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Ramona Swenson

Ramona Swenson

Senior Consultant


Senior Consultant at Cardno ENTRIX, Inc.



Senior Consultant

Environmental and natural resource management consulting, with a focus on aquatic ecology and fisheries science. Projects include fisheries studies, adaptive managementand monitoring plans, endangered species consultations, NEPA/CEQA and environmental permitting, and river and riparian restoration and management planning.

* San Francisco Bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary - Developing solutions for water supply, habitat restoration, and flood management in the Bay-Delta. Evaluated stressors and project effects on fish species protected under the Endangered Species Act, including delta smelt, longfin smelt, Chinook salmon, steelhead and sturgeon. Designing monitoring plans to measure success of aquatic and wetland restoration efforts and guide adaptive management at site-specific and regional levels.

* Salton Sea - Lead scientist for State of California's project to create aquatic habitat ponds adjacent to Salton Sea. Coordinated studies of contaminants, fish physiological tolerance, water quality modeling, and selenium ecological risk assessment and treatment technologies. Prepared CEQA/NEPA EIR/EIS documents. Collaborated with engineers in design, feasibility and monitoring plan for saline habitat ponds. Developing an adaptive management and monitoring program.

* Lake Tahoe (Upper Truckee River), Colorado River, Chesapeake Bay and other aquatic systems

Career medium 04
Career medium 06

The Nature Conservancy

Ecoregional Ecologist

* Developed plans for resource management, conservation and restoration of natural ecosystems and working landscapes in California's Central Valley.
* Principal scientist at the Cosumnes River Preserve, which protects and manages 45,000 acres of riparian forest, river, wetlands, vernal pools and grasslands.
* Scientific expertise for water policy and land protection projects in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, San Francisco Estuary and Central Valley.
* Piloted an innovative approach to monitor and measure the effectiveness of restoration and management actions.


Entrix, Inc.

Aquatic Ecologist

Trihey and Associates

Aquatic Ecologist

US Fish and Wildlife Service


Annapolis Field Office (MD), Chesapeake Bay Program. Wetlands delineation and mitigation monitoring, public education

Career medium 01

Smithsonian Institution

Biological Technician

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Edgewater MD. Field studies of estuarine community ecology, aquatic invertebrates and fisheries in the Chesapeake Bay and tributaries. Effects of acidic deposition on yellow perch eggs, and foraging ecology of forest ant communities.


UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

University of California, Berkeley

Ph.D., Integrative Biology

Swarthmore College

BA, Biology