Alexandra Karpoff

Project Biologist

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Education
  • B.S., Environmental Science, Western Washington University, Bellingham
  • Certificate, Statistical Analysis with R Programming, University of Washington
Specialties
  • Fish, Shellfish, and Invertebrate Biology
  • Mitigation Design and Monitoring
  • Environmental Permitting
  • Statistical Analysis

Alexandra has over 8 years of experience working as a biologist, with a focus on marine invertebrate ecology, shellfish population restoration, biomonitoring, and resource management. She combines extensive field experience with expertise in data management and statistical analysis. Field assessments and monitoring activities include vegetation surveys, marine mammal surveys, shellfish surveys, and water quality monitoring. Alexandra also conducts planning and permitting efforts by preparing documents including biological assessments, critical areas reports, mitigation plans, and data summary reports.

Examples of Alexandra’s project work include the following:

  • Alexandra provided local, state, and federal permitting assistance for maintenance dredging and bulkhead repair work associated with an existing marina in Olympia, Washington. She created a Sampling and Analysis Plan, conducted sediment sampling and analysis as part of efforts to ensure that the sediment will be approved for open-water disposal, and completed documentation to meet requirements of the Endangered Species Act, Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, Corps Section 404 and Section 10 permits, shoreline permitting, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Hydraulic Project Approval, and Washington State Department of Ecology Water Quality Section 401.
  • Alexandra prepared a biological assessment to support Endangered Species Act compliance for project to replace an existing broodstock facility with one that allows fish collection at higher flow rates.
  • Following remediation of mercury-laden sediments in Whatcom Waterway, Alexandra led the tissue sampling for 3 consecutive years as part of compliance monitoring to evaluate the effect of clean-up activities in the marine food chain. Work included performing statistical analysis and data visualization, and authoring the Tissue Monitoring portion of the Completion Report, which provided a summary of field efforts and analytical results.