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Chris Dexheimer
(503) 731-1309

Employee since: 2023

Fishery Technician III

Fishery Science Department
Portland Main Office


I began my relationship with fisheries at six months old on the bank of the Columbia River steelhead fishing near Ringold Hatchery in 1990. As a teenager I began volunteering for Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife helping reestablish the Chum Salmon population downstream of Bonneville Dam. This is where I was trained to sample fish and conduct fisherman and habitat surveys. After this I worked seasonally for WDFW on their White Sturgeon Project while I attended college. In late 2018 I left WDFW and joined a molecular ecology lab at Washington State University Vancouver and worked as an academic researcher and lab manager while I finished my B.S. in Biology degree in 2022. While at WSU I traded my waders for a lab coat, I continued to gain experience in critical thinking, the scientific method, and statistical analysis. In 2022, I joined CRITFC where I get to continue the work I have sought out since I was a teenager helping the salmon native to the Columbia River Basin. While not at work, I can still be found along the Pacific Northwest’s rivers when I am not mentoring undergraduate students at WSU Vancouver.


  • B.S., Biology, Washington State University, 2022
  • Certified Minor in Chemistry, Washington State University, 2022
  • Certified Minor in Molecular Biology, Washington State University, 2022

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