Nicholas Brinton

Fisheries Biologist


Nick earned his undergraduate degree in Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology from the University of California, Davis.  Prior to working with WRA, Nick worked in a variety of locations throughout California, from the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the Central Valley, gaining an array of experience with various California fish and amphibian species.

As a fisheries biologist at WRA, Nick leads specialized permitting tasks, including Section 7 and Section 10 consultations with federal agencies, as well as Section 2081 and 1602 permitting with the state.  In the field, he performs protocol level surveys and fish passage assessments, leads fish rescue and relocation projects, and conducts habitat and water quality assessments.  He is specialized in fisheries-related issues and has performed fish rescues on numerous state and federal listed species, including Lahontan cutthroat trout, steelhead and Coho salmon.  He holds a certification to operate electrofishing equipment, and leads electrofishing efforts for WRA’s fisheries projects.  In addition, Nick has gained extensive experience with California tiger salamander and California red-legged frog.  For these species, he has led excavation and relocation efforts as well as trained numerous staff to perform species-specific procedures for surveys, monitoring and relocation. When not leading permitting efforts, he acts as a project manager for efforts requiring meticulous compliance with permits pertaining to special-status fish and amphibians.