfJuvenile salmonid migration behavior; evaluation of fish passage structures; MEOs

Gary Wedemeyer - Marine biology, fish physiology, pollution effects, aquaculture

Jim Winton - Microbiology, molecular biology, fish health