Proceedings of the 2006 Great Lakes Lake Sturgeon Coordination Meeting


Participant Biographical Information

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NAME: Brenda Archambo AFFILIATION: Sturgeon For Tomorrow
ADDRESS: 1604 N. Black River Road, Cheboygan, MI 49721
TEL: 231-625-2776 E-mail: archambogb@hughes.net

Website: www.sturgeonfortomorrow.org
Biographical Sketch: Brenda Archambo is the founder of the Black Lake Chapter of Sturgeon For Tomorrow (SFT), a grass roots non-profit corporation. Brenda successfully argued for allowing a minimal harvest of lake sturgeon from the Black Lake population. She and SFT members convinced state fisheries managers that the cultural importance of sturgeon spearing could be used to promote efforts to recover sustainable populations of this majestic fish. Brenda was influential in developing and organizing a harvest tag lottery for sturgeon spearing season on Black Lake.
Archambo has logged thousands of volunteer hours conducting scientific research, coordinating a volunteer Sturgeon Guarding Program, created a Sturgeon Advisory Council, facilitates presentations, tours and field trips to view spawning sturgeon and organizes fundraising initiatives to support research, conservation and education programming.

NAME: Gil Archambo AFFILIATION: Sturgeon For Tomorrow
ADDRESS: 1604 N. Black River Road, Cheboygan, MI 49721
TEL: 231-625-2776 E-mail: archambogb@hughes.net
Website: www.sturgeonfortomorrow.org

NAME: Nancy A. Auer AFFILIATION: Michigan Technological University
ADDRESS: Dept. Biol. Scis. – Mich. Tech. University, 1400 Townsend Drive – Houghton, MI 49931
TEL: 906 487-2353 FAX: 906-487-3167 E-mail: naauer@mtu.edu

Biographical Sketch: Nancy is working with Marty Holtgren, Fish Biologist for the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians on juvenile sturgeon movements and habitat identification in the Manistee River Michigan, 2002-2008. She and Ed Baker, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, were co-investigators on the 2002-2005 project “Rapid assessment of lake sturgeon spawning stocks using instream hydroacoustic technology” funded by the Great Lakes Fishery Trust. They also worked together on a portion of the USFWS directed ‘Lake Michigan lake sturgeon assessment’ GLFT project 2002-2005.
Nancy has had 20 years of experience working with lake sturgeon in Michigan and was chair of the Lake Superior subcommittee on Lake Sturgeon working to produce the GLFC Lake Sturgeon Rehabilitation Plan published in 2003. She continues her Great Lakes work with larval fishes in lake Superior and also several Diporeia studies. She does consulting and workshops on larval fish identification.

NAME: Cameron Barth AFFILIATION: University of Manitoba, Manitoba, Canada
ADDRESS: Department of Zoology, Z320 Duff Roblin Building, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2 Canada
TEL: (204) 474-7496 E-mail: umbarth0@cc.umanitoba.ca

Biographical Sketch: I have been at the University of Manitoba for one year, conducting research into ecology and habitat use by juvenile lake sturgeon. I am co-supervised by Dr. Stephan Peake (UNB) and Dr. Gary Anderson (UManitoba). Prior to starting my PhD, I worked for several years for North/South Consultants in Winnipeg, and conducted many studies on lake sturgeon ecology and movements. My MSc was completed at the Natural Resources Institute at the University of Manitoba, where I also completed my undergraduate work.

NAME: John M. Bauman AFFILIATION: Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
ADDRESS: 375 River St. Manistee, MI 49660
TEL: Desk: (231) 398-2198 Cell: (231) 690-7396 FAX: (231) 723-8873 E-mail: jbauman@lrboi.com

Biographical Sketch: Graduated from Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan with a Bachelor’s of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife Management. I am currently employed by the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians as an Aquatic Researcher and have been involved with Great Lakes Lake Sturgeon research with various agencies since 2002.

NAME: James C. Boase AFFILIATION: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Alpena NFWCO
ADDRESS: USFWS, Waterford Fisheries Station, 7806 Gale Rd. Waterford, MI 48327
TEL: (248) 894-7594 FAX: (248) 666-9157 E-mail: james_boase@fws.gov

Biographical Sketch: I have been a Great Lakes Fishery Biologist with the USFWS since 2002 and have worked with lake sturgeon for 9 years. I serve as chair of the Lake Huron Lake Sturgeon Task Group of the Lake Huron Committee, serve on the USFWS Great Lakes basin lake sturgeon committee, and lead the Service’s lake sturgeon work on Lake Huron and Lake Erie. I am the co-project manager for the recent GLFT funded project, Lake sturgeon response to the construction of an artificial reef in the Detroit River as Belle Isle, 2002-2005, and have been project manager or co-project manager on 6 lake sturgeon projects including: Using GIS to determine habitat use and movement patterns of adult lake sturgeon spawning in the North Channel of the St. Clair River, Movement patterns and habitat use of lake sturgeon spawning in the upper St. Clair River, Movement patterns and habitat use by juvenile lake sturgeon in the St. Clair River, Lake sturgeon use and habitat availability on the Maumee River (OH), Lake sturgeon use and habitat availability in the Saginaw River Watershed, Assessment of remnant lake sturgeon populations in Lower Detroit River.

NAME: Mary Bohling AFFILIATION: Michigan Sea Grant
ADDRESS: 640 Temple, 6th Floor, Detroit, MI, 48201
TEL: 313.410.9431 FAX: 313.833.3298 E-mail: bohling@msu.edu

Biographical Sketch: Project partner for the Detroit River Sturgeon Spawning Habitat Project
-Support the Lake St. Clair Sturgeon Research Project conducted by Jim Boase of the US FWS
-Part of the team investigating potential future site for sturgeon spawning habitat construction in the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge

NAME: Richard Bonner AFFILIATION: Michigan Department of Natural Resources
ADDRESS: 970 Emerson Rd. Traverse City, Michigan 49686
TEL: (231)922-5280 FAX: (231)922-1853 E-mail: bonnerd@michigan.gov

Biographical Sketch: Commercial Fish Specialist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Commercial Fish Enforcement Unit.

NAME: Brian Borkholder AFFILIATION: Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
ADDRESS: Resource Management Dev. 1720 Big Lake Rd. Cloquet, MN 55720
TEL: 218-878-8004 FAX: 218-879-4854 E-mail: brianborkholder@fdlrez.com

Biographical Sketch: The band has been working on re-establishing a lake sturgeon population to the Fond du Lac Reservation. To date, efforts have been limited to stocking of fry obtained from Wisconsin and Michigan. However, the Band is planning on setting up a streamside hatchery in the future.

NAME: Tom Burri AFFILIATION: Minnesota DNR
ADDRESS: 392 Highway 11 East International Falls, MN 56649
TEL: 218 286-5222 E-mail: Tom.Burri@dnr.state.mn.us

Biographical Sketch: I work with lake sturgeon in Northern Minnesota

NAME: Doug Carlson AFFILIATION: NYSDEC
ADDRESS: 317 Washington St, Watertown, NY 13601
TEL: 315-785-2262 FAX: 315-785-2242 E-mail: dmcarlso@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Biographical Sketch: The efforts to restore sturgeon to waters of New York are coordinated through my position as the Endangered Fish Project Coordinator. Many individuals in several organizations are responsible for our progress, including several in DEC (the Oneida Fish Hatchery, Region 6 Fisheries Management Unit, Lake Ontario Unit), SUNY ESF (graduate student projects), Cornell U., FWS in Amherst, and USGS in Cortland. The first 10 years of recovery efforts are almost completed, and we started working on a second set of objectives in 2005.

NAME: Dave Caroffino AFFILIATION: Purdue University
ADDRESS: Department of Fors. and Nat. Resources 715 W. State St. West Lafayette, IN 47907
TEL: 989- 600- 2583 E-mail: dcaroffi@purdue.edu

Biographical Sketch: Dave is a Ph.D. student at Purdue University who is studying early-life stages of lake sturgeon in the Peshtigo River, WI. The goal of this research is to identify and quantify sources of mortality that act upon the egg, larval, and age-0 juvenile life stages. This work includes the examination of two year classes (2006 and 2007) and is currently scheduled to be completed in late 2008.

NAME: Jesse Comben AFFILIATION: LSSU
ADDRESS: 3350 Oslund Rd. Bellaire, MI 49615
Tel: 231-533-8301 Email: jncomben@lssu.edu

Biographical Sketch: Sohpmore Fisheries and Wildlife Management Senior Thesis; Genetics on redside dace in the Ottawa National Forest

NAME: Randy Cottrell AFFILIATION: USFWS Office of Law Enforcement
ADDRESS: 405 N. French Rd. Suite 120B Amherst, NY 14228
TEL: 716 691-3635 Fax: 716 691-3990 E-mail: randy_cottrell@fws.gov

Biographical Sketch: I have facilitated Law Enforcement efforts with respect to the import of Lake Sturgeon from Canada into the US, and have documented violations of International (CITES) provisional and state law. Furthermore, I anticipate initiating investigations involving the unlawful interstate and foreign commerce of Lake Sturgeon, including within the caviar trade.

NAME: James Crossman AFFILIATION: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, MSU
ADDRESS: 13 Natural Resources Building, East Lansing, Michigan, 48824
TELEPHONE: 1-517-432-4935 FAX: 1-517-432-1699 E-mail: james.crossman@gmail.com

Biographical Sketch: James Crossman is a 2nd year PhD candidate in the Molecular Ecology Lab located in the department of Fisheries and Wildlife at MSU. He has finished two field seasons on the Black Lake system and is beginning to analyze data collected over consecutive sampling years. His overall objective is to improve lake sturgeon stocking strategies currently employed around the Great Lakes. More specifically this involves assessing the genetic diversity of various lake sturgeon collection methods, identifying differences between rearing lake sturgeon in their natal water versus at a traditional state hatchery, and determining the most appropriate age to stock juvenile lake sturgeon. For more information feel free to contact James at crossm11@msu.edu.

NAME: Dr. Mary Burnham Curtis AFFILIATION: USFWS Forensic Laboratory: Senior Forensic Scientist - Genetics
ADDRESS: USFWS Forensic Laboratory 1490 EAST MAIN ASHLAND, OR 97501
TEL: (541)482-4191 FAX: (541)482-4989 E-mail: mary_curtis@fws.gov

Biographical Sketch: I work in the Genetics Section at the USFWS National Forensics Laboratory where we research the development of new DNA methods for wildlife species and individual identification as well as population assignment. We have applied the use of mitochondrial DNA sequence variation for the identification of the species origin of sturgeon caviars in trade, and for determining the river origin of White sturgeon. We are using nuclear STR markers for matching caviar back to individual female sturgeon. We are also investigating the utility of nuclear DNA markers to identify caviars of hybrid origin. My work includes providing testimony as an expert witness in federal, state, and local courts in matters involving wildlife genetics. I also conduct research into new genetic methods for wildlife species identification, and application of genetic markers for use in wildlife forensic analyses.

NAME: Dan Daugherty AFFILIATION: Purdue University
ADDRESS: Department of Forestry and Nat. Res. 195 Marsteller St. W. Lafayette, IN 47907
TEL: 765-494-3604 FAX: 765-496-6266 E-mail: ddaugher@purdue.edu

Biographical Sketch: Evaluation of remnant stock status, early life history dynamics, habitat availability and quality, and population viability of Great Lakes lake sturgeon populations.

NAME: LT. Dave Davis AFFILIATION: MDNR Law Division
ADDRESS: 8717 N Roscommon Rd. Roscommon, MI 48653
TEL: 989 275-5151 EXT. 2070 FAX: 989 275-5167 E-mail: davisdm1@michigan.gov

Biographical Sketch: Supervisor of the MDNR Law Division’s Wildlife Resource Protection Section. We are responsible for the enforcement of laws and rules relating to the commercialization of fish and wildlife in the State. Our Section is broken down into two Units, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) and the Commercial Fish Enforcement Unit (CFEU). The SIU is responsible for investigating complaints involving the illegal trade in the Michigan’s Fish and Game. The CFEU is responsible for policing the commercial fishing activity in the Great Lakes. This involves tribal and state licensed commercial fishers, wholesale fish dealers, and the bait industry. We currently have one Sgt. and 4 detectives assigned to the SIU. The CFEU has a compliment of one Sgt. and 6 Commercial Fish Specialists. The Specialists and their patrol boats are stationed at various locations throughout the state (Bay City, Leeland, Rogers City, Charlevoix, and Escanaba).

NAME: Caroline Deary AFFILIATION: Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resource Centre
ADDRESS: 755 Wallace Rd., Unit #5 North Bay, ON P1B 8G4
TEL: 705-472-7888 FAX: 705-472-6333 E-mail: cdeary@aofrc.org

Biographical Sketch: As a "Centre of Excellence" for fisheries assessment and management, the A/OFRC employs standardized assessment tools, innovative science and technology and traditional knowledge to evaluate stock status and stresses on fish populations and their habitats. The Centre's studies integrate western science and traditional ecological knowledge (TEK), and lead to recommendations to management authorities. As a partnership between the Union of Ontario Indians and Ontario, the Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resource Centre is well positioned to undertake many different fisheries projects.

NAME: Leah Dehldtrom AFFILIATION: Michigan Technological University
ADDRESS: MTU Biological Sciences Dept. Dow Environmental Sciences Building Houghton, MI
Tel: 920-238-5536 Email: lsdohlst@mtu.edu

NAME: June M. DeWeese AFFILIATION: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
ADDRESS: 3817 Luker Rd Cortland, NY 13045
TEL: (607) 753-9334 FAX: (607) 753-9699 E-mail: June_Deweese@fws.gov

Biographical Sketch: June DeWeese is the Project Manager of the Fish Enhancement, Mitigation, and Research Fund (FEMRF). This fund was established by a Management Agreement executed between the New York Power Authority, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (acting as trustee) subsequent to the FERC relicensing Settlement Agreement for the FDR/St Lawrence Power Facility. The FEMRF is targeting the recovery of native fish species in the St. Lawrence River and northeast Lake Ontario. Because they will benefit multiple fish communities, five species of fish are being considered for recovery priority: the Lake Sturgeon, northern pike, muskellunge, walleye, and American eel. The FEMRF Project Manager chairs a Fisheries Advisory Committee which reviews actions proposed for funding and advises the FWS relative to the merits of implementing the proposals. For more information about the FEMRF, please go to http://www.fws.gov/northeast/nyfo/fwc/femrf.htm

NAME: Dawn E. Dittman AFFILIATION: USGS, Great Lakes Science Center
ADDRESS: Tunison Laboratory of Aquatic Science 3075 Gracie Rd, Cortland , NY 13045
TEL: 607-753-9319 x 23 FAX: 607-753-0259 E-mail: ddittman@usgs.gov

Biographical Sketch: I have long been interested in lake sturgeon because of visiting them every year at the Shawano WI paper mill dam. I am primarily working on assessment of lake sturgeon habitat distribution and quality and assessment of use of habitat by stocked sturgeon. The lake sturgeon restoration project of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is in the 2nd 10 years with many goals for continuing improvement of the status of lake sturgeon in historic Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River waters.

NAME: Andrea Drauch AFFILIATION: University of California Davis
ADDRESS: 2403 Meyer Hall, Dept of Animal Science, University of California, Davis, CA 95616
TEL: (530) 752-6351 FAX: (530) 752-6351 E-mail: amdrauch@ucdavis.edu
Biographical Sketch:
I am currently a graduate student at the University of California Davis working on white sturgeon conservation genetics. I recently completed a Masters degree at Purdue University, where I worked on lake sturgeon population genetics with a primary focus on the genetic concerns surrounding lake sturgeon reintroduction programs. I am broadly interested in sturgeon conservation, and have a primary interest in the applying genetic tools to improve the management of these and other long-lived species.

NAME: Sgt. Greg Drogowski AFFILIATION: Michigan DNR Law Enforcement Division
ADDRESS: 1732 M-32 West, Gaylord, MI 49735
TEL: (989) 732-3541 FAX: (989) 732-0794 E-mail: Drogowsg@michigan.gov

Biographical Sketch: Since 2000, involved with lake sturgeon protection efforts on the Inland Waterway Black, Burt and Mullett Lakes and associated rivers in the northern tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.
Area law supervisor for this area and responsible for coordinating sturgeon protection efforts with the volunteer citizen group, Sturgeon For Tomorrow and coordination of Conservation Officer law enforcement assignments, patrols, investigations, etc.

NAME: Robert F. Elliott AFFILIATION: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Green Bay FRO
ADDRESS: 2661 Scott Tower Drive, New Franken, WI 54229-9565
TEL: 920-866-1762 FAX: 920-866-1710 E-mail: robert_elliott@fws.gov

Biographical Sketch: I have been a Great lakes Fishery Biologist with the USFWS since 1993 and have worked with lake sturgeon for 11 years. I serve as chair of the Lake Michigan Lake Sturgeon Task Group of the Lake Michigan Committee, serve on the USFWS Great Lakes basin lake sturgeon committee, and lead the Service’s lake sturgeon work on Lake Michigan. Through this work, I have assisted with the development of guidelines for the genetic conservation and stocking of lake sturgeon in Lake Michigan and in the Great Lakes and have produced the last 2 lake sturgeon status reports for the State of the Lake reports for Lake Michigan. I am the project manager for the current GLFT funded Status Assessment of remnant lake sturgeon populations in Lake Michigan project, 2002-2006, and am or have been a co-investigator for 6 other GLFT funded lake sturgeon projects: Characterization of early life history stages in the Peshtigo River and Green Bay, historical distribution and abundance of lake sturgeon in the Lake Michigan basin, Potential for lake sturgeon habitat rehabilitation in Green Bay and Lake Michigan tributaries, Mortality and Recruitment Mechanisms Affecting Early Life Stages of Lake Sturgeon in Lake Michigan, and streamside rearing of lake sturgeon in Lake Michigan., and Annual lake sturgeon coordination meetings.

NAME: Barbara Evans AFFILIATION: Department of Biology, Lake Superior State University
ADDRESS: 650 W. Easterday Ave, Sault Sainte Marie MI 49783
TEL: 906 635-2164 FAX: 906 635-2266 E-mail: bevans@lssu.edu

Biographical Sketch: I am currently a professor in the Biology department at Lake Superior State University, and have been here since 1994. My Ph.D. work characterized a novel visual foraging strategy in plankton feeding fish. I then pursued postdoctoral training in histological and molecular techniques to examine structure and function of the developing fish eye. I am interested in the functional development of photoreceptors in different species of fish. There is considerable diversity in the structure, function and developmental schedule of the retina between species, and these differences can be related to the quality of light in their natural environments. Sturgeon, an ancient species, has a retina very different from teleost fish. However, the literature is very limited in its coverage of sturgeon eye development, with nothing to my knowledge specifically regarding lake sturgeon.
Over the past three years, I have been examining the early development of lake sturgeon, in particular the development of their visual system and associated response to light. The methods include thin sectioning for light microscopy as well as behavioral tests. To date we have determined that lake sturgeon do not have functional eyes at hatching, although they do respond to light. Once the eye develops, it is structured for high sensitivity to low light intensity, with low visual acuity. The wavelength and intensity of light that trigger a response are being examined, and hopefully these results will be useful for characterizing an optimal light environment for the early life history stages of the lake sturgeon.

NAME: Brant E. Fisher AFFILIATION: Indiana Department of Natural Resources
ADDRESS: Atterbury Fish & Wildlife Area 7970 South Rowe Street PO Box 3000
Edinburgh, Indiana 46124-3000
TEL: 812-526-5816 FAX: 812-526-2892 E-mail: bfisher@dnr.IN.gov

Biographical Sketch: Most of my lake sturgeon work is concerned with a remnant Ohio River drainage lake sturgeon population in the East Fork White River in southern Indiana. We do annual netting to assess populations characteristics, have completed a genetic study of the population, and are currently amid a telemetry project. We haven't undertaken any type of lake sturgeon study in the southern tip of Lake Michigan to date; we do keep track of dead lake sturgeon that annually wash up along Indiana's shoreline or that are caught as by-catch during other Lake Michigan salmonid work.

NAME: Patrick S. Forsythe AFFILIATION: Michigan State University, Department of Zoology
ADDRESS: 13 Natural Resources Building, East Lansing, MI 48875
TEL: (517) 432-4935 FAX: (517) 432-1699 E-mail: forsyt29@msu.edu

Biographical Sketch: Patrick Forsythe is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Department of Zoology working in the Molecular Ecology Lab located in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at MSU. He is has just finished up his fourth consecutive field season and will soon begin analyzing and writing up the results of his dissertation research. One of Patrick’s research objectives is to decompose the life history of the lake sturgeon into a series of stages so that hypotheses regarding factors that regulate recruitment of the species can be independently addressed. A second objective of his dissertation research is to add to our basic understanding of factors driving the unique life history evolution of an extremely long-lived iteroparous fish species. He is extremely interested in determining how selection has molded suites of life history traits of these species in order to maximize survivorship at each stage of development. Patrick is also using genetic tools to evaluate certain aspects of the lake sturgeon mating system such as the contribution of adults to annual recruitment. He hopes to defend in late 2007.

NAME: James D. Fossum AFFILIATION: JDFossum Environmental Consulting
ADDRESS: P.O. Box 41, Green Bay, WI 54305
TEL: 920 465-8805 E-mail: jfbio@netscape.com

Biographical Sketch: I am a FWS Retired and now have my own biological consulting company. While working for the FWS in Ecological Services FERC Program, I was part of many activities and initiatives to protect lake sturgeon and their habitat, through developing terms and conditions for inclusion in the operating licensing for hydroelectric projects.

NAME: Bill Franzin AFFILIATION: DFO Canada
ADDRESS: 501 University Cres Winnipeg, MB
Tel: 204-983-5082 Email: franzinw@dfo_mpo.gc.ca
Biographical Sketch:
Researcher on fish and fish distributors, fish and fish habitat – SAR species

NAME: David Friedl AFFILIATION: MN DNR
ADDRESS: 14583 Catz Hwy 19 Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
Email: david.friedl@dnr.state.mn.us
Biographical Sketch:
Sturgeon Restoration in Red River of the North Basin

NAME: Mike Friday AFFILIATION: Upper Great Lakes Management Unit – Lake Superior
ADDRESS: Upper Great Lakes Management Unit – Lake Superior Ontario Government Building
435 James Street South, Suite 221 E Thunder Bay, Ontario P7E 6S8
TEL: 807 475 1381 FAX: 807 473 3024 E-mail: mike.friday@Ontario.ca

Biographical Sketch: Kaministiquia River: Issue with dewatering traditional spawning area. Presently monitoring the impact of flow stability on access and spawning success. Issue lack of information on growth of YOY lake sturgeon in Canadian tributaries as related to sea lamprey treatment schedules. Identified a nursery area on the Kaministiquia River and monitored YOY growth. Black Sturgeon River: Issue is a lack of information concerning population size and seasonal distribution and movement. Initiatives include spring population estimates and radio telemetry work utilizing a data logger situated at the mouth of the river. Goulais River: Issue is a lack of information concerning habitat utilization and seasonal distribution and movement. Addressing issue by utilizing radio telemetry and a shoreline based data logger situated on the river.

NAME: Jim Fuller AFFILIATION: Special Agent USFWS
ADDRESS: P.O. Box 787 Freeland, MI 48623
TEL: 989 686-4578 FAX: 989 686-2837 E-mail: james_fuller@fws.gov

NAME: Brandon Gerig AFFILIATION: LSSU Fisheries and Wildlife
ADDRESS: 526 N. Ravine St. Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783
Tel: 906-253-1282 Email: bsgerig@lssu.edu

NAME: Roger W. Greil AFFILIATION: Lake Superior State University Aquatic Research Laboratory Manager
ADDRESS: 650 W. Easterday Ave. Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
TEL: 906-635-1949 FAX: 906-635-214 E-mail: rgreil@lssu.edu
Biographical Sketch:
Lake Superior State University has been working with sturgeon in the St. Marys River starting in 2001. We have been taken measurements and fin samples (for both aging and genetics work) along with tagging all sturgeon caught.

NAME: Darrin Griffith AFFILLIATION: Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
ADDRESS: 375 River St. Manistee, MI 49660
TEL: 231 723-1594 Email: dgriffith@lrdoi.com
Biographical Sketch
: I have conducted assessments of larval and juvenile sturgeon. This has included larval drift, YOY visual and trotlines surveys, habitat assessments and radiotelemetry of YOY and Age1 sturgeon. I have also been involved in the operation of the Little River Band’s rearing facility.

NAME: Brian Gunderman AFFILIATION: Michigan DNR
ADDRESS: 427 US-41 North Baraga, MI 49908
TEL: 906 353-6651 FAX: 906 353-7464 E-mail: gunderb@michigan.gov

NAME: Wade Hamilton AFFILIATION: Michigan Department of Natural Resources
ADDRESS: 970 Emerson Rd. Traverse City, Michigan 49686
TEL: (231)922-5280 ext: 6804 FAX: (231)922-1853 E-mail: hamiltow@michigan.gov
Biographical Sketch:
Supervisor of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Special Investigative Unit. Responsible for large scale investigations statewide, both overt and covert in nature, that deal with illegal commercialization of Michigan’s natural resources or involve any Threatened & Endangered or Protected species.

NAME: Tim Haxton AFFILIATION: OMNR
ADDRESS: 10 Campus Dr. Postal Bag 2002
Tel: 613-258-8240 Fax: 613-258-3920 Email: tim.haxton@ontario.ca
Biographical Sketch:
Fisheries specialist with Aquatic Science Unit – PhD candidate – Been working on sturgeon for 11yrs; interested in anthropogenic stressors and population recovery.

NAME: Deserae Hendrickson AFFILIATION: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
ADDRESS: 5351 North Shore Drive, Duluth, Minnesota, 55804
TEL: (218) 525-3754 ext. 201 FAX: (218) 525-0855 E-mail: deserae.hendrickson@dnr.state.mn.us
Biographical Sketch:
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) has worked cooperatively with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to re-introduce lake sturgeon into the St. Louis River estuary and Western Lake Superior. A total of 142,456 lake sturgeon fingerlings and 728,291 fry were stocked from 1983 through 2000. Lake Winnebago strain was stocked from 1983 through 1994 and Sturgeon River strain was stocked in 1998, 1999 and 2000. Coded wire tags were implanted in all fingerlings stocked by MDNR. Lake sturgeon encountered in assessments conducted along the south shore of Lake Superior have been marked with Pit and Floy tags. Stocking was discontinued in 2000 and management efforts have shifted to evaluation of natural recruitment and spawning habitat improvement. Returning adults are being monitored within traditional spawning areas, reproduction and recruitment are being monitored with drift-netting, gillnetting and electrofishing. A habitat improvement project within traditional spawning grounds is tentatively scheduled for completion during the winter of 2007/2008. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has participated on the Lake sturgeon Subcommittee of the Lake Superior Technical Committee and the Lake Superior Lake Sturgeon Workgroup.

NAME: Charles Hendry AFFILIATION: Northeast Science & Information, Ontario MNR
ADDRESS: Ontario Gov. Complex 1270 HWY 101 E. P.O. Bag 3020, S. Porcupine, ON P0N 1H0
TEL: 705 235-1212 FAX: 705 235-1251 E-mail: charles.hendry@mnr.gov.on.ca
Biographical Sketch
: I am currently preparing a state-of-the resource public reporting document for lake sturgeon in northeastern Ontario. This document is intended to provide the public with information about the historical, current and expected future condition of the resource as well as our current management activities.

NAME: Larry Hildebrand AFFILIATION: Golder Associates Ltd.
ADDRESS: 201 Columbia Ave Castlegar, BC V12 1A8
TEL: 250-365-0344 FAX: 250-365-0988 E-mail: lhildebrand@golder.com
Biographical Sketch:
Conducted lake sturgeon research in the South Saskatchewan River to identify population characteristics, assess movements, identify critical habitats, and develop management plans
- Advisor to lake sturgeon research programs related to mining development on the Montcalm River and hydro development on the Ottawa River
-Have designed and conducted numerous research programs on sturgeon, with a focus on white sturgeon populations in the Fraser and Columbia river basins
-Co-chair for an AFS Western Division review of the Upper Basin Pallid Sturgeon Recovery Program
-Member of the Upper Columbia White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative, an international group of fisheries scientists tasked with the responsibility of identifying reason(s) for recruitment failure and methods to recover white sturgeon populations in the upper Columbia River Basin.

NAME: Fred Hnytka AFFILIATION: Department of Fisheries and Oceans
ADDRESS: 501 University Crescent Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3T 2N6
TEL: 204-984-2506 FAX: 204-983-5192 E-mail: hnytkaf@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Biographical Sketch:
Employed with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans for 30+ years.
Since 2002, has been a Species at Risk Biologist primarily responsible for the development of recovery strategies for listed species under Canada’s Species at Risk Act. In that capacity, will be responsible for the development of future recovery strategies or management plans for listed sturgeon populations.
Prior to 2002, employed as a Habitat Biologist and Environmental Assessment Biologist with DFO’s Habitat Management Program primarily responsible for the review, assessment, approval and monitoring of development projects with the potential to impact fish or fish habitat.

NAME: Mark Holey AFFILIATION: USFWS Green Bay
ADDRESS: 2661 Scott Tower Dr. New Franken, WI 54229
TEL: 920 866-1760 FAX: 920 866-1710 E-mail: mark_holey@fws.gov

NAME: Marty Holtgren AFFILIATION: Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
ADDRESS: 375 River Street, Manistee MI 49660
TEL: 231-398-2193 E-mail: mholtgren@lrboi.com
Biographical Sketch
: I am program manager for the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians sturgeon program. The Little River Band designed and operated the first portable streamside rearing facility in the Great Lakes. Our agency has conducted assessments for egg deposition, larval drift, young-of-year, and juvenile lake sturgeon in the Manistee River. We are currently working on a project which evaluates the streamside rearing facility and compares the reared fish to their wild cohort counterparts. I also am a steering committee member of the Lake Michigan Lake Sturgeon Task Group,

NAME: Thomas Howes AFFILIATION: Fond du Lac Reservation
ADDRESS: 1720 Big Lake Rd. Cloquet, MN_55720
TEL: (218) 878-8088 FAX: (218) 879-4854 E-mail: tomhowes@fdlrez.com

NAME: Matt Hughes AFFILIATION: Michigan DNR
ADDRESS: 34270 CR 652 MATTAWAN, MI 49071
TEL: 269-668-2696 FAX: 269-668-4659 E-mail: hughesmw@michigan.gov
Biographical Sketch:
I culture lake sturgeon at Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery. Eggs are obtained from wild fish in the Black River (Cheyboygan Co.) and the Sturgeon River (Baraga Co.) In addition to receiving eggs, Wolf Lake also receives larval fish as part of the “Head Start Program”. Fish are raised to fall fingerlings and stocked back in natal waters. Maximum rearing capacity is 10,000 fish.

NAME: Roger A. Hugill AFFILIATION: Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources
ADDRESS: Area Fisheries Headquarters 306 Power Ave. North PO Box 398 Hinckley, MN 55037
TEL: (320) 384-7721 FAX: (320)3846160 E-mail: roger.hugill@dnr.state.mn.us
Biographical Sketch:
I have been the Area Fisheries Supervisor at Hinckley since 1992 and my management area includes several streams within the St. Croix Watershed that support viable lake sturgeon populations. They include: 80 miles of the St. Croix River, 50 miles of the Kettle River and 75 miles of the Snake River. We have done directed sampling for sturgeon on the Kettle River since 1992. Work done includes: a yearly sampling and tagging program since 1992, radio telemetry, habitat availability and preference sampling, dam removal, population estimates and age and growth work. On the St. Croix River we began an annual directed sampling and tagging program in 1994. On the Snake River we have done some directed sampling and tagging and have began planning to modify the Cross Lake Dam for fish passage. That will reconnect over 85 miles of the Snake River and several hundred miles of tributaries.

NAME: Jeremiah Johnson AFFILIATION: Michigan DNR
ADDRESS: 2732 Slater Dr. Kalamazoo, MI 49004
TEL: 269-330-0188 E-mail: johnsonj2@michigan.gov

NAME: Jim Johnson AFFILIATION: Michigan Department Natural Resources
ADDRESS: Alpena Fishery Research Station, 160 East Fletcher Alpena, MI 49707
TEL: 989-356-3232 FAX: 989-356-1951
Biographical Sketch:
Manager of the Alpena Fishery Station. Chair, Lake Huron Technical Committee. Serve on MiDNR hatchery planning committees. Interested in rehabilitation biology and management.

NAME: Cheryl Kaye AFFILIATION: USFWS Marquette
ADDRESS: 129 Industrial Parkway, Marquette, Mi 49855
TEL: 906-226-1217 E-mail: cheryl_kaye@fws.gov

NAME: Heidi L. Keuler AFFILIATION: University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, WI (student) / USFWS – La Crosse FRO (employee)
ADDRESS: USFWS – La Crosse FRO 555 Lester Avenue Onalaska, WI 54650
TEL: 608-783-8417 FAX: 608-783-8450 E-mail: heidi_keuler@fws.gov
Biographical Sketch
: Heidi Keuler graduated with a double major in biology and wildlife and a minor in environmental law enforcement from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in 2000. She obtained a permanent position with the WI DNR as a conservation warden, but decided after a year that law enforcement was not for her. Heidi started with the USFWS – La Crosse Fishery Resources Office in 2002 and is currently employed there. She has been a graduate student at UW-La Crosse for the past two years and will be graduating with a degree in Aquatic Science in December. Heidi has sampled lake sturgeon on the Mississippi Watershed as well as on the Menominee Reservation for the past 4 years. She also has helped take fish health samples from lake sturgeon from Lake Winnebago and the Upper Lakes during the spearing season. Heidi hopes she has just merely begun her long journey of working with lake sturgeon.

NAME: Mike Kitt AFFILIATION: WDNR– Conservation Warden – Northeast Region
ADDRESS: 101 N. Ogden st., PO Box 208, Peshtigo, WI 54157
TEL: 715-582-5024 Fax: 715-582-5005 E-mail: michael.kitt@wisconsin.gov
Biographical Sketch
: Consevation warden- 25yrs; 22yrs in Marinette-dealing with Green Bay and Menoninee River sturgeon populations with open hook and line season

NAME: Shawna L. Kjartanson AFFILIATION:University of Toronto,
ADDRESS: 60 Harbord Street – Unit 658B Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 3L1
TEL: 647-262-3474 FAX: 416-287-7642 E-mail: skjartanson@utsc.utoronto.ca
Biographical Sketch:
I just started my Masters program at the University of Toronto, under the supervision of Dr. Nathan Lovejoy. Working in collaboration with Dr. Chris Wilson, at Trent University, we will examine the genetic diversity of lake sturgeon, focusing on their populations in western Canada. We hope to contribute to the present genetic information available for populations west of the Great Lakes and provide those respective protection agencies with more information with which to manage this species.

NAME: Meghan Kline AFFILIATION: LSSU, USFWS
ADDRESS: 300 W. Pier Dr. Apt 311A Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
Tel: 269-317-7963 Email: meghankline@gmail.com
Biographical Sketch
: LSSU Student – USFWS Biological Aide on the St. Mary’s Telemetry Project

NAME: Tracy Kolb AFFILIATION: Michigan State University
ADDRESS: 41 Nat. Res. Bld. Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife MSU East Lansing, MI -48824
TEL: 517.353.6697 E-mail: kolbtrac@msu.edu
Biographical Sketch:
I am a masters student in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University. My research interests include appropriately creating, implementing, and using shared fisheries information management systems for policy, education and conservation. For my master’s project I am working with the USGS to create a sturgeon database, which combines status and trends information from multiple agencies and multiple sturgeon species to assess the impacts of habitat alteration.

NAME: Scott R. Koproski AFFILIATION: USFWS Alpena FRO
ADDRESS: Federal Building Rm. 204 145 Water St. Alpena, MI 49707
TEL: 989-356-5102 x 23 FAX: 989-356-4651 E-mail: scott_koproski@fws.gov
Biographical Sketch:
I have been working with lake sturgeon for over 10 years in various systems. Most of my work has been geared towards the large connecting waterways such as the Detroit River and St. Marys River. I am currently involved in a project with Lake Superior State University working on the St. Marys River. We obtained funding for one year to implant adult lake sturgeon with a sonic telemetry tags. This past summer we collected over 70 lake sturgeon and we implanted 12 fish. Through the end of August, fish were tracked daily and since then we have attempted to locate each fish weekly. We are currently pursuing funds to continue this study. If additional funds are obtained we plan on expanding our partnerships in order to obtain a better coverage of this huge system. We also plan on expanding our project to look at habitat preferences and usage by lake sturgeon within the St. Marys River.

NAME: Adam Kowalski AFFILIATION: USFWS
ADDRESS: 145 Water St. Alpena, MI 49707
Tel: 989-356-0362 Email: adam_kowalski@fws.gov

NAME: Adrienne Kral AFFILIATION: Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
ADDRESS: 7500 Odawa Circle Harbor Springs, MI 49740
TEL: 231-242-1670 FAX: 231-242-1690 E-mail: slenart@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov
Biological Sketch:
The LTBB Great Lakes Fishery Program has monitored the incidental capture of lake sturgeon in the Little Traverse Bay Region of Lake Michigan since 2000. During 2000 to 2004 our agency collected biological data from 24 animals that were captured incidentally during biological surveys and in the local tribal commercial fishery. Due to this relatively high capture rate, in 2005 we began targeted survey work as part of the larger project entitled Status Assessment of Remnant Lake Sturgeon Populations in the Lake Michigan Basin in an effort to determine the seasonal distribution of animals in the Little Traverse Bay region. To date we have collected biological data from an additional 12 animals while providing researchers with 28 tissue samples for inclusion in the Lake Michigan Basin Genetics Sub-project. Future work will likely focus on determining whether spawning occurs locally.

NAME: Jeannette Krieger-Kanefsky AFFILIATION: Ohio State University
ADDRESS: 1373 Red Leaf Lane East Lansing, MI 48823
TEL: 517-203-2799 E-mail:jkrieg@frontiernet.net
Biographical Sketch:
I graduated in molecular genetics in 2000 from Ohio State University, where I did my dissertation work on the molecular phylogeny of North American sturgeons and the evolution of the nuclear 18S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene in sturgeons, particularly lake sturgeon. During this work we discovered the presence of within-individual variation of the 18S rRNA gene in all species of North American sturgeons, the first such finding in a vertebrate. After graduation, I was employed in a number of positions in genetic research and DNA sequencing, none of them related to sturgeon, but due to the generosity of my supervisors I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to expand upon and continue the work on sturgeon that I began in graduate school. As the result of a collaboration, I was able to survey most of the Eurasian acipenseriform species for the unusual within-individual variation of the 18S rRNA gene, and also to expand the molecular phylogeny study to include most Eurasian acipenseriform species. I am currently conducting a study to determine if different variants of the 18S rRNA gene are expressed in different lake sturgeon tissues or if there is only one functional expressed variant (as we believe based on our previous work). Next on the agenda is to examine the sequences that provide transcriptional control of the rRNA genes in lake sturgeon in order to investigate the apparent selective expression of 18S rDNA that is occurring in these fish.

NAME: Stephen Lenart AFFILIATION: Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
ADDRESS: 7500 Odawa Circle Harbor Springs, MI 49740
TEL: 231-242-1670 FAX: 231-242-1690 E-mail: slenart@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov
Biological Sketch:
The LTBB Great Lakes Fishery Program has monitored the incidental capture of lake sturgeon in the Little Traverse Bay Region of Lake Michigan since 2000. During 2000 to 2004 our agency collected biological data from 24 animals that were captured incidentally during biological surveys and in the local tribal commercial fishery. Due to this relatively high capture rate, in 2005 we began targeted survey work as part of the larger project entitled Status Assessment of Remnant Lake Sturgeon Populations in the Lake Michigan Basin in an effort to determine the seasonal distribution of animals in the Little Traverse Bay region. To date we have collected biological data from an additional 12 animals while providing researchers with 28 tissue samples for inclusion in the Lake Michigan Basin Genetics Sub-project. Future work will likely focus on determining whether spawning occurs locally.

NAME: Rick Loeffler AFFILIATION: North American Hydro, Inc.
ADDRESS:116 State Street P.O. Box 167 Neshkoto, WI 54960
E-mail: nahi@vbe.com
Biographical Sketch:
Lake Sturgeon Issues: Sturgeon Passage at Hydroelectric Plants.

NAME: Andrew Loftus AFFILIATION: Michigan State University
ADDRESS: 3116 Munz Drive Suite A Annapolis, MD 21403
TEL: (410) 295-5997 E-mail: ALoftus501@aol.com
Biographical Sketch:
Andrew Loftus is working in conjunction the USGS National Biological Information Infrastructure, and Dr. William Taylor and Tracy Kolbe of Michigan State University, to develop a prototype fisheries information system using North American sturgeon as a case study. The intention of the system is to provide a tool to managers and researchers for sharing information that is adaptable enough to accommodate existing databases and not to create a new database that is duplicative of ongoing efforts. To help accomplish this, a guidance team of professionals knowledgeable about various sturgeon species and populations is being used as a resource to guide this effort.

NAME: Jason Lorenz AFFILIATION: LSSU
ADDRESS: 1304 W. Easterday Ave. Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
Tel: 906-630-6248 Email: jlorenz@lssu.edu
Biographical Sketch:
Senior at LSSU in Fisheries and Wildlife Management – Senior thesis Lake Sturgeon use in St. Mary’s River

NAME: Robert Luke AFFILIATION: Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada
ADDRESS: 501 University Crescent, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T R3T 2N6
TEL: 204-983-0021 FAX: 204-989-3073 E-mail: luker@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Biographical Sketch
: Have worked as a Fishery Officer, Conservation and Protection for 23 years, 10+years in Fisheries Management in the Arctic, commercial, sport, domestic, subsistence and marine mammal fishery monitoring compliance, 10+ years working under the provision of the Fisheries Act for Fish, Habitat protection monitoring and enforcement for compliance, 2 years as the Central and Arctic SARA C&P Fishery Officer for the training and Coordination of the Species at Risk Legislation

NAME: Joseph Lyons AFFILIATION: Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, Environmental Services Dept.
ADDRESS: Forestry Center N1035 STH 47 Keshena, WI 54135
TEL: (715) 799-3179 FAX: (715) 799-6153 E-mail: jlyons@mitw.org

NAME: Kevin Mann AFFILIATION: Michigan Tech University
ADDRESS: 1400 Townsend Ave. Houghton, MI 49931
Tel: 248-321-3970 Email: kamann@mtu.edu

NAME: Holly Madill AFFILIATION: Great Lakes Fishery Trust
ADDRESS: Great Lakes Fishery Trust 600 W. St. Joseph, Ste. 10 Lansing, MI 48933
TEL: 517b 371-7468 Website: www.glft.org
Biographical Sketch:
The mission of the Great Lakes Fishery Trust (GLFT) is to provide funding to enhance, protect and rehabilitate Great Lakes fishery resources. The GLFT will manage its resources to compensate for lost use and enjoyment of the Lake Michigan fishery resulting from the operation of the Ludington Pumped Storage Plant. Since it's inception in 1996, the GLFT has granted a total of $32,721,807 toward meeting its mission. The average amount of granting per year is now $5 million. While the GLFT has always granted monies for Great Lakes fishery research, in 2001 it opened a category specifically to address the recruitment, rehabilitation, and restoration of lake sturgeon. To date, the GLFT has funded over $14 million for Ecosystem Health and Sustainable Fish Populations research. Of that amount, $3,825,749 (25 projects) has been dedicated to lake sturgeon rehabilitation and research, accounting for 27% of the research funding and only since 2001. Needless to say, lake sturgeon is of great importance to the GLFT and will continue to be a focus.

NAME: Forrest Madosh AFFILIATION: Fish and Wildlife Biologist/manager and Cons. Warden
ADDRESS: P.O. Box 910 Keshena, WI 54135
Tel:715-799-5116 Fax:715-799-5165

NAME: Jenni McDermid AFFILIATION: University of Toronto and Wildlife Conservation Society
ADDRESS: 25 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON, M5S 3G5
TEL: 416-946-7231 E-mail: jmcdermid@zoo.utoronto.ca
Biographical Sketch:
I will be beginning my employment with the Wildlife Conservation Society of Canada in January 2007 working on fish species in the Ontario Boreal forest. To date my research has focused on lake trout, however with this new position I hope to implement a sturgeon research project and therefore I’m looking to find out what type of sturgeon research is currently underway and hope to make contacts and identify potential partners or collaborators.

NAME: Rod McDonald AFFILIATION: DFO Sea Lamprey Control Center
ADDRESS: 1 Canal Dr. Sault Ste Marie, ON P6R-6W4
Tel: 705 941-3009 Fax: 705-941-3025 Email: mcdonaldr@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

NAME: Bruce McGregor AFFILIATION: Sagamok Anishnawbek ( Saulteaux Enterprises )
ADDRESS: Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation P.O Box 850 Massey, Ontario, P0P 1P0
TEL: (705) 865 1134 FAX: (705) 865-1137 E-mail: bruce@saulteauxenterprises.ca
Biographical Sketch
: Sagamok has conducted lake sturgeon assessments in the Spanish River which is located in North Channel of Lake Huron. Issues and concerns are, status of juvenile lake sturgeon in the Spanish River, the impact industry has on spawning lake sturgeon in the Spanish River, developing regulations to maintain water levels during the spawn.

NAME: Justin McLeod AFFILIATION: LSSU ARL
ADDRESS: 322 Maple St. Soo, MI 49783
Tel: 989-326-3603 Email: j.d.mcleod@hotmail.com
Biographical Sketch:
BS in Fish and Wildlife mgmt. 2years w/ USFWS. 1 yr. with MDNR

NAME: Rob Mellow AFFILIATION: Golder Associates Ltd.
ADDRESS: 1010 Lorne St. Sudbury, ON P3C4R9
TEL: 705 524-6861 x235 FAX: 705 524-1984 E-mail: rmellow@golder.com

NAME: Scott McKenzie AFFILIATION: Golder Associates Ltd.
ADDRESS: 1000, 940-6th Avenue SW Calgary, Alberta T2P 3T1
TEL: 403-260-2274 FAX: 403-299-5606 E-mail: smckenzie@golder.com
Biographical Sketch
: I have studied white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) for the past fifteen years in western Canada and authored or provided senior review of more than thirty reports and publications on sturgeon. In the 1990’s, I managed numerous white sturgeon studies in the Columbia River basin and directed the large-scale, multi-year Fraser River White Sturgeon Monitoring Program. More recently, my work with white sturgeon has focussed on recovery planning and research. I presently participate in the Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative as a member of the Nechako River White Sturgeon Recovery Team. As the co-author of the recovery plan for Nechako River white sturgeon and technical member of the recovery team, I continue to act in a senior advisory role for numerous projects investigating Nechako River white sturgeon as part of ongoing efforts to recover this endangered stock.

NAME: Curtiss McLeod AFFILIATION: Golder Associates
ADDRESS: #300, 10525 – 170 St. Edmonton, Alberta T5P 4W2
TEL: (780)930-8635 FAX: (780)483-1574 E-mail: curtiss_mcleod@golder.com
Biographical Sketch:
Lake sturgeon population / movements /life history studies in the South /North Saskatchewan Rivers, in Alberta (north western limit of range of lake sturgeon), advisor and program design for lake sturgeon monitoring studies on the Groundhog river, Ontario (mine water effluent impact studies), participation and direction of white sturgeon studies on the Columbia River (hydroelectric developments) and the Fraser River (baseline and recovery program studies).

NAME: Robert Mills AFFILIATION: Michigan DNR
ADDRESS: 8717 N. Roscommon Rd Roscommon, Michigan 48653
TEL: (989)275-5151 x2070 FAX: (989)275-5167 E-mail: millsre@michigan.gov
Biographical Sketch
: Member of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Special Investigative Unit, responsible for large scale investigations primarily in the southern half of the Lower Peninsula.

NAME: Jessica Mistak AFFILIATION: Michigan DNR, Fisheries Division
ADDRESS: Marquette Fisheries Station 484 Cherry Creek Rd. Marquette, MI 49855
TEL: 906-249-1611 x308 FAX: 906-249-3190 E-mail: mistakjl@michigan.gov
Biographical Sketch:
Jessica Mistak is a senior fisheries biologist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Habitat Management Unit where she is responsible for initiatives concerning conservation, protection, and management of aquatic habitat. Jessica’s work involves providing technical, legal, and policy assistance to the Department on a variety of aquatic habitat related issues, including stream restoration, dam removal, fish passage, and participation in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula hydropower licensing proceedings under the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Jessica is a Senior Fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program and Past-President of the Michigan Chapter of the American Fisheries Society.

NAME: Ashley Moerke AFFILIATION: Lake Superior State University
ADDRESS: 650 W. Easterday Avenue, Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783
TEL: 906/635-2153 FAX: 906/635-2266 E-mail: amoerke@lssu.edu
Biographical Sketch:
I am an Assistant Professor in Biology and Co-Director of the Aquatic Research Laboratory at Lake Superior State University. The LSSU Aquatic Research Lab has been sampling lake sturgeon in the St. Marys River since 2000. In 2006, in collaboration with the USFWS, Bay Mills Indian Community, and the Soo Area Sportsmen’s Club, we began an ultrasonic telemetry study in the River. Currently, we have 12 sturgeon with sonic tags implanted and we are tracking movement on a weekly basis.

NAME: Lloyd Mohr AFFILIATION: Upper Great Lakes Management Unit, OMNR
ADDRESS: 1450 Seventh Avenue East, Owen Sound, ON N4K 2Z1
TEL: (519) 371-5669 FAX: (519) 371-5844 E-mail: lloyd.mohr@Ontario.ca
Biographical Sketch:
I have worked with lake sturgeon in Lake Huron for 12 years, the first 8 years focused on commercial sampling with the past 4 years focusing on spawning run assessment. I am interested in the movement, recruitment, growth and spawning periodicity of lake sturgeon in the Great Lakes and in general.

NAME: Bob Moody AFFILIATION: Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources
ADDRESS: DNR Operations Services Center, 5100 M-123 Newberry, MI 49868
TEL: 906-293-5131, Ext. 4360 FAX: 906-293-8728 E-mail: moodyr@michigan.gov
Biographical Sketch:
I am responsible for managing the eastern portion of the Upper Peninsula waters of Michigan draining to Lake Superior. I have one stream (the Tahquamenon River) in my management unit that traditionally held Lake Sturgeon as has been reported by local Native American Communities. However, we have no evidence that sturgeon continue to use this system. I am interested in investigating why sturgeon no longer exist in this river and potentially restoring this historical population.

NAME: Seth Moore AFFILIATION: Grand Portage Band of Chippewa
ADDRESS: Grand Portage Band of Chippewa 27 Store Rd. Grand Portage, MN 55605
TEL: 218-475-2415 x22 FAX: 218-475-2615 E-mail: samoore@boreal.org

NAME: Travis Moore AFFILIATION: MISSOURI DOC
ADDRESS: 653 Clinic Road, Hannibal MO 63401
TEL: 573-248-2530 FAX: 573-248-2532 Email: Travis.Moore@mdc.mo.gov
Biographical Sketch:
Travis Moore has been employed with the Missouri Department of Conservation for 15 years, 13 of which have been in Northeast Missouri. For the last few years, he has worked on a couple of projects related to both shovelnose and lake sturgeon in the pooled portions of the Upper Mississippi. He is currently co-supervising two graduate students (Greg Snellen, Mark Miller) who are addressing the following two issues: where, when, and how to catch lake sturgeon of various sizes in the
Mississippi River, and habitat use of adult/sub-adult lake sturgeon in the Mississippi River. Travis and the graduate students are also cooperating with various other agencies to identify genetic stocks in
this reach of the river, develop a blood test to sex and stage lake sturgeon, diet analysis, and contaminant analysis in lake sturgeon.

NAME: Terry Morse, Supervisory Fish Biologist AFFILIATION: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
ADDRESS: 1929 Industrial Parkway, Marquette, Mi 49855
TEL: 906-226-1236 FAX: 906-226-3632 E-mail: terry_morse@fws.gov
Biographical Sketch:
Supervised Control Unit at Marquette Biological Station for 20 years. Was one of originators of the Sturgeon Protocol for Treatment of streams with demonstrated sturgeon reproduction. Negotiate with state DNR fisheries folks regarding treatments of sturgeon streams on annual basis.

NAME: Allison Niggemyer AFFILIATION: Great Lakes Fishery Commission
ADDRESS: 2100 Commonwealth Blvd. Suite 100 Ann Arbor, MI 48105
TEL: 734-662-3209 ext. 28 FAX: 734-741-2010 E-mail: allison@glfc.org
Biographical Sketch:
My primary involvement in lake sturgeon issues in the Great Lakes is as the Great Lakes Fishery Commission’s representative to the Lake Michigan Lake Sturgeon Task Group. My primary area of interest with respect to lake sturgeon is science-based restoration planning and improving the process by which restoration plans are formulated. I am generally interested in applying information about lake sturgeon ecology and life history to restoration planning, and I am also interested in understanding and prioritizing impediments to lake sturgeon restoration in the Great Lakes. Additionally, I have some experience with green sturgeon issues on the Pacific Coast.

NAME: Lisa O’Connor AFFILIATION: DFO Great Lakes Lab. For Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
ADDRESS: 1 Canal Dr. Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 6W4
TEL: 1-705-942-2848 FAX: 1-705-942-4025 E-mail: oconnorl@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Biographical Sketch:
Lisa O’Connor has worked for Fisheries and Oceans Canada for over 10 years on a variety of projects. For her most recent work, she has researched fish passage through vertical slot fishways at low-head barrier dams. As part of this work, she has instituted the use of the Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tags and antennae arrays for not only the fish passage study, but also a variety of other projects around the Great Lakes and across Canada.

NAME: Stephanie Ogren AFFILIATION: Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
ADDRESS: 375 River Street, Manistee MI 49660
TEL: 231-398-2192 E-mail: sogren@lrboi.com
Biographical Sketch
: I assist with for the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians sturgeon program. The Little River Band designed and operated the first portable streamside rearing facility in the Great Lakes. Our agency has conducted assessments for egg deposition, larval drift, young-of-year, and juvenile lake sturgeon in the Manistee River. We are currently working on a project which evaluates the streamside rearing facility and compares the reared fish to their wild cohort counterparts.

NAME: Carlye Olson AFFILIATION: 1854 Authority
ADDRESS: 4428 Haines Road, Duluth, MN 55811
TEL: 218-722-8907 FAX: 218-722-7003 E-mail: colson3@1854authority.org
Biographical Sketch:
I am a fish and wildlife biologist for the1854 Treaty Authority. I have been involved in a juvenile lake sturgeon radio telemetry study. We are looking for information on habitats that are being used by this life stage and hope to be able to provide managers with information about the critical habitats that should be protected and/or rehabilitated to enhance the success of restoring a self-sustaining population of sturgeon in the lower St. Louis River.

NAME: Holly Patrick AFFILIATION: Purdue University
ADDRESS: Purdue University Dept. Forestry & Nat. Res. 195 Marsteller St. W. Lafayette, IN, 47907
TEL (765) 714-0127 FAX: (765) 583-2490 E-mail: hkpatric@purdue.edu
Biographical Sketch:
Holly is a Masters student in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at Purdue University working under the supervision of Dr. Trent Sutton. Holly and Trent are currently working on a laboratory-based research project looking at the host-size selection and lethality of sea lamprey on lake sturgeon. Results from this study will provide insights as to whether the negative effects on long-term population viability from sea lamprey parasitism on adult and sub-adult lake sturgeon will outweigh the negative effects from non-target lake sturgeon mortality resulting from lampricide treatment. In addition, Holly and Trent are preparing a photographic key of sea lamprey wounds on lake sturgeon to produce a wound-classification field guide.

NAME: Aaron Paquet AFFILIATION: Northern Environmental
ADDRESS: 15851 S. US 27 Bld 30 Lansing, MI 48906
Tel: 888-662-1232 Fax: 517-702-0477 Email: apauquet@northernenvironmental.com

NAME: Stephan Peake AFFILIATION: Canadian Rivers Institute, University of New Brunswick
ADDRESS: 10 Bailey Drive, Fredericton, NB, Canada. E3B 6E1
TEL: (506) 458-7462 FAX: (506) 453-4583 E-mail: speake@unb.ca
Biographical Sketch:
I have been an assistant professor at the University of New Brunswick for the past 4 years, with research focused on exercise physiology of fish, fish locomotion and passage at culverts and fishways, and lake sturgeon behaviour and ecology. Recently I have begun a major lake sturgeon research project (funded by Manitoba Hydro and NSERC) aimed at evaluating current mitigative strategies for hydro impacts on lake sturgeon, including provision of fish passage, hatchery supplementation, and habitat remediation. The project also involves intensive research into general ecology of lake sturgeon (particularly juveniles) and stress physiology in this species. The work is being conducted in collaboration with Drs. Gary Anderson and Mark Abrahams at the University of Manitoba.

NAME: Maureen Peltier AFFILIATION: Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resource Centre
ADDRESS: 755 Wallace Rd., Unit #5 North Bay, ON P1B 8G4
TEL: 705-472-7888 FAX: 705-472-6333 E-mail: mpeltier@aofrc.org
Biographical Sketch:
As a "Centre of Excellence" for fisheries assessment and management, the A/OFRC employs standardized assessment tools, innovative science and technology and traditional knowledge to evaluate stock status and stresses on fish populations and their habitats. The Centre's studies integrate western science and traditional ecological knowledge (TEK), and lead to recommendations to management authorities. As a partnership between the Union of Ontario Indians and Ontario, the Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resource Centre is well positioned to undertake many different fisheries projects.

NAME: Nicholas Popoff AFFILIATION: Michigan DNR
ADDRESS: Charlevoix Fisheries Research Station, 96 Grant St., Charlevoix, MI 49720
TEL: 231-547-2914 x231 E-mail: popoffn@michigan.gov
Biographical Sketch
: I manage the Tribal Coordination Unit for the MDNR. My work deals with Great Lakes and inland fisheries within the 1836 and 1842 treaty areas. Previously I worked for the USGS in Cook, WA where I completed white sturgeon behavior projects related to channel dredging and hydropower dam passage.

NAME: Tim Purdy AFFILIATION: Ontario Commercial Fisherman Assoc.
ADDRESS: 412 Michigan Ave. Point Edward, ON Canada N7VorU?-1G3
Tel: 519-344-7789 Fax: 519-344-8132 Email: tpurdy@bellnet.cg

Biographical Sketch: Commercial fisherman, involved with sturgeon tagging in southern Lake Huron

NAME: Jeremy Pyatskowit AFFILIATION: Menominee Indian Tribe of WI
ADDRESS: PO Box 910, Keshena, WI 54135
TEL: 715-799-6150 FAX:715-799-6153 E-mail: jpyatskowit@mitw.org

Biographical Sketch: The Menominee Indian Tribe of WI has implemented a Lake Sturgeon Restoration Plan that has been in place since 1995. To date the plan involved planting sturgeon in Legend Lake to provide a fishery for tribal members and transferring fish from below Shawano on the Wolf River to locations on the Wolf River within the reservation. The plan is currently being reviewed to determine the steps necessary for the program to succeed.

NAME: Jonathan Pyatskowit AFFILIATION: USFWS
ADDRESS: 2800 Main St. E.
Tel: 715-682-6185 Email: jonathan_pyatskowit@fws.gov

Biographical Sketch: Lake sturgeon assessment Bad and White Rivers. Ontonagon sturgeon assessment.

NAME: Henry Quinlan AFFILIATION: USFWS Lake Superior
ADDRESS: 2800 Lakeshore Drive, E., Ashland, WI 54806
TEL: 715 682-6185 FAX: 715 682-8899 E-mail: henry_quinlan@fws.gov

Biographical Sketch: I work cooperatively with biologists from state and tribal agencies, universities, and other organizations to further lake sturgeon rehabilitation efforts in Lake Superior. This involves field studies of adult, juvenile and larval sturgeon in the Bad and White rivers, Wisconsin and juvenile fish in the big pond, associated with the Ontonagon River, Michigan. Me, and many others sampled spawning populations around the lake for geneticists to describe the genetic stock structure. I serve as the Lake Superior Technical Committee Lake Sturgeon Work Group chairman, helping to coordinate and track progress toward lake sturgeon rehabilitation in Lake Superior. I have been involved in lake sturgeon assessment and management in the Lake Superior basin since 1995. Recent activities include assessment of spawning runs in tributaries that historically or currently support self-sustaining populations, identification and description of juvenile and adult habitat, description of larval and yoy movement and growth, and technical assistance to other agencies involved with management and assessment of lake sturgeon. I currently chair the Lake Sturgeon Work Group of the Lake Superior Technical Committee and spend a lot of time every two years helping to host these Sturgeon Coordination Meetings.

NAME: Donald J. Reiter AFFILIATION: Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin
ADDRESS: P.O. Box 910 Keshena, WI 54135
Tel: 715-799-5116 Fax: 715-799-5165 Email: manager90@frontiernet.net

Biographical Sketch: The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin continues to undergo research on lake sturgeon restoration. Lake sturgeon had been extirpated from the Menominee Indian Reservation, WI until 1994 when federal, state, and tribal biologists began implementing strategies to reintroduce lake sturgeon to reservation waters. The lake sturgeon is an important part of the Menominee Indian Tribe culturally and also provided subsistence in years past. Research activities include reintroduce adult lake sturgeon, stock yearling lake sturgeon, monitor behavior and habitat use using radio-telemetry, and conduct annual population assessments on reintroduced populations. These activities will enable the identification of preferred habitat for lake sturgeon on the Menominee Reservation and bring the population to a self-sustaining level. Biological monitoring of movement behavior, habitat use and population status will allow adaptation of current management strategies as needed. The data collected and lake surveys completed will be used in the development of management plans and Menominee Fishing Rules and Regulations governing lake sturgeon.

NAME: Tom Rozich AFFLIATION: Fisheries Division, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
ADDRESS: 8015 Mackinaw Trail Cadillac, MI 49601
TEL: 231/775-9727 ext 6070 FAX: 231/775-9671 E-mail: rozicht@michigan.gov

NAME: Ann Runstrom Fishery Biologist AFFILIATION: USFWS La Crosse and Carterville FRO
ADDRESS: 555 Lester Ave. Onalaska, WI 54650
TEL: 608-783-8433 FAX: 608-783-8450 E-mail: ann_runstrom@fws.gov

Biographical Sketch: Ann Runstrom has worked with the Menominee Indian Tribe facilitating implementation of the Menominee Tribe's Lake Sturgeon Management Plan since 1994; working to restore lake sturgeon to their native range in the Wolf River on the Reservation and to establish a lake sturgeon population in a Reservation lake.
Outside the Great Lakes basin, Ann works with the Mississippi Interstate Cooperative Resource Association (MICRA) on sturgeon and paddlefish management issues in the Mississippi basin.

NAME: Jennie Ryman AFFILIATION: University of Waterloo (Grad Student)
ADDRESS:
Email: jryman@scimail.uwaterloo.ca

NAME: Todd Schaller AFFILIATION: WDNR– Conservation Warden Supervisor – Oshkosh Team
ADDRESS: Dept Nat Res 625 E Hwy Y, Suite 700, Oshkosh WI 54901
TEL: 920-424-3055 FAX: 920-424-4404 E-mail: Todd.Schaller@wisconsin.gov

Biographical Sketch: Oversee the Sturgeon Enforcement Program on the Lake Winnebago System related to the Sturgeon Spearing Season on Lake Winnebago and the Upriver Lakes and the spring Sturgeon Guard Program on the Wolf River. Law Enforcement representative on Lake Winnebago Citizen Sturgeon Advisory Committee. The Sturgeon Guard program is a DNR partnership with Sturgeon For Tomorrow and citizen volunteers providing protection during the spring Sturgeon spawning run on the Wolf River system.

NAME: Lee Schneckenberger AFFILIATION: USFWS Law Enforcement
ADDRESS: 70 Sunrise Highway Suite 419 Valley Stream, NY 11581
TEL: 516 825-3950 x234 FAX: 516 825-3597 E-mail: lee_schneckenberger@fws.gov

Biographical Sketch: I have facilitated Law Enforcement efforts with respect to the import of Lake Sturgeon from Canada into the US, and have documented violations of international (CITES), provincial and state law. Furthermore, I anticipate initiating investigations involving the unlawful interstate and foreign commerce of Lake Sturgeon, including within the caviar trade.

NAME: George Scholten AFFILIATION: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
ADDRESS: TWRA – Fisheries Division P.O. Box 40747 Nashville, TN 37204
TEL: (615) 781-6574 FAX: (615) 781-6667 E-mail: George.Scholten@state.tn.us

Biographical Sketch: George Scholten is the Reservoir and River Fisheries Coordinator for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. He coordinates TWRA’s involvement with the Lake Sturgeon Reintroduction Program in the upper Tennessee and Cumberland rivers. The fish that are stocked as part of this program are hatched from eggs that are donated each year by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

NAME: Amy M Schueller AFFILIATION: Michigan State University
ADDRESS: Michigan State University 13 Natural Resources Building E. Lansing, MI 48824
TEL: 517-353-6697 E-mail: schuel11@msu.edu

Biographical Sketch: I am a doctoral student in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University working with Daniel Hayes. My areas of interest include using population dynamics and simulation modeling in order to address questions of management concern. Currently, I am working on an individual-based model to address concerns regarding stocking strategies and the trade-offs between demographics and genetic issues such as inbreeding. The hope is that this information will help managers of lake sturgeon to develop stocking strategies best suited for their specific population of concern.

NAME: Kim Scribner AFFILIATION: MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife & Dept. of Zoology
ADDRESS: 13 Natural Resources Building, East Lansing, MI 48824-1222
TEL: 517-353-3288 FAX: 517-432-1699 E-mail: scribne3@msu.edu

Biographical Sketch: Education: BS – Univ. Wisconsin-Stevens Point, MS – Texas Tech University, PhD – Univ. of Georgia Interests – Population ecology and genetics
Work with sturgeon
a) Great Lakes – delineation of stock structure and phylogeographic history in the Great Lakes including estimation of historical gene flow and effective population size; stock-specific estimates of recruitment; stock-specific use of open water habitats in the Great Lakes; compositional estimates of harvest
b) Spawning populations in Great Lakes tributaries – factors affecting recruitment; sources and magnitude of mortality during early life history; evaluation of different supplementational and rearing strategies; mating systems and estimates of male and female reproductive success; quantitative genetics of early life history traits and juvenile growth.

NAME: John Seyler AFFILIATION: Golder Associates Ltd.
ADDRESS:1010 Lorne Street, Sudbury, ON P3C 4R9
TEL: 705 524 6861 x 291 FAX: 705 524 1984 E-mail: jseyler@golder.com

Biographical Sketch: John has worked extensively with Government, aboriginal communities and industry on lake sturgeon issues related to habitat utilization modeling, population assessment, sampling techniques and the development of harvest regulations.

NAME: Randy Seymour AFFILIATION: Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
ADDRESS: 7500 Odawa Circle Harbor Springs, MI 49740
TEL: 231-242-1670 FAX: 231-242-1690 E-mail: slenart@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov

Biological Sketch: The LTBB Great Lakes Fishery Program has monitored the incidental capture of lake sturgeon in the Little Traverse Bay Region of Lake Michigan since 2000. During 2000 to 2004 our agency collected biological data from 24 animals that were captured incidentally during biological surveys and in the local tribal commercial fishery. Due to this relatively high capture rate, in 2005 we began targeted survey work as part of the larger project entitled Status Assessment of Remnant Lake Sturgeon Populations in the Lake Michigan Basin in an effort to determine the seasonal distribution of animals in the Little Traverse Bay region. To date we have collected biological data from an additional 12 animals while providing researchers with 28 tissue samples for inclusion in the Lake Michigan Basin Genetics Sub-project. Future work will likely focus on determining whether spawning occurs locally.

NAME: Dan Sheill AFFILIATION: US Fish and Wildlife Service Law Enforcement
ADDRESS: 3800 Packard Rd., Ste. 160 Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Tel: 734/971-9755 Fax: 734/971-9754 Email: Dan_sheil@fws.gov

NAME: Kregg Smith AFFILIATION: MDNR Fisheries Division
ADDRESS: 621 N 10th Street Plainwell, MI 49080
TEL: (269) 685-6851 FAX: (269) 685-1362 E-mail: smithkrm@michigan.gov

Biographical Sketch: Kregg Smith, Fisheries Management Biologist, MDNR -Southern Lake Michigan Management Unit has worked on lake sturgeon population dynamics and larval production in Black Lake, Michigan. My experience is in collecting and quantifying larvae, YOY, Juvenile, and adult lake sturgeon; using drift nets, trawling, gillnet, setlines, electrofishing, and ultrasonic telemetry. I am a member of the Lake Michigan Lake Sturgeon Task Group, MDNR lake sturgeon committee. My work is interested in rehabilitation of lake sturgeon populations in the Saint Joseph, Kalamazoo, and Grand Rivers. Some of the work currently ongoing in these river systems include inventorying habitat for different lake sturgeon life stages, obtaining and evaluating archaeological lake sturgeon remains to gain knowledge of historic genetic diversity in conjunction with current population information and genetic diversity that will assist fisheries managers in understanding the changes within these populations as well as between populations in southern Lake Michigan, coordinating and assisting in sampling efforts for biological data in each river as well as along the St. Joseph Reef in Southern Lake Michigan.

NAME: Paul Sullivan AFFILIATION: DFO
ADDRESS: Sea Lamprey Control Centre 1 Canal Dr. Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A-6W4
Tel: 705-941-3010 Fax: 705-941-3052 Email: sullivanP@dfo-mpo.ga.ca

NAME: Trent M. Sutton AFFILIATION: Purdue University
ADDRESS: Dept. Forestry and Nat. Res. 195 Marsteller St. W. Lafayette, IN 47907
TEL: 765-496-6266 FAX: 765-496-2422 E-mail: tsutton@purdue.edu

Biographical Sketch: Evaluation of remnant stock status, early life history dynamics, habitat availability and quality, and population viability of Great Lakes lake sturgeon populations.

NAME: Craig A. Tabor AFFILIATION: US Fish and Wildlife Service Law Enforcement
ADDRESS: 3800 Packard Rd., Ste. 160 Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Tel: 734/971-9755 Fax: 734/971-9754 Email: craig_tabor@fws.gov

NAME: Dan Traynor AFFILIATION: LSSU Aquatic Lab
ADDRESS: 10605 E Traynor Rd. Goetzville, MI 49736
Tel: 906-630-5961 Email: dan.traynor@hotmail.com

NAME: Betsy Trometer AFFILIATION: US Fish and Wildlife Service, Lower Great Lakes FRO
ADDRESS: 405 N. French Rd. Suite 120A Amherst, NY 14228
TEL: 716-691-5456 x 22 FAX: 716-691-6154 E-mail: betsy_trometer@fws.gov

Biographical Sketch: Betsy is a fishery biologist with the Lower Great Lakes Fishery Resources Office in Amherst New York. Over the years, she has assisted with lake sturgeon projects on the Niagara River and the Genesee River. In 2006, she conducted a survey for sturgeon eggs and larval fish in the lower Niagara River, and assisted with a habitat use and movement study of stocked lake sturgeon in the Genesee River.

NAME: Don Waukechon AFFILIATION: Menominee Nation
ADDRESS: P.O. Box 910 Keshena, WI. 54135
TEL: 715-799-5116 FAX: 715-799-5165 E-mail: donwaukechon@mitw.org

Biographical Sketch: Senior Conservation Rights Protection for the Menominee Nation

NAME: Jim Waybrant, Senior Fisheries Biologist AFFILIATION: Michigan DNR
ADDRESS: Newberry Operations Service Center 5100 S. M-123 Newberry, MI 49868
TEL: 906-293-5131 FAX: 906-293-8728 E-mail: jwaybrant@michigan.gov

Biographical Sketch: I have no experience with lake sturgeon. I work for MiDNR, Fisheries Division, in the Eastern Lake Superior Management Unit. My work generally concentrates on management of inland lakes, inland streams, and streams/rivers seasonally supporting potamodromous species. Historical documents and Native American legends mention lake sturgeon in the lower Tahquamenon River, but modern surveys have not documented them there. I am curious about what could have changed in this stretch of river. Although the river was subject to intense log flotation and some resultant habitat destruction in the late 1800s, there is now very little evidence of anthropomorphic habitat alteration within the 17 mile stretch.

NAME: Amy Welsh AFFILIATION: SUNY Oswego
ADDRESS: Dept. of Biological Sciences 7060 St. Rt. 104 Oswego, NY 13126
Tel: 315-312-2774 Email: awelsh1@oswego.edu

NAME: Brian Wesolek AFFILIATION: LSSU
ADDRESS: 613 S. Andre St.
Tel: 989-790-3463 Email: bwesolek@lssu.edu

Biographical Sketch: Senior in Fisheries Management Graduate December ’06 - Senior thesis Genetic impacts of stocking hatchery brook trout into the Ontonagon River

NAME: Marc C. White AFFILIATION: Riveredge Nature Center Inc.
ADDRESS: 4458 West Hawthorne Drive P.O. Box 26, Newburg, WI 53060-0026
Tel: (262) 375-2715 Fax: (262) 375-2714 Email: mwhite@riveredge.us

Biographical Sketch: Director of Research, Stewardship and Adult Education

NAME: Diana L. Wolf AFFILIATION: Menominee Nation
ADDRESS: P.O. Box 1323 Keshena, WI 54135
Tel: 715-799-5116 Email: dwolf@mitw.org

Biographical Sketch: Fish and Wildlife Technician for the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin studying timber wolves, sturgeon, and black bear on and around our reservation. Still attending College of Menominee Nation for my Natural Resources degree-2 semesters left to go.

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