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Shaun PhilippartShaun Philippart is the Chief of the Environmental Monitoring Program. The Section comprises the majority of the IEP Environmental Monitoring Program (EMP). The EMP is mandated to monitor water quality, phytoplankton, zooplankton and benthos for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Shaun's duty is to ensure that the chemical, physical and biological monitoring occurs in accordance with Water Right Decision 1641 and that the data generated is disseminated to the various stakeholders. Shaun received his Bachelors of Science degree from the University of California at Davis in Environmental Biology and Management.
Tiffany Brown Tiffany Brown is responsible for the phytoplankton element of the EMP, but her work also includes assisting with other elements of the program (water quality and benthic components). Her duties include analyzing phytoplankton data, writing various technical reports presenting data; field work for the water quality, phytoplankton, and benthic components; sorting benthic samples for biomass. Tiffany received her Bachelor's of Science in Zoology & Marine Biology, with an English minor, from Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA.
William Templin Bill Templin is responsible for creation and dissemination of technical scientific products for the Environmental Water Quality and Estuarine Studies Branch (EWQES) and the Interagency Ecological Program (IEP). Bill is the content manager for the EWQES Branch and IEP websites responsible for ensuring that they are complete and up to date and for assuring timely publication of reports. Bill has a Bachelor's Degree in Natural Resources with a minor in Biological Sciences from Humboldt State University and a Masters in Public Administration from California State University, Sacramento with a minor in engineering hydrology. Bill did his thesis on systems analysis applied to hydrologic data collection activities.
Betsy Wells Betsy Wells is responsible for the benthic element of the EMP. Her duties include monthly field sampling, managing and analyzing data on the benthic communities in the Delta, writing technical reports, and making presentations on monitoring data at scientific meetings and conferences. Betsy received her Bachelors of Arts in Biology from Williams College and her PhD in Ecology at the University of California in Davis.
Jenna Rinde Jenna Rinde is an Environmental Scientist in the Environmental Monitoring Program. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science Technology and Policy (2011) from California State University, Monterey Bay.  She is currently working on her Master of Science degree in Environmental Management from University of San Francisco by May 2017. Before joining DWR in 2012, Jenna worked for Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve as an Estuarine Assistant assisting on water quality monitoring. She joined DWR in 2012, in North Central Region Office as an Environmental Scientist in the Water Quality and Evaluation Section. Jenna’s work, from 2012-2015, involved monitoring water quality in the south delta for the Temporary Barriers Improvement Project. Her research interests include: water quality, hydrology, and eutrophication in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Andrew Tran

Andrew Tran is a Fish and Wildlife Scientific Aid in the Environmental Monitoring Program where he assists with the collection and maintenance of benthic and water quality data. His duties include field sampling, data entry and quality assurance, and maintaining sampling equipment. Andrew received his Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Andrew Tran

Michelle Nelson is a Fish & Wildlife Scientific Aid for the Environmental Monitoring Program where she assists with the collection and maintenance of benthic and water quality data. Her duties include field sampling, data entry and quality assurance, and maintaining sampling equipment. Michelle received her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Policy, Analysis, and Planning with an emphasis on Water Quality (2013) from the University of California, Davis.

Andrew Tran

Nadine Small is a Fish & Wildlife Scientific Aid for the Environmental Monitoring Program where she assists with the collection and maintenance of benthic and water quality data. Her duties include field sampling, data entry and quality assurance, and maintaining sampling equipment. Michelle received her Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology (2015) from the University of California, Davis.

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April Hennessy April Hennessy is responsible for the zooplankton element of the EMP. Her duties include managing and analyzing the zooplankton data, writing the zooplankton chapter for the annual water quality report, and an annual status and trends report for the IEP Spring Newsletter. She also attends meetings of the Estuarine Ecology Team, and gives presentations at conferences related to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and San Francisco Estuary. April received her Bachelor's of Science in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology from University of California Davis in 2005, and has been a Biologist for Fish and Game since 2006.
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Nicolas Sakata Nicolas Sakata is a boat operator for the Bureau of Reclamation. He is responsible for operating and maintaining the two Reclamation owned vessels involved in EMP sample collections. His extensive knowledge of the San Francisco Bay and Delta Area stems from his years of experience in the local fishing industry. He currently holds a Coast Guard 100 Ton Master's License. He is also a graduate of CSU Stanislaus, with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration.