Michigan State University and the Great Lakes Fishery Commission Name Dr. Chris Vandergoot
as New Director of Leading Research Network
Dr. Vandergoot will head the Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation System (GLATOS)
and will serve as an associate professor at Michigan State University.
Ann Arbor, MI - April 4, 2019 - Dr. Christopher Vandergoot, currently a research
scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey, will become the new director of the Great
Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation System, also known as GLATOS. Michigan State
University and the Great Lakes Fishery Commission jointly announced this appointment
today, which will become effective May 1, 2019. GLATOS is a network of researchers
in Canada and the United States who work collaboratively using acoustic telemetry
to understand fish behavior in relation to Great Lakes ecology, and provide information
useful to Great Lakes provincial, state, and tribal fishery managers. Dr. Vandergoot
will succeed Dr. Charles Krueger, the network's first and only director, who will
partially retire May 1.
In 2010, the Great Lakes Fishery Commission established GLATOS to help scientists,
managers, and the public better understand fish movement, behavior, and dynamics.
GLATOS consists of a network of receivers placed strategically throughout the Great
Lakes basin. Acoustic tags, which emit a "ping," are surgically implanted into individual
fish so the fish's movement can be tracked. The GLATOS receivers detect the pings
and record a fish's location. When aggregated and then combined with other data
(such as physical conditions), information from GLATOS can provide a thorough accounting
of a fish's actions and the overall behavior of a particular species.
Current GLATOS projects are tracking the behavior of walleye, lake trout, lake sturgeon,
muskellunge, lake whitefish, Asian carps, sea lamprey, black bass, and a host of
other critical species. The GLATOS network of the Great Lakes basin is connected
to other large acoustic telemetry projects such as the Ocean Tracking Network and
the Champlain Acoustic Telemetry Observation System.
GLATOS both facilitates individual research projects and supports a basin-wide database
of tag detections that is accessible to Great Lakes project leaders once their project
is registered with GLATOS. To facilitate collaboration and planning, receiver locations
and dates of operation are available to all members. Non-members do not have access
to data. The GLATOS network is supported partially by funds provided by the Great
Lakes Restoration Initiative. Michigan State University and the commission support
the GLATOS director, who also serves as an associate professor at MSU and as the
coordinator of GLATOS staff, who are housed at the U.S. Geological Survey's Hammond
Bay Biological station. For more information about GLATOS, including a list of projects
and a map of the receivers, visit glatos.glos.us.
"We are excited to have Dr. Vandergoot serve as our new GLATOS Director," said Dr.
Scott Loveridge, interim chair of the MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.
"Dr. Vandergoot brings to GLATOS a unique blend of experience as a researcher and
as a natural resources manager; his skill set will be invaluable to our students
and faculty, and to the mission to communicate the GLATOS-generated science to practitioners
and to the public."
"In the decade that GLATOS has been in the Great Lakes region, it has blossomed
from a few receivers in a few locations into an indispensable, basin-wide resource
for management agencies," said James McKane, chair of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.
"A tagged fish will not go undetected as it swims within or among lakes. Scientists
and managers use GLATOS to better understand the ecology, health, and sustainability
of our fishery resources. We are very pleased that Dr. Vandergoot has emerged as
the next leader of this program and look forward to engaging him in launching a
new era of GLATOS. We thank Dr. Charles Krueger not only for conceiving GLATOS but
also for serving ably as its director since its inception."
Dr. Vandergoot holds a bachelor of science in biology from Virginia Polytechnic
Institute and State University (1998), master of science in biology from Tennessee
Technological University, and Ph.D. degree from Michigan State University (2014).
His professional experience includes working for the Minnesota Department of Natural
Resources (2001-2002), Ohio Department of Natural Resources (2002-2016), and the
U.S. Geological Survey's Great Lakes Science Center (2016-2019). He has a keen interest
in understanding the movement dynamics of Great Lakes fishes, including walleye,
yellow perch, lake trout, lake whitefish, and grass carp with special emphasis on
Lake Erie, and then applying that information as input to management decision making.
He has more than 37 peer reviewed scientific publications and has been awarded several
competitive research grants.
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