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Nominations Being Accepted For Serving On Columbia Basin Independent Science Panels
Posted on Friday, April 15, 2011 (PST)

Nominations are now being accepted to establish a pool of candidates who are qualified and interested in potential appointment to the Independent Scientific Advisory Board and/or the Independent Scientific Review Panel.


The Northwest Power and Conservation Council, the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission and NOAA Fisheries invite nominations.


The ISAB serves NOAA Fisheries, Columbia River basin Indian tribes and the NPCC by providing independent scientific advice and recommendations regarding scientific issues that relate to the respective agencies' fish and wildlife programs. The ISRP reviews individual fish and wildlife projects funded by Bonneville Power Administration and makes recommendations on matters related to those projects.


The National Academy of Sciences will evaluate the credentials of the nominees, submit additional nominees if necessary, and recommend a pool of qualified candidates for potential appointment to the ISRP and ISAB. As vacancies arise on the ISAB or ISRP, new members will be selected from this pool.


For the current pool of recommended candidates see and  The Council makes final appointments to the ISRP. ISAB appointments are made by the ISAB Administrative Oversight Panel consisting of the Council chair, the CRITFC’s executive director (on behalf of all tribes in the Columbia Basin), and the science director of NOAA Fisheries’ Northwest Fisheries Science Center (in consultation with the Northwest Region’s administrator).


All nominations should include contact information for the nominee. Nominators should also submit the resume of each nominee and a brief cover letter that describes how the nominee meets the criteria for membership and confirms the candidate’s interest in becoming a member of the ISAB or the ISRP.


The criteria include:


-- high achievement in a relevant discipline, which may include Columbia River anadromous and resident fish ecology, statistics, wildlife ecology, genetics, fisheries, fish passage/bioengineering, fish husbandry, marine ecology, geomorphology, socio-economics, or other appropriate disciplines;

-- a strong record of scientific accomplishment documented by contribution to peer-reviewed literature or other evidence of creative scientific accomplishment;

-- high standards of scientific integrity, independence, and objectivity;

-- ability to forge creative solutions to complex problems;

-- interest in and ability to work effectively in an interdisciplinary setting;

-- ability to commit sufficient time to effectively participate in review activities, approximately 16 to 40 hours per month depending on assignments (members are compensated for their services and reimbursed for travel expenses);

-- ability to comply with the ISAB/ISRP conflict of interest standards (attached) for the duration of their appointment.


All nominations must be received by June 15. Nominations should be sent via e-mail to, or mailed to:


Northwest Power and Conservation Council

Attn: Erik Merrill

851 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 1100

Portland, Oregon 97204


Merrill, ISAB and ISRP program manager, can be contacted at 503-222-5161, or toll free at 1-800.222-5161. For more information:


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