Columbia River Fisheries Program Office
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William R. Brignon

Siletz River SteelheadBill is a Fish Biologist with the Hatchery Assessment Team.  His primary area of interest is understanding the interactions between hatchery and wild fish, and how captive environments affect post-release behavior, development, and survival of fishes.  He is currently investigating the effects of Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tags on the survival of hatchery spring Chinook salmon and evaluating the efficacy of captive rearing as a bull trout reintroduction and recovery strategy.  

Bill conducted fish nutrition research at Purdue University and was employed as a teaching assistant.  In 2003, he moved to Oregon to pursue a career in fisheries management and after spending two and half years as a Coded-wire Tag Technician and Fish Health Technician with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife he accepted his current position with the Columbia River Fisheries Program Office.  

He served as the Vice-President of the Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society from 2011 to 2013 and continues to support, participate in, and present at the Chapter’s Annual Meetings.  Bill is also an American Fisheries Society Certified Fisheries Professional.

Educational Background

Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Fisheries Science with the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR (2015). Proposed dissertation title:  Ethics and Biological Uncertainty: Understanding Bull Trout Reintroduction Strategies

M.S. in Fisheries Science. Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR (2009). Thesis title:  Habitat Selection of Hatchery and Wild Juvenile Salmonids in Eagle Creek Basin, Oregon.

B.S. in Fisheries and Aquatic Science.  Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (2002).  Undergraduate Research Project: Efficacy of a recirculating fish culture system for simulating winter conditions for yellow perch Perca flavescens.

Selected Publications

Brignon, W. R., K. D. Moore.  20XX.  Ethical Frameworks for Selecting Bull Trout Reintroduction Strategies.  Conservation Biology. (in-preparation)

Brignon, W. R., D. E. Olson, M. H. Peters, and S. K. Gutenberger.  2012.  Baffled and standard raceways: A comparison of juvenile spring Chinook salmon performance and smolt-to-adult survival.  North American Journal of Aquaculture, 74:3, 314-319.

Brignon, W. R., M. B. Davis, D. E. Olson, H. A. Schaller, and C. B. Schreck. 2011. Snorkelers’ in-water observations can alter salmonid behavior. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 2:90-98.

Brignon, W. R., D. E. Olson, H. A. Schaller, and C. B. Schreck. 2011. Factors influencing density, distribution, and mesohabitat selection of juvenile wild salmonids and residual hatchery winter steelhead. Aquaculture 362-363:137-147.

Hand, M. D., W. R. Brignon, D. E. Olson, and J. Rivera. 2010. Comparing Two Methods Used to Mark Juvenile Chinook Salmon: Automated and Manual. North American Journal of Aquaculture. 72:10-17.

Bharadwaj, A. S., W. R. Brignon, N. L. Gould, P. B. Brown, and Y. V. Wu. 2002. Evaluation of Meat and Bone Meal in Practical Diets Fed to Juvenile Hybrid Striped Bass. Journal of the World Aquaculture Society 33:448-457.

Selected Presentations

Brignon, W. R. 2013. Captive rearing of bull trout within the framework of adaptive resource management and Strategic Habitat Conservation. Oregon Chapter American Fisheries Society (contributed poster).

Brignon, W. R., C. B. Schreck, and H. A. Schaller. 2012. Survival and Development of Hydraulically Sampled Bull Trout Eggs and Future Plans for Captive Rearing Research. Oregon Chapter American Fisheries Society, Annual Meeting (contributed paper).

Brignon, W. R. 2011. Snorkel Surveys and Juvenile Salmonids: My Experiences with Scale and Behavior. Oregon Hatchery Research Center Advisory Committee Meeting (invited speaker).

Brignon, W. R. 2011. The Science of Hatchery Assessment. U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Washington State Science in the Service (contributed paper).

Brignon, W. R. 2010. Fisherman + Biologist + Graduate Fellow = Fellow Fish-ologist. Flyfisher’s Club of Oregon Monthly Meeting (invited speaker)

Brignon, W. R., D. E. Olson, H. A. Schaller, and C. B. Schreck. 2009. Density, distribution, and mesohabitat selection of juvenile wild salmonids and residual hatchery winter steelhead in Eagle Creek and North Fork Eagle Creek, Oregon. International Workshop on Smoltification (invited speaker).

Brignon, W. R. 2009. Hey, can you hold still for a second? I’m trying to model you microhabitat use. Oregon Chapter American Fisheries Society, Annual Meeting (contributed paper, First Place - Best Student Paper Award).

Awards and Scholarships

2012 Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society PhD Scholarship
2012 Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Carl Bond Memorial Scholarship
2012-2013 Oregon Laurels Graduate Tuition Scholarship
2012 Sunriver Anglers Club Scholarship
2012 Dr. Hari & Dr. Renuka R. Sethi Graduate Scholarship
2012 Western Division of the American Fisheries Society Eugene Maughan Scholarship
2011-2012 Oregon Laurels Graduate Tuition Scholarship
2011 Oregon Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers
2011 Washington County Flyfishers Scholarship
2010 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Youth and Careers in Nature Funding
2009 Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Best Student Paper Award, First Place
2008 Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Best Student Paper Award, Second Place
2007 William Trachtenberg Memorial Scholarship Fund
2007-2008 Flyfisher’s Club of Oregon Graduate Fellowship
2007-2008 Middle Rogue Steelhead Chapter of Trout Unlimited and The Rogue Sportsman and Guides Association Scholastic Scholarship
2006-2009 Supplemental Oregon Laurels Graduate Tuition Scholarship
2001 Purdue University Natural Resource Practicum Outstanding Student Award
2001 Purdue University Natural Resource Practicum Scholarship

To contact Bill, please call 360.604.2500 or email bill_brignon@fws.gov.

Last updated: April 18, 2013
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