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Nichole Sather

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


Ms. Nichole Sather is a fisheries biologist with the Coastal Assessment and Restoration technical group at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. During her time at PNNL, she has developed a multidisciplinary background at MSL which includes experience in ecotoxicology, chemistry, and estuarine ecology. Ms. Sather’s project work includes wetland and coastal habitat assessments, research development in fishery ecology, as well as NEPA reviews and preparation of environmental impact statements as an aquatic ecology subject matter expert. Ms. Sather has extensive field experience working and estuarine, nearshore, and freshwater environments. Her research at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has primarily focused on the ecological relationship between juvenile salmon and estuarine and nearshore habitats.

Research Interests

  • Juvenile salmon ecology
  • Estuarine and nearshore ecosystems
  • Habitat restoration

Education and Credentials

  • 1998 A.A. General Studies. Peninsula College. Port Angeles, WA, 98362
  • 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

  • 2010 Outstanding Performance Award for field sampling and analysis for Bonneville Power Admin 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.
  • 2011 Of The Year Award in recognition for outstanding efforts for the 2011 EED Project Team Award for the Nuclear Regulatory New Reactor Licensing Program project.

PNNL Publications


  • Johnson GE, GR Ploskey, NK Sather, and DJ 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(5):684-696.  doi:10.1139/cjfas-2014-0085


  • Johnson GE, NK Sather, JR Skalski, and D Teel. 2014. "Application of Diversity Indices to Quantify Early Life-History Diversity for Chinook Salmon." Ecological Indicators 38:170-180.  doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2013.11.005







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