Senior Fisheries Biologist
Mr. Keith Whitener is a fisheries biologist and restoration ecologist with over 20 years of experience in conducting biological assessments in California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Alaska. His expertise includes California native fishes, floodplain and other aquatic habitat restoration, environmental permitting, Delta resource management, levee project impact assessments, and conservation planning. Keith has extensive expertise in the ecology and life history of California native fishes listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act, including delta smelt, Chinook salmon, steelhead, and green sturgeon. Keith is a skilled project manager with 14 years of experience managing biological studies and assessments, land stewardship operations, and complex construction and restoration projects within the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Central Valley of California. Keith is co-author of three peer-reviewed journal articles on fishes and floodplains of the Cosumnes River. He has six years of experience as a senior level project director and personnel manager. Keith is an accomplished facilitator with a demonstrated ability to effectively lead diverse stakeholder teams to innovative solutions for resolving complex resource management problems.