California Staff Scientist
Emeryville, California 94608
Dr. Natalie Stauffer-Olsen, California Staff Scientist with Trout Unlimited, is an Aquatic Ecologist who has worked in freshwater systems of northern California and the Sierra Nevada since her graduation from UCLA in 2004. She studied benthic invertebrate genetics and distributions in the Russian River watershed and Upper Klamath Lake, Oregon for her dissertation research done in the Environmental Science, Policy and Management Program at the University of California, Berkeley. Since starting with TU in 2016 and through her previous work with other non-profits, government agencies, academia, and consulting, Natalie has come to understand and appreciate the diverse roles that TU members play in conservation and restoration efforts and she is honored to be a part of such an inclusive and effective group of people. Her work with TU focuses on bringing scientific rationale and evaluation to the management, preservation and restoration of salmonids and aquatic ecosystems. Natalie has also been involved with the development of S.M.A.R.T (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound) goals and objectives to guide management and restoration efforts and against which to measure success and/or guide adaptive management actions. Natalie believes that using scientific understanding to guide, understand, and adaptively manage collaborative efforts in the long-term is the best method to protect and restore freshwater ecosystems. As such, much of her time is spent coordinating and collaborating with different stakeholders to build trust and come up with win-win situations that benefit ecosystems, freshwater organisms (like fish!) and people.