Paul Cereghino

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Paul Cereghino is a gardener, ecologist, project manager, and educator, living just outside Olympia, Washington. He combines private sector landscape design/build, and degrees in ecosystem sciences, horticulture, and environmental design, with experience developing public sector programs and projects for ecosystem restoration. His focus has been acquatic ecosystems and anadromous fisheries. He has spent his life in the Pacific Northwest, descended from Oregon trail settlers, and immigrant farmers of the Lower Columbia valley. He particularly enjoys cultivating relationships between people and ecosystems, and projects that transform the landscape by regenerating the natural dynamics of vegetation, rivers and tides.

e-mail: livestake (at) gmail (dot) com



Masters of Science, Ecosystem Sciences, College of Forest Resources, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Bachelors of Arts and Sciences, Natural Sciences/Environmental Design, The Evergreen State College, Olympia Washington


  • Restoration Ecologist – NOAA Restoration Center, Seattle, WA
  • ORLA School Garden Project - Olympia Regional Learning Academy, Olympia, WA
  • Estuary and Salmon Program Manager – NOAA/WDFW Joint Project, Olympia, WA
  • Restoration Ecologist – IM Systems Group (NOAA Restoration Center), Seattle, WA
  • Biological Field Technician – Olympic National Park, Port Angeles, WA
  • Forestry Teaching Assistant – College of Forest Resources, Univ. of Wash., Seattle, WA
  • Volunteer in Parks – Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward, AK
  • Landscape Contractor – Watershed Gardening, Seattle, WA
  • Project Manager – Starflower Foundation, Seattle, WA
  • English Teacher - The English Studio, Tokyo, Japan
  • North City Elementary Habitat Garden - North City Elementary School, Seattle, WA
  • Nursery Staff – City People’s Garden Store and Landscaping, Seattle, WA
  • Landscaper – Alderwood Landscapes, Bellingham, WA
  • Assistant Farm Manager – Eclectic Institute, Portland, OR
  • Landscape Lead – Evergreen State College Housing Department, Olympia, WA

Publications and Writing

Cereghino, P.R. 2015. Recommendations for Accelerating Estuary Restoration in Puget Sound. Prepared for the Puget Sound Partnership and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife by NOAA Fisheries Restoration Center, Seattle, WA. 20 pp.

Cereghino, P., J. Toft, C. Simenstad, E. Iverson, S. Campbell, C. Behrens, J. Burke. 2012. Strategies for nearshore protection and restoration in Puget Sound. Puget Sound Nearshore Report No. 2012-01. Published by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Olympia, Washington, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle, Washington.

Cereghino, P.R. 2010. Considerations for Puget Sound restoration programs that restore beach ecosystems, in Shipman, H., M.N. Dethier, G. Gelfenbaum, K.L. Fresh, and R.S. Dinicola eds. 2010. Puget Sound shorelines and the impacts of armoring—proceedings of a state of the science workshop, May 2009. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010-5254, pp. 213-220.

Clancy, M., I. Logan, J. Lowe, J. Johannessen, A. Maclennan, F.B. Van Cleve, J. Dillon, B. Lyons, R. Carman, P. Cereghino, B. Barnard, C. Tanner, D. Myers, R. Clark, J. White, C.A. Simenstad, M. Gilmer, and N. Chin. 2009. Management measures for protecting and restoring the Puget Sound nearshore. Puget Sound Nearshore Partnership Report No. 2009-01. Published by Seattle District, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Olympia, Washington.

Cereghino, P. 2006. Wetland Assessment for Restoration at Qwuloolt Marsh, Marysville, WA (Revised draft, December 6, 2006). NOAA Restoration Center, Seattle, Washington.

Cereghino, P. 2004. Growth Response of Three Native Shrubs Planted as Un-rooted Cuttings across a Moisture Gradient: Snowberry, Dogwood, and Salmonberry. Master's Thesis, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.

Olson, R. and P. Cereghino. 2002. Survey of the Rare Aquatic Plant Lobelia Dortmanna. Olympic National Park, Port Angeles, Washington.

Continuing Education

  • Using the Revised Washington State Wetland Rating System for Western WA - Washington State Department of Ecology, Lacey, WA
  • National Environmental Policy Act Training – NOAA Project Leader Short Course - NOAA Training, Seattle, WA
  • Substantial Involvement under Cooperative Agreements/Legal Authorities for Memoranda of Agreement - NOAA Training, Seattle, WA
  • National Environmental Policy Act Training – ESA Theme, NOAA Training, Seattle, WA
  • Wetland Identification and Delineation - University of Washington Wetland Science and Management Program, Seattle, WA
  • Stream Mechanics, Erosion Control BMPs and Biotechnical Erosion Control - International Erosion Control Association Professional Development Training, Seatac, WA

Awards and Appointments

  • Puget Sound Habitat Strategic Initiative, Technical Advisory Group
  • Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program Nearshore Workgroup, Estuary Restoration Coordinator
  • Puget Sound Nearshore Partnership Implementation Team – NOAA rep.
  • Puget Sound Nearshore Partnership Steering Committee (alternate) – NOAA rep.
  • Byron and Alice Lockwood Endowed Fellowship
  • Xi Sigma Pi - National Forestry Honor Society - Alpha Chapter Financial Officer

Presentations and Trainings (in addition to endless interagency briefings)

  • Sneaking up on Integrated Floodplain Design in a World of Bunkers and Silos, Floodplains by Design Symposium/Salmon Recovery Conference, Seattle/Vancouver, WA, 2017.
  • Puget Sound Estuary Restoration: a summary, for Climate Change Symposium Tulalip Tribes, Tulalip, WA, 2017.
  • The Challenge of Large Scale Estuary Restoration, Coastal Squeeze Symposium, Tulalip Tribes, Tulalip, WA, 2016.
  • Integrating Delta Restoration and Science (Session Coordinator), Salmon Recovery Conference 2013, Vancouver, WA, 2013.
  • Integrative Design in Human Systems, Northwest Permaculture Convergence, Fort Wardon, WA, 2012.
  • A Salish Sea Learning Network – conceptual models, contract deliverables, and social networks, Salish Sea 2011, Vancouver, BC.
  • Making Decisions in Dynamic Landscapes – Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project, Coastal Zone 2011, Chicago, IL.
  • Ecological Soil Management, Sustainable South Sound Lectures, Olympia, WA, 2011.
  • Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration, Guest Lectureer, Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA, 2010.
  • Restoration of a Freshwater Tidal Swamp, Washington Native Plan Society - South Sound Chapter, Olympia, WA, 2009.
  • Got Match: Building a Sustainable Restoration Economy (Session Coordinator), Salmon Recover Conference 2009, Mason County, WA, 2009.
  • Principles of Restoration, King County Watershed Steward Training Program, Washington State University Agricultural Extension Office, Renton, WA, 2008.
  • Nearshore ecosystem restoration, Washington Native Plant Society – South Sound Chapter, Olympia, WA 2007.
  • Techniques and Tools for Designing Revegetation Projects, Guest Lecturer, UW College of Landscape Architecture, Seattle, WA, 2005-2006.
  • Riparian Ecology and Restoration, Pierce County Native Plant Steward Training Program, Tacoma, WA, 2005.
  • River Ecology and Restoration, Earthcorps Crew Field Training, Seattle, WA, 2005.
  • Introduction to Wetland Ecology, King County Watershed Steward Training Program, Washington State University Agricultural Extension Office, Renton, WA 2004-2008.
  • Principles of Monitoring Revegetation, King County Watershed Steward Training Program, Washington State University Agricultural Extension Office, Renton, WA 2004-2008.
  • Growth Response of Three Native Shrubs Planted as Live Stakes, Society for Ecological Restoration NW Conference 2004, Seattle, WA.
  • The Revegetation Calculator – a database design tool for revegetation planting, Society for Ecological Restoration NW 2004, Seattle, WA.
  • Designing with Nature in Urban Gardens, Windemere Garden Club, Seattle, WA, 1996.
  • Fundamentals of Soil Science in Garden Ecology, Center for Urban Ecology, Seattle, WA, 1996.
  • Garden as Ecosystem, Home Orchard Society, Portland, OR, 1993.
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