Greg Blair is a senior fisheries scientist with over 25 years of experience specializing in the inventory of natural resources, evaluation of ecological function, assessment of impacts and disturbance in natural systems, and mitigation planning. Greg is deeply involved in the development and use of computer models to evaluate and formulate strategic priorities for planning and implementing salmonid habitat restoration and protection, harvest and hatchery management, and adaptive management. He is one of the primary developers of the Ecosystem Diagnosis and Treatment model as well as the All-H (hatchery, harvest and habitat) Analyzer and other modeling tools to assess salmonid harvest, hatchery, and population recovery. Greg is guiding the development and application of a marine fish aquaculture model for the NOAA Fisheries Office of Aquaculture (https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/offshore-aquaculture-escapes-genetics-assessment-omega-model) to evaluate and support regulation of offshore marine aquaculture operations.
Greg has authored several watershed and reach-scale habitat assessment and management plans, hatchery management plans, and population management plans. He is an active member of the scientific community supporting salmon recovery in Puget Sound. Greg is a member of the Puget Sound Salmon Science Advisory Group and a member of the Puget Sound Habitat Strategic Implementation Advisory Team.
Selected Publications & Projects
Kravitz, M. J. and G.R. Blair. In review. Risks to Fish Habitats and Populations Associated with a Transportation Corridor for Proposed Mine Operations in a Salmon-rich Watershed. Environmental Management.
Steel, E. A., P. Y. N. J. McElhany, M. D. Purser , K. Malone, B. E. Thompson, K. A. Avery, D. Jensen, G. Blair, C. Busack, M. D. Bowen, J. Hubble, and T. Kantz. 2009. Making the best use of modeled data: multiple approaches to sensitivity analysis of a fish-habitat model. Fisheries 34(7): 330-339.
Thompson, B. E., L. C. Lestelle, G. R. Blair, L. E. Mobrand, and J. B. Scott. 2009. Restoring habitat could recover Chinook salmon populations in the Dungeness and Dosewallips watersheds. American Fisheries Society Symposium 71: 1-25. 2009.
Blair, G. R., L. C. Lestelle, and L. E. Mobrand. 2009. The Ecosystem Diagnosis and Treatment Model: a tool for assessing salmonid performance potential based on habitat conditions. American Fisheries Society Symposium 71: 289-309. 2009.
Blair, G. R., D. E. Rogers, and T. P. Quinn. 1993. Variation in life history characteristics and morphology of sockeye salmon in the Kvichak River System, Bristol Bay, Alaska. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 122: 550-559. 1993.
Blair, G. R. and T. P. Quinn. 1991. Homing and spawning site selection by sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) in Iliamma Lake, Alaska. Can. J. Zool. 69: 176-181. 1991.