A new research project is in the works at the University of Washington that will contribute to the Lake Sammamish Kokanee Work Group’s efforts by studying the impacts of climate change and invasive species on the Kokanee population.

This work will be led by Nicole Doran, a new graduate student at the UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, as part of her master’s degree. Nicole

is a 2020 graduate of The Ohio State University and began her degree program this past fall at the University of Washington. She is interested in working with the Kokanee Work Group on their conservation work due to the cultural importance of Lake Sammamish’s Kokanee population to the Snoqualmie Tribe.

There are many questions that need to be answered, such as if the invasive species in Lake Sammamish are eating Kokanee and what impact that may have on the population, how urban development has impacted Kokanee, and how climate change may impact Kokanee in the future. These are important and complex problems that must be understood to ensure a sustainable Kokanee population for generations to come.

Nicole will be doing fieldwork on Lake Sammamish this summer to study the diets of invasive fish species to see if they pose a threat to Kokanee fry. Nicole is looking forward to contributing to efforts to restore the Kokanee population and working with the Snoqualmie community. For more information, please contact Nicole Doran at ncdoran@uw.edu, or her advisor Mark Scheuerell at scheuerl@uw.edu.