Mr. Palm is a fish biologist at the Swedish University of Agricultural sciences that has dedicated his past 14 years in the science of boulders, gravel, hydrology and brown trout. Most of his work have focused on the effects of in stream habitat restoration in streams and rivers in northern Sweden. His work has, however, also expanded in to the field of water chemistry as a limiting variable in lotic environments and fish migration. Due to the experience of two large scale restoration programs, and now starting a third one, his knowledge about the effects on early life stages of brown trout covers a wide range of aspects. When not working with fish, Mr. Palm also uses his knowledge to prevent negative effects off forestry on water quality and aquatic habitat by giving lectures to forest managers through the National Board of Forestry.
Anders Nilsson has broad research interests in aquatic ecology, spanning e.g. fish migration, predator-prey and host-parasite interactions, behavioural ecology, phenotypic plasticity, population genetics, and fisheries management, in freshwater as well as marine systems, in numerous international research consortia. The fish migration research focuses on ecological and evolutionary causes and consequences of partial migration in freshwater fish. Partial migration, when only a portion of the individuals in a population migrates, is evaluated in light of a tradeoff between growth opportunity and predator avoidance that shifts between lake and stream habitats over seasons, causing migration patterns that differ between individual phenotypes and circumstances. Nilsson combines such ecological and evolutionary research and understanding with restoration incentives and fish passage development, towards win-win solutions for hydropower and fish.
Mr. Christensen is a senior civil engineer and fish biologist with R2 Resource Consultants in Seattle, Washington, USA. He has 30 years of experience providing fisheries science and design engineering consulting services to the hydroelectric industry and resource agencies throughout North America, with recent consulting services in Europe. The major focus of his work involves the design of upstream and downstream fish passage facilities at hydroelectric facilities, and fish protection screen facilities at water diversions. His experiences have also included the design of small powerhouses and dams.
Peter has served as project manager and lead design engineer on large successful fish passage projects including the 26 meter (86 ft) high upstream passage fish ladder and the 14 cubic meters per second (500 cfs) downstream migrant collector and bypass facility at River Mill Dam Oregon State. He also served in this same management and lead design capacity for the designs of the large floating surface collectors for providing downstream migrant collection and safe bypass at North Fork Dam in Oregon State and Swift Dam in Washington State. He has also provided conceptual passage designs for large new hydroelectric facilities along the Columbia River in British Columbia, Canada.
Prior to entering the engineering profession, Peter worked for five years in the 1980’s as a field fish biologist for state and federal agencies on both the east and west coasts of the United States. This hands-on experience with fish trapping and handling in the field provides great benefit when designing fish monitoring and handling components of his designs. From 1999 to 2004 Peter served as a technical committee member for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Hydropower Turbine Systems Program, assisting in the design and development of more fish-friendly turbines, and has more recently performed additional consultation services to the D.O.E. concerning review of fisheries related projects being funded by the department.
Ms. Wildman is a practicing fisheries engineer that established and runs the New England Regional Office for Princeton Hydro focusing on ecological restoration consulting for aquatic systems. Her expertise and passion, centers on the restoration of rivers through the reestablishment of natural functions and aquatic connectivity. She is considered one of the foremost nation U.S. experts on barrier removal and alternative fish passage techniques, regularly lecturing, instructing, and publishing on these topics; including assisting with the instruction of courses for the University of Wisconsin and Yale University. She recently completed a publication for a special edition of the Journal of Engineering Geology regarding the history and human dimensions of barrier removal projects, and is currently pursuing her PhD emphasizing dam removal at the University of Southampton, in England, focusing on international issues relating to the removal of dams and the restoration of aquatic connectivity. Her work has also emphasized reconnecting communities to rivers, and the socio-economic complexities relating to the balance between natural resource management and healthy river systems. She has been involved in hundreds of river restoration, barrier removal, and fish passage projects throughout the U.S.; working on all aspects of the projects from inception through design and construction, both as a licensed professional engineer designing and managing the projects and as a non-profit project partner when she was the Chief Engineer of American Rivers. Ms. Wildman received her bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from University of Vermont and her Master of Environmental Management from Yale University, and integrates both engineering and a deep understanding of river science into her restoration work.
In 2001 she initiated and led the Northeast Stream Barrier Task Force for 8 years, which established a network for NGO’s state, and federal agencies working on connectivity issues throughout the great northeast. In 2010 she developed the Dam Removal and Fish Passage Network on LinkedIn with close to 2,000 members worldwide, and also currently co-manages the World Fish Migration Network.
Ms. Wildman was an invited participant in the Aspen Institute's two year National Policy Group regarding dam removal and played a key role in establishing the University of CA-Berkley’s Clearinghouse for Dam Removal Information. Ms. Wildman has developed and led multiple successful symposia, one of which led to the creation of the American Society of Civil Engineers Environmental and Water Resource Institute’s (ASCE-EWRI) manual on Sediment Dynamics Post Dam Removal, for which Ms. Wildman chaired the Task Committee. She is currently a member of the Federal Interagency Advisory Subcommittee on Sedimentation developing guidelines for sediment management and dam removal, and in 2008 she headed the Environmental Impacts subgroup for Association of State Floodplain Managers’ (ASFPM) Working Group on Dams.
Ms. Wildman is the recent past President for the Bioengineering Section (BES) of the American Fisheries Society (AFS) and served on the AFS Governing Board and Management Committee. She is also a former member of the Governing Board of American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Environmental and Water Resource Institute (EWRI), where she continues to lead and participates in multiple committees relating to fish passage, barrier removal and river restoration. In 2011, Ms. Wildman initiated an Ad Hoc Committee under both AFS-BES and ASCE-EWRI leadership to further the strategic goals of both organizations with the objective of developing a partnering relationship between the two organizations on the topic of fish passage, and helped to establish the highly successful International Fish Passage Conference for the last six years and develop a web-based repository for fish passage information.
In addition to her work in barrier removal, fish passage and river restoration, Ms. Wildman also has significant experience in fluvial geomorphology, fisheries habitat/flow analysis, dam modification/repair, open channel hydraulics, grant coordination, public outreach, policy, advocacy, and advanced hydraulic and sediment transport modeling.