Dedicated Fishery Biologist successful in coordinating and completing ESA consulations between government and constituents. Natural leader and skilled negotiator with a commitment to excellence that is interested in a leadership career in West Coast Salmon Management.
Effectively facilitates diverse groups of people with a variety of needs.
Strong interpersonal skills as a cooperative leader and team member.
Budgeting and finance expertise
Workforce planning expertise
Strategic thinker and exercises independent judgement to achieve goals and objectives
Evaluation and management skills
Fishery BiologistNOAA Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service - Lacey, Washington08/2009 - Current
Conducts ESA related reviews of proposed harvest and hatchery activities affecting listed species in the Puget Sound, Pacific Ocean, Lower Columbia River and the Interior Columbia.
Ensures compliance of harvest and hatchery plans affecting listed species.
Provides technical support related to the implementation of fishery, hatchery, and research, evaluation, and monitoring activities affecting listed species.
Serves as NMFS' technical representative on issues related to the management of fisheries affecting listed species.
Conducts NEPA review of harvest and hatchery activities for listed species.
Collaborates with NOAA Fisheries staff, other Federal agencies, State agencies, Tribes, Public Utility Districts, and stakeholders to achieve common goals toward the survival and recovery of listed species.
Fish and Wildlife Biologist 4Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife - Olympia, Washington08/2005 - 08/2009
Ensured ESA compliance with fishery, hatchery, and research and monitoring activities as ESA Response Unit Lead.
Hired, supervised, trained, and evaluated up to five employees.
Facilitated annual 4(d) reseach consultations and roundtable discussions with NOAA Fisheries, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, and Idaho Department of Fish & Game to achieve ESA take authorizations.
Conveyed the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife mission, goals, and objectives through inter-agency and regional meetings.
Implemented and managed ESA Response Unit budget.
Coordinated with NOAA Fisheries and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service staff to complete Fisheries Management Evaluation Plans (FMEPs), Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans (HGMPs), Biological Assessments, and Section 6 authorization through Cooperative Agreements.
Fish & Wildlife Biologist 3Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife - Olympia, Washington02/2002 - 08/2005
Managed the statewide Salmonid Stock Inventory database (SaSI).
Completed SaSI reports for salmonid stocks through mathematical analysis of stock attributes such as habitat, harvest, and hatchery data and interpretation of independent analytical reports.
Presented SaSI and ESA listed species stock status at local and national conferences.
Coordinated with Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife Intergovernmental staff, Habitat and Fish Program staff, Tribal Nations, NOAA Fisheries, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife to obtain updated stock information and fulfill internal and external data requests.
Coordinated with internal Information Technology Services (ITS) and Web staff to maintain current SaSI data and stock reports on the SalmonScape website.
Coordinated with the Genetic Laboratory staff to direct, develop, evaluate, and manage the GENSAS database to link SaSI stocks with pertinent genetic research performed at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Fish and Wildlife Biologist 2Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife - Olympia, Washington01/2002 - 02/2002
Trained and directed regional hatchery staff in data management.
Developed, evaluated, managed, and implemented the collection of biological data for three Hatcheries Division databases.
Produced hatchery reports through Legislative mandates.
Responded to information requests from Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife staff, Tribal Nations, the Washington State Legislature, and the public on annual juvenile releases, adult fish plants, carcass and egg disposition, hatchery escapement, and catchable stocking reports.
Fish and Wildlife Biologist 2Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife - Olympia, Washington06/1998 - 12/2001
Managed the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife Point Whitney Shellfish hatchery and nursery.
Hired, supervised, trained, and evaluated up to seven employees.
Planned and implemented hatchery staff and production schedules.
Implemented and managed hatchery budget with multiple funding sources for hatchery and staff.
Designed, directed, and implemented broodstock and algal culture acquisition as well as algal and larval culture.
Researched culture methods and techniques for native species augmentation.
Designed and initiated research studies essential to the achievement of agency and program goals.
Graduate work: Capstone Managers ProgramThe Evergreen State College - Olympia, Washington2009
Graduate work: Political Science Cascade Learning ProjectUniversity of Washington - Seattle, Washington2008
Bachelor of Science: Fisheries and Wildlife Biology, Ecology, and Environmental StudiesThe Evergreen State College - Olympia, Washington1994
Salmon Management Division Recognition - July 2013. For facilitating State, Federal, Tribal, and Public Utility employees with thorough knowledge of ESA processes and timelines and the ability to lead a contentious meeting through ensuring individuals had their say and were comfortable enough to compromise without feeling threatened.
Sustainable Fisheries Division Recognition - December 2013. For "Getting the God dam thing done" regarding completion of the Chiwawa River, Nason Creek, and White River biological opinion and section 10(a)(1)(A) permits.
Governor's Office Interagency Committee for State Employed Women (ICSEW) - July 2009. For outstanding contributions to the Governor's ICSEW Committee from 2006-2009 as Vice Chair and Chair of the committee.
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Certificate of Excellence - November 2003. For outstanding performance and lasting contribution on salmon and steelhead run timing and spawning information in cooperation with NMFS, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Washington Department of Ecology.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Team Award - May 2002. For the salmonid work conducted on the new SalmonScape interactive mapping website.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Point Whitney Peer Recognition Award - February 1999. For the ability to rise to each challenge, the attention to detail, excellent supervisory skills, hard work, and team attitude, kind words, encouragement, and laughter.