Paul leads the Biological Resources and Land Management Business Group for ESA’s Northwest Region. In this role he oversees employee-owners in Washington and Oregon who offer a diverse range of technical and resource planning capabilities. The group offers specialized expertise in permitting, conservation and climate planning, funding strategies, conservation finance, mitigation planning, wetlands, fisheries, wildlife, water quality, and aquatic invasive species. Paul oversees diverse policy and technical work and emphasizes the delivery of high-quality deliverables that help our clients manage the natural resources they steward. Paul also initiated a mentoring program for the Northwest Region that pairs mentees with mentors to strengthen connections, share knowledge, and help advances pathways for professional growth.

Paul is a principal fisheries biologist who specializes in salmon biology, aquatic ecology, habitat assessment, and habitat restoration planning and design. As a Certified Fisheries Professional through the American Fisheries Society, much of Paul’s work focuses on restoration/protection planning, resource management, and habitat restoration design. Paul is a recognized expert in nearshore ecology and has worked with multiple watershed groups, tribes, and municipalities on recovery planning topics. At a regional scale, Paul lead consultant teamwork in support of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project which was a General Investigation for Puget Sound nearshore recovery.

Paul has served on the technical review panel for the Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board. In this role, he works with a team to evaluate whether grant funding applications meet the technical criteria of the board. Paul also volunteers on the Board of Directors for Beavers Northwest, a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase acceptance and understanding of beavers to support healthier and more resilient ecosystems.