Scientific Collaborations Director/ Fisheries Biologist
Shaara Ainsley is a fisheries biologist with over a decade of research experience in California, Alaska, Southeast Asia, and Central America. Her responsibilities include project management, study design, data management and analysis, report writing and editing, and grant writing. She provides scientific advising for Central Valley clients on issues related to ESA-listed fish species in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, including delta smelt and salmonids. She participates each month in the Delta Smelt Scoping Team of the Collaborative Science and Adaptive Management Program. Shaara also helps coordinate FISHBIO’s International program, including liaising with FISHBIO Lao’s Country Director, and coordinating activities related to the design, implementation, and reporting of fisheries projects in Southeast Asia.
Shaara’s current role is focused on improving engagement with scientific collaborators to build mutually beneficial and effective research partnerships both in the Central Valley and internationally. She holds a master’s degree in marine science with a focus in ichthyology from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, where her research focused on life history characteristics of fishes (age, growth, and age at reproduction).
Key FISHBIO Projects
- Ecosystem Services of Wetlands in Cambodia and Vietnam
- Mekong Fish Network Standard Sampling Pilot Project
- Mekong Fish Network
- Salmonid Life-Cycle Monitoring Decision Matrix
- Striped Bass Fyke Trap Pilot Study
- Calaveras River Habitat Conservation Plan
Selected Reports and Publications
Loury, E. S. Ainsley, and S. Ounboundisane. 2019. Guidelines for Assessing Fish Conservation Zones in Lao PDR. FISHBIO Laos, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR. (Download PDF)
Patricio, H.C., S.A. Zipper, M.L. Peterson, S.M. Ainsley, E.K. Loury, S. Ounboundisane, and D.B. Demko. 2019. Fish catch and community composition in a data-poor Mekong River subcatchment characterised through participatory surveys of harvest from an artisanal fishery. Marine and Freshwater Research. Early Online Access: DOI: 10.1071/MF17338
Ainsley, S.M., V. Soth, and P. Tach. 2018. Fish species diversity and assemblage structure in seasonal wetlands in the dry dipterocarp forests of Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary, Cambodia. Cambodian Journal of Natural History 2018 (1): 24–38.
Loury, E. K., S. M. Ainsley, S. D. Bower, R. Chuenpagdee, T. Farrell, A. G. Guthrie, S. Heng, Z. Lunn, A. A. Mamun, R. Oyanedel, S. Rocliffe, S. Satumanatpan, and S. J. Cooke. 2017. Salty stories, fresh spaces: Lessons for aquatic protected areas from marine and freshwater experiences. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems:1-16. doi: 10.1002/aqc.2868
Ainsley, S.M., D.A. Ebert, L.J. Natanson, and G.M. Cailliet. 2014. A Comparison of Age and Growth of the Bering Skate, Bathyraja interrupta (Gill and Townsend, 1897), from two Alaskan Large Marine Ecosystems. Fisheries Research 154: 17-25
Ainsley, S., J. Pombo, T. Wright and E. Loury. 2013. Pilot study: the feasibility of using fyke traps in the lower San Joaquin River to capture adult striped bass. FISHBIO, 17 p.
Patricio, H.C., S.M. Ainsley, M.E. Andersen, J.W. Beeman, and D.A Hewitt. 2012. The Mekong Fish Network—Expanding the capacity of the people and institutions of the Mekong River Basin to share information and conduct standardized fisheries monitoring: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012–1246, 36 p.
Ainsley, S., M. Palmer, A. Fuller. 2011. Comments pertaining to the United States Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources’ April 22, 2011, Draft Program Environmental Impact Statement/ Environmental Impact Report for the San Joaquin River Restoration Program. Prepared by FISHBIO on behalf of the San Joaquin River Group Authority.