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GLIN==> News release--Dr. Owen Gorman



     
     News Release - 16 November 1999
     
     U.S. Department of the Interior
     U.S. Geological Survey
     Great Lakes Science Center
     1451 Green Road
     Ann Arbor, MI 48105-2807
     
     For further information contact:
     John E. Gannon
     734-214-7237
     734-214-7201 Fax
     john_e_gannon@usgs.gov
     
     
     Dr. Owen T. Gorman Joins USGS Lake Superior Biological Station As 
     Station Chief
     
     Dr. Owen T. Gorman was recently hired by the U. S. Geological Survey's 
     Great Lakes Science Center as the new lead of its Lake Superior 
     Biological Station in Ashland, Wisconsin.  Dr. Gorman brings 
     considerable experience as a research fishery biologist and program 
     manager to his new job as Station Chief in Ashland.  The Lake Superior 
     Biological Station was founded in 1957 and has focused its monitoring 
     and research program on native lake fishes, with an emphasis on lake 
     trout, lake whitefish and lake herring.  The Station has also developed 
     a large database on commercial fishery data dating back to the 1920s 
     that has been of great importance in understanding historical changes 
     in the Lake Superior fishery.  Since the 1980s the Station has taken a 
     lead role in monitoring and research on the appearance and expansion of 
     the exotic nuisance species, ruffe, in eastern Lake Superior and its 
     tributaries.  Other recent research efforts have included substrate 
     mapping of native fish spawning habitat, monitoring of shortjaw cisco, 
     and monitoring and research on coaster brook trout at Isle Royale 
     National Park.
     
     Dr. Gorman received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas, his 
     Master's Degree from Purdue University, and his Bachelor's Degree from 
     the University of Delaware.  His post-doctoral work included a 
     temporary appointment at Northern Illinois University, a senior 
     biologist position for an environmental consulting firm, and a 
     postdoctoral fellowship at St. Jude Children's Hospital.  More 
     recently, Dr. Gorman has worked as a research fishery biologist for the 
     U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Flagstaff, Arizona.  In 1991 he was 
     hired by the Service to establish a Fishery Resources Office in 
     Flagstaff that addresses the monitoring and research needs of native 
     fishes of Grand Canyon National Park and vicinity.  After developing a 
     highly successful program in Arizona, Dr. Gorman was hired by USGS's 
     Great Lakes Science Center to bring his considerable experience and 
     skills to direct the research and monitoring program of the Lake 
     Superior Biological Station.
     
     Dr. Gorman's research interests include biology, small mammal ecology, 
     aquatic insects, and evolution and origin of influenza viruses.  As a 
     teenager, he raised geese and honey bees, and maintained numerous 
     freshwater aquariums.  Interest in fish started with breeding aquarium 
     fishes at age 11 and led to graduate research at age 22.  His 
     principal interest in fishes includes life history, ecology, habitat 
     relations, reproductive biology, propagation, genetics, and recovery 
     of endangered stocks.
     
     Thus far, Dr. Gorman has lived in nine states and has become 
     acquainted with a variety of cultures and climates from east to west 
     coast.  Some of his hobbies and other interests include woodworking, 
     scouting, camping, and coaching basketball and baseball.
     
     As the nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and 
     civilian mapping agency, the USGS works in cooperation with more than 
     2000 organizations across the country to provide reliable, impartial, 
     scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other 
     customers.  This information is gathered in every State by USGS 
     scientists to minimize loss of life and property from natural 
     disasters, contribute to the sound conservation, economic, and 
     physical development of the nation's resources, and enhance the 
     quality of life by monitoring water, biological, energy, and mineral 
     resources.
     
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