David Kuligowski earned a B.S. in Biology from Seattle University. After graduating, he spent the summer as a Fisheries Observer in the Bering Sea. In 1992, David began working in the Genetics laboratory at the Center's Manchester Research Station.
David's current projects involve the collection of microsatellite, mitochondrial, and SNP genetic data for Pacific Salmon and trout. This data is used for genetic stock identification of juvenile salmon mixtures in the Pacific Ocean, Salish Sea, and Columbia River Basin. David provides scientific support for the following projects: Columbia River plume juvenile salmon ocean ecology with Bob Emmett; ecology of juvenile salmon in the shallow tidal freshwater habitats of the Lower Columbia River with Gary Johnson, Dan Bottom, Curtis Roegner, and Laurie Weitkamp; ecotoxocology of juvenile salmon in the Columbia River Estuary with Lyndal Johnson; juvenile salmon abundance studies in the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands with Kurt Fresh; and avian predation of salmon in Columbia River Basin with Oregon State University's Dan Roby Lab. His species work includes Chinook salmon, coho salmon, chum salmon, steelhead trout, cutthroat trout and hybrids, and sockeye salmon. David also addresses environmental compliance issues at Manchester Research Station.