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 principal, and heads our North Coast office and the Fish Ecology team. She has more than 25 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, with extensive federal Endangered Species Act work. Her most recent focus has involved assessing and mitigating the environmental effects associated with renewable energy projects.

Sharon's recent professional research and projects have focused on integrating watershed and coastal processes with the freshwater, estuarine, and coastal ecology of fishes, including listed salmonids and the tidewater goby. Her projects range from developing cutting-edge methods for evaluating the ecological impacts of marine and hydrokinetic energy projects, to creating habitat conservation plans (HCPs), to monitoring aquatic species and habitats. Recent project examples include:

  • leading the company’s participation in a team preparing an unsolicited lease request to the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) for an offshore wind energy project. Provided marine ecological support to the lease submittal for a proposed floating wind farm approximately 21 to 29 nautical miles off of the Northern California coast.
  • assisting San Luis Obispo County in HCP development of for the Lopez Water Project on Arroyo Grande Creek.
  • completing a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) market acceleration project to develop an environmental assessment framework for siting wave and tidal renewable energy projects.
  • Assisted with the FERC licensing/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.
  • developing the marine biological baseline, effects assessment, and monitoring and adaptive management techniques for Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s Humboldt WaveConnect™ Pilot Project.
  • serving as principal investigator for a DOE grant to evaluate the likelihood that ocean renewable energy projects sited in various Pacific Ocean habitats 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:

Polagye, B., A. Copping, R. Suryan, S. Kramer, J. Brown-Saracino, and C. Smith. 2014. Instrumentation for Monitoring around Marine Renewable Energy Converters: Workshop Final Report. January. PNNL-23110. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Seattle, Washington. Prepared for U.S. Department of Energy.

Zajanc, D., S. H. Kramer, N. Nur, and P. A. Nelson. 2013. Holding behavior of Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) and steelhead (O. mykiss) smolts, as influenced by habitat features of levee banks, in the highly modified lower Sacramento River, California. Environmental Biology of Fishes 96:245–256.

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  2012-013. 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.