David is a native northwesterner who took a circuitous route to becoming a Fish Biologist at the Columbia River Fisheries Program Office. As a Fish Biologist, David devotes much of his time to the Deschutes River Investigations project, evaluating the effects of hatchery production on wild fish populations in the Warm Springs and Deschutes rivers. He works closely with the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to monitor juvenile and adult survival of hatchery and wild spring Chinook salmon and steelhead populations. He also works on run-reconstructions and developing run forecast models for adult fish populations in the Deschutes Basin. Most recently, David has been involved in the Service’s implementation of Strategic Habitat Conservation and the development of the “Guidance on Selecting Species for Design of Landscape-scale Conservation”, also known as the Surrogate Species approach.
To contact David, please call 360.604.2500 or email David_Hand@fws.gov.