Tom Wainwright
Affiliate Faculty

Quantitative Ecology & Conservation Biology

NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Fisheries and Wildlife
NOAA Newport Research Station, HMSC
2032 SE OSU Drive
Newport, OR 97365
United States
(541) 867-0435


I focus on two areas: salmon ecology research and salmon recovery planning. My research focuses on the effects of climate variation on salmon populations, with emphasis on juvenile growth and survival during the early ocean phase. In recovery planning, I focus on assessing risks facing West Coast salmonids and other fishes, developing biological recovery criteria, and providing decision-support analyses for Endangered Species Act listing and de-listing decisions.


I am a quantitative ecologist with interests in populations and ecosystem dynamics. At NOAA Fisheries, I have led risk assessments for many populations of Pacific salmon as part of Endangered Species Act (ESA) status reviews, served on ESA recovery teams, and conducted research on climate variation and salmon dynamics. Before joining NOAA Fisheries in 1992, I worked in academic research (crustacean ecology, vegetation ecology, and population dynamics) and private consulting (plant and animal endangered species assessments). I received a B.S. in biology from Stanford University, an M.S. in plant ecology from the University of California at Davis and a Ph.D. in fishery science from the University of Washington.

I can serve on graduate committees


Recent publications include:

Malick, M. J., S. P. Cox, R. M. Peterman, T. C. Wainwright, W. T. Peterson. 2015. Accounting for multiple pathways in the connections among climate variability, ocean processes, and coho salmon recruitment in the Northern California Current. Can J Fish Aquat Sci, 72:1552-1564. doi:10.1139/cjfas-2014-0509

Wainwright, T. C., P. W. Lawson, G. H. Reeves, L. A. Weitkamp, H. A. Stout, J. S. Mills. 2014. Measuring biological sustainability via a decision support system: Experiences with Oregon Coast coho salmon. Pages 277-300 in Reynolds, K. M., P. F. Hessburg Sr, P. S. Bourgeron. (Eds.) Making Transparent Environmental Management Decisions: Applications of the Ecosystem Management Decision Support system. Springer, Heidelberg.

Busch, D. S., P. McElhany, M. H. Ruckelshaus, D. A. Boughton, T. Cooney, P. W. Lawson, S. Lindley, M. M. McClure, N. J. Sands, B. C. Spence, T. C. Wainwright, T. H. Williams. 2013. A Practical Comparison of Viability Models Used for Management of Endangered and Threatened Anadromous Pacific Salmonids. North Am J Fish Manage, 33:1125-1141. doi:10.1080/02755947.2013.824933

Sweka, J. A., T. C. Wainwright. 2013. Use of population viability analysis models for Atlantic and Pacific salmon recovery planning. Rev Fish Biol Fisheries, 24:901-917. doi:10.1007/s11160-013-9332-8

Wainwright, T. C., L. A. Weitkamp. 2013. Effects of climate change on Oregon Coast coho salmon: habitat and life-cycle interactions. Northwest Sci, 87(3):219-242. doi:10.3955/046.087.0305

Additional publications can be found on my NOAA profile or my Google Scholar profile.