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Nass, Bryan

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Vice President
Senior Fisheries Scientist

Joined LGL in 1990

Degrees

M.Sc.: SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, Syracuse, N.Y. (Systems Ecology) 1990
B.Sc. (Hons.): SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, Syracuse, N.Y. (Environmental Studies) 1988

Professional Interests

  • Fisheries stock assessment methods
  • Fish behavior and life history
  • Application of radio and acoustic telemetry

Capsule Resume

Bryan L. Nass, M.Sc., Senior Fisheries Ecologist with LGL, has 27 years of experience managing, implementing, and reporting on fisheries research and monitoring programs. Bryan has directed fishery research projects in Alaska (2011−2017), Washington State (2000−2011), and British Columbia (1990−2000) over his career. He has participated in all aspects of project management including team building and design, implementation, analysis, reporting, all forms of administration, and client liaison. Bryan is an expert in setting up new field programs, project permitting, prioritizing work tasks and logistics, designing and organizing data collection systems, training field technicians, preparing options for technical committees, and chairing work groups. His inherent organizational skills and thoroughness, succinct communications, and keen awareness of the client's needs ensure the successful completion of a project. As a passionate steward of our resources, Bryan looks to find practical solutions for addressing fisheries issues. His specialized expertise includes radio-telemetry techniques, design and operation of underwater video systems, PIT tag detection arrays, and fish capture devices (nets, weirs, fishwheels). Most recently, Bryan served as a project manager and technical advisor to the Alaska Energy Authority for the design and implementation of fish research projects for the Susitna River, AK, to collect data in support of an evaluation of the potential project-related effects of a proposed hydroelectric facility. He developed comprehensive study plans to capture and track a variety of anadromous (salmon and eulachon) and resident fish species (rainbow, grayling, burbot) to document baseline conditions. All electronic data and written deliverables were submitted to and accepted by FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) in support of AEA’s license application. Bryan has also worked extensively on the Columbia River (WA) conducting large radio-telemetry programs to assess upstream and downstream migration timing, distribution and survival of route-specific fish passage at hydroelectric projects, and other instream structures. He is intimately familiar with spillway, powerhouse, and bypass structures and operations at hydro facilities. From 1992–1996, Bryan worked as a program manager for the Nisga’a Lisims Government to carry out scientifically rigorous studies by training local Nisga’a citizens in study design and field techniques. Many of the studies Bryan has led or participated in have required hosting workshops to interact with local residents, local government, agencies, and tribes to achieve a broad set of objectives. Bryan’s technical experience in riverine environments is extensive with the hands-on knowledge to conduct fisheries and habitat investigations.

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