Suzanne Vieira, WPIT

Project Ecologist II

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  • B.S., Ecology and Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Wetland Science and Management Certificate, University of Washington
  • Wetland Ecology and Delineation
  • Environmental Permitting/Regulatory Compliance
  • Mitigation Monitoring
  • Fish Barrier Assessment
  • Protected Species Monitoring

Suzanne is an ecologist and planner who works on freshwater and marine projects, conducting activities such as wetland delineations, stream and nearshore surveys, research and synthesis, mitigation monitoring, fish exclusion, GIS analysis, and permit preparation. She has contributed to environmental impact statements, biological assessments, mitigation plans, and critical areas reports. Suzanne is a Wetland Professional in Training (WPIT; Society of Wetland Scientists), and is trained in watershed restoration and culvert assessment.

Examples of Suzanne’s project work include the following:

  • To support permitting of several private-property development projects, assisted with wetland delineation activities, including assessing soils, vegetation, and hydrology.
  • For a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife project to prioritize fish passage projects along Puget Sound coastal streams, participated in culvert assessments along the BNSF railway route, and organized the field data to assist with prioritization.
  • Confluence is providing multi-year monitoring of mitigation sites associated with Alderwood Water and Wastewater District (Lynnwood, WA) construction projects. Suzanne performed monitoring of two mitigation sites to determine if they are meeting performance criteria. Work included plant counts, vegetation transects using the line intercept method, and photo documentation.
  • Conducted endangered species research for a biological assessment (BA) related to terminal improvements at the Port of Port Angeles, Washington. She constructed the Endangered Species Act lists and species profiles for the document.
  • Suzanne is providing fieldwork support for a grant project in Humboldt Bay, California. The study purpose is to characterize associations of fish and invertebrates with and without aquaculture in eelgrass and mudflat habitat. Suzanne’s work includes deploying large-scale enclosures to isolate fish in habitats with and without aquaculture gear, fish handling, and species identification.

“Suzanne did a great job compiling and synthesizing data for an urban wildlife habitat assessment report of potential open space acquisition property in Kenmore. This was a unique project that analyzed habitat functions and values against grant-reviewed criteria. Suzanne’s responsiveness and professionalism contributed to a smooth and timely delivery of the document.”
– Maureen Colaizzi, Parks Project Manager, City of Kenmore