Phil Bloch

Senior Ecologist

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Education & Certifications
  • Duke University, M.E.M., Environmental Management
  • Grinnell College, B.A., Biology and Environmental Studies
  • Remote Pilot License, U.S. Department of Transportation, #3957686
  • Marine and Freshwater Aquatic Ecology
  • Restoration/Mitigation
  • GIS/Environmental Data Analysis/Remote Sensing
  • Endangered Species Act

Phil Bloch is a senior ecologist with 18 years of experience in marine nearshore ecology, GIS/spatial planning, habitat mitigation/restoration, and habitat assessment. His work focuses on applying science to understanding the interactions between the built environment and natural systems. Phil applies his ecological expertise to develop study plans to statistically test ecological hypotheses. He has developed and implemented statistical study designs for both experimental treatment testing and analysis of observational data. Phil has contributed to state-wide conservation programs, habitat conservation plan development, biological assessments, environmental impact statements, and field studies. He has worked on environmental compliance strategy for large, complex projects in the Puget Sound region. As part of these projects, Phil also played a valuable role communicating complex and technical information through outreach efforts to the public and agencies.

Examples of Phil’s project experience includes:

  • Regulatory expertise – Phil conducts environmental analysis of complex, large-scale projects for NEPA/SEPA and Endangered Species Act; for example, he completed a comprehensive evaluation of the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) leasing program for development of a proposed habitat conservation plan. Phil has managed environmental compliance activities for mega-projects, such as the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) State Route 520 Program and Interstate 405 Corridor Program.
  • Landscape planning and prioritization – Phil led GIS/spatial planning efforts for the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project to characterize changes to shorelines. He also led development of the DNR Aquatic Reserves Program, including planning and prioritization of marine restoration projects. Phil has evaluated and prioritized shorelines for restoration and protection for multiple entities including King County, Skagit County Marine Resources Committee (MRC), and Whatcom County MRC.
  • Statistical analysis/scientific design – Phil leads scientific studies for agencies to address regulatory and ecological concerns; for example, he developed studies for WSDOT’s State Route 520 Program to assess impacts to sensitive species from pile driving, to understand the potential for non-native species biofouling of pontoons moored in Grays Harbor awaiting transport to Lake Washington, and to evaluate the potential effects to fish migration by tracking movement of juvenile salmonids past the State Route 520 bridge.

“Philip has demonstrated his ability to translate scientific findings clearly and meaningfully so that managers and citizens can use the information to make important decisions.”
– Joe Gaydos, Wildlife Veterinarian and Regional Director The SeaDoc Society