Tom Taylor
Principal Associate

ESA  Staff

As a principal associate and senior fisheries biologist, Tom collaborates with clients and project teams to deliver high-quality project assessments and analyses, planning, environmental documentation, permitting, and monitoring of fisheries and aquatic resources. Tom’s work focuses on the effects of water supply, restoration, and construction-related projects on aquatic resources.

Tom brings more than 36 years of experience as a fisheries biologist and regional expert in aquatic fauna, including 14 years working for the California Departments of Parks and Recreation and Fish and Wildlife. His skills include the use of a variety of tools and methods for biological and habitat assessments that he has gained while working on a number of aquatic studies in the Delta, Central Valley, Sierra Nevada, and the Mohave Desert and in coastal rivers and lagoons. His experience includes endangered species consultations, planning studies, environmental documentation, permitting, and compliance as well as specialized field work for several unique projects, including restoration of the San Joaquin River, dam removal on the Carmel River, and the demolition of the piers that formerly supported the Old East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. His comprehensive knowledge of California’s native fishes includes anadromous salmon and steelhead.

Tom holds a Master of Science in aquatic ecology from the University of California at Davis and a Bachelor of Arts in biology from the California State University at Fresno. He has been an active member of the American Fisheries Society since 1976 and has served as the California-Nevada Chapter Treasurer, President-Elect, and President, and has participated in local Chapter, Western Division, and National AFS conferences and meetings. He was certified as a fishery scientist in 1988. He is a NAUI Certified Diver.