An important aspect of my work is to bring the best available science to marine policy and regulation. Working with federal, provincial and state agencies, as well as First Nations, Treaty Tribes and stakeholders, I have assisted with developing new fisheries regulations, produced species at risk assessments and recovery plans, and influenced federal policies for removing avian predators.
Common mergansers and other birds forage on the Columbia River and consume salmon smolts. I studied the habitat selection and foraging behaviour of common mergansers on two reservoirs of the mid-Columbia River to support the Chelan County Public Utility in their assessment of avian predation and salmon survival.
Marine protected areas in Washington state were assessed for conservation management status from 2009-2012. This on-going project advances our understanding of how to conduct marine gap analyses and encourages dialogue regarding the statement that 1% of the oceans are protected.
For three years, I worked in Washington state to spearhead The Nature Conservancy’s first ever marine spatial planning initiative. Our marine team worked to build local community and tribal support to advance multi-objective planning for conservation, renewable energy and fisheries.