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"I have always enjoyed working with Steve Cramer. He is extremely bright and has a high level of energy. Steve is particularly adept at statistical analysis and computer modeling. He is a very good writer and always gets his reports out on time."
Jim Martin
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Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife




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Steve Cramer, M.S., Founding Scientist Steven Cramer, founder and principal consultant of Cramer Fish Sciences, has led teams of scientists for over 35 years in the design and analysis of research efforts to resolve fisheries issues related to passage at dams, habitat productivity, hatchery supplementation, and harvestable surplus. Steve has often led regional teams of scientists to study causes and solutions to the newest challenges for balancing our natural resource uses with the mandate to sustain native fish populations. In the course of his work, he has assembled and analyzed data on most of the notable salmon and steelhead streams in the Western United States and has become a trusted advisor and independent analyst to fisheries agencies, private firms and Indian tribes in California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Responsibilities: As the founding scientist and Chairman of the Cramer Fish Sciences Executive Council, Steve helps sets company direction and assists our clients and staff scientists with identifying efficient pathways for resolving complex fisheries issues of our time. In addition to his work as a consultant and expert witness, Steve is a science coach to both clients and staff and leads projects that draw on unique aspects of his experience.

Projects/Services: The focus of Steve's research and consulting has been the quantitative analysis of population dynamics for salmon and steelhead. His research includes determination of the probability of extinction and methods to prevent it, the effects of environmental variation, the impacts of flow and stream habitat alteration, interactions of hatchery and wild fish, impacts of harvest, and solutions for passing fish around dams and diversions. Steve is an innovator of fish sampling methods and study designs, and he has pioneered the development of several analytical approaches for estimating habitat carrying capacity for fish, survival rates of migrating juveniles, and relative importance of key factors that determine productivity of fish populations. Steve is a frequent speaker at scientific symposiums and he enjoys collaborating with clients and scientists to identify practical solutions for problems they face.

Background: Steve founded Cramer Fish Sciences in 1987, which has been serving private firms, state and federal agencies, and Indian tribes ever since. Prior to consulting, he served 14 years with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife where he directed major research programs in the Rogue and Columbia basins. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and over 130 reports on a wide variety of fisheries topics.

Steve is a devoted family man who enjoys a variety of water sports, especially fishing and boating. He is an avid outdoorsman and also regularly devotes his time and energy serving his church and community.

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