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 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 conducts nearshore habitat assessment, including eelgrass surveying and monitoring, and leads fieldwork to collect water quality and sediment data using in-situ probes and physical sample collection. 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.

Examples of Traci’s project work include:

  • For the King County Water and Land Resources Division, Traci conducted a habitat study in the Cedar River. Work involved night-time snorkel surveys for juvenile salmonids, including Endangered Species Act-listed salmonids.
  • For various clients in Canada, Traci worked on oceanographic data collection. Work involved using high-tech instrumentation for gathering wind, wave, current, sediment, and water quality data. For example, for Aurora-Nexen in British Columbia, Traci was task lead for an oceanographic and meteorological data collection program, responsible for deployment of and data collection from a land-based meteorological station, vessel-based Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers, and bottom mount frames for wave and current measurements.
  • Traci has been working long term on a Kitsap Transit project to monitor effects from operation of a passenger-only fast ferry. She evolved her role from field support to field program lead, and is responsible for collecting data to monitor a wide variety of physical parameters such as beach profile, sediment grain size and transport, wind, waves, currents, and noise, as well as biological resources such as benthic invertebrates and eelgrass.

“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