Traci Sanderson, PWS

Project Scientist II

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  • Master of Environmental Studies, Oceanography, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA
  • B.S., Environmental Science, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA
  • Professional Wetland Scientist, #2893, Society of Wetland Scientists, 2018
  • Certified Sediment & Erosion Control Lead, #80046, NW Environmental Training Center, 2017
  • Wetland Delineation
  • Freshwater and Marine Ecology
  • Fish Sampling and Biology
  • Oceanographic and Water Quality Data Collection
  • Marine Mammal Monitoring

Traci Sanderson is a certified ecologist, fisheries professional, and wetland scientist who has been working in environmental consulting since 2007. She is trained and skilled in terrestrial and aquatic ecology and has extensive experience with data collection and analysis. She evaluates ecosystem process impacts in marine, freshwater, and terrestrial environments from a variety of project types, such as shoreline protection, tidal energy, and dam operation. Traci also serves on the Snohomish County Marine Resource Committee, a volunteer committee that uses best available science to address local marine issues, recommend remedial actions to local authorities, and build local awareness of issues and support for remedies.

Traci’s areas of focus include:

  • Conducting fisheries projects such as fish exclusion for instream construction, forage fish spawning surveys, aquatic habitat assessment, and radio telemetry tracking of fish populations.
  • Performing marine mammal observation and reviewing marine mammal observation plans.
  • Collecting water quality and sediment data using in-situ probes and physical sample collection.
  • Employing high-tech instrumentation for gathering coastal and fluvial process data, such as deploying, recovering, and servicing instruments to measure wind, waves, currents, and gravel transport. She also completes analysis and reporting for data collected.
  • Conducting nearshore habitat assessment including eelgrass surveying and monitoring.

“Traci led a team responsible for installing, maintaining, and analyzing data a weather station at a marine project site north of Prince Rupert. Her team also completed current measurements using fixed mounted instruments, and vessel-mounted current survey in a nearby channel. Traci’s team were professional and produced highly detailed and accurate reporting results exceeding client expectations.”
– Mike Tranmer, P.E., P.M.P., Project Manager at Moffatt & Nichol