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Owen T Gorman, PhD

Owen Gorman is a Research Fisheries Biologist based in Ashland, WI. 

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.

Professional Experience

  • 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.  

  • 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.  

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

    March 1988-April 1991.  Post-doctoral Fellow.  

  • University of Memphis (Memphis State), Memphis, Tennessee

    1986-1991. Adjunct Professor.  

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

    1985-1988.  Senior scientist.  

  • Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois

    1984-1986.  Assistant/Adjunct Professor.  

Education and Certifications

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

  • 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

Honors and Awards

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

  • 1980-1982  NSF Predoctoral Fellowship and Dissertation Research Grant

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