Rick Wilder is a fisheries biologist with over 14 years of professional experience conducting original research and applying expert knowledge of marine and aquatic ecosystems to fisheries-related issues. His experience and expertise includes long-term monitoring and assessment programs, marine and freshwater fisheries research, environmental impact assessment, habitat conservation planning, experimental design, and data management and analysis. He has assisted in the preparation of numerous environmental compliance and permitting documents in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and federal and California Endangered Species Acts.
Prior to working in private industry, Dr. Wilder was the assistant project manager of a long-term fish monitoring program in the Bay Delta for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. His PhD and post-doctoral research focused on human impacts to reef fish populations in the Pacific Ocean, including tropical coral reefs and the Central Coast of California. Dr. Wilder manages the Sacramento office’s fish and aquatic services team staff.
Selected Publications & Projects
Wilder R.M., J.L. Hassrick, L.F. Grimaldo, M.F.D. Greenwood, S. Acuña, J.M. Burns, D.M. Maniscalco, P.K. Crain, T-C. Hung. 2016. Feasibility of PIT and acoustic tagging for endangered adult Delta Smelt. North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 36: 1167-1177.
Wilder R., L. Grimaldo, M. Greenwood, J. Hassrick, P. Crain, D. Maniscalco, J. Burns, T.-C. Hung. 2015. New Tagging Technology for Small, Listed Non-Salmonid Fishes: PIT and Acoustic Tag Retention and Survival of Delta Smelt. 145th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society. Portland, OR.
Wilder R. and C. Marcinkevage. 2014. Potential Effects of Future Climate Change on Salmonids in California’s Central Valley. 48th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society, California-Nevada Chapter. Sacramento, CA.
Wilder R.M. and J.F. Ingram. 2006. Temporal patterns in catch rates of juvenile Chinook salmon and trawl net efficiencies in the lower Sacramento River. Interagency Ecological Program Newsletter. 19(1):18-28.
Wilder R. and J. Ingram. 2006. Seasonal shifts in diel patterns of juvenile Chinook salmon catch rates in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. 40th annual meeting of the American Fisheries Society, California-Nevada Chapter. 3/30-4/1/2006. San Luis Obispo, CA.
Wilder, R.M., M.J. Marshall, J.F. Ingram, J. Pedretti, and B.P. Powell. 2006. Just add water: spatial and temporal patterns of larval, juvenile, and adult fishes within Liberty Island. 4th Biennial CALFED Science Conference. Sacramento, CA.