Caitlin O'Brien

Research Scientist
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
University of Washington


Caitlin (she/her) joined the staff at Columbia Basin Research in 2022 to assist in applied ecological research under the direction of Dr. Gosselin. Prior to her work at CBR, Caitlin worked collaboratively with state, federal, university, non-profit and tribal partners to restore native marine species such as pinto abalone, Olympia oysters, and bull kelp in Puget Sound through on-the-ground restoration actions. Caitlin's past and future work aims to maintain healthy marine ecosystems and resources through responsible restoration actions.

Research Interests

As a research scientist with Columbia Basin Research, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (SAFS), Caitlin's research interests focus on understanding underlying processes that impact the survival of anadromous fish in river and ocean habitats in the Pacific Northwest and California waterways. Through this research, she aims to support resource managers and stakeholders with accessible quantitative analysis and tools to facilitate best management practices of endangered salmonid species.

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