Research

Development of the Puget Sound Nearshore Conceptual Model

Period: May 2002–present
Support: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Amount: $17,500

Provide a team of scientists composed of a fisheries researcher, geospatial modeler and benthic ecologist to develop a conceptual model of Puget Sound nearshore ecosystem processes.

Juvenile Salmon Diet Analysis for Dyes Inlet Estuary Study

Period: May 2002–present
Collaborator: J. Cordell (co-PI)
Support: Suquamish Tribe
Amount: $15,000

Perform quantitative diet analyses of representative subsamples of juvenile salmon captured by the Tribe in the Inlet between April and June 2002 in order to compare between habitat conditions and prey utilization at each estuary.

Dietary Analysis of Juvenile Salmonids Collected from Nearshore Marine Waters of Central Puget Sound

Period: May 2002–present
Collaborator: J. Cordell (co-PI)
Support: Metro/King County
Amount: $45,155

Analyze the stomach contents of juvenile salmonids that have been captured in beach seines deployed in nearshore marine waters of central Puget Sound.

Analysis of Methods for Estimating Juvenile Salmon Presence and Behavior on City of Seattle Shorelines

Period: May 2002–present
Collaborators: J. Cordell, J. Toft (co-Pis)
Support: City of Seattle
Amount: $40,000

Develop and test a variety of sampling methods that will be appropriate in designing statistically-based studies to compare abundance, residence time and behavior of juvenile salmon along City of Seattle shorelines.

Inventory and Mapping of City of Seattle Shoreline in Lakes Washington and Union, the Ship Canal and Shilshole Bay

Period: May 2002–present
Collaborators: J. Cordell, J. Toft (co-Pis)
Support: City of Seattle
Amount: $65,000

Field inventory of shoreline habitat important to juvenile salmon within the City of Seattle limits.

Sinclair Inlet Juvenile Salmon Diet Analyses

Period: May 2002–present
Collaborator: J. Cordell (co-PI)
Support: Washington Dep. Fish and Wildlife
Amount: $41,685

Laboratory processing and data analyses of the diet of juvenile salmon captured in Sinclair Inlet, Puget Sound.

FY2002 Development of the Puget Sound Nearshore Conceptual Model

Period: May 2002— present
Support: US Army Corps of Engineers-Seattle Dist.
Amount: $17,500

Provide a team of scientists composed of a fisheries researcher, geospatial modeler and benthic ecologist to develop a conceptual model of Puget Sound nearshore ecosystem processes.

Life History, Residence Time, and Growth of Juvenile Salmon in the Salmon River Estuary: 2002 Investigations

Period: April 2002—present
Support: Oregon Dept. Fish and Wildlife
Amount: $48,923

Evaluate the contribution of fish diet and prey availability to the variability in juvenile chinook performance in different restoring marshes and the estuary overall in the Salmon River estuary, coastal Oregon.

Crescent Bay Salt Marsh and Salmon Habitat Restoration

Collaborators: Philip Williams & Assoc.
Period: June 2001—present
Support: Island County
Amount: $225,483

Design and implement actions to restore full tidal action to the Crescent Bay Marsh, on northeastern Whidbey Island, and conduct environmental studies to aid in project design and initial assessment of changes in the marsh, its wetland functions and performance in supporting fish and wildlife.

Development of a Spatially-Explicit Biophysical Model of Puget Sound Nearshore Processes

Collaborators: Allan Devol and Miles Logsdon, UW-Oceanography; Marc Hershman, UW-SMA; Hugh Shipman, WDOE; and Kurt Fresh, WDFW
Period: February 2001— present
Support: Washington Sea Grant Program
Amount: $197,368

Design and implement general, spatially-explicit, dynamic biophysical model of sediment transport and structure for Puget Sound shoreline ecosystem.

High-Resolution Remote Sensing of Habitat Structure in the Lower Columbia River and Estuary: Phase I—Imagery and Data Acquisition

Collaborators: Ralph Garono, Earth Designs Consultants
Period: January 2000—present
Support: Columbia River Foundation
Amount: $75,000

Conduct initial data acquisition, using satellite and air-borne hyperspectral sensors, of landscape structure of Columbia River estuary.

Assessment of Estuarine and Nearshore Habitats for Threatened Salmon Stocks in the Hood Canal and Eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca, Washington State: Phase 2

Collaborators: Ralph Garono, Earth Designs Consultants
Period: December 2000—present
Support: Point No Point Treaty Council
Amount: $85,778

Continue landscape ecology analysis of structure of nearshore habitat of juvenile salmon based on remote sensing (hyperspectral) data.