Contact Information & Staff
Phone: (512) 793-2474
Monday through Friday – 7:00 am to 3:30 pm
For directions to the hatchery go to our Visitor Information page.
The Fisheries Program relies on the skill and dedication of a broad range of professionals to accomplish its mission: biologists, managers, administrators, clerks, animal caretakers, and maintenance workers. Employees must be trained, equipped, and supported in order to perform their jobs safely, often under demanding environmental conditions, and to keep current with the constantly expanding science of fish culture techniques and aquatic resource management and conservation.
R. Paul Dorman, Project Leader - Paul became the Project Leader at Inks Dam in December 2010 after serving as the Assistant Project Leader for the prior six years. Paul started his career with the service at Inks Dam NFH after working for three other state agencies which includes the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Department of Natural Resources, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources. During his 24 year career he has raised nine different cold-water salmonid species including rainbow, steelhead, West Slope cutthroat, Bear Lake cutthroat, golden, brown, and lake trouts along with chinook and kokanee salmon and nine warm-water species including walleye, sauger, hybrid saugeye, largemouth bass, striped bass, hybrid striped bass, channel catfish, American paddlefish, and Clear Creek Gambusia. He received a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree from Iowa State University, with a major field of study in fisheries and wildlife biology and a minor in Aquaculture.
Scott Walker, Assistant Project Leader - Scott became the Assistant Project Leader at Ink’s Dam in 2014 after five years with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) as a Natural Resource Specialist. Scott began his fisheries career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines where he worked as a Coastal Resource Manager. Following his Peace Corps Service, Scott worked as a National Marine Fisheries Service Groundfish Observer in the Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska and Pacific Northwest. He began his graduate studies in 2002 and conducted research in the areas of penaeid shrimp feed chemoattractants and computer simulation modeling of shrimp growth based on metabolism and conventional bioenergetics. Scott finished his graduate studies in 2009 and went to work in marine stock enhancement with TPWD. During his time with TPWD, Scott worked with red drum, spotted seatrout and southern flounder. Scott has a B.S. in Biology from Texas Tech University, M.S. in Mariculture from Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi and a PhD in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University - College Station. His areas of expertise are recirculating aquaculture systems, larval fish rearing and eco-physiology.
Julie Burks, Administrative Technician - Julie began her career at Inks Dam NFH in 2012 as the Administrative Technician for the hatchery. She brought about 11 years of previous administrative experience to the hatchery. Prior to Julie's transfer from Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico in June 2012, she performed a variety of administrative duties which included paying bills, timekeeping, monitoring the operating budget, drafting memos, and providing information technology (IT) assistance to the staff. Julie obtained certifications and college credits for administration and accounting, which she continues to put to good use as an Administrative Technician. Julie has served as part of the administrative staff for two other agencies in her government career; the Department o Agriculture, Office of the Chief Financial Officer and Department of Defense, Defense Contract Audit Agency.
Gregory Landry, Fisheries Biologist - Greg began his fisheries career as a volunteer at Natchitoches NFH and eventually signed up as a cooperative education student there. After graduating from Louisiana State University with a B.S. in Fisheries Biology he finished a tour in the Peace Corps as a marine resource educator. When he came back he joined the Service as an Animal Caretaker at Natchitoches NFH before he came to Inks Dam NFH as a Fish Biologist. He has worked with hybrid striped bass, Florida strain largemouth bass, channel catfish, assorted sunfish species, pallid sturgeon, Gulf sturgeon, Clear Creek Gambusia, and American paddlefish. He has also worked with alligator snapping turtles and Louisiana pearl shell mussels.
Larry Guerro, Motor vehicle Operator - Larry began working at Inks Dam in 2009 and plays a key role in operating the Regional Distribution Unit (RDU) hauling fish throughout the Southwest in support of the Region 2 Fisheries program. He also operated heavy equipment to maintain ponds and levees, services and maintains equipment and vehicles, raises and harvests fish, and constructs and fabricates just about anything needed for facility operations. He started his career with the Service in 1999 as a temporary maintenance worker and was later hired full time as an equipment operator working at Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico, maintaining and controlling water flows and impoundments used for waterfowl habitat. He also worked closely with wildlife biologists monitoring waterfowl populations and the occurrence of avian diseases in the refuge populations. Before working for the Service Larry obtained certifications for heavy equipment operation and commercial truck driving, which he continues to put to use as the RDU operator.
Environmental Education Specialist - Vacant
Jerry Simmons, Maintenance Worker