Columbia River Fisheries Program Office
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Michael Hudson

Mike Hudson Michael is a fish biologist on the Native Trout Program under the Conservation, Population and Habitat Assessment Team at the Columbia River Fisheries Program Office. He has worked in this position at CRFPO since summer 2004.

Michael completed his M.S. in 1997 with a thesis describing the population genetic structuring of walleye in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He then worked as a laboratory manager/research assistant for a conservation genetics laboratory at Utah State University conducting research to benefit cutthroat trout and other sensitive aquatic species in Utah.

Michael came to the Columbia River Fisheries Program Office from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources where he worked from 1998-2004. He began his work with that agency as a native aquatic species biologist in Salt Lake City from 1998-2000, assisting in statewide recovery activities toward sensitive and endangered aquatic species such as Bonneville cutthroat trout, Colorado River cutthroat trout, and June sucker. From 2000-2004, he served as the project leader for the Moab Field Station conducting research and monitoring to benefit recovery of the endangered razorback sucker, Colorado pikeminnow, humpback chub and bonytail in the upper Colorado River basin.

Michael, his wife, Bernadette, and their daughters, Clara and Nora, live in Portland with their dog, Fergus, and two cats, Tumbleweed and Chaco.

Educational Background: M.S., Natural Resources Ecology and Conservation Biology, 1997, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; B.S., Biology, 1994, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Selected Publications:

Johnson, J.R., J. Baumsteiger, J. Zydlewski, J.M. Hudson, and W. Ardren. 2010. Evidence of panmixia between sympatric life history forms of coastal cutthroat trout in two lower Columbia River tributaries. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 30:691-701.

Bestgen, K.R., J.A. Hawkins, G.C. White, K.D. Christopherson, J.M. Hudson, M.H. Fuller, D.C. Kitcheyan, R. Brunson, P. Badame, G.B. Haines, J.A. Jackson, C.D. Walford, and T.A. Sorensen. 2007. Population status of Colorado pikeminnow in the Green River basin, Utah and Colorado. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 136:1356-1380.

Hudson, J.M., and J.A. Jackson. 2007. Population abundance estimates for humpback chub and roundtail chub in Westwater Canyon, Colorado River, Utah, 1998-2000. In Status, Distribution, and Conservation of Native Freshwater Fishes of Western North America: A Symposium Proceedings. M.J. Brouder and J.A. Scheurer, editors. American Fisheries Society Symposium 53:15-24.

Fields, R.D., M.D.G. Desjardins, J.M. Hudson, T.W. Kassler, J.B. Ludden, J.V. Tranquilli, C.A. Toline, and D.P. Philipp. 1997. Genetic analyses of fish species in the upper midwest. Final Report to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Aquatic Ecology Technical Report 97/5, Illinois Natural History Survey, Champaign, IL.

To contact Michael, please call 360.604.2500 or email

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