I'm a Supervisory Fish Biologist working across center branches (Deepwater, Restoration and Conservation), supervising employees at two stations: The Lake Ontario Biological Station in Oswego NY, and the Tunison Laboratory of Aquatic Science in Cortland NY.
In my current role as supervisor of the Tunison – Lake Ontario Biological stations I am the administrative lead for 14 federal 10 contract scientists and technicians working on a variety of native species restoration and invasive species science topics. This current position builds on my former role as a Supervisory Research Fish biologist working on native salmonine and coregonine species restoration and conservation while supervising the Lake Ontario Biological Station (LOBS). LOBS is in the Deepwater branch for the Great Lakes Science Center (GLFC) and is home to the 70ft RV Kaho. The Tunison laboratory for Aquatic Science (TLAS) is in the Restoration and Conservation branch of GLSC and is an experimental facility with two large wet laboratories used recently to support coregonine and Atlantic salmon restoration. The two facilities were combined administratively in the summer of 2022 in anticipation of major renovations for TLAS and to foster synergy between the two offices less than two hours apart in central NY. The synergy between the two stations will build upon the existing programs and partnerships at LOBS and its access to Lake Ontario and the ability to stand up controlled laboratory experiments at the TLAS. My role is to provide leadership and support to restructuring science staff at both locations, hiring new staff, supporting major facilities initiatives, and fostering a new culture that embraces realignment of the research to support the high priority restoration and conservation science decided upon in collaboration between USGS and the regional management agencies and decision makers.
Sep 2022 - present, Supervisory Fish Biologist (GS 13), Tunison - Lake Ontario Biological Stations (TLOBS), Oswego and Cortland NY.
Apr 2017 - Nov 2018, Acting Eastern Basin Branch Chief (GS-14) - USGS Lake Ontario Biological Station, Oswego NY.
Nov 2008- Sep 2022, Supervisory Research Fishery Biologist (GS-13) - USGS Lake Ontario Biological Station, Oswego NY.
April 2008-Nov 2008, Acting Station Supervisor (GS-13) - USGS Lake Ontario Biological Station, Oswego NY.
Nov 2005-Nov 2008, Research Fishery Biologist (GS-12) - USGS Lake Ontario Biological Station, Oswego NY.
Nov 2001- Nov 2005, Research Fishery Biologist (GS-11) - USGS Lake Ontario Biological Station, Oswego NY.
Jul 1997 - Nov 2001, Biologist, Aquatic - New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Cape Vincent NY.
Education and Certifications
Environmental and Forest Biology / Aquatic Ecology Ph.D. May 1997, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Environmental and Forest Biology / Aquatic Ecology M.S. December 1991, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Environmental and Forest Biology / Fisheries Science B.S. December 1988, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Applied Science A.A.S. Dec. 1986, Herkimer County Community College
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International Association for Great Lakes Research
American Fisheries Society
New York Chapter of the American Fisheries Society
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