Principal Scientist, Estuary Technical Group, Institute for Applied Ecology
Coordinator of Monitoring Programs, South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
Courtesy appointment with the University of Oregon Institute of Marine Biology
Craig Cornu has over 20 years’ experience leading estuarine wetland restoration project design, management and effectiveness monitoring at sites in the 5,000 acre South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. He received a NOAA Environmental Hero award in 2002 for this innovative work featured in professional reports and peer-reviewed publications (e.g., Restoration Ecology) and has served as an advisor to state and federal agencies, private landowners, watershed associations and other non-profit organizations on numerous estuarine wetland restoration and effectiveness monitoring projects in Oregon and Washington. He has also instructed short courses in estuarine wetland restoration at the University of Oregon’s Institute of Marine Biology. Craig is currently leading the development of a comprehensive stakeholder-driven assessment of environmental and socio-economic status and trends in the Coos estuary to support local leaders’ revision of the Coos Bay Estuary Management Plan and other initiatives such as a Coos estuary climate change vulnerability assessment. This project earned Craig and partners the Oregon Land Board Partnership award in 2013. Craig is also leading the establishment of a long-term “Sentinel Sites” monitoring program designed to characterize environmental changes related to local sea level rise in the in South Slough estuary.