Multiculturalism in the Aquatic Sciences

Minorities in the Aquatic Sciences

Percy M. Washington, Ph.D.

Aquatic Ecologist/Fishery Scientist,Gaia Northwest, Inc., Seattle, Washington

Academic Preparation:

Ph.D., 1982 University of Washington, Fisheries Science; M.S., 1972 University of Washington, Fisheries Biology; B.S., 1965 University of Washington, Fisheries Biology

Research/Professional Interests:

I am trained and experienced in program, project and field crew management, experimental design, estuarine, marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecology, applied mathematics, statistical analysis, and automatic data processing (mainframe, mini, and microcomputers).

Professional Experience:

  • Gaia Northwest, Inc., Seattle, Washington: Principal/President/ CEO (1983 to present): Responsible for Administration, Marketing and Management of firm involved in environmental research, and engineering.
  • Percy M. Washington and Associates: Owner (1983 to present); Responsible for Administration, Marketing, Management, and conduct of research programs on environmental research, data collection and analysis.
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Cooperative Fishery Unit, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington (1979 to 1982): On assignment to complete graduate studies and to research the factors effecting the production of coho salmon of Columbia River origin.
  • National Marine Fisheries Service, Seattle, Washington Fishery Biologist/Fishery Research Biologist/Task Leader (1969 to 1979) :Responsible for conduct, design, and analysis of data on various fishery tasks, including recreational fisheries and distribution of North Pacific salmon stocks. Served as scientist?in?charge/ field party chief on several North Pacific and Gulf of Alaska cruises.

Professional Affiliations:

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists, American Fishery Society (Certified Fishery Scientist, Estuarine Research Society,Sigma Xi, Pacific Fishery Biologists (PFB), American Society of Limnologists and Oceanographers (ASLO), Society of Wetlands Scientists (SWS)

Biographical and Research Summary:

Dr. Washington is a highly qualified Aquatic Ecologist/fishery scientist with over 30 years of federal agency, and private consulting experience. He was educated at the University of Washington, College of Ocean and Fishery Science. He is trained and experienced in program, project and field crew management, experimental design, estuarine, marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecology, applied mathematics, statistical analysis, and automatic data processing (mainframe, mini, and microcomputers). His teaching experience includes status as an instructor in Fisheries at the University of Washington, adjunct Professor in marine biology at Western Washington University and Assistant Research Professor (Chemistry Department) at Seattle University, and guest lecturer at University of California Davis, Whitman College, Savanna State University, Hampton University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Seattle Community College (Central and South Campuses).

He is a principal and manager of an environmental consulting firm. He has served as advisor to local, state and regional, tribal and national fishery resource managers, managers of regulatory agencies, utilities, and private interests. He is currently serving 3rd 2-year term as a Director on the Prince William Sound Science Center Board of Directors. He is currently serving a 3-year term advising the Assistant Secretary of Commerce on Fisheries as a member of the Marine Fish Advisory Committee (MAFAC). He has directed staffs of professional and technical level personnel in various environmental project activities. He has developed and managed several successful environmental restoration projects that required extensive public involvement and support.