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Los Lunas Silvery Minnow Refugium Bios

Alison Hutson is an Environment Scientist and Assistant Manager of the Los Lunas Silvery Minnow RefugiumAlison Hutson

  • She has over ten years of experience in Aquaculture
  • 4 years of research experience at major universities working with genetic selection programs
  • Expert in designing and implementing research projects, selecting brood stock, and production of channel X blue catfish hybrid.
  • 10 years of experience with warm water fish including channel and blue catfish, flathead catfish, yellow perch, hybrid striped bass, and Rio Grande Silvery minnow. 
  • Accomplished career in environmental sciences and policy. 
  • Consistent and outstanding record in working with endangered species, securing Threatened and Endangered species permit, and conducting research with an endangered species with the goal of recovery. 
  •  Experience supervising research biologists, scheduling, and maintaining financial records. 

Douglas Tave is an Environmental Scientist & Specialist and Manager of the Los Lunas Silvery Minnow Refugium

  • Douglas TaveAssisted in the design and planning process of the hatchery.
  • Supervised the testing phase and regulating water level to create flooded areas, where the fish can spawn in a realistic natural setting.
  • Received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in biology from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
  • Earned a Master of Science degree in limnology from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. in aquaculture from Auburn University.
  • Worked as an aquaculturalist since 1975 in various places, including the Peace Corps, Auburn University, University of Minnesota and the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
  • Authored and edited several books and articles about fish genetics.
  • Founding editor of the Journal of Applied Aquaculture.

Louie ToyaLouie Toya is an Aquaculture Technician at the Los Lunas Silvery Minnow Refugium.

  • Manages the day to day operations of the hatchery.
  • Conducts daily water quality work.
  • Helped construct the indoor hatchery recirculating systems.
  • Responsible for maintenance of facility and mechanical components of the hatchery.
  • Operates water flow/recycle system for outdoor refugium to maintain water balance or to create new balanced set of flow conditions.
  • Member of the Pueblo of Jemez

Grace Haggerty

  • Overall responsibility for the Rio Grande Bureau Endangered Species work, including the Los Lunas silvery minnow refugium.
  • Communicating with the Collaboration Program about the refugium.
  • Involves entering into agreements, supervision of the Refugium Manager, etc.