Columbia River Fisheries Program Office
Pacific Region

David Hand

David HandDavid is the Group Lead for the Population and Habitat Assessment section of the Columbia River Fisheries Program Office.  The group is responsible for gathering demographic information (e.g. occupancy, distribution, abundance, and growth rates) for salmon, bull trout, lamprey, and other aquatic species; investigating hatchery and wild fish interactions; integrating habitat information with population information to assess species habitat preferences; assessing instream flow and fish passage needs; and evaluating effectiveness of habitat restoration projects.  The group also provides support to National Wildlife Refuges and National Fish Hatcheries.

David has devoted a significant amount of time to developing, coordinating, and implementing hatchery evaluation programs in the Deschutes River basin, working closely with the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.  He has helped to develop salmon run forecasting models for the basin, estimated juvenile out-migrant survival, developed run-reconstruction  models and estimated productivity of salmon and steelhead populations, and evaluated the effect of hatchery production on native fish populations.  David has also 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.

Selected Publications:                                                                                                                            
Hand, D. M., W. R. Brignon, 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 6: 364-368. 

Smith, C. T., R. French, J. Lovtang, and D. M. Hand.  2014.  Chinook salmon population structure in the Warm Springs River unchanged following eight generations of supplementation.  Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 143: 1280-1294.

Hand, D. M., and S. Haeseker. 2011. Retrospective analysis of preseason run forecast models for Warm Springs stock spring Chinook salmon in the Deschutes River, Oregon. U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Columbia River Fisheries Program Office Technical Report.  Vancouver, WA.

Hawkins D.K., K.S. Williamson, A.P. Matala, D. Hand, D. Olson, and H. Schaller. 2011. Population structure and genetic characteristics of summer steelhead (Onchorhynchus mykiss) in the Deschutes River Basin, Oregon. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Abernathy Fish Technology Center Report.

Hand, D. M.,W. R. Brignon, D. E. Olson, J. Rivera.  2010.  Comparing two methods used to mark juvenile Chinook salmon:  automated and manual marking.  North American Journal of Aquaculture 72:10-17.

Baumsteiger, J., D. M. Hand, D. E. Olson, R. S. Spateholts, G. FitzGerald, and W. R. Ardren.   2008.  Use of parentage analysis to determine reproductive success of hatchery-origin spring Chinook salmon outplanted into Shitike Creek, OR.  North American Journal of Fisheries Management 28: 1472-1485.

Hand, D. M., and D. E. Olson. 2004.  Creating a sanctuary for wild steelhead trout through hatchery operations.  Pages 334-342 in S. E. Moore, Carline, R. F., and Dillon, J. editors.  Proceedings of Wild Trout VIII Symposium.  Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. 

To contact David, please call 360.604.2500 or email

Last updated: April 6, 2015
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