Roger Fuller

Roger Fuller

Overview and Professional Qualifications

robert fullerMr. Roger Fuller is a spatial ecologist with Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment. He has expertise in estuarine ecology, restoration ecology, climate change impacts, climate change adaptation, and decision-support tools. He has been working on climate science issues specific to the Skagit since 2010 and on other issues in the Skagit since 2002.

Areas of management potentially affected by Mr. Fuller’s findings: estuary restoration projects, flooding, drainage and salinity intrusion on farmland, Chinook salmon recovery, community flood and coastal storm protection.

Research Interests
Listing of Mr. Fuller’s Skagit-specific research interests

  • Characterizing the current physical drivers of estuary ecosystem dynamics (sediment and freshwater distribution, relative sea level, flood and storm dynamics, infrastructure, and historic land use)
  • Studying habitat response to restoration
  • Assessing vulnerability of tidal marshes and infrastructure
  • Developing tools to visualize alternative future scenarios
  • Characterizing multiple benefits of restoration to human communities

 Listing of Mr. Fuller’s other research interests

  • Stillaguamish estuary – current and historic conditions, effects of restoration projects at the ecosystem scale, climate change impacts, biophysical linkages such as relationships among sediment, vegetation, waves, and snow geese

Partners: USGS, The Nature Conservancy

  • A regional monitoring framework focused on using projects to test and improve the practice of restoration, and a Salish Sea Restoration wiki.
    Partners: NOAAESRP
  • A baseline database for seven estuaries to track the system-scale dynamics which determine how an estuary responds to climate change and to restoration
    Partners: USGS
  • Spatial analyses of river floodplain habitats, agricultural infrastructure and communities, to identify vulnerabilities to flooding and climate change, and to find multiple-benefit projects that restore ecological functions and reduce flood risk.

Partners: The Nature Conservancy, Snohomish County

  • Web-based visualization tools for Puget Sound estuaries and floodplains to illustrate historical habitat changes, vulnerabilities, and climate change projections, and to explore alternative future scenarios
    Partners: USGS, The Nature Conservancy
  • Marsh migration guidance documents for managers
    Partners: NOAA Coastal Services Center: Digital Coast website
  • Development of version 6.0 of the Sea Level Affecting Marsh Model (SLAMM) Partner: Warren Pinnacle Consulting, Inc.
  • A U.S. west coast estuary classification, assessment of estuary condition and conservation approaches
    Partners: TNC chapters in California and Oregon, and Packard Foundation
  • Estuary ecology, restoration ecology, ecosystem services, climate change adaptation, migratory birds, nearshore ecology, and spatial ecology.

Education and Credentials

  • M.S., plant ecology, University of Washington, 1999
  • B.S., animal science, University of Illinois, 1991

Scientific Appointments

  • Western Washington University, spatial ecologist, 2013-present
  • The Nature Conservancy of Washington, landscape ecologist, 2000, 2002–2013
  • Kitsap County, habitat biologist and lead entity coordinator, 2001–2002
  • Private consulting spatial ecologist, 1999–2000
  • University of Washington, research assistant, 1995–1999

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation
  • Washington Coastal Hazard Resilience Network
  • Society for Ecological Restoration

Contact information
Roger Fuller
Tel: 360–333-7490

Additional Information

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