Amy C. Hansen began working as a fishery biologist at the USGS Western Fisheries Research Center's Columbia River Research Laboratory in 2000. Her work focuses on downstream passage, migration, and survival of juvenile Chinook salmon and steelhead at hydroelectric dams using radio and acoustic telemetry.
I am interested in fish migration and survival using a variety of telemetry technologies. Much of my work has been associated with hydropower issues and juvenile salmonids in the Columbia and Snake rivers in Washington and Oregon. My research has involved assessing different passage structures as well as dam operations to increase fish passage and survival. Recently, I have been evaluating fish passage at high-head dams which offer a diverse set of challenges for migratory fish. Currently, I am working on a winter run Chinook salmon reintroduction program in the watershed upstream of Shasta Reservoir in California.
10/2000 to Present - Fishery Biologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Western Fisheries Research Center, Columbia River Research Laboratory, Cook, WA
3/2000 to 10/2000 - Biologist I, IAP, located at U.S. Geological Survey, Western Fisheries Research Center, Columbia River Research Laboratory, Cook, WA
Education and Certifications
B.S. 1995. Biology. Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Honors and Awards
2002, 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2006 - Star Performance Award
6/1997 - Advanced open water SCUBA certification
6/1995 - Open water SCUBA certification