The Science Panel's expertise and advice are critical to the Puget Sound Partnership’s efforts to develop a comprehensive, science-based plan to restore Puget Sound. The members, appointed by the Leadership Council, were chosen from the top scientists in Washington State.

Chair: John Stein
Term: 4 years 11/10/2019
John Stein is the former Science and Research Director of NOAA Fisheries' Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, WA, and is currently Scientist Emeritus with NOAA Fisheries. The Center’s scientific responsibilities are for living marine resources (e.g., salmon, groundfish, and killer whales) and their habitats of the Pacific Northwest (e.g., salmon) and along the west coast (e.g., groundfish). The improved understanding of these resources and their ecosystems is used to support resource managers in making sound decisions that build sustainable fisheries, recover endangered and threatened species, and sustain healthy ecosystems and coastal economies. He has authored over 75 publications and is an affiliate faculty member in the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences, and is currently the Vice-Chair of PICES (North Pacific Marine Science Organization) a multinational organization of Pacific Rim countries. At NOAA, in addition to his duties as Science Center Director he co-directed NOAA Fisheries California Current Integrated Ecosystem Assessment with the director of the SW Fisheries Science, was the federal co-lead for Marine Planning on the west coast under the National Ocean Policy, and the lead for NOAA's Seafood Safety Program in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Co-Vice Chair: Ken Currens
Term: 4 years 11/10/2019
Ken Currens is a scientist for the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, where he serves as a scientific liaison between the Western Washington Treaty Tribes and the federal government, state agencies, and non-governmental organizations on salmon recovery and ecosystem conservation issues. He guides a program that provides ecological and genetic analyses for salmon recovery, ecosystem monitoring, and hatchery reform. From 2010-2012, he served as Science Director for the Puget Sound Partnership. He was Chair of Washington’s Independent Science Panel (2000-2006), which was created by the Legislature to provide scientific guidance and review on salmon recovery and watershed health issues before the formation of the Washington Academy of Sciences. He is a member of the Puget Sound Technical Recovery Team (now known as the Regional Implementation Technical Team) since 2000 and provided technical analyses to develop recovery plans for three species of ESA-listed salmon. His research focuses on ecological genetics and population structure of Pacific Northwest fishes and on the use of analytical tools for assessing genetic risks and ecological decision making. He has served on editorial boards for the North American Journal of Fisheries Management and Fisheries. Dr. Currens received a B.A. in English from the University of Oregon and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Oregon State University.

Bob Bilby
Term: 4 years 11/10/2021
Dr. Robert E. Bilby has conducted research on stream ecosystems, salmon and the effects of forestry on both since 1975. He currently is the Senior Science Advisor for Weyerhaeuser Company and is responsible for coordinating environmental research on company forest lands and developing collaborative programs with federal, academic and ENGO research organizations. Prior to assuming his current position, Bilby managed the Western Environmental Forestry Research Program for Weyerhaeuser and in the late 1990s managed the Watershed Processes Program at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle. He is an affiliate professor in the University of Washington’s College of the Environment. Bilby’s research has included investigation of the role of large wood in streams and the impact of forest management on this material, response of stream trophic systems to disturbances, relationships between habitat characteristics and salmon productivity and the contribution that spawning salmon make to the nutrient capital and productivity of streams. He received a B.S. in zoology from the University of Rhode Island and a Ph.D. in aquatic ecology from Cornell University.

Nick Bond
Term: 4 years 11/10/21

Nick Bond is Washington State’s Climatologist and is a senior research scientist with the Joint Institute for the Study of Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) of the University of Washington (UW) and also is an affiliate associate professor with the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at UW. His research is on a broad range of topics with a focus on the weather and climate of the Pacific Northwest, and the linkages between the climate and marine ecosystems of the North Pacific. He has a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from the UW.

Nives Dolšak
Term: 4 years 11/10/21
Nives Dolšak is Professor and Associate Director at the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs (University of Washington Seattle campus). She is also a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Her research examines institutional challenges in governing common pool resources at multiple levels of aggregation. She has co-edited two volumes:  “The Drama of the Commons” (National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council’s Committee on Human Dimensions of Global Change); and  “The Commons in the New Millennium: Challenges and Adaptation”, co-edited with Professor Elinor Ostrom (the MIT Press)

Her other published work examines national level global climate change mitigation; media coverage and its impact on climate change legislative agenda in the U.S. states; the impact of civil society in environmental policy in transitional economies; the link between donors' commercial interests and the location of environmental aid projects; the impact of voting in international environmental regimes on bilateral aid allocations; applicability and political feasibility of tradable permits in common-pool resource management.

Nives holds a BA in Economics from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and a Joint Ph.D. from the School of Public & Environmental Affairs and Department of Political Science Indiana University, Bloomington.

Co-Vice Chair Robert Ewing
Term: 4 years 11/10/2022
Bob Ewing spent 20 years as the Director of Timberlands Strategic Planning for Weyerhaeuser. Before his recent retirement, Bob was responsible for the development, implementation and tracking of strategic management plans for all of Weyerhaeuser’s forestland, including forests in Washington, Oregon, seven southeastern states, Canada, and additional international locations. This work included evaluation of forest conditions, modeling forest productivity and health, developing vegetation management and harvest plans, and monitoring the effects of forest practices on forest ecosystem values. Prior to joining Weyerhaeuser, Bob worked for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection as head of their resource assessment and strategic planning programs. Bob has a PhD in Wildland Resource Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Colin Grier
4 years 11/10/2022
Colin Grier is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Washington State University. He is a broadly trained anthropological archaeologist, with an analytical focus on zooarchaeology (the analysis of animal remains) in the context of studying human-environmental interactions over the long-term. Grier’s research include: 1) the reconstruction of past salmon-fishing practices in the Salish Sea, utilizing ancient DNA analysis of salmon bone to reconstruct the structure and timing of indigenous salmon fisheries, 2) reconstructing past practices that promoted sustainability and resilience among indigenous peoples of, Northwest Coast of North America, Korean Peninsula and Pacific Rim. He received a BA in Anthropology (with first class honors), from McGill University Québec, Canada and a PhD in Anthropology from Arizona State University.

Eddy Kennedy
Term: 4 years 11/10/2021
Eddy Kennedy’s research experience over the past 17 years has had a strong focus on aquaculture and coastal management issues. For seven years ending in 2016, he managed a research section in DFO’s Maritimes Region on the east coast of Canada with a focus on coastal habitat ecology and the potential impacts of human pressures on marine ecosystem components. In his current role as Division Manager for the Ecosystem Science Division, Fisheries and Oceans Canada in the Pacific Region, which he started in October 2016, he is responsible for managing research and monitoring activities that enhance knowledge on the structure and function of aquatic ecosystems (including Strait of Georgia) and that support improved understanding of the impacts of stressors on ecosystem components as well as options to mitigate or manage such impacts. The various research programs, which span the marine and freshwater environments, aim to incorporate ecosystem considerations into decision making. These programs include mitigating risks to the recovery of the Southern Resident Killer Whales, understanding ecosystem conditions that impact wild salmon populations, enhancing marine conservation planning, mitigating potential impacts of aquaculture, aquatic invasive species, and characterizing ecosystem baselines upon which management decisions can be made to mitigate potential stressors and to maintain ecosystem structure, function, and resilience.

William Labiosa
Term: 4 years 11/10/2021
Labiosa has worked as a Research Physical Scientist with USGS since 2001, specializing in watershed/ecosystems management decision analysis and decision support. He has extensive ecological experience and knowledge of Puget Sound serving as the project manager and PI for the Puget Sound Ecosystem Portfolio Model project – a model-based evaluation of ecosystem services and metrics of human well-being as influenced by land use change and regional-scale coastal anthropogenic modifications. Prior to working for USGS, he worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Water in Washington, D.C.

Paul Mayer
Term: 4 years 11/10/2022
Paul Mayer is the Ecological Effects Branch Chief for EPA’s Western Ecology Division. Paul has extensive research experience in the Chesapeake Bay region; where he led studies of stream restoration and stormwater management in urban ecosystems that parallel those of Puget Sound. His wetland ecosystems work at organismal levels, microbial, and biogeochemical levels focused on employing ecological indictors of recovery after restoration. For the past 15 years he has been deeply involved in research on stream ecology and how restoration can improve or recover biological functions even in highly altered urban landscapes in the Chesapeake Bay and elsewhere. Paul is broadly trained in biology and ecology, with degrees in Zoology, Wildlife Management, and Conservation Biology.

Jan Newton
Term: 4 years 11/10/2019
As principal oceanographer at UW’s Applied Physics Laboratory, Newton provides oversight of an observational and modeling study of hypoxia in Hood Canal. Newton also is an assistant professor at UW’s School of Oceanography, where she works with faculty and students to develop and conduct research on biological oceanography of Pacific Northwest coastal and inland waters.

Timothy Quinn
Term: 4 years 11/10/2022
Chief scientist of the WDFW’s habitat program since 1999, Quinn also is a member of The Evergreen State College’s adjunct faculty, where he teaches in the Master’s in Environmental Studies program. Quinn recently served on the Science Working Group that came up with scientific underpinnings and a technical framework for the development of the Puget Sound Partnership.

Terre Satterfield
Term: 4 years 11/10/2021
Terre Satterfield is an interdisciplinary social scientist; professor of culture, risk and the environment; and director of the University of British Columbia’s Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability.
Her research concerns sustainable thinking and action in the context of environmental assessment and decision making. She studies natural resource controversies; culture and cultural ecosystem services; and the perceived risk of new technologies. She has worked primarily on tensions between indigenous communities and the state and/or regulatory dilemmas regarding new technologies.

Her work has been published in journals such as: Nature; Global Environmental Change; Ecological Applications, Ecology and Society; Journal of Environmental Management; Biosciences; Society and Natural Resources; Land Economics; Science and Public Policy; Ecological Economics; Environmental Values; and Risk Analysis. Her books include: The Anatomy of a Conflict: Emotion, Knowledge and Identity in Old Growth Forests; What’s Nature Worth? (with Scott Slovic); and The Earthscan Reader in Environmental Values (with Linda Kalof).

Ruth Sofield
Term: 4 years 11/10/2022
Ruth Sofield is an Associate Professor of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry in the Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University. She has worked on projects that include: 1) genetically based tolerance to pollutant exposure in marine systems with the NOAA Ecotoxicology Branch, CCHEBR in Charleston, South Carolina, 2) development of groundwater WET tests with photoactive pollutants with the Washington State DOE, 3) understanding humic and fulvic acid interactions with Ag nanoparticles and the effects on chemical speciation and toxicity with Eawag in Dübendorf, Switzerland, and 4) metal contamination and effects in mining systems in Colorado, Idaho, Washington, and British Columbia with agencies including USGS and USEPA. She received her BA in Biology from West Virginia University and PhD in Environmental Science and Engineering from Colorado School of Mines.

Eric Strecker
Term: 4 years 11/10/2022
Eric Strecker, P.E., B.C.E.E., is a Principal Water Resources Engineer and Fisheries Biologist with Geosyntec Consultants in Portland, Oregon. He focuses on the design, monitoring, and evaluation of sustainable stormwater best management practices (BMPs), the development of major project and watershed master plans and the overall assessment and management planning to protect aquatic resources. He has provided technical direction and assistance to public and private sector clients in stormwater master planning, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting, Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), surface water pollution assessment and control, and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and Resource Conservation and Recovery ACT (RCRA) surface water compliance orders for almost 30 years.

He continues to advance the state of the practice by conducting as a Principal or Co-Principal Investigator applied national and local research studies on sustainable stormwater management for the U.S. EPA, U.S. Federal Highway Administration, Water Environment Research Foundation, and National Cooperative Highway Research Program, as well as state and local research efforts. Mr. Strecker was recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers for his work on BMP technology applications with the 2003 Civil Engineering State-of-the-Art Award. In addition to his work on guidance documents for urban stormwater management, Mr. Strecker has written more the 50 publications on stormwater planning, low impact development approaches, and the effectiveness of BMP technologies. He likes to fish; a lot.

Katharine Wellman
Term: 4 years 11/10/2022
Wellman has 20 years of experience as a social scientist in the marine estuarine environment. Currently a marine environmental economist with Northern Economics, Inc., Wellman has also held positions at NOAA and Battelle Memorial Institute.

Joel Baker, Representing the Puget Sound Institute
Term: non-voting Ex Officio member
For more than 20 years, Baker has led water and air quality assessments in a variety of complex ecosystems, including the Great Lakes, the Hudson River and Chesapeake Bay. Baker holds the Port of Tacoma Chair in Environmental Science at UW Tacoma, is the Science Director of the Center for Urban Waters, and is the Executive Director of the Puget Sound Institute.