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Fish Predation on Salmonids Workshop – Panel Introductions


Introduction-Panel Greg: Now itís time to take the time to introduce
our panel and thank you for coming. So Gary, would you like to start off? You guys have
got this down I think. Gary: Sure. I am Gary Grossman. Is everyone
able to hear me? Okay. I was a California resident for 18 years so I have some familiarity
with the system. I have a Bachelorís Degree in conservation from Cal and a Ph.D. from
Davis in animal ecology and limnology. In 1981 I took a position as an Assistant Professor
in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia and
thatís where Iíve been ever since. Iíve been a Professor since 1992. I was a Distinguished
Research Professor from 2004 to 2009. Iím just going to kind of go through what I do
here so I hope not to bore you too much. My teaching responsibilities are that I teach
two classes a year. One is a large non-science major, science course, called Georgia Natural
History. I like to think of it as ecology for art majors. It meets the general education
requirement for these students for a science course. And then in alternate years I teach
two different graduate courses, one in vertebrate biodiversity and conservation and the second
in advanced fish ecology. Over the years Iíve taught a variety of courses at Georgia, including
fisheries management, fish ecology, graduate courses in population ecology, community ecology,
stream ecology and research methods. With respect to my research, my research is fairly
varied but central themes are behavior, predator/prey interactions, habitat selection, and population
and community ecology of fishes and amphibians. Iíve conducted research on four continents
and authored or co-authored 110 scientific papers and 32 refereed scientific journals.
As kind of taking science to the people activity, I also write a bi-monthly column for American
Angler Magazine called Ask Dr. Trout. And just to forewarn you, I will not take questions
about trout fishing. Iím currently on the editorial board of several journals, including
Fresh Water Biology, Ecology of Fresh Water Fish and Animal Diversity and Conservation,
and at earlier stages in my career, I was an editor for Transactions of the American
Fisheries Society and OPF, which is the Journal of the American Society of Ichthyologists
and Herpetologists. Iíd like to thank all the agency folks for inviting me to participate
in this panel. As everyone has mentioned so far and undoubtedly everyone in this room
knows, the Delta is a fascinating but also frustratingly complex system and weíll all
do our best to help you out a little bit. So thank you. Jessica: Iím Jessica Miller and likewise
thank you for the invitation to participate in this. Currently Iím an Associate Professor
at Oregon State University and Iím in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, but
Iím part of the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station. Iím based in Hatfield Marine Science
Center, which is in Newport, and OSU is a land grant, sea grant, sun grant, space grant.
So we have 14 experiment stations and the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station is
the only marine experiment station I think in the nation and our work is about 12 of
us up and down the coast focuses on research relevant to the conservation and management
of Oregonís coastal resources. How I got there? I got a B.A. in zoology actually from
the University of Montana and then spent a little time in Florida on salt marsh mosquitoes,
getting involved in wetlands and estuaries, and then received a Masterís in fisheries
from the University of Washington where I actually evaluated the ecological functions
of restored and natural estuarine habitats or Chinook and Coho salmon. Then I took a
rather slow route to further educate, formal education. I worked for the Tillamook Bay
Natural Estuary Program which was based in Tillamook. And for those of you not familiar,
thatís an EPA state partnership to address issues of conservation, science and management
relevant to the estuary. Then I actually spent a couple of years working on stream restoration
for salmonids in southwestern Washington. For those of you familiar with the Jobs in
the Woods programs from the í90s, that involved hiring displaced timber workers, doing riparian
alder conversion, large wood placement as well as the scientific assessments and we
did spawner surveys, bread surveys, mold surveys, riparian surveys, habitat surveys as part
of that. After that, I got a Ph.D. in marine biology at University of Oregon and I was
actually really interested in looking at fish that werenít salmonids, God forbid, for a
while. There I looked at a lot of cross shelf and along shore transport of early life histories
of stages of marine fishes, after which I was lucky enough to get a job at OSU and I
got to stay in Oregon and the program I work on within Coombs is called the Marine and
______ Fisheries Ecology Program. So we do a lot with mixing and migration of fishesí
adult and early life stages. And I guess the work most relevant to this panel would be
trying to better understand juvenile salmon migration patterns and how their size, timing
and growth during migration and early marine residence relates to survival. Iíve done
a little bit of work here in Central Valley retrospectively with adult Central Valley
fish that swam into our waters as well as quite a bit of work recently on juvenile salmon
in the Columbia River thatís relevant to some of the questions that are relevant here.
I teach early life history of fishes and I participate in the Coastal Ecology and Resource
Management course out at the Newport Hatfield Marine Science Center. I spend a lot of time
mentoring graduate students and undergraduates and Iím also part ofÖ OSU is now a member
of something called the Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center, which is a NOAA
funded project. Itís through the Educational Partnership Program and its mission is to
promote underrepresented communities in marine science. So we fund those about five graduate
students and several undergrad internships and all of the research is NOAA relevant and
itís direct participation with NOAA scientists. So thatís been a new opportunity that weíre
currently involved in. Thank you. Todd: Good morning. Iím Todd Pearsons and
I grew up in southern California catching lizards and snakes and then I went into snorkeling
and scuba diving and surfing, so naturally I ended up at the University of California
at Santa Barbara where I studied aquatic biology. I got my Bachelorís Degree there and then
I moved up north up to rainy Corvalis where I got my Masterís and Ph.D. degrees in fisheries
science. Then I moved further north from there and moved into the Columbia Basin in central
Washington where I began leading a research team for the Washington Department of Fish
and Wildlife, focusing on species interactions mainly between hat fin and wild fish and then
that morphed into leading a lot more research teams for the Department of Fish and Wildlife
and I did that for about 16 Ω years. And then about five years ago, I began working
for Grant County Public Utility District which operates two dams on the middle to upper Columbia
River. Itís one of the larger public utility districts in the nation. And in that capacity
I work on hatchery issues, habitat issues, mitigation, harvest, you name it, basically
trying to balance some of the ecological and economic challenges through science-based
solutions. Iíve also worked with four different universities or colleges, most recently as
an affiliate Associate Professor at the University of Washington. Iím certified by the American
Fisheries Society as a Certified Fisheries Professional and I have served on a variety
of expert panels over the years on a variety of ecological topics and served as an American
Delegate on Russian/American salmon conservation talks in Russia and the United States. I have
authored or co-authored 145 technical publications, including peer reviewed publications, books
and reports. I have evaluated and worked on results of predation or predation topics in
many of the main piscivores in the Pacific Northwest such as smallmouth bass, northern
pike minnow, channel catfish, torrent sculpin, rainbow trout and hatchery origin Chinook,
Coho and Steelhead. I developed risk assessment tools, both modeling tools and expert based
frameworks to evaluate the influence of predation on valued species and, finally, Iíve been
involved in developing and implementing and evaluating management approaches to control
undesirable predation. This includes things such as harvest regulation, predator removal,
hatchery releases, and a variety of other kinds of approaches. So Iím really glad to
be here. Itís kind of nice to come full circle, come back to California. Iím really glad
to be here and look forward to a couple days of science. Tim: Good morning. Iím Tim Massington. I
just want to reiterate my gratitude for being invited to be part of this panel. Itís already
been a really interesting process reading the papers and Iím looking forward to the
next couple of days. Iím a product of the Big Ten. I got my Bachelorís of Science at
the University of Michigan in biology and then I got a Masterís of Science in fisheries
and wildlife at the University of Minnesota and then finally a Ph.D. in zoology at University
of Wisconsin Madison in 1999. My dissertation work focused on patterns of predation and
movement of large mouth bass in small lakes and how that dictates stability of those species
to regulate prey communities. My academic positions began in 2001. I took
an Assistant Professor position at Stony Brook University and then in 2003, I migrated across
the country where I presently am at University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery
Sciences. I was promoted to Associate Professor in 2007 and full just this year and Iím presently
the Wakefield Endowed Professor. Also, since 2012, Iíve been the Associate Director of
the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and Iíve just recently been appointed the
Director of the University of Washington Quantitative Ecology Resource Management, which is an interdisciplinary
research graduate program. In 2011, I was then named the Pew Marine Conservation
Fellow. I currently teach a wide variety of courses that span fisheries conservation and
management, ecological modeling and marine fish ecology. My research program is fairly
diverse but includes a heavy emphasis on understanding predator/prey interactions, particularly in
the context of understanding marine food webs. Then in addition to that, understanding the
influence of human interactions on marine food web structures and dynamics. Much of
my work therefore could be described as ecosystem-based management so Iím interested in finding some
solutions to management problems. I would say overall Iím a quantitative ecologist,
I heavily rely on models and statistical approaches to test hypotheses about processes that underlie
patterns and data. I work as both Plate face, focusing on particularly ecosystems and also
synthetic involving several global analysis and comparative analyses across systems. Iíve authored or co-authored approximately
75 publications. Iím a member of several editorial boards and panels. Iím on the editorial
board of Ecological Applications and Ecosystems. Iím currently a member of the NOAH Science
Advisory Boardís Ecosystem Science and Management Working Group. Iím a member of the Technical
Advisory Board of the Marine Stewardship Council. Iím also a member of the Science Advisory
Board of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. So Iíll leave it
at that. Thank you. Brett: Good morning. Iím Brett Johnson. Iím
honored to be here in the company of the colleagues that Iím working with. I really appreciate
that the group felt that I could contribute to this issue. I have three degrees in zoology.
My Bachelorís degree is from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1983. Iím also a
Big Ten fan. I got my Masterís degree at Ohio State in working with Roy Stein and then
I went back to the University of Wisconsin for my Ph.D., working at the Center for Limnology
with Jim Kitchell and Steve Carpenter. Iím currently a Professor in the Department of
Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at Emmit Graduate Degree Program in ecology at
Colorado State University and I have been on the faculty there since 1992. Before that,
I was a Fisheries Manager for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. I teach the Capstone
course for an undergraduate program called Fishery Science. I also teach a large course
in fish biology and biodiversity for students across the university. My research experienceÖ
I consider myself a fisheries ecologist and by that I mean I have explicit interest in
the interaction among the environment, the bio and humans and Iím interested in predator/prey
dynamics in aquatic systems and that continues to be a major emphasis of my current research.
I have and have had a number of projects examining predation by introduced piscivores on salmonids
and other native species in the Rocky Mountain region. Much of my work employs bioenergetics
and population modeling and I enjoy working closely with management agencies and believe
that my primary prior agency experience allows me to bridge effectively from academia to
managers. On a personal note, Iím a very avid angler and interested in all sorts of
fishing. Thank you. Nancy: Well, good morning everyone. My name
is Nancy Monson and I do not have a degree in fisheries, but actually I am the physical
scientist here. My specialty is hydrodynamic modeling and what weíre calling modeling
in the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta. I have a Bachelor of Science and Masterís of Science
from the University of Colorado in civil engineering and then I decided to come west in 1994 to
study, get my Ph.D. at Stanford University in the Civil and Environmental Engineering
Department. Iím part of the Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics Lab there.
Currently I am at Stanford University as an Engineering Research Associate working on
a directed study developing a hydrodynamic model of the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta
using the multidimensional Sunham model. Before that I worked both at ESATWA. You might know
them as the Williams and Associates where I was on the Breach 3 project and the Liberty
Method, which was studying Liberty Island of the multi-interdisciplinary group there.
I also worked on the Cascade project. I was at USGS for _______ working under Jim Kern
there and I was working both on the selenium and the carbon project there as well as Cascade,
which was looking at climate change and how we can downscale climate change down to the
specifics of the Delta. So my focus is completely on the Delta. I have a couple of publications,
one looking at the effects of flow diversion by water and habitat quality and looking specifically
at the influence of the Delta cross channel export pumps, and also Iíve done a paper
on residence time and transport time, really focusing on Mildred Island. So I have expertise
in Liberty Island, Mildred Island and my hydrodynamic background is focusing on calibration of models
and Iím pleased to be a part of this panel. Thank you. Greg: Thank you and thank you all. You know,
as folks can see we have a panel that has a very broad range of topics and they were
specifically chosen to make sure weíre covering that, so as the materials brought forward,
whether itís literature, presentations, someone on the team is going to have the experience
to synthesize that and both a combination of local and more distant expertise. So thank
you very much. 1

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