California Science Director
Dr. Rene Henery is an Ecologist and Ecogeographer who holds a joint position as the California Science Director for Trout Unlimited (TU), and Assistant Research Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). Rene completed his B.A. at Reed College in Portland Oregon and his PhD at the University of California, Davis. His dissertation investigated opportunities to recover Pacific salmon through the restoration of connectivity, with an emphasis on Central Valley Chinook salmon and floodplain restoration.
Rene’s work with TU is focused on the development of science based strategies and tools for the conservation and recovery of California’s fish and aquatic systems, as well as the execution of the research and monitoring necessary to achieve those objectives through time. As a component of this, Rene oversees TU and UNR’s collaborative “Stream Team” working on the ground in California’s mountain meadow, stream, and lake ecosystems. Rene also serves on both the Technical Advisory Committee for the San Joaquin River Restoration Program and the Yuba River Management Team, and works collaboratively with Universities, NGO’s, and State and Federal agencies on forward thinking approaches to the integration of conservation, flood management, and agriculture in California’s Central Valley.