Columbia River Fisheries Program Office
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William R. Brignon

Bill is a Fish Biologist with the Population and Habitat Assessment Group.  His primary area of focus is in understanding of the interactions between hatchery and wild fish, and how captive environments influence 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 has conducted fish nutrition research at Purdue University and was employed as a teaching assistant.  In 2003 he moved to Portland, 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.

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

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

Hand, M. D., W. R. Brignon, and D. E. Olson. 2014. Adult recovery of hatchery spring Chinook salmon adipose fin-clipped and coded-wire tagged using an automated and manual marking trailer. North American Journal of Aquaculture. (in print)

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., J. C. Jolley, D. E. Olson, C. B. Schreck, and H. A. Schaller. 2014. Development of Conservation Hatchery Programs for Imperiled Species. Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting (contributed paper).

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).

Last updated: June 19, 2014
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