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Climate Resilient Salmon: Insights from the Bioregion

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Saturday, November 6, 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Across Salmon Nation, people are working to understand the ways that wild salmon are being impacted by changes in climate—and taking actions to support climate resilience in these vital species. Bringing together a diverse group of local conservation leaders, Indigenous leaders and scientists from Alaska to California, this panel will share observations and insights into the ways that climate is shaping the future of wild salmon ecosystems, and what we can do to promote resilience in wild salmon and salmon-centric ways of life.

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Restoration/Conservation, Salmon, Relationship with Land, Indigenous Teaching, Science
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Science & Executive Director, Cook Inletkeeper Homer, Alaska

Sue studies Alaska’s wild salmon streams and leads Inletkeeper's efforts to highlight the relevance of climate and land-use change in local decision-making. She coordinates regional water temperature monitoring networks and uses thermal infrared imagery to map and protect cold-water habitats: the stepping stones salmon will need to move up and down otherwise warming stream channels. Sue did her undergraduate work at Duke University and got her masters in Fisheries Science from Oregon State University. Sue was among 80 women worldwide selected to take part in the second team of Homeward Bound, a global leadership initiative for women in science. And she currently serves as President of the Alaska Chapter of the American Fisheries Society.
Sue Mauger
Jonathan Moore a Professor at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada, and holds the Liber Ero Research Chair of Coastal Science and Management. He received his PhD from University of Washington and has researched salmon and their watersheds, from Alaska to California to British Columbia. He studies freshwater biodiversity, watersheds, and global change. He works closely with a diverse array of collaborators and partner organizations to codevelop research and communicate their findings so that contribute to positive watershed change. He lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia, and loves exploring coastal oceans, mountains, forests, and rivers with his family.
Jonathan Moore
Nathan Mantua currently leads the Landscape Ecology Team at NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center in Santa Cruz, California. He worked at the University of Washington in Seattle from 1995-2012, where he most recently co-directed the Climate Impacts Group and was an associate professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. His research interests include climate variability and predictability, climate impacts on natural resources, and the use of climate information in resource management. He has a B.Sc. in atmospheric sciences from UC Davis, and a PhD in atmospheric sciences from the University of Washington. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Scripps Institute for Oceanography in a project focused on seasonal climate forecasting in 1994-95.
Nate Mantua
Greg Knox was hired as the Executive Director of Skeena Conservation Trust in October of 2007, and is responsible for the overall management of the Trusts activities. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Geography from the University of Northern BC in 2000, after which he became a certified Fisheries Technician and Field Supervisor with the Nisga'a Fisheries program. In 2003, Greg partnered in an ecotourism business based out of Terrace where he specialized in guided grizzly bear and jet boat tours while continuing with his fisheries work. In 2013, Greg completed a Masters in Environmental Science at Royal Roads University which developed a framework for implementing a collaborative freshwater salmon habitat-monitoring program in the Skeena watershed. Greg sits on the Northern Panel of the Pacific Salmon Commission, is a board member of the Bulkley Valley Research Centre, and a Steering Committee member of the Friends of Wild Salmon Coalition.
Greg Knox
Matt is a fish ecologist who joined the Wild Salmon Center in 2015, bringing with him 20 years of research experience in the Rocky Mountains, Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and California. His recent research interests encompass all things that influence salmon ecosystem resiliency, including cultural and economic incentives for salmon conservation; biophysical processes that create and maintain salmon streams; and the environmental, physiological, and genetic basis for salmonid life history diversity. He holds B.A.s in Wildlife Biology and in English from the University of Montana, a Master’s in Fish Management from Montana State University, and a Ph.D. in Fisheries Science from Oregon State University. Matt enjoys messing around in and on rivers with his family and occasionally catches a fish or two on the fly.
Matthew Sloat
Raymond Paddock is the Environmental Coordinator for the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Native Lands and Resources Department, which is a federally recognized tribe. Raymond is responsible for writing, managing, and implementing program grants based off our tribes’ natural resource and environmental concerns that may have an effect on our people’s way of life in Southeast Alaska.
For several years Raymond has coordinated Tlingit & Haida’s environmental program to provide training activities, educational assistance and coordination statewide and regionally on environmental and natural resource concerns.
Raymond is also currently serving on the Region 10 Regional Tribal Operations Committee (RTOC) Chairman. The RTOC’s primary function is a partnership with the US EPA to further tribal environmental objectives and to serve a liaison between the tribes and EPA.
Raymond Paddock III
Vanessa von Biela is a Research Fish Biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Alaska Science Center in Anchorage, Alaska, USA. She earned her PhD in Fisheries from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, M.Sc. in Biological Sciences from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and B.Sc. in Zoology from the University of California Santa Barbara. Her works addresses research information needs for the management of fish, wildlife, and lands. Vanessa’s research focuses on understanding the response of fish as individuals and at the population level to climate drivers. Vanessa enjoys sharing Alaska’s vibrant ecosystems and culture with her young three kids and husband.
Vanessa Von Biela
Dr. Stephanie Quinn-Davidson is a fisheries scientist and has worked in salmon fisheries in Alaska for nearly a decade. Her work focuses on sustaining Alaska’s fisheries and those who depend on them, and elevating Indigenous perspectives and voices in fisheries policy, management, and advocacy. She is currently the Program Director for Fisheries and Communities with the Alaska Venture Fund.

Prior to joining Alaska Venture Fund, Stephanie was the director of the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission with Tanana Chiefs Conference, and a fishery biologist, then a fishery manager for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game on the Yukon River. Stephanie serves as an interim board member to the Certified Seafood Collective and is a member of the Advisory Council for the University of Alaska – Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Oceans. She is currently the Past-President of the Alaska Chapter of the American Fisheries Society and was previously selected as an Alaska Salmon Fellow. Before moving to Alaska, Stephanie was a professor in the Environmental Studies and Biology Departments at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Stephanie has a PhD in Limnology and Marine Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Grinnell College.

Stephanie was born in Gresham, Wisconsin, and grew up in a rural area where she spent her childhood playing in the woods and on the rivers and lakes. Hunting and fishing were a big part of her upbringing and family tradition. She is an enrolled member of the Brothertown Indian Tribe of Wisconsin.
Stephanie Quinn-Davidson

Moderated By

Will Atlas (watlas@wildsalmoncenter.org) is a Salmon Watershed Scientist with the Wild Salmon Center. His work is focused on connecting communities and resource managers with scientific tools that bridge the gap between research and fisheries conservation, to support the long-term resilience of salmon social-ecological systems. He has worked with the Heiltsuk Nation on salmon monitoring and stewardship since 2012, and was recently involved in the development of the Central Coast Monitoring Framework, a regional strategy for First Nations-led salmon monitoring.
William Atlas