Senior Biologist, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
B.S. Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, University of California at Davis, 2001
Donna Maniscalco is a fisheries biologist with over 15 years of experience conducting fish sampling in estuarine and riverine ecosystems and analyzing impacts from infrastructure projects. She has special expertise in salmonid life history and habitat requirements, fisheries impact assessment, and fish population surveys. She has planned and carried out field research and monitoring studies to evaluate the seasonal distribution, abundance, and movements of native fish species. Donna has employed various fish survey techniques including seining, purse seining, electrofishing, snorkeling, fyke netting, and otter trawling. She is also experienced in collecting water, chlorophyll A, mysid and plankton samples. Donna also has reviewed literature, organized research, collected and analyzed data, and prepared reports summarizing monitoring results.
Selected Publications & Projects
Grimaldo, L.F., F. Feyrer, J. Burns, and D. Maniscalco. 2017. Sampling Uncharted Waters: Distribution and Rearing Habitat of Larval Longfin Smelt (Spirinchus thaleichthys) in the Upper San Francisco Estuary. Estuary and Coasts. DOI 10.1007/s12237-017-0255-9
Wilder, R., J. Hassrick, L.F. Grimaldo, M. Greenwood, S. Acuna, J. Burns, D. Maniscalco, P. Crain. TC Hung. Feasibility of PIT and Acoustic Tagging for Endangered Adult Delta Smelt. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 36:1167-1177, DOI: 10.1080/02755947.2016.1198287
Burns, J., D. Maniscalco, L. Grimaldo, and F. Feyrer. Investigation of Larval Fish Communities in Shallow and Tidal Marshes of the Upper San Francisco Estuary. Poster presented at the American Fisheries Society Meeting, Portland Oregon, 2015.
Burns, J., D. Maniscalco, L. Grimaldo, and F. Feyrer. Habitat Use by Longfin Smelt (Spirinchus thaleichthys) in Fringe Marshes of the Low Salinity Zone. Poster presented at the American Fisheries Society Meeting, Santa Cruz, California, 2015.