Organization and Leadership

Co-Founders

The idea of a philanthropic organization that enables ecologists and scientists in related fields to volunteer time and expertise to address environmental threats throughout the world was first conceived by Larry Dominguez. Larry asked Eric Knudsen and Cleve Steward to help launch Ecologists Without Borders in 2010. The three co-founders share similar backgrounds as fisheries scientists and are active members of the American Fisheries Society. More importantly, they also share a passion for helping to alleviate poverty by improving peoples’ relationship with their natural world. EcoWB is registered as a charitable corporation in the State of Washington since 2011 and received Federal 501(c)3 tax exempt status in 2012.

Larry’s Bio

Larry Dominguez

Lawrence Dominguez is Founder and a consulting fish and aquatic ecologist with over 25 years of professional experience in salmon and trout conservation, landscape planning, and environmental regulation. He holds a Masters degree from the Evergreen State College Graduate School of the Environment where he has served as faculty adjunct. He is former president of the Washington-British Columbia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society and was the General Chair for the American Fisheries Society’s 2011 Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA.  Mr. Dominguez is a former Washington Department of Natural Resources, USFWS, and National Marine Fisheries Service employee and served in Liberia, West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer in the late 1980s.  His consulting experience includes Endangered Species Act, large-scale energy projects, and freshwater and marine fish and aquatic resources assessments.  Mr. Dominguez has traveled to many parts of the world including desperately impoverished urban and rural regions – experiences that nourished his passion for helping people’s welfare and spirit and recover from chronic or disaster-related environmental conditions.  The idea of providing volunteer technical assistance and securing financial support for solving environmental problems seemed timely and much-needed. Mr. Dominguez contributes to program, project, and partnership development across various committee areas.

Eric’s Bio

Eric Knudsen

Dr. Eric Knudsen, EcoWB Co-Founder, has concentrated on marine, estuarine, and freshwater fisheries science throughout his academic and professional career. He earned his B.S. degree in Fisheries Science from the University of Massachusetts and a M.S. degree in Fisheries Science and a Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Louisiana State University. He has over 42 years post-baccalaureate experience in fisheries and wildlife science and management. His work has ranged from research on estuarine-dependent Gulf of Mexico fisheries, to many years focused on Pacific salmonids in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. During his career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Geological Survey, and later as an independent consultant, Eric has been involved with salmonid population ecology, population status and trends, habitat interactions, and discerning the strengths and weaknesses of salmon monitoring and assessment techniques.  He is a Past President of the Washington–British Columbia Chapter and the Western Division, American Fisheries Society and he has served on the Board of Directors of the Prince William Sound Science Center. His EcoWB areas of interests are: developing the EcoWB organization, fundraising, and the transfer of technology and knowledge to fisheries and aquaculture programs in the developing world.

Cleve’s Bio

Cleve Steward

Cleveland R. Steward, EcoWB Co-founder, is currently the President of EcoWB’s Board of Directors. He is a senior fisheries scientist and conservation biologist with over 30 years experience and education in salmon and trout ecology and management. After a stint with NOAA Fisheries, Mr. Steward started his own consulting company, Steward and Associates, which was acquired in 2008 by AMEC Earth and Infrastructure, Inc. He is currently a Principal and Fisheries Scientist in Hart Crowser’s Portland, OR office.  Mr. Steward has served in a variety of leadership positions, providing technical analysis, policy guidance and management direction on salmon recovery, watershed planning, water and land use, fish passage and habitat protection, mitigation, and restoration. Most recently was elected vice president of the western division of the American Fisheries Society. Over the next four years, Steward will serve sequentially as vice president, president-elect, president and past president for the division. As former President of the Washington Section of the American Water Resources Association, current President and Executive Director of the Sustainable Fisheries Foundation, board member of Washington Water Trust, General Chair for the American Fisheries Society’s 2011 Annual General Meeting, and co-recipient of AFS’ 1997 President’s Conservation Award, Mr. Steward is widely recognized for his contributions to his profession and his efforts to conserve aquatic resources.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors manages the affairs of EcoWB in accordance with the organization’s mission, bylaws, and strategic plan. The Board currently consists of  Cleve Steward (President), Roger Palm (Vice President), Pat Livingstons (Treasurer), Norma Jean Sand (Secretary), David Fornander, and Shubha Pandit. Members generally serve 3-year terms.

Roger Palm’s Bio

Roger Palm

Dr. Roger Palm is a fisheries scientist with over 37 years of experience in the public sector, academia, and the private sector since graduating from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in natural resources.  He also earned an M.S. degree in fisheries from Auburn University with emphases in water quality and aquaculture, as well as a Ph.D. in fisheries from the University of Washington which focused on fish immunology.  Dr. Palm served as a Peace Corps fisheries volunteer in Zaire and Rwanda which solidified his interest in fisheries, wildlife conservation, languages, and development work.  Since that time he has served as the head of Peace Corps’ fisheries programming and training efforts based in Washington D.C., as an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina, and as a research scientist at Alpharma, Inc. in Bellevue, Washington.  In 1999, he co-founded ProFishent, Inc. with two colleagues, and has served as President and CEO ever since.  ProFishent is committed to fish health research and consulting, as well as utilizing appropriate technology to solve fisheries problems worldwide.  Dr. Palm has published articles in multiple professional journals and has worked and/or traveled in 77 countries.  In the last several years, he has continued his commitment to international fisheries development efforts with consulting assignments in Tajikistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.  Recently, he gave a talk at the Ecologists Without Borders session at the World Fisheries Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland, on the importance of farmer selection and experiential training in the promotion of small-scale aquaculture. Dr. Palm sees EcoWB as a badly needed entity for providing timely ecological expertise to critical development efforts and is determined to help ensure that the organization successfully fulfills that obligation. He currently serves as Vice President of the EcoWB Board.

Norma Jean’s Bio

Norma Jean Sands

Dr. Norma Jean Sands has studied oceanic and fishery ecosystems throughout her professional career. She earned her B.S. degree in biological oceanography and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in quantitative science in fisheries, all from the University of Washington. Between degrees she worked in Norway at the universities of Bergen and Tromsø on zooplankton dynamics and community analysis. After her Ph.D. she worked for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for 13 years on salmon fisheries management and status and conservation of the salmon stocks. She was active in joint work between the U.S. and Canada under the Pacific Salmon Treaty between those two nations. She is now retired from NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, having worked on Pacific Salmon conservation, especially with salmon recovery efforts in Puget Sound. She has been an active member of the American Fisheries Society for many years, most recently she served as the Budget and Financial chair for the American Fisheries Society’s 2011 highly successful Annual General Meeting in Seattle. Dr. Sands is the Secretary of EcoWB’s Board.

David Fornander’s Bio

David_Fornander_SGDalumDr. Fornander’s initial engagement with EcoWB came as an invited Advisory Member. He  is experienced in the physical, biological and social components specific to ecosystem function and his work spans the disciplines of political ecology, conservation and biogeography.  Most of his work incorporates a large-scale ecosystem management theoretic, assessing impact to the watershed in its entirety (a whitewater to blue water approach). This includes analysis of the spatial and temporal effects of various forms of land use on ecosystem processes, species of concern and associative environmental policy.

Dr. Fornander has worked across a wide variety of ecosystems throughout the Americas, South Pacific and Caribbean, with specific focus on fisheries, coral reefs, mangrove communities, coastal flats, estuaries, rivers and riparian corridors. He has worked at all levels of governance and is experienced in conducting biological inventories, habitat/watershed assessments, field surveys, technical writing, environmental compliance, mitigation and restoration.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, and holds a M.A. and B.S. from Boise State University and Washington State University, respectively. Dr. Forander’s adventurous spirit, genuine concern for global environmental issues, and wherewithal and knowledge to do something about those issues, is a great example of the heart that drives EcoWB.

Shubha Pandit’s Bio

Shubha HeadDr. Pandit is originally from the Himalayan country of Nepal. Professionally he is a Research Scientist who has worked over 20 years in many countries such as Canada, USA, Nepal, Jamaica, Namibia, Netherlands, and Norway in the field of biology and ecology. He possesses two MS degrees, one in Zoology (majoring in ecology) and the other in Environmental System Analysis and Management from the Netherlands. Dr. Pandit received his Doctorate in Biology, majoring in Ecology and Bio-statistics, from McMasters University, Canada. He has a strong background in data analysis, modeling, life cycle models, effects of dams on fish survival/movements, habitat assessment and monitoring, and was a recipient of a prestigious Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada post-doctoral visiting researcher fellowship. Dr. Pandit has a wide range of experience, from environmental monitoring at a hydroelectric project, to post-doctoral fellowships studying fish population dynamics in Lake Erie and assessing the impact of climate change on biodiversity, to designing, planning and implementing an Arctic Grayling scientific research program for the Northern Territories. He possesses extensive skills in biostatistics, GIS, and several programming languages (e.g., R and MATLAB), and is experienced in developing statistically sound study designs and analyzing large and noisy datasets. His research has been widely published in respected journals, he is an invited reviewer for multiple professional journals, and he has served on several scientific review groups, such as the multi-disciplinary team of professionals that developed an effective methodological and sampling framework to detect the effect of climate change on biodiversity. Since he has a long outstanding experience in the conservation of aquatic resources, Dr. Pandit is passionate for helping to enhance ecosystem integrity as well as improving the quality of human life through sustainable development and improving the human-nature relationship.

Pat Livingston’s Bio

livingston2Pat Livingston is a marine fishery scientist with 38 years of experience working to advance an ecosystem approach to fishery management.  She graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. in fisheries and went on to earn her M.S. in quantitative fishery management and a M.P.A. in natural resource policy from University of Washington.  Pat’s main research focus has been to implement various ecosystem and upper-trophic level models of the North Pacific. Her research has centered on understanding groundfish trophic interactions relative to marine birds and mammals, particularly in the eastern Bering Sea. She authored more than 50 publications many of which relate to groundfish predation and population models incorporating predation, with particular emphasis on cannibalism by walleye pollock in the eastern Bering Sea. In addition to model development, she also created a long-term sampling collection program for fish food habits data to support models.  She has been involved in and also led numerous research planning and science plan development workshops for cooperative ecosystem research, particularly in the eastern Bering Sea. Pat worked to integrate ecosystem research into the fishery management arena and developed ecosystem indicator and status reports for North Pacific ecosystems.   Over the years, she has served in scientific advisory and leadership roles in the American Fisheries Society, PICES, North Pacific Fishery Management Council, and NOAA.  Most recently she served as the Director the Resource Ecology and Fisheries Management Division of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center until her retirement from government service in 2015. Pat is the current Treasurer of EcoWB’s Board of Directors.

Committees

  • The Board of Directors has established five committees to serve the needs of the organization.
  • The Executive Committee comprises the President, Vice-President,  Secretary, and Treasurer of the Governing Board. The ExCom oversees the general operations of EcoWB, including activities of staff and other committees.
  • The Finance Committee is in charge of the financial affairs of the organization. Its members prepare budgets, monitor income and expenses, and report on the financial status of EcoWB at regular intervals.
  • The Fundraising Committee identifies potential sources of revenue and strategies for securing funding for EcoWB operations and projects.
  • The Projects Committee provides advice and guidance on EcoWB projects, initiatives, and field activities, including opportunities for cooperative programs with other organizations, government institutions, and NGOs. Members of the Projects Committee are responsible for evaluating and recommending EcoWB projects to the Governing Board for approval. They also assist the Board in monitoring and evaluating the performance of EcoWB.
  • The Advisory Committee is a group of highly experienced and motivated individuals from different ecological/technical backgrounds who meet regularly and assist the Governing Board in the development of EcoWB policy, governance, short-term priorities, long-range strategy, and other issues related to the purpose, organization, and operation of EcoWB. The Committee also advises the Board on the strategic, technical, and management means of achieving the organization’s objectives.

Staff

Staff duties are currently being handled by EcoWB’s co-founders, Board members, committee members, and other volunteers. We desire to hire permanent staff, beginning with an Executive Director, and adding more staff as our services expand and funding allows.

If you would like to help EcoWB as a Volunteer, please go here. We are currently looking for a volunteer coordinator, volunteer/ESP database manager, and programs/projects directors.

Partners

Ecologists Without Borders is particularly effective at partnering with other organizations that are already working in places where people need help. There are thousands of competent NGOs that work internationally on health, food, education, and economic development issues.  By partnering with these organizations, EcoWB can improve their efficiency, help them leverage resources, and provide the technical resources necessary to restore and rebuild the environmental infrastructure so vital to human health and welfare.  If you represent an organization interested in teaming with EcoWB, please go here.

EcoWB’s current partners include the American Fisheries Society, the Sustainable Fisheries Foundation, UNAM Unidad Académica Mazatlán del Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología, the ERM Foundation, and Pronatura Noroeste AC.

Sponsors

EcoWB cannot operate without adequate funding. That is why we seek financial support through personal donations, corporate sponsorships, and foundation grants. If you can assist by donating personally or through your organization please go here.