Who We Are

Who We Are

Sharon Kramer, Ph.D. (Principal)

Sharon Kramer, Ph.D. (Principal)

Fish and Aquatic Ecology
North Coast

Dr. Sharon Kramer is a marine ecologist and principal who heads our California North Coast office and fish and aquatic ecology projects.  She has more than 30  years of experience in aquatic ecology and fisheries biology in the Pacific Northwest, California, Australia, and Hawai‘i. Sharon is well-versed in fish and aquatic habitat restoration and monitoring, and project permitting. Sharon's professional research and projects have focused on integrating watershed and coastal processes with the freshwater, estuarine, and coastal ecology of fishes, including listed salmonids, green sturgeon, and tidewater goby. Her most recent focus has involved assessing the environmental effects associated with marine renewable energy projects to develop mitigation and adaptive management strategies for project permitting.. Recent project examples include:

  • Leading the assessment of environmental conditions and permitting challenges for the California North Coast Offshore Wind Studies project, evaluating 3 offshore wind development scenarios off the North Coast of California and included terrestrial project components such as the cable shore landing, interconnection, and upgrades to transmission lines.
  • Serving as the lead aquatic ecologist for the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District to develop a 1707 Water Right Dedication on the Mad River in Northern California.
  • Assisting with the FERC licensing and BOEM leasing processes, including identification of potential project effects and uncertainties, development and negotiation of monitoring and adaptive management plans, and preparation of biological assessments, NEPA documents and other permits for the Pacific Marine Energy Center—South Energy Test Site off Newport, Oregon.
  • Serving as principal investigator for a BOEM funded grant to evaluate the likelihood that ocean renewable energy projects sited off the U.S. west coast and Hawaii would serve as artificial reefs and fish aggregating devices.

Sharon received a Ph.D. in marine biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography; an M.S. in zoology from the University of Hawai‘i; and a B.A. in aquatic biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Highlighted Publications:

Kramer, S., C. Jones, G. Klise, J. Roberts, A. West, and Z. Barr. 2020. Environmental permitting and compliance cost reduction strategies for the MHK industry: Lessons learned from other industries. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 8, 554; doi:10.3390/jmse8080554

Kramer, S.H., et al. 2015. Evaluating the Potential for Marine and Hydrokinetic Devices to Act as Artificial Reefs or Fish Aggregating Devices, Based on Analysis of Surrogates in Tropical, Subtropical, and Temperate U.S. West Coast and Hawaiian Coastal Waters. OCS Study BOEM 2015-021. U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Golden, Colorado

Klure, J., T. Hampton, G. McMurray, G. Boehlert, S. Henkel, A. Copping, S. Kramer, R. Chwaszczewski, and K. Fresh. 2012. West Coast Environmental Protocols Framework: Baseline and Monitoring Studies. BOEM  201213. Pacific Energy Ventures, Portland, Oregon

Golightly, R. T., S. H. Kramer, and C. D. Hamilton. 2011. Assessment of Natural Resource and Watershed Condition: Redwood National and State Parks, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, and Oregon Caves National Monument. Natural Resource Report NPS/NRPC/WRD/NRR—2011/335. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado