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Gordon Reeves

Gordon Reeves
Emeritus Scientist
Land and Watershed Management
3200 SW Jefferson Way
3200 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331-8550
United States
Current Research
My current research focuses on aquatic ecosystems and how they are considered at the landscape scale, and the development of management and conservation plans for and understanding the potenial impacts of climate changes on aquatic and riparian ecosystems and associated Pacific salmon in the PNW and Alaska.
Past Research
Gordon Reeves has studied the ecology of anadromous salmon and trout in the Pacific Northwest, northern California, Idaho, and Alaska and fish ecology in New Zealand and New York. He has published over 50 papers on the freshwater ecology of Pacific salmon and trout, effects of land management activities on the freshwater habitats of these fish, conservation plans, and dynamics of aquatic ecosystems in the PNW. He was a member of committees that developed and evaluated management options for managing federal lands in the PNW and Alaska. He servedas the Team Leader of the Aquatic and Land Interaction Program at the PNW Station in Corvallis for more than 15 years. He was a member of the NOAA Fisheries Technical Recovery Team for coho salmon in coastal Oregon which are listed under the Endangered Species Act He was a co-leader of the Coastal Landscape Analysis and Modeling Study, a long-term, large, interdisciplinary project to model and evaluate forest policy effects in the Oregon Coast Range at multiple scales.
Research Interest
Gordon Reeves' expertise is in the freshwater ecology of anadromous salmon and trout, conservation biology of those fish, the impacts of climate change on aquatic ecosystems and assoiciated biota,and aquatic aspects of landscape ecology. He has studied the ecology of anadromous salmon and trout in the Pacific Northwest, northern California, Idaho, and Alaska and fish ecology in New Zealand and New York.
Why This Research Is Important
This research has applications in applied and basic arenas. It provides new knowledge and understanding about the: (1) freshwater ecology of Pacific salmon and the physical and biological processes that affect them; and (2) the behavior of aquatic ecosystems in space and time. This in turn has formed the foundation for the development of conservation and management of aquatic ecosystems and Pacific salmon in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.
  • Oregon State University, Ph.D. Fisheries Biology, Fish Biology, 1985
  • Humboldt State University, M.Sc. Fisheries Biology, Fish Biology, 1978
  • State University of New York, College at Oswego, B.A. Biology, Biology, 1973
Professional Experience
  • Research Fish Biologist,  USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Forest and Range Experiment Station, Corvallis, OR. ,  1985 - Current
  • Commercial Fisherman,  Trinidad, CA. ,  1976 - 1978
    Worked as deckhand on boat that fished for salmon and rockfish in northern California
  • Research Biologist,  New York State Research Foundation. State University of New York, Oswego,  1973 - 1976
Awards & Recognition
  • USDA Forest Service, Alaska Region Regional Forester Excellence in Science and Technology Award, 2008
    Given for excellence in developing and transfering science to managers in Region 10 (Alaska)..
  • Oregon State University, Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife Distinguished Graduate Award, 2006
    Given for outstanding professional accomplishments.
  • USDA Forest Service, Chief’s Natural Resource Leadership Award., 2003
    GIven for outstanding leadership in research related to the freshwater ecology of Pacific salmon in the PNW and Alaska.
  • USDA Secretary’s Award for Outstanding Performance. , 1995
    Given for work on the research on the freshwater ecology and development of conservation plans for Pacific salmon in the PNW>.
  • Conservationist of the Year Award, Pacific Rivers Council. , 1992
    Given for development of conservation plans for Pacific salmon in the PNW. Also won award in1994.
  • USDA Forest Service Rise to the Future Award for outstanding contributions in fishery research, 1991
    Also won award in 2001 and 2002.
  • Ethics in Science Award, USDA Forest Service, 1989
    Given for work on the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
Featured Publications
Other Publications
Research Highlights

Alternative Riparian Management Approaches May Meet Objectives of the Northwest Forest Plan’s Aquatic Conservation Strategy

Year: 2016
Forest Service scientists synthesized current science of aquatic ecology and riparian reserve management to develop alternative approaches that could meet goals of the Aquatic Conservation Strategy, climate change challenges, and support other management goals, including timber production.

Lipid Accumulation and Metabolic Rate Influence Steelhead versus Rainbow Trout Life History

Year: 2014
The salmonid species Oncorhynchus mykiss can become sea-going steelhead or freshwater rainbow trout. Scientists found that lipid accumulation and metabolic rate appear to influence which life history young O. mykiss will assume. Fish with lower metabolic rates and higher lipid levels tended to be ra...

Research Documents the Influence of Water Temperature on Life Histories of Rainbow Trout and Steelheads

Year: 2013
These studies reveal a suite of processes influencing life-history expression in salmonids. The influence of temperature on O. mykiss life histories had not been documented previously and, thus, these results will be crucial for anticipating the effects of climate change.

NetMap: A Tool Supporting Watershed Science and Resource Management

Year: 2010
The Willamette National Forest is using NetMap to prioritize road restoration and removal projects, and the Oregon Department of Forestry is using it to plan timber management.