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Eric Fischer

Eric Fischer

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


Eric came to PNNL in 2005 and worked as a research associate for one year and joined the Ecology group as a fulltime staff member in 2010. My research has focused on the use of telemetry to assess the behavior and survival of juvenile salmonids as they migrate downstream through hydropower projects on the Columbia, Snake and Willamette Rivers as well as traverse through the Columbia River estuary.

Research Interests

  • Telemetry
  • Effects of hydropower on fisheries resources
  • Off channel habitat restoration and utilization

Education and Credentials

  • B.S., Fisheries/Limnology, Biology, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, WI, 2003

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2013 OTA of the year award for the Injectable tag study
  • 2009, 2010, 2012 - Outstanding Performance Award

PNNL Publications


  • Fischer E.S., S.E. Blackburn, S.A. Liss, J.S. Hughes, H. Li, and Z. Deng. 2019. "How Small Can We Go? Evaluating Survival, Tag Retention, and Growth of Juvenile Chinook Salmon Implanted with a New Acoustic Microtag." North American Journal of Fisheries Management 39, no. 6:1329-1336. PNNL-SA-144456. doi:10.1002/nafm.10367






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