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
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.
Fish scientist of
28 years David Vogel, has extensively studied the
salmon in the Klamath River.
reasons for the decline in coho, according to the
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
outlined in the report: GO
summary and report.
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
fish-scientist David Vogel, directed to the Fish and Game's
statements on the 2002 fish
posted to KBC 10/7/03
for Assessment of Klamath River Water Temperatures
Downstream of Iron Gate Dam During September and
October 2002, by David Vogel.