Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental science and planning firm with offices on the West and Gulf Coasts, welcomes Paul Schlenger. With over two decades of experience in ecosystem recovery and habitat restoration planning and design, Schlenger joins ESA after owning his own environmental consulting company.

“We have known Paul for years and have long admired the innovation, passion, and professionalism he brings to his work,” said Margaret Clancy, ESA vice president and northwest regional director. “He is truly a thought leader on key issues affecting our region including climate reliance, restoration, salmon recovery, and strategic planning; and bolsters our ability to tackle challenging environmental problems in a strategic, scientific, and collaborative way.”

With more than 22 years of experience, Schlenger is a fisheries and restoration ecologist, specializing in salmon biology, aquatic ecology, habitat assessment, and restoration planning and design. He has extensive experience working in marine nearshore and estuarine environments, as well as in large and small rivers and lakes. Schlenger has served as a project manager on small scale to multimillion dollar efforts for clients including the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He has a strong background in ecological assessment, and much of his work has focused on characterizing fish and other aquatic resource distributions in relation to habitat conditions and manmade modifications. Paul applies this knowledge to mitigation, restoration, and protection planning at site, watershed, and regional scales, as well as habitat restoration design. He is a Certified Fisheries Professional through the American Fisheries Society. Schlenger earned his M.S. in Fisheries from the University of Washington and his B.A. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia.