Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting firm, is pleased to announce that Dr. Ramona Swenson has joined our Sacramento office as Senior Aquatic Ecologist.
“Fisheries and aquatic ecology issues are central to many water resource planning and management projects our clients are leading in the Bay Delta and Central Valley. These projects often include the need to develop integrated solutions that contribute to ecosystem restoration and conservation. Ramona joins our growing team of experts in California fisheries and aquatic restoration to provide additional leadership in developing these solutions,” said Chris Fitzer, ESA’s Fisheries Program Manager.
Ramona brings more than 20 years of experience in natural resource management and conservation, across private industry, government, academia, and non-profit sectors. With expertise in fisheries (delta and longfin smelt, Chinook salmon, steelhead, tidewater goby), habitat restoration, adaptive management, monitoring, and working landscapes, she has been involved in several high-profile projects including the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, Lower Yolo Restoration Project, Salton Sea Species Conservation Habitat Project, and the Cosumnes River Preserve. Well-versed in environmental compliance and regulations, she has prepared and managed NEPA and CEQA documents, Biological Assessments, restoration and management plans, monitoring plans, and watershed assessments. She has developed land protection and management strategies for Habitat Conservation Plans, conservation easements, wildlife preserves, and mitigation banks with landowners, farmers, nonprofit groups, and state and federal agencies.
Ramona holds a Doctorate in Integrative Biology from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Swarthmore College. She is incoming President Elect of the American Fisheries Society California-Nevada Chapter and member of the Society for Ecological Restoration California, Society for Conservation Biology, and the American Association of University Women.