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Nichole Sather

Nichole Sather

Marine Sciences Laboratory
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
1529 West Sequim Bay Road
Sequim, Washington 98382


Nikki Sather is a research scientists and technical team lead for the Coastal Ecosystems and Technology group at the Marine Sciences Laboratory. Nikki’s work includes research in wetland and coastal habitats, studies of fish ecology in estuaries, as well as NEPA reviews and preparation of environmental impact statements.

Research Interests

  • Biological response of estuarine habitat restoration
  • Food web dynamics in aquatic habitats
  • Environmental and biological interactions with marine renewable energy development

Education and Credentials

  • 2001 B.S. Environmental Science. Western Washington University. Bellingham, WA
  • 2009 M.S. Fisheries Science. Oregon State University. Corvallis, OR, 97331

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • American Fisheries Society

Awards and Recognitions

  • Of the Year Award in recognition of outstanding efforts for the 2016 EED Publication Award 2016
  • For Annex IV 2016 State of the Science Report: Environmental Effects of Marine Renewable Energy Development Around the World
  • Of the Year Award in recognition of outstanding efforts for 2016 Project manager of the 2016
  • Year for several strategic Marine Sciences Laboratory’s projects for DOE EERE and the USACE
  • Outstanding Performance Award for outstanding contribution for regional outreach 2014
  • for the Oncor Geodatabase for the Columbia Estuary Ecosystem Restoration Program: Handbook of Data Reduction Procedures, Workbooks, and Exchange Templates
  • Outstanding Performance Team Award in recognition of dedication to delivering an 2014
  • environmental impact statement to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a rapidly evolving technical development environment with a critically short timeframe.
  • Of The Year Award in recognition for outstanding efforts for the 2011 EED Project 2011
  • Team Award for the Nuclear Regulatory New Reactor Licensing Program project
  • Outstanding Performance Award for field sampling and analysis for Bonneville Power 2010
  • Administration and US Army Corp of Engineers. Her research has contributed to the reputation of the Marine Science Lab as a source of fisheries science expertise on lower Columbia River and estuary.

PNNL Publications


  • Johnson G.E., G.R. Ploskey, N.K. Sather, and D.J. Teel. 2015. "Residence Times of Juvenile Salmon and Steelhead in Off-Channel Tidal Freshwater Habitats, Columbia River, USA." Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 72, no. 5:684-696. PNNL-SA-101024. doi:10.1139/cjfas-2014-0085


  • Johnson G.E., N.K. Sather, J.R. Skalski, and D. Teel. 2014. "Application of Diversity Indices to Quantify Early Life-History Diversity for Chinook Salmon." Ecological Indicators 38. PNNL-SA-93739. doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2013.11.005







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