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Kristine Hand

Kristine Hand

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352

Biography

Kris Hand is a biologist in the Ecology Group who conducts work in environmental compliance, terrestrial ecology, wildlife biology, and fisheries. Currently, her primary focus is as Subject Matter Expert (SME) in environmental permitting. She manages the Environmental Research Permitting (ERP) Program as a matrixed staff member under the Environmental Protection and Regulatory Programs Division. Through her role as ERP Program SME she facilitates research and strengthens environmental compliance through providing consistent regulator interface, obtaining research permits, maintaining a searchable permit database, and tracking reporting requirements. During the formation of the ERP Program, she played an integral role in the development of the Environmental Permitting Information Center (EPIC). Kris also performs shrub-steppe habitat field surveys and ecological risk assessments, leads the noxious weed control task covering undeveloped portions of the PNNL Richland Campus, applies GIS/cartography skills in support of various projects, and is involved in studies of juvenile salmonid passage and survival through hydropower projects on the Snake and Columbia rivers.

Research Interests

  • Environmental permitting
  • Shrub-steppe ecology
  • Ecosystem management and assessment
  • GIS/Cartography
  • Fish passage and survival through hydropower projects

Education and Credentials

  • B.S., Wildlife Biology, Washington State University, Pullman, 1991
  • A.S., Animal Biology, Centralia College, 1988

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2017 – Outstanding Performance Award, Preparation of Draft PNNL Richland Campus Future Development Environmental Assessment
  • 2016 – Outstanding Performance Award, Support of NEPA Permitting
  • 2015 – PNNL Safety Achievement, CSM Achievement for Contribution to Zero Accidents/Injuries for FY2015
  • 2013 – Outstanding Performance Award, Energy and Environment Directorate Moves in FY2013

PNNL Publications

2010

2009

2008

2006

  • Geist D.R., C.S. Abernethy, K.D. Hand, V.I. Cullinan, J.A. Chandler, and P. Groves. 2006. "Survival, development, and growth of fall Chinook salmon embryos, alevin, and fry exposed to variable thermal and dissolved oxygen regimes." Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 135, no. 6:1462-1477. PNWD-SA-7229.
  • Geist D.R., C.S. Abernethy, K.D. Hand, V.I. Cullinan, J.A. Chandler, and P. Groves. 2006. "Survival, development, and growth of Snake River fall Chinook salmon Embryos, Alevins, and Fry Exposed to Variable Thermal and Dissolved Oxygen Regimes." Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 135, no. 6:1462-1477. PNWD-SA-7223. doi:10.1577/T05-294.1

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