I am a fish biologist with the WFRC Columbia River Research Laboratory. I joined the USGS in 2000, and my research has focused on Pacific salmon and dams in the Pacific Northwest. My expertise includes the use of imaging sonar systems to monitor abundances and behaviors of fish near collection and passage sites, as well as passage, migration, and survival of salmonids using acoustic telemetry.
My research interests include the evaluation of dam passage and survival, development of fish passage options at high-head dams, reintroduction of salmon and steelhead to areas blocked by dams, and predation and behavioral studies near entrances to fish collection structures. I am currently working on studies that evaluate the effects of tidal cycles on juvenile salmon and native fish survival, assessments of migration and survival of juvenile salmon, and developing methods to automate imaging sonar data processing.
2000 to Present – Fish Biologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Western Fisheries Research Center, Cook, WA
1999-2000 – Wildlife Intern, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Savanna Army Depot, Savanna, IL
1998-1999 – Laboratory Technician, Illinois Natural History Survey, Sullivan, IL
Education and Certifications
M.S. 2000. Biological Sciences, Eastern Illinois University, IL
B.A. 1997. Zoology, Eastern Illinois University, IL