Steve Starcevich Bio

About me

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Greetings!  I have been a fish biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife since 1997 and am currently a Project Leader with the Native Fish Investigations Program.  I became a fish biologist because of my interest in healthy aquatic ecosystems for human use and as ecological wonders.  I have always been drawn to rivers and streams and riparian zones for recreation and as a source of personal reflection of my place in the world.  Studying freshwater fishes and their habitat is my way of gaining a better understanding of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and how humans alter them.  Since 1997 I have participated in research and monitoring projects in watersheds throughout this beautiful state, from the Imnaha River to the Blitzen River in the east, Hood River to Upper Klamath Lake along the Cascades, and the Siletz River to the Coquille River on the coast.  My work has been focused on determining population status, habitat use, and movement patterns of bull trout, westslope cutthroat trout, redband trout, and more recently Pacific and Western brook lampreys. 

Current Research

Recovery of Bull trout in Odell Lake

Using occupancy analyses to monitor fish populations

Peer-reviewed publications

Starcevich, S. J., S. L. Gunckel, and S. E. Jacobs. 2013. Movements, habitat use, and population characteristics of adult Pacific lamprey in a coastal river. Environmental Biology of Fishes. DOI: 10.1007/s10641-013-0196-5.

Starcevich, S. and S. Clements. 2013. Larval lamprey distribution and habitat use in small stream channels on the Oregon coast.  ODFW Progress Report.  Native Fish Investigations Program, Corvallis, Oregon.

Starcevich, S. J., P. J. Howell, S. E. Jacobs, and P. M. Sankovich. 2012. Seasonal movement and distribution of fluvial adult bull trout in selected watersheds in the Mid-Columbia River and Snake River basins. PloS ONE 7:e37257.

Starcevich, S. J., P. J. Howell, S. E. Jacobs, and P. M. Sankovich. 2010. Migratory distribution of fluvial adult bull trout in relation to land and water use in watersheds within the mid-Columbia and Snake River basin. Pages 258–266 in R. F. Carline and C. LoSapio, editors. Conserving Wild Trout. Proceedings of the Wild Trout X Symposium, Bozeman, MT.

Jacobs, S. E., W. Gaeuman, M. A. Weeber, S. L. Gunckel, and S. J. Starcevich. 2009. Utility of a probabilistic sampling design to determine bull trout population status using redd counts in basins of the Columbia River Plateau. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 29:1590–1604.

Dailey, M., A. I. Gitelman, F. L. Ramsey, and S. J. Starcevich. 2007. Habitat selection models to account for seasonal persistence in radio telemetry data. Environmental and Ecological Statistics 14:55–68.

Starcevich, S. J., and S. E. Jacobs. 2010. Abundance, life history, and distribution of bull trout in the Hood River basin: a summary of findings from 2006 to 2009. ODFW Information Report, No. 2010-01. Corvallis, Oregon.

Starcevich, S. J., S. E. Jacobs, and W. Tinniswood. 2006. Effects of dams on redband trout life history in the upper Klamath River. ODFW Information Report. Corvallis, Oregon.

Starcevich, S. J. 2005. Seasonal movement patterns and habitat use of westslope cutthroat trout in two headwater tributary streams of the John Day River. Master’s thesis. Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.

Starcevich, S. J., S. Jacobs, and P. J. Howell. 2004. Migratory patterns, structure, abundance, and status of bull trout populations from subbasins in the Columbia Plateau and Blue Mountain provinces 41. ODFW Annual Report, Project No. 199405400, Contract No. 4101. Portland, Oregon.