Hello welcome to my professional page. I have been working in the field of fisheries biology for over 20 years. Most of my career has been with the USGS either as an employee or contractor. I have also worked as a fisheries observer for NMFS program many years ago as well as completed my Master's degree and research and teaching related responsibilities at Colorado State Univ.
My interests lie in ecosystems change as it relates to large landscape scales stressors such as climate change, land use/development and invasive species. My areas expertise include Geographic Information Systems (GIS), data management, project management, monitoring and habitat assessments, and salmonids.
Major Projects: Regional coordination of monitoring efforts for invasive mussels in the northwest states based on prior risk assessment models and sample design for local efforts; Predator/prey study of juvenile salmon consumption by native and non-native species; bioenergetics modeling of the effects of climate change on the growth of fish; development of a probabilistic based sample design framework for Columbia and Snake rivers status and trends monitoring; invasive species surveys and habitat assessments in the Columbia River and tributaries. Past team leader of a telemetry (hydroacoustic and radio) project evaluating the effects of juvenile salmonid passage histories at hydroelectric dams in the Snake River on their survival to McNary Dam, Columbia River, as well as various juvenile salmon survival studies for the Lower Columbia River dams. Primary responsibilities:
- Prepare professional presentations, reports, research proposals, and manuscripts
- Project design, field and lab oversight, and project reporting and communication of results
- Database management and analyses
- Create Statistical Analysis Software (SAS) programs to manipulate and analyze large databases
- Prepare Geographic Information Systems (GIS) databases, maps for study design, presentations, and analyses
- Design and conduct invasive species surveys with global positioning system (GPS) and GIS focusing on habitat strata and a probabilistic sample framework
- Develop and implement Quality Assurance Plans for research projects
- Attend regional meetings, communicate research, and provide technical reviews.
3/2004 to Present - Fish Biologist, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Columbia River Research Laboratory (CRRL), Cook, WA
8/2003-3/2004 - Fishery Biologist IV, Johnson Controls Inc. contract for USGS/CRRL
8/2000-5/2003 - Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant, Colorado State University, Department of Fishery and Wildlife Biology
3/1996-7/2000 - Fishery Biologist, USGS/CRRL
Education and Certifications
M.S. 2003. Fishery Biology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
B.S. 1992. Biology, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA