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.
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.
Co-Founder | President, Board of Directors
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.
Vice President, Board of Directors
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 Sands
Secretary, Board of Directors
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.
Treasurer, Board of Directors
Pat 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.
Board of Directors
Dr. 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.
Board of DirectorsDr. 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.
Volunteer | Business Development Coordinator
Sylvia is an independent Costa Rican business consultant who resides in La Rochelle, France with her German husband Hans Hartman, professor of Marine Biology at the University of La Rochelle. They both share a passion about global conservation and environmental stewardship. While maintaining her business that focuses on helping start-up businesses, Sylvia is engaging EcoWB Board members to facilitate the development of long-term financial planning. She is also assisting in the development of our Program and Project Development guidelines and provides administrative and interpretation assistance on the Santa Rosalia Fisheries Improvement Project.
Volunteer | Global Environmental Consulting
Andrew Henry graduated from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX with a B.S. in Environmental Science & Policy and a minor in Spanish. There, he was able to take part in a student exchange program to study in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He works for a global environmental consulting firm focusing on soil and groundwater contamination projects. In his free time he enjoys riding bikes, surfing and fishing (just being outside in general), and hanging with his dog, Hank. He enjoys working with EcoWB because of the friendly people and innovative projects that strive to make positive impacts on the world for environmental and social issues that are important to him.
Clayton R. Hawkes
Clayton received his MS from the University of Alaska. His graduate school work focused on parasites of Alaska king crab. After several years of field work in Alaska he was hired by the National Marine Fisheries Service-Northwest Region to work on Clean Water Act reviews and Federal Power Act re-licensing, including Condit Dam, Leaburg-Walterville, and the North Umpqua hydroelectric projects. He wrote NMFS’s §18 prescription for adult and juvenile fish passage at Condit dam, which ultimately led to an EIS examining dam removal as a viable means to achieve fish passage and negotiations with PacifiCorp about dam removal. In 1996, he returned to Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) to work on FERC projects until 2003. From 2004 to 2006, he worked on community fisheries in Cambodia as a VSO volunteer and with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN. Later he was a Federal Aid Coordinator with ADF&G (2007-2009), worked on endangered Atlantic salmon/transportation issues in Maine with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (2009-2011), and endangered species in the NW for NMFS until retirement. He is volunteering for EcoWB because of the opportunity to be involved in fisheries internationally.
Francine Mejia, Ph.D.
Francine is an aquatic ecologist interested in helping ECOWB with the FIPS program in her free time. She completed a PhD from the University of Idaho and is currently working on the Pend Oreille River investigating cold water refuges for native trout. Francine previously worked on fisheries issues in California, mostly in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Gonzalo is a geophysicist engineer from Mexico. Nowadays, he works as an environmental consultant conducting geological and hydrogeological characterization in contaminated sites for land remediation purposes. He is interested in renewable energy and conservation projects. Gonzalo has participated with EcoWB in a project regarding mangrove conservation and feels it was a great experience and opportunity to start the process of engagement with other institutions, local NGOs and populations.
Before joining Ecologists Without Borders, Bill West pursued a 25-year career in fisheries research with an emphasis on selective fishing technology for high-seas commercial fisheries and improved sampling gears and methods for fisheries research and resource assessment. During this time he was employed by the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service, the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research, NET Systems (the leading North American manufacturer of commercial trawl fishing gear), and the Fisheries Research Institute at the University of Washington. Among other projects, he worked on turtle excluders and other sorting systems for shrimp and groundfish fisheries. Research topics included bycatch reduction, improving the survival of fish and other organisms escaping fishing gears, and reducing the impact of fishing operations on marine habitats. Following his time in fisheries research Bill pursued a ten-year career as a lawyer developing strategies and facilitating solutions in complex multi-party situations involving natural resource and environmental issues. Bill uses his experience with fisheries technology, selective fishing, technology transfer, the fishing industry, business and economics, and public policy to help develop practical solutions to fisheries and marine environmental issues while also satisfying human needs. He also works as the Technology Program Director for the Sustainable Fisheries Foundation, an organization that shares many goals with Ecologists Without Borders.
Laura Deighan is a member of EcoWB’s Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) Advisory Group. She was introducedto the topic of FIPs as an intern with FishWise. Developing an affinity for the topic, she conducted her thesis research on the use of the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions’ FIP guidelines in Gulf of Mexico reef fish FIP. After graduating from the University of Washington with a Master’s in Marine Affairs, she spent a year as a Knauss Fellow with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and now serves as Capitol Hill Ocean Week Coordinator for the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. Laura is firm believer in Ecologists Without Borders’ work to build conservation capacity around the world and enjoys being able to pursue her passion for FIPs as an EcoWB volunteer!
After college and graduate school in the Midwest, I was a journalist in natural resources and instructor at OregonState University. For the past 35 years I have been a fisheries biologist, primarily working on salmonid research, with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the US Forest Service. In the late 1960s and 1970s, the environmental mantra was “Think globally, act locally.” The world has become an increasingly smaller place, and many of our ecological challenges are global in nature. EcoWB provides an opportunity to “Think globally and act globally.”
Churchill Grimes, Ph.D
Forty years experience in academic and state and federal agency settings in marine fishery research and research management in the US mid and south Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and northeast Pacific Ocean. Expertise and extensive publication record (>120) on the life history, population dynamics, habitat and behavior and fishery oceanography of coastal pelagic and reef fishes of the south Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico and northeast Pacific ground-fishes and salmon. Extensive at-sea research experience, including use of use of manned submersibles, remotely operated vehicles and acoustic and optical seafloor imaging technology. Served on numerous scientific regional, national and international committees, working groups and advisory panels. Established cooperative research and education programs with Florida State University and the University of California at Santa Cruz. Developed and directed strong fishery and protected resource research programs at two major National Marine Fisheries Service laboratories, including founding director of the Southwest Fishery Science Center, Santa Cruz, CA Laboratory. Current Editor of Transactions of the American Fisheries Society and member of South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and Caribbean Fishery Management Council, Scientific and Statistical Committees.
John received his M.S. in Fisheries from the University of Washington, and has 30 years of experience as an environmental consultant focusing on endangered fish species, habitat restoration, instream flow assessments and working with hydroelectric power providers in the United States and Canada. A majority of John’s work has been in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and British Columbia. I really appreciate working with EcoWB because it provides me the opportunity to use those skills acquired over my career to promote sustainability with other communities internationally.
Anssel Lopez (GIS Analyst) graduated from the University of Washington with a Master’s Degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with an emphasis in Sustainable Management and with a Degree in Environmental Science, conducted research on the Plant Uptake of Fluorotelomer Alcohols (FTOH) as a method for removal from soils. Anssel has experience in construction, reforestation, agriculture, knowledge in environmental issues, and GIS analysis in addition to a lot of enthusiasm and energy. A native of Guatemala, Anssel is passionate about baseball (both watching it and playing it) and freestyle cooking.