Senior Fisheries Biologist
Joined Blue Leaf Environmental in 2013
M.S.: Central Washington University (Fisheries) 2015
B.S.: Central Washington University (Ecology) 2010
The majority of Kyle Hatch’s professional experience is in the Columbia, Snake, and Yakima river basins where he has focused on survival and behavior evaluations of migrating juvenile salmonids through hydroelectric projects. Kyle has served as Project Manager responsible for all aspects of study design, implementation, data analysis, and reporting for large-scale acoustic telemetry evaluations of juvenile salmon at the Priest Rapids Project. Kyle has effectively designed and implemented studies to meet the objectives of quantifying fish collection efficiency, fish passage efficiency, survival (concrete, reservoir, and project), and behavior (e.g., upstream movement, migration, and residence time). Additionally, he is skilled in applying and interpreting complex statistical models using R Studio, including generalized linear models, mixed models, and bioenergetics modeling. Kyle has been involved in aquatic ecology practices, and has overseen the analysis of macroinvertebrate population density and structure in tributary systems. Furthermore, Kyle is an expert in numerous field sampling and monitoring techniques, from stream sampling with backpack electrofishing to tagging techniques with passive integrated transponders (PIT).