Charles Gowan


Assistant Professor
Department of Biology and
Environmental Studies Program
Randolph-Macon College
Ashland, Virginia 23005

804-752-7293
Email Address:
cgowan@rmc.edu

Education
Research/Teaching Interests
Professional Experience
Current Projects
Online course information
Selected Publications

Education

Ph.D. 1995. Colorado State University, Fisheries Biology.
M.S. 1984. Michigan State University, Fisheries Biology.
B.S. 1982. SUNY, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Forest Biology.
A.S. 1980 Herkimer County Community College (NY), Environmental Science and Forestry.

Professional Experience

September 1996-present
Assistant Professor, Randolph-Macon College, Dept. of Biology and Environmental Studies. Duties include teaching courses in the Environmental Studies Program, such as Principles of Environmental Studies, Freshwater Ecology, Methods in Environmental Science, and Senior Seminar. Also responsible for supervising student research, advising, and curriculum development.

May 1995-July 1996
Postdoctoral Teaching/Research, Colorado State University, Dept. of Biology and Dept. of Fishery and Wildlife Biology. Taught senior-level courses in Stream Biology, Wildlife Techniques, Ichthyology, and Experimental Design; prepared recommendations on sampling designs and field techniques for detecting temporal trends in fish populations as an aid to identifying potentially-endangered species; evaluated the potential for re-introduction of Colorado River cutthroat trout to streams in the Curecanti National Recreation Area.

June 1991-May 1995
Research Assistant, Colorado State University, Dept. of Fishery and Wildlife Biology. Quantified movement of stream fish using weirs and capture-recapture methods; used dynamic programming and individual-based methods to model the influence of dominance hierarchies and foraging energetics on fish behavioral decisions; made behavioral observations on individual fish using snorkeling and stream-bank platforms; quantified fish population density, biomass, and survival rates using maximum likelihood techniques; evaluated effects of fish habitat enhancement on stream morphology and fish populations.

March 1985-June 1991
Senior Aquatic Biologist, Harza Northwest, Bellevue, Washington. Conducted hydraulic and habitat modeling using the Instream Flow Incremental Methodology (IFIM) and other instream flow methods; developed habitat suitability indices using snorkeling; completed feasibility analysis for restoring salmon above existing hydroelectric facilities, including estimating fish production potential and evaluating fish passage alternatives; directed aquatic impact assessment related to proposed water resource projects, including development and negotiation of mitigation agreements with resource agencies; responsible for project management, marketing, budgeting, and client consultation.

June 1982-December 1984
Research Assistant, Michigan State University, Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife, East Lansing, MI 48824. Determined impacts of irrigation water withdrawals on inland trout populations; evaluated the IFIM as a management tool.

Online course information

EVST 103 Principles of Environmental Studies (under construction! )
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Research and Teaching Interests

Current Projects

Selected Publications

Refereed papers
Gowan, C. and N. R. Kevern. 1985. An assessment of the impact of irrigation withdrawals on a southern Michigan trout stream. Michigan Academician 17:149-155.
Riley, S. C., K. D. Fausch, and C. Gowan. 1992. Movement of brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) in four small subalpine streams in northern Colorado. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 1:112-122.
Mourning, T. E., K. D. Fausch, and C. Gowan. 1994. Comparison of visible implant tags and Floy anchor tags using hatchery rainbow trout. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 14:636-642.
Gowan, C., M. K. Young, K. D. Fausch, and S. C. Riley. 1994. Restricted movement in resident stream salmonids: a paradigm lost? Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 51: 2626-2637.
Fausch, K. D., C. Gowan, A. D. Richmond, and S. C. Riley. 1995. The role of dispersal in trout population response to habitat formed by large woody debris in Colorado mountain streams. Bulletin Français de la Pêche et de la Pisciculture. 337/338/339:179-190.
Gowan, C. and K. D. Fausch. 1996. Long-term demographic responses of trout populations to habitat manipulation in six Colorado streams. Ecological Applications 6: 931-946.
Gowan, C. and K. D. Fausch. 1996. Mobile brook trout in two high-elevation Colorado streams: re-evaluating the concept of restricted movement. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 53:1370-1381.
Kocovsky, P., C. Gowan, and K. D. Fausch. Long-term evaluation of injury rates due to electrofishing in wild trout populations in Colorado streams. In press North American Journal of Fisheries Management.
Thompson, W. L., G. C. White, and C. Gowan. Detecting trends in fish and wildlife populations (monograph). In review at Academic Press, San Diego, CA.
Gowan, C. Predicting the distribution of stream salmonids at different spatial scales: models and tests. In final preparation for submission to Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.
Technical reports
Kevern, N. R. and C. Gowan. 1984. Instream flow needs in critical areas of the Great Lakes region. U.S. Department of the Interior, Institute of Water Research Project 372404.
Gowan, C. 1985. Does the IFIM have biological significance? Instream Flow Chronicle 2(3):1-2.
Caldwell, J. E., C. Gowan, and P. J. Hilgert. 1988. The role of professional judgment in the development of Category I criteria curves. In: Bovee, K. and J.R. Zuboy, eds. Proceedings of a workshop on the development and evaluation of habitat suitability criteria. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Biological Report. 88(11), 407 p.
Gowan, C., and K. D. Fausch. 1992. Experimental evaluation of log drop structures as habitat improvement for trout populations in small streams in northern Colorado. Annual Report for 1991. Federal Aid in Fish and Wildlife Restoration. Job Progress Report F88R.
Gowan, C., and K. D. Fausch. 1993. Experimental evaluation of log drop structures as habitat improvement for trout populations in small streams in northern Colorado. Annual Report for 1992. Federal Aid in Fish and Wildlife Restoration. Job Progress Report F88R.
Gowan, C., and K. D. Fausch. 1994. Experimental evaluation of log drop structures as habitat improvement for trout populations in small streams in northern Colorado. Annual Report for 1993. Federal Aid in Fish and Wildlife Restoration. Job Progress Report F88R.
Gowan, C., and K. D. Fausch. 1995. Trout responses to habitat manipulation in streams at individual and populations scales. Federal Aid in Fish and Wildlife Restoration. Final Report F88R.
Gowan, C. in press. Fish. In: G. C. White, and W. Thompson (eds.), Detecting Trends in Fish and Wildlife Populations. Report to the Colorado Division of Wildlife, Fort Collins, CO.

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