I am an ecologist with 36 years of experience working with Indian Tribes, Alaska Native communities, communities and industry to create local capacity for environmental protection. Tangible results of this work can be found on various web sites (URLs are listed below or are available on request). I also evaluated the ecological effects of development. I completed research to protect remnant salmon in California. I managed a grant program with millions of dollars in projects. I represented the federal government on statewide environmental committees in Alaska. I helped to design and implement strategies to mitigate and adverse environmental effects. Prior to my work as a federal ecologist I was a commercial fisherman.
My role as an employee of the Tulalip Tribes is to coordinate adaptation of all Tribal interests to climate change. My team and I are housed in the Treaty Rights and Government Affairs Department. We take an approach that accepts that each unit within the Tribes has different needs and capacity to adapt measures. Some of our work is geographically based, such as treaty resource restoration and protection, while some is program based such as health delivery systems and hazard mitigation planning. Our overall goal is the ensure the long term resilience of Tulalip Tribes' cultural and community prosperity. Please see the following URL for a glimpse of our work: https://nr.tulaliptribes.com/Topics/ClimateChange.
I held community based position on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. I was the face of EPA working with the community, including Alaska Native Villages, to develop locally implemented environmental protection. I convened work-groups of experts and citizens to develop strategies. URLs of web sites showing tangible results can be provided on request. My work at EPA was to protect the ecological integrity of the marine and fresh waters of Alaska by implementing programs of the United States' Clean Water Act. In addition to my work at the community level I predicted effects of projects such as large mines, highways, port development and housing. I was the Grant Team Coordinator for Wetlands Program Development Grants as well as a manager of several million dollars in individual grants. I was the Regional Mining Coordinator for my group, the Aquatic Resources Unit of Region 10. I was USEPA's representative on the Alaska Transportation Environmental Streamlining Group, as well as mine restoration groups in Alaska.
I led in-stream flow studies on California's Stanislaus and Tuolumne Rivers, and was a team member on faunal surveys and other studies. The purpose of the flow studies was to determine the quantity of water needed to support remnant populations of salmon below large dams. I was the Sacramento office's designated representative on the initial San Juaquin River restoration. I managed field crews of up to ten biologists.
I served as crew on salmon tenders on the waters of Alaska from Prince William Sound to Bristol Bay, including skipper of a 65ft salmon tending power scow on Cook Inlet. I fished king crab in the Bering Sea for one season. I also fished tuna for a season off the coast of California.
Additional post-graduate study in Alternative Dispute Resolution
Additional post-graduate study in aquatic ecology.
Sustained Superior Performance Award, 1993, 2000, 2003
Bronze Medal (team award), 1995
Service Award, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
Peer Award, 1999
Special Accomplishments Award, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
On-the-Spot Award, 2001, 2004
Team Special Accomplishment Award 2007
Career Accomplishments Award 2013
I co-founded community organizations and was a board member of more. I was also on the technical advisory committees of state and community agencies. A list can be provided on request.
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