Kristen Sanchez has been with Tenera Environmental since 2006. She earned a B.Sc. degree in marine biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2002. Kristen has a wide range of field experience, from whales to plankton. Since 1999, she has gained extensive experience in marine mammal surveys including: radio-tracking sea otters; ship-board surveys of Monterey and San Francisco Bays; assisting research on elephant seals at Ano Nuevo State Park and dolphin/manatee surveys in Belize. Marine mammal mitigation monitoring experience includes marine construction projects in Morro Bay and at Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant (DCPP), and during geophysical surveys for 2 desalination plant pre-construction surveys in California. She has received specialized Protected Species Observer (PSO) and Passive Acoustic Technician (PAT) training, both designed for mitigation monitoring of marine mammals and sea turtles during the implementation of seismic surveys. Currently, Kristen oversees the bi-weekly Protected Species Survey program at DCPP. As a certified American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) research scuba diver, since 2001, Kristen has participated in sub-tidal surveys of kelp forest communities throughout California, identifying fish, invertebrates, and algae. Before coming to Tenera, Kristen gained experience in acoustic-tracking of manta rays, Manta birostris, during an internship in Kona, Hawaii. Other field skills include: sampling and identification of intertidal fish, invertebrates, and algae; conducting plankton tows; and live-trapping, tagging, and releasing of bottom fish. In the lab, she is involved in sorting plankton samples, measuring of preserved larval fish, identification of crab megalops, conducting quality control of sorted samples, verifications of data sheets, organization of sample storage, database management, and training new staff.