evaluating the importance of estuarine life history diversity of juvenile Pacific salmon in population resilience and recovery, and the potential role of estuarine habitat restoration in increasing life history diversity; restoration of natural ecosystem processes as a sustainable approach to recovery of endangered salmon; and the practical application of landscape ecology concepts and quantitative metrics to planning and implementing coastal ecosystem restoration. Much of Simenstad’s concentration is presently focused on strategic planning restoration of nearshore ecosystems in Puget Sound under the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project (PSNERP), under which he chairs the Nearshore Science Team (NST). Simenstad previously served on the NRC Committee on Mitigating Wetland Losses.

Lucinda Low Swartz, Esq., is a nationally known NEPA specialist providing extensive NEPA compliance services to federal agencies and private entities. She is a regular speaker on NEPA issues at environmental conferences and training seminars and is the co-author of The NEPA Reference Guide and Endangered Species: Legal Requirements and Policy Guidance. Ms. Swartz is also the former Deputy General Counsel of the Council on Environmental Quality, the office within the Executive Office of the President that oversees federal agency compliance with NEPA. With over 30 years of experience in environmental law and regulation in government and consulting, she has been operating her small, woman-owned business since May 2008. She received her J.D. from the Washington College of Law, The American University.

Paul Thompson is the chair in Zoology at the Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Aberdeen. He established the Lighthouse Field Station in 1990 after he completed his graduate and postdoctoral studies in Aberdeen. He became a Lecturer in 1994, and has held a Personal Chair in Zoology since 2005. His current research aims to assess how natural and anthropogenic environmental variations influence the behavior, physiology, and dynamics of marine mammal and seabird populations. These questions have been approached by conducting long-term and comparative studies of key populations such as dolphins, harbor seals, and seabirds. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2011, and is currently a member of the Marine Scotland Science Advisory Board. Professor Thompson previously served on the NRC study Best Practices for Shellfish Mariculture and the Effects of Commercial Activities in Drake's Estero, Pt. Reyes National Seashore, California. He received his Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Aberdeen.

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