Shauna Hanisch-Kirkbride is Managing Director of the Lower Columbia Fish Enhancement Group in Vancouver, Washington. LCFEG is one of Washington’s 14 regional fisheries enhancement groups that work to create partnerships with landowners, tribes, local businesses, volunteers, agencies, and NGOs to lead their communities in successful habitat restoration, education, and monitoring projects. Shauna studied at the University of Montana (B.S.) and Boise State University (MPA) and holds a Ph.D. in fisheries and wildlife from Michigan State University. Her professional experience includes teaching environmental science and ecology at a college in Michigan and several years working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service migratory bird program where she focused on double-crested cormorant management. With experience in ecology, policy, and human dimensions, she brings a well-rounded, socioecological perspective to all of the issues she works on. After several years in the temperate deciduous forests of the eastern U.S., she is happy to be back in her home state of Washington working to help improve salmonid habitat.
PMEP is thrilled to welcome Katie Nichols as the newest member of our Steering Committee. Katie is the Marine Restoration Director for Orange County Coastkeeper, a nonprofit based in Costa Mesa. At Coastkeeper she designs and implements restoration projects on nearshore habitats in collaboration with volunteers, scientists and agencies in Southern California. Her research interests include resource management and the development of practical and innovative solutions to the challenges facing marine ecosystems. She received her B.A. in Environmental Studies and Marine Biology from UC Santa Cruz and her M.S. in Marine Ecology from San Diego State University. Prior to joining Coastkeeper, Katie worked as a Knauss Sea Grant fellow for NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service in Washington D.C., as a project manager with the Sustainable Fisheries Group at UC Santa Barbara, and in fisheries policy and resource management with NOAA in Hawaii and Long Beach. As a member of our Steering Committee, Katie will help guide PMEP’s work as we strive to improve the science and managment behind fish habitat restoration along the West Coast.
On October 23-24, PMEP Committee members and key partners met in Seattle, WA to discuss current initiatives and the future direction of PMEP. PMEP is currently updating it’s strategic plan for 2018-2022. Over the two days, the group worked to refine its role in conserving and restoring juvenile fish habitat in the estuarine and nearshore areas of the West Coast. They also began identifying critical initiatives to tackle over the next 5 years. The final updated strategic plan will be release in the Spring of 2018.