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Sheryn Olson
(503) 731-1270

Employee since: 2021

Inter-Tribal Monitoring Data Project Coordinator

Fishery Science Department
Portland Main Office


My pre-veterinary degree led to 7 years in biomedical research at USF medical school, Tampa Veterans Hospital, and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore. I then had a 25-year career as an IT consultant In Fort Collins and Steamboat Springs, Colorado culminating in owning a business for 11 years with ~200 clients. I sold my business to return to ecological research, and worked as a wildlife biologist in several locations; CATIE, Turrialba, Costa Rica, N California and Colorado. For my master’s project I assessed Canada lynx and snowshoe hare seasonal responses to vegetative communities resulting from different forest harvest practices. During my last position as a biologist for Pacific Northwest Aquatic Monitoring Partnership (PNAMP), I had the privilege to work with – and learn from – tribal researchers and managers conducting research, monitoring and evaluation of aquatic ecosystems in the Columbia River Basin.

I grew up in Tampa, Florida, horseback riding, playing music, swimming, canoeing, and fishing the rivers and lakes. I’m an avid reader especially of non-fiction, science fiction, and fantasy. Most days I’d rather be hiking, camping, mountain biking, backcountry skiing, or messing around in small boats. I’m happiest when I’m learning to identify plants, fungi and animals that don’t exist in Florida and discovering their ecological stories.


  • M.S. Wildlife Ecology, University of Maine, 2015
  • B.A. Zoology, minor Experimental Psychology, University of South Florida, 1978

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