Karen Riener
May, 2020

Formal education

1991 - Master of Environmental Studies, The Evergreen State College. Olympia, Washington. Thesis: "Alternatives to the use of the pesticide carbaryl for the control of burrowing shrimp in oyster farming, Willapa Bay".
1980 - Bachelor of Science, The Evergreen State College. Program of Study: Ecological Agriculture. Other schools attended: Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado, 1977; Oregon State University, Corvallis, 1975 - 1976; and University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, 1975 - 1976.


2020 - Oregon State University, Habitat assessment biologist.

2019 - Board member, Powder Basin Watershed Council.
1982 - present: Partner in Martin & Riener partnership.
2013: Powder Basin Watershed Council, Baker City, Oregon. -- Stream survey of Eagle Creek Watershed, for the purposes of locating points of diversion and obstructions to fish passage, and of characterizing the gradients, vegetation, and other habitat characteristics of most tributaries.
2009 - 2010: Research fellow, University of Otago Department of Botany.
2006 - 2010: Otago Peninsula Trust, Dunedin, New Zealand. Tour guide and visitor center miscellaneous duties.
1999 - 2003: USDA Forest Service, Pine Ranger District, Halfway, Oregon.
1991 - 1992: Washington State Department of Wildlife, Olympia, Washington.

  • Hydrology - Temperature monitoring, stream profile surveys, field testing water oxygen quantity, measuring discharge rates, collecting water samples for laboratory analysis, surveying upland erosion gullies for restoration work, documenting results using Excel and Lotus 123.
  • Fisheries - Surveyed for Bull Trout and their redds.
  • Heritage - Surveyed for historic and prehistoric artifacts. Maintained Heritage records and wrote reports on findings. Reports entered into Oregon's State Historic Preservation office database.
  • Wildlife - Surveyed for sensitive or threatened bird species and participated in bird counts.
  • Riparian - Classified vegetation by species and size, determined wildlife and human impacts, classified streams using the Rosgen mehod, assessed impacts of grazing. 1990 - 1993 Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife: Wildlife and vegetation correlation research in the shrub-steppe habitat of the Columbia Basin.
  • Vegetation - Surveyed for the shrub, forb, and predominant grass species, measured shrubs for density and age classification.
  • Wildlife - Surveyed for all wildlife and determined density of all obligate bird species within survey area.
  • Data entry and analysis - Using Rbase and data collected, analyzed how surveyor skill and behavior affected data collection results.
  • Habitat assessment - Evaluated vegetation and wildlife habitat for possible acquisition of properties by the State of Washington.
  • Vegetation - Determined plant associations for forests, shrublands, and grasslands.
  • Habitat - Qualified habitat condition (percent cover of invasive species, extent of ground cover, vegetation health) with respect to wildlife viability.
  • Reports - Created maps with overlays to designate the various plant associations and impacts to wildlife. Wrote reports for members of acquisition panel. 1982 - present -- Partnership Martin & Riener.

    Offshore experience
    2011, May 14 - July 3. RV Mt. Mitchell. Seattle - Alaska - Seattle. C & C Technologies. Pre-cruise mobilization, and services as navigator in hydrographic survey of cable route. Work was primarily with Hypack, including logging of navigational data and communication with bridge and other survey operating stations.
    2010, September 1 - September 30. Processing of C3D interferometric bathymetry and sidescan data, using Hypack.
    2002, April 1 - May 24. RV Nathaniel B. Palmer. Antarctic Peninsula. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Assisted in assessing the acoustic properties of krill. This job included laboratory work involving krill fluid density measurements. Deck work: deploying and recoverying sound velocity probe for measurements of krill in situ at progressive depths. Laboratory work: quantifying krill size, maintenance of krill aquarium, and tracking of tests performed. Did "ping editing" of multibeam data.
    1996, August 18 - October 7. RV Maurice Ewing. East Coast of Greenland towards Iceland. Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Watchstander for the science dept. During daily shifts as a watchstander I kept a log of the activities and irregularities of the procedures and equipment, monitored real-time seismic plotter and stress indicator of the multi-channel seismic cable, changed data recording tapes. Deck work: deploying and recovering of the multi-channel cable and recovery of the ocean bottom seismometers.
    1995, July 18 - July 26. RV Maurice Ewing. Transit from San Francisco to Hawaii. Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Assisted the Ewing's Chief Science officer in preparing some of the stations and equipment for the upcoming cruise in the Hawaiian waters.
    1994, October 23 - December 16. RV Maurice Ewing. Hole 304b and proposed Yucatan asteroid impact site. Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Watchstander for the science dept. My daily shift watch included keeping a log, monitoring readouts, plotters and equiptment, launching sona bouys and keeping track of the audio signal. Deck work: deploying and recovering of the multichannel cable. Recovery of the ocean bottom seismometers.
    1974, May - July. Cargo Steamer. Micronesia. Supercargo. Kept track of the quantities of copra loaded. Made manifests.
    1978 - 1980, Recreational sailing on our 26 ft. sloop in the intra-coastal waterway, along the Atlantic coast from New Jersey to Florida and the Bahamas, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
    1990 - 1995, More recreational sailing on our 27 ft. sloop from Oakland, CA to Olympia, WA. Numerous crusies in Puget Sound, the San Juan and Gulf Islands, Desolation Sound, and a delivery cruise up to Sitka, AK.

    Professional training and workshops