Hiram  Li
Hiram Li
Professor and Assistant Leader Oregon Cooperative Fishery Research Unit, National Biological Service (retired)

Fish Behavior, freshwater fish ecology, energetic

I am the newly appointed (Fall 2015) FW News and Views Editor. Drop me a line if you'd like to see some information featured or contact old classmates, we'd love to hear from you. 


OSU Campus
Fisheries and Wildlife
Nash Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
United States


Hierarchical organization of land and riverscapes ("From the macroscope to microscope"). The role of stream temperature on aquatic communities of high desert streams. Factors affecting restoration of fish habitats. Qualitative mathematical analyses of aquatic communities, especially exotic species.


A.A. Biology, City College of San Francisco, 1964
A.B. Zoology, University of California, Berkeley, 1966;
M.S. Fishery and Wildlife Biology, Colorado State University, 1969
Ph.D. Ecology, University of California, Davis, 1973


Assistant Professor, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, University of California, Davis. July 1973 to January 1979.
Assistant Leader and Associate Professor, Oregon Cooperative Fishery Unit. February 1979 to 1989.
Assistant Leader and Professor, Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University. 1989 to 2007 (retired)
Courtesy Professor, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University, 2007 to present.

I can serve on graduate committees


Selected Publications: 

Li, H.W. and R.W. Brocksen. 1977. Approaches to the analysis of energetic costs of intraspecific competition for space by rainbow trout (Salmo gairdneri). Journal of Fish Biology 11:329‑341.

 Li, H.W., P.A. Rossignol and G. Castillo. 1999. Risk analysis of species introduction: Insights from qualitative modeling. Pages 431-447, in Claudi R., and Leach J. (eds). Non?indigenous Fresh Water Organisms in North America; Vectors of Introduction, Biology and Impact. Lewis Press, Boca Raton FL.

Li, H.W. and P.B. Moyle. Chapter 13. Management of Exotics, (2nd Edition). 1999. Pages 345-374, in C. Kohler and W. Hubert (eds.)  Inland Fisheries Management in North America. American Fisheries Society. Bethesda MD.

Torgersen, C.E., D. Price, H.W. Li and B.A. McIntosh. 1999. Multiscale thermal refugia and stream habitat associations of chinook salmon in northeastern Oregon. Ecological Applications 9:301-319.

Castillo, G.C., H.W. Li and P.A. Rossignol. 2000. Absence of overall feedback in a benthic estuarine community: a system potentially buffered from impacts of biological invasions. Estuaries 23: 275-291.

Dambacher, J.M., P.A. Rossignol, H.W. Li, and J.M. Emlen. 2001. Dam breaching and chinook salmon recovery. Science 291:939. www.sciencemag.org.

Close, D.A., M.F. Fitzpatrick and H.W. Li. 2002. Cultural and ecological significance of the Pacific lamprey (Lampetra tridentata). Fisheries (Bethesda) 27(7):19-25.

Dambacher, J.M., H.W. Li and P.A. Rossignol. 2002. Relevance of community structure in assessing interminacy of ecological predictions. Ecology 83:1372-1385.

Fauch, K.D., C.E. Torgersen, C.V. Baxter, and H.W. Li. 2002. Landscapes to riverscapes: bridging the gap between research and conservation of stream fishes. BioScience. 52:1-16.

Li, H.W. and J.L. Li.  2006 .Role of fish assemblages in stream communities. Pages 489-533, in  R. Hauer and  G.A. Lamberti (eds.).  Methods in Stream Ecology 2nd, Edition. Academic Press. Burlington MA.

Montaño-Moctezuma, G., H.W. Li and P.A. Rossignol. 2007. Alternative community structures in a kelp-urchin community: a qualitative approach.  Ecological Modelling 205:343-354

Bayley, P.B. and H.W. Li. 2008 . Fish responses to grazing exclosures.  North American Journal of Fisheries Management.  28:135-147.

Boxall, G.D., G.R. Giannico, and H.W. Li. 2008. Movement, survival and growth as indicators of habitat quality in a high dessert watershed for endangered (4) Lahontan cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki henshawi). Environmental Biology of Fishes. 82:71-84.

Hosack, G., H.W. Li, and P.A. Rossignol. 2009. Sensitivity of system stability to model structure. Ecological Modeling.220:1054-1062.

Feldhaus, J.W., S.A. Heppell, H.W. Li and M.G. Mesa. 2010.  A physiological approach to quantifying thermal habitat quality for redband rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss gairdneri) in the South Fork John Day River, Oregon. Environmental Biology of Fishes 87:277-290.

Tattam, I. J.R. Ruzycki, H.W. Li, and G.R. Giannico. 2013.  Body size and growth rate Influence emigration timing of Oncorhynchus mykiss. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. 142:1406-1414.

Awards and Honors

For Promoting Diversity in the Profession

The Emmeline Moore Award,  for promoting diversity in the profession, American Fisheries Society (2012)

Mentoring for Professional Diversity in Fisheries Award , Equal Opportunities Section of the American Fisheries Society (2001)

Recognition for Achievements in Conservation

Fellow of the American Fisheries Society (2015)

The John Palensky River Conservation Award, Oregon Water Trust & Water Watch of Oregon with Judith L. Li (2010)

Award of Excellence, Western Division of the American Fisheries Society (2008)

Award of Merit, Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society (1998)

Award of Appreciation, Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society (1998)

For Research

Best Paper in Transactions of the American Fisheries Society (2009)
Currens, K.P., C.B. Schreck, and H.W. Li. 2009. Evolutionary ecology of redband trout. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 138:797-817.

Scientific Excellence, National CRU Recognition Awards program, USGS (2003)

James and Mildred Oldfield/E.R. Jackman Foundation Team Award, College of Agricultural Sciences, Oregon State University (Awarded to the Loop Group 2002)

Special Achievement Award, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, (1992, 1993)

Cooperative Research Units Director's Award for Outstanding Science (awarded to the Oregon Cooperative Fisheries Research Unit, (1991)

For Teaching

Excellence in Fisheries Education Award, American Fisheries Society (2003)

Fun Fact

Enjoys clawhammer banjo, slide guitar, American musical forms, canoes, sailboats and outdoor sports, reading.