Rita is a senior biologist with more than five years of experience conducting and processing fish and water samples for riverine and estuarine ecosystems throughout the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta aquatic system.
Rita is an experienced boat operator in Suisun Bay and Clifton Court Forebay and is skilled in deploying nets and conducting tows. She has experience handling and identifying the delta species and conducting field research studying native and predatory fish populations, movements, and seasonal distribution.
Rita has experience with various fish surveying techniques, including fyke traps, hoop traps, beach and lampara seines, as well as Kodiak and otter trawls, electrofishing, hook and line fishing, plankton nets, light traps, mysid, zooplankton, and larval fish nets.
Over the past decade, Rita processed Sacramento River larval fish samples and Suisun Bay mysid samples in the biology lab. She is gaining experience in phytoplankton identification and project coordination and management.
B.A., Environmental Studies with a concentration on Biological Conservation and Restoration, Minors in Biology and Spanish, Sonoma State University