Owen Gorman

Biography

The Lake Superior Biological Station in Ashland, Wisconsin has served as my duty station since entering the Great Lakes Science Center’s deepwater program in 1999.  My early initiatives focused on building the Lake Superior research program around the capabilities of a new research vessel, the R/V Kiyi, the largest of its kind on the Great Lakes.  My diverse research interests are reflected in my training and long career experience.  Current research topics include community ecology, population dynamics, biogeography, physiology, and life history of fishes of the Great Lakes region.  Much of my research reflects a strong evolutionary perspective.

EDUCATION
 
Ph.D.  1984, University of Kansas, Division of Biological Sciences, Department of Systematics and Ecology, Lawrence, Kansas. 
M.Phil. 1983, University of Kansas, Division of Biological Sciences, Department of Systematics and Ecology, Lawrence, Kansas. 
M.S.  1976, Purdue University, Department of Biological Sciences, West Lafayette, Indiana. 
B.S.  1973, University of Delaware, Department of Entomology and Applied Ecology, Newark, Delaware. 

CERTIFICATION

Certified Ecologist by the Ecological Society of America Board of Professional Certification

 FELLOWSHIPS

1980-1982  NSF Predoctoral Fellowship and Dissertation Research Grant

1989-1991  NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship (National Research Service Award)

EMPLOYMENT

U.S. Geological Survey

September 1999-present. Research Fishery Biologist, Lake Superior Biological Station, Ashland, Wisconsin.  Served as Station Chief 1999-2004.  Served as Acting Branch Chief, Upper Great Lakes Ecosystem, 2001-2002.  Responsibilities: monitoring and research on the fish communities of Lake Superior, including stock assessment, population trends, ecology, life history, community organization of near- and offshore fish assemblages

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

April 1991-September 1999.  Fishery Management Biologist, Supervisory Research Fishery Biologist and Project Leader, Grand Canyon Fishery Resources Office, Flagstaff, Arizona.  Ecology of  native and endangered fishes of the Southwest, fishery, habitat studies, sperm cryopreservation, gene banking, broodstock development of the endangered fishes of the Colorado River.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee

March 1988-April 1991.  Post-doctoral Fellow.  Molecular genetics, evolutionary biology, ecology of influenza viruses.  Investigation of evolutionary relationships among human, avian, swine, and equine influenza viruses.  Supervisor: Dr. Robert G. Webster, F.R.S.

University of Memphis (Memphis State), Memphis, Tennessee

1986-1991. Adjunct Professor.  Community ecology and habitat relationships of stream fishes, fishery biology, environmental impact of human disturbance of aquatic environments.

EnCAP, Incorporated, DeKalb, Illinois (Environmental Consultants and Planners, Inc.)

1985-1988.  Senior scientist.  Conducted surveys, project manager for comprehensive surveys covering mammals, avifauna, vegetation, aquatic communities, and hydrology.  Drafted and edited multi-volume reports, represented firm before governmental and private clients.

Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois

1984-1986.  Assistant/Adjunct Professor.  Community ecology and habitat relationships of stream fishes, fishery biology, environmental impact of human disturbance of aquatic environments.