Vin D'Angelo

Biography

Education

M.S. 2010. Environmental Studies. University of Montana, Missoula MT

B.A. 2002. Environmental Studies. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

 

Background and Research Interests

Vin D’Angelo is a fisheries biologist with the USGS NOROCK Glacier Field Station, based in Glacier National Park, Montana. Vin leads field work and manages data for multiple aquatic research projects in Glacier National Park and the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem. The principle focus of this research is the conservation and preservation of native westslope cutthroat and bull trout, and how threats posed by climate change and invasive species are likely to affect the persistence of these species into the future. These projects range in scope from experimental suppression of lake trout in specific backcountry lakes, conservation introductions of bull trout, development of climate change vulnerability assessments, tracking geospatial trends in hybridization between native westslope cutthroat trout and nonnative rainbow trout, developing unique GIS applications to native fish conservation, and stream discharge. modeling in headwaters streams.

Specialties

  • Native salmonid conservation
  • Nonnative invasive salmonids
  • Geospatial stream networks
  • GIS applications to native fish conservation
  • Headwater streamflow monitoring
  • Leads field work and manages data for multiple aquatic research projects in and around Glacier National Park and the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem

Professional Highlights

  • Sampled all fish bearing waters in Glacier National Park to assess genetic status of westslope cutthroat trout 2010 – ongoing
  • Leads lake trout suppression research in Glacier National Park backcountry 2009 – ongoing
  • Established a network of headwater streamflow gauges in novel habitats 2017 – ongoing
  • Lead field work for a conservation introduction of bull trout to Grace Lake, Glacier National Park 2014 – ongoing
  • Transboundary telemetry of westslope cutthroat trout to document movement between the U.S. and Canada in the North Fork Flathead watershed 2012 – 2014
  • Coordinates with Glacier National Park fisheries management program and local state and federal partners