Aquatic Research Scientist, Western Slope Native Species and Boreal Toads
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
2300 S. Townsend Ave.
Montrose, CO 81401
Phone: (970) 252-6037
M.S., Fishery and Wildlife Biology — Colorado State University, 1995
B.S., Fishery Biology — Colorado State University, 1979
Current or Recent Positions
Aquatic Research Scientist — Colorado Parks and Wildlife, 2001-Present
Research Associate — Colorado Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, 1996-2001
Wildlife Technician — Colorado Parks and Wildlife, 1995-1996
Wildlife Technician — Colorado Parks and Wildlife, 1991-1992
Current or Recent Research Projects
Assessing genetic purity and diversity among native sucker populations
Defining current distribution of flannelmouth sucker, bluehead sucker, and roundtail chub
Use of tributaries by spawning suckers, site fidelity, larval rearing locations
Identification of boreal toad individuals using belly spot patterns
Use of hormone dosing to induce breeding behavior in boreal toads
Areas of Interest/Expertise
Native fish conservation in the Colorado River basin
Non-native fish invasion, hybridization with native species
Making use of natural identifiers of individuals in boreal toad populations
Whirling disease in wild trout populations
Thompson, K.G. 2011. Evaluation of small-scale habitat manipulation to reduce the impact of the whirling disease parasite in streams. Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management 14(3):305-317.
Thompson, K.G. 2007. Use of site occupancy models to estimate prevalence of Myxobolus cerebralis infection in trout. Journal of Aquatic Animal Health 19:8-13.
Nehring, R.B., K.G. Thompson, D.L. Shuler, and T.M. James. 2003. Using sediment core samples to examine the spatial distribution of Myxobolus cerebralis actinospore production in Windy Gap Reservoir, Colorado. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 23:376-384.
Nehring, R.B., K.G. Thompson, K. Taurman, and W. Atkinson. 2003. Efficacy of passive sand filtration in reducing exposure of salmonids to the actinospore of Myxobolus cerebralis. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 57:77-83.
Nehring, R.B., K.G. Thompson, K. A. Taurman, and D.L. Shuler. 2002. Laboratory studies indicating that living brown trout Salmo trutta expel viable Myxobolus cerebralis myxospores. Pages 125-134 in J. L. Bartholomew and J. C. Wilson, editors. Whirling Disease: Reviews and current topics. Symposium 29, American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland.
Thompson, K.G., R.B. Nehring, D.C. Bowden, and T. Wygant. 2002. Response of rainbow trout after exposure to Myxobolus cerebralis above and below a point source of infectivity in the upper Colorado River. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 49:171-178.
Nehring, R.B., and K.G. Thompson. 2001. Impact assessment of some physical and biological factors in the whirling disease epizootic among wild trout in Colorado. Special Report Number 76, Colorado Division of Wildlife, Fort Collins, Colorado.
Thompson, K.G., and R.B. Nehring. 2000. A simple technique used to filter and quantify the actinospore of Myxobolus cerebralis and determine its seasonal abundance in the Colorado River. Journal of Aquatic Animal Health 12:316-329.
Thompson, K.G., R.B. Nehring, D.C. Bowden, and T. Wygant. 1999. Field exposure of seven species or subspecies of salmonids to Myxobolus cerebralis in the Colorado River, Middle Park, Colorado. Journal of Aquatic Animal Health 11:312-329. (Finalist for Best Paper Award, Journal of Aquatic Animal Health volume 11, 1999 publication year.)
Nehring, R.B., K.G. Thompson, and S. Hebein. 1998. Impacts of whirling disease on wild trout populations in Colorado. In K. G. Wadsworth, editor. Transactions of the 63rd North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference 63:82-94. Wildlife Management Institute, Washington, D.C.