Robert Martin Taylor

I always follow my passion; to explore the natural world and look for new opportunities in environmental conservation, research, and recreation.

Biography

Washington Water Science Center

Hydrologic Technician

2015-Current

 

Oregon Water Science Center

Pathways Intern/Student Trainiee Hydrology

2014-2015

  • Assisted and individually performed minor repairs at gauging stations to water level recorders (Satlink, Sutron, YSI, and Design Analysis) and other equipment used in hydrologic investigations.
  • Measurements of stream-flow with ADCP's Sontec M9 and Flow Tracker.  Teledyne RDI Instruments River Ray, Stream Pro, River Pro, and Rio Grande systems.  Additional experience with traditional mechanical flow measurements with AquaCalc Pro with AA Price and Pygmy meters. 
  • Recording routine measurements of water levels at a specified observation ground well in Applegate Valley, Oregon. 
  • Maintaining and readying current meters and sampling equipment for field work.
  • Experience in maintaining computed mean daily gage heights from water stage record charts and making corrections based on field observation notes through ADAPS and Aquarius software.
  • Prepared site sketch maps showing well elevations and depth to water, hydrographs, profiles, well locations, reference marks, cable ways, and low flow measurement sites.
  • Experience in installing, adjusting, inspecting, and servicing cable ways, acoustic Doppler velocity meters (ADVM), crest-stage indicators, well-recorders, and other instruments for the collection of ground and surface water data; and checking gage settings to ensure continuing accuracy of the records obtained from instruments.
  • Experience making technical studies of hydrologic data collected in the field, and prepared material for publication, such as, drafts, maps and other illustrative material for annual water year records.  I have experience applying datum corrections to gage height records allowing for periods of aquatic weed growth, temperature variations, and precipitation; and plotting hydrographs and analyzing differences in hydrographs with earlier records, and making necessary changes to records in ADAPS.
  • Assisted in water quality and suspended sediment and water quality sampling for Klamath Basin research projects. Samples included constituents for total phosphorus total nitrogen, 5 -day biochemical oxygen demand(CBOD5), pheophytin,chlorophyll a, and dissolved ammonia, dissolved nitrate+nitrate, and dissolved orthophosphorus, total Kjeldahl (organic nitrogen plus ammonia) and nutrient sampling. 
  • Assisted in running levels to maintain accurate site reference elevation. 
  • Completed DOI Learn Coursework and USGS instructor led classes in Surface-Water Procedures and Policies Training, Procedures for Running Levels at Gaging Stations, Introduction to Acoustic Measurements for Stream Gaging, Swift Water Safety, Fall Protection Training, HIF - Electronics & DCP Class, and Stream Gaging Cableway Principals for Inspectors class in Portland, Oregon. I also participated and assisted in the "Technical training in Support of Native American Relations Training" (TESNAR) in Klamath Falls June 2014. 
     

Southern Oregon University

Bachelors of Science (B.S.) Watershed Science 

2013-2015

Coursework in the following:

  • Land Use Planning, Hydrology, Geology, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Water Resource Management, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

 

Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group

Washington Service Corps/AmeriCorps

2004-2005

Based out of the The Salmon Center center located in Belfair Washington our facilities provided both research labs for NOAA, Fish and Wildlife, and other government research agencies as well as an interpretive center projects were all coordinated with the AmeriCorps team. 

As a field technician with the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group or research projects included:

  • I assisted in weekly water sampling projects with the Hood Canal Dissolved Oxygen Program and became proficient in the following skill sets. I maintained overboard equipment lines in rough weather. Operated deck winch speed, and control while using onboard GPS to navigate accurate sampling locations. I was also responsible for cleaning and the maintenance of sampling equipment after each outing. 

 

  • I learned to identify the various salmon stages through spawn cycle observations, data entry and routine weekly measurements of stream nutrification, flow discharge measurements and GPS logging for future red site evaluation. I assisted in smolt trap construction on 27 separate sites. I also worked with the wild salmon supplementation project on three separate watersheds. 

 

  • I coordinated invasive plant removal, stream bank restoration, and re-vegetation with local volunteers. My other responsibilities was to assist in salmon restoration projects, but also to lead volunteers and High School students in environmental education programs and classroom practicum assignments illuminating the dire conditions the Hood Canal. 
  • Some of the projects included collection of research data and implementation through: Dissolved Oxygen, chlorophyll, and nutrient water sampling. GPS and GIS management with basic map design ArcView software. Salmonid spawning, stream nutrification, and stream discharge measurements. I managed the Theler Wetlands as a property 'host' in the after hours of visitor center operations. I maintained the gift shop and interpretive center. I also answered visitor questions pertaining to Pacific Northwest ecology, and history of the Hood Canal Watershed.