Biography of fisheries scientist David Vogel, Videos, and some Klamath Reports                         


David Vogel was trained as a fisheries scientist and has worked in this discipline for the past 36 years. He has a Master of Science degree in Natural Resources (Fisheries) received from the University of Michigan in 1979 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology received from Bowling Green State University in 1974. He previously worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for 14 years and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for one year. During his tenure with the federal government, he received numerous superior and outstanding achievement awards and commendations, including Fisheries Management Biologist of the Year Award for six western states.

For the past 21 years, Vogel has been a consulting fisheries scientist, primarily working on fishery resource issues in the western United States. He has worked as a consulting fisheries scientist on behalf of federal, state, and county governments, Indian tribes, and numerous other public and private groups. He is presently the Principal Scientific Investigator for research projects on salmon on behalf of federal and state agencies in California.

Vogel has extensive knowledge of the habitat requirements for fish species in rivers, streams, lakes, reservoirs, and estuaries. During his employment with the USFWS from 1981 to 1990, he directed a large program to perform research on salmon in California’s Central Valley and developed fishery resource restoration measures. He also performed numerous research projects on salmon for the USFWS in many rivers and streams in the Pacific Northwest. He has worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Interior, the California Attorney General’s Office and other entities as an expert witness on fishery resource issues.

For more than a decade, Vogel has advised the Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA) on Klamath River basin fishery resource issues. He was a principal contributor of biological information for the 1992 Biological Assessment on Long-Term Operations of the Klamath Project. Vogel was the principal author of the “Initial Ecosystem Restoration Plan for the Upper Klamath River Basin” in 1993 and one of the primary contributing authors to the Upper Basin Amendment to the Klamath River fishery restoration program. He has prior knowledge and work experience in the Klamath River through his work with the USFWS and served as the Acting Project Leader for the Klamath River salmon projects in the mid-1980s. Additionally, he became very familiar with Klamath River salmon issues through his representation on the California Department of Fish and Game’s (CDFG) Salmon Smolt Quality Committee during an eight-year period in the 1980s and through various temporary assignments as the USFWS Division Manager for fishery resources in California, Idaho, and Nevada during the late 1980s.

In 2002, Vogel provided testimony to the U.S. Congress House Resources Committee concerning the use of peer review for scientific decisions under the Endangered Species Act.


Klamath Reports

Fish scientist of 28 years David Vogel, has extensively studied the salmon in the Klamath River.

8 peer-reviewed reasons for the decline in coho, according to the USFWS studies.
     VIDEO of David Vogel describing the 8 peer-reviewed reasons for the decline in salmon.
Vogel addresses flawed Hardy Flows in Salmon Rearing Habitats in the Main Stem Klamath River.  Key concerns outlined in the report: GO HERE for summary and report. 12/12/03

Major Problems with the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) 'Fish Kill' Report.  In 2002, the  DFG was the major source of allegations regarding the Klamath River fish die-off, blaming the Klamath Basin irrigators, 200 miles away. In this presentation Vogel personally gave to the DFG Director and those employees who wrote the report, he exposes the agency's inaccuracies.

Document by fish-scientist David Vogel, directed to the Fish and Game's statements on the 2002 fish die-off.  posted to KBC 10/7/03

HERE for Assessment of Klamath River Water Temperatures Downstream of Iron Gate Dam During September and October 2002, by David Vogel.