Daniel Chase

Senior Fisheries Biologist


During his time with WRA, Dan has managed and worked on a diversity of fisheries and wildlife related projects including permitting, endangered species consultation, protocol level surveys, habitat evaluation and assessments, rescue and relocation, and monitoring.  He has extensive experience with fisheries related issues throughout California, and currently holds a Recovery Permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for tidewater goby.  His technical expertise includes fisheries ecology, fish passage evaluation, geomorphic surveying, special status species surveys, habitat assessments, and eelgrass surveys.  Dan’s environmental work experience prior to starting with WRA includes fisheries and wildlife work in southern California, eelgrass work in Washington, and oil spill response in the Gulf of Mexico.

Dan has experience with environmental permitting including Endangered Species Act Section 7 and Essential Fish Habitat consultation, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Streambed Alteration Agreements, CDFW Incidental Take Permits (2081), and biological resource assessments prepared for the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).  His experience includes the preparation of technical documents and implementation of permit compliance, mitigation, and monitoring requirements for these permits.  Dan has experience with special status species including: longfin smelt, tidewater goby, steelhead, Chinook salmon, Santa Ana sucker,  unarmored threespine stickleback, California red-legged frog, California tiger salamander, burrowing owl, clapper rail, black rail, Swainson’s hawk, Bay checkerspot butterfly, Callippe silverspot butterfly, vernal pool fairy shrimp, and tadpole shrimp.


Summary of Fish Rescue and Relocation Operations Conducted 2012 through 2014

Chase, D.A. & A.E. Todgham. 2016. Effect of species assemblage on juvenile growth and condition in three California estuarine fishes. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 145: 94-107.

Chase, D.A., E.E. Flynn, & A.E. Todgham. 2016. Survival, growth and stress response of juvenile tidewater goby, Eucyclogobius newberryi, to interspecific competition for food. Conservation Physiology 4 (1): cow013
doi: 10.1093/conphys/cow013


Mare Island Ship Yard Dry Dock Fish Salvage, Vallejo, California

Permanente Quarry Creek Restoration and Aquatic Baseline, Santa Clara County, California

Callippe Preserve, Pleasanton, California

Frenchman’s Creek Water District, San Mateo County, California

Pastori Avenue Bridge Outfall, Marin County, California

GraniteRock Aromas Quarry Pajaro River Environmental Compliance Services, California

Potrero Creek Restoration, Carmel, California

Ridge Top Ranch Wildlife Conservation Bank, Solano County, California

Tidewater Goby Survey Work, California

Santa Clara County Bridge Scour Natural Environmental Studies, Santa Clara County, California

North Bay Multispecies Conservation and Wetland and Stream Mitigation Banks, Marin County, California

Oak Knoll Naval Hospital, Oakland, California

Lucky Day Ranch, Gilroy, California

Caltrans Southern California Lagoon Study, San Diego County, California

Cakebread Cellars Arroyo Creek Winery, Napa, California

Pacific Commons Biological Monitoring and Management, Fremont, California

NCRA Breeding Bird Surveys, Napa and Sonoma Counties, California

Draper Inverness Dock Permitting, Marin County, California

Fugro West Sharp Park Rifle Range Remediation,Pacifica, California

Novato Creek Construction Monitoring, Napa County, California


MS, Physiology and Behavioral Biology, San Francisco State University. 2014

BS, Conservation and Resource Studies, University of California, Berkeley. 2005