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Denise Kelsey
(503) 731-1280

Employee since: 2000

Fishery Scientist/IT Program Manager (GIS/Data Management & Applications)

Fishery Science Department
Portland Main Office


I started my BS in biology in my home town of Eau Claire, WI and finished it in 1988 in the best place to live: Oregon. I spent a few years wandering and trying to figure out how to make a difference in environmental policy, when I discovered the great opportunities at OSU’s Fish and Wildlife Department, where I worked on my Master’s degree and also worked as a Research Assistant on the Snake and Columbia River smolt migration. I came to the Columbia River Inter Tribal Fish Commission in 2000 and worked on a project that samples adult Pacific salmon returning to the Columbia River for age and stock composition. For over a decade my career involved chasing salmonids from mountain streams to the mouth of the Columbia River. Now my fish are digital and my career has since morphed into creating and organizing large spatially referenced datasets for fish and fish habitat, spatially analyzing fish and habitat data for a variety of projects, and occasional creating maps for publications and presentations. When not having fun at work, I like spending time with my family, traveling, gardening, geocaching, playing with my pets (including riding my horse), using my creative and artist abilities, and watching a good show or movie.


  • Grad. Cert., Geographic Information Sys., Portland State University, 2006
  • M.S., Fisheries, Oregon State University, 1997
  • B.S., Biology, Oregon State University, 1988

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