Co-Founder | President, Board of DirectorsCleveland 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.
Dr. Hans Julian Hartmann
Vice President, Board of DirectorsFormerly tenured as Associate Professor of Marine Biology at the Université de La Rochelle in France, Hans recently retired and has been granted Emeritus status at the Université. He is internationally known for his research and expertise in marine ecology, with emphasis on plankton/microbial ecology, mangroves/wetlands, tropical and neo-tropical small-scale fisheries, and socio-economic factors in coastal conservation and resource management. He is currently conducting research and assisting managers in Indonesia and Costa Rica, where he received the Medal of Merit for Distinguished Collaborators from the University of Costa Rica in 2015. Hans enjoys hiking, travel, and scuba diving. He joined the EcoWB Board in 2017 and was elected Vice-President in 2018.
Dr. Norma Jean Sands
Secretary, Board of DirectorsNorma 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 DirectorsPat 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.
Dr. David Fornander
Board of DirectorsDavid 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.
Dr. Shubha Pandit
Board of DirectorsShabha 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.
Dr. Sylvia Rivera Valle
Board of DirectorsSylvia Rivera, Costa Rican and French citizen, obtained her PhD in Management Sciences in 2017 from La Rochelle University in France. Her doctoral research focused on public policy as it relates to sustainable resource use by fishers from poor coastal areas in Mexico. Previously, Sylvia earned her Master’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Costa Rica, where she also achieved a certificate in International Trade. Sylvia is an expert in socio-economics and sustainable development as they pertain to rural communities in developing countries. Sylvia has served on the board of directors of several Costa Rican businesses and community organizations, and, in 2013, was appointed Director of International Programs for the Sustainable Fisheries Foundation. She has served as an advisor, consultant, and volunteer with Ecologist Without Borders since its formation in 2011, and was elected to the board in 2017.
Co-Founder and Board AmbassadorLawrence 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
Co-Founder and Board EmeritusEric 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, an 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.
Dr. Roger Palm
Past Board MemberRoger 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.