Climate Resilient Salmon: Insights from the Bioregion
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.
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.
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.
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.