10,000 Years Institute - scientific research for natural resource management from Seattle, WA to Lake Baikal, Russia.
10,000 Years Institute - scientific research for natural resource management from Seattle, WA to Lake Baikal, Russia.
Board of Directors

Board President: Paul M. Kennard, M.S.
  • Geomorphologist, Mount Rainier National Park, National Park Service, Ashford, Washington
Board Vice-President: Gino Lucchetti, M.S.
  • Senior Ecologist and Environmental Scientist, King County Water and Land Resources Division (recently retired)
Board Treasurer: Jennifer Sampson, M.S.
  • Senior Scientist, Integral Consulting, Inc.
  • Ecological Society of America-Certified Senior Ecologist
Board Secretary: Jill Silver, B.A.S.
  • Executive Director, 10,000 Years Institute
Paul Kennard, M.S., Geophysics, University of Washington, B.S., Applied Physics, Tufts University

Professional Profile: Mr. Kennard has been an earth scientist for over 25 years and specializes in hillslope and fluvial geomorphology, and river restoration. Currently he is Regional Geomorphologist, stationed at Mount Rainier National Park, where he provides specialized technical analyses of (1) river flooding and debris flow hazards; (2) erosion and landslide potential; (3) river channel movement and stream bank erosion; (4) glacier influences; (5) riparian and in-stream large wood interactions; and (6) degraded habitats. Previously, he was Senior Staff Scientist at the Washington Forest Law Center (a public service non-profit organization), assessing forested watersheds and forest aquatic resources (fisheries, water quality and quantity). Previous to that, he was a geomorphologist for 11 years for the Tulalip Indian Tribes of Washington State, where he evaluated the effects of forest management on fish habitat in the Tulalip Tribes Treaty Areas in western Washington.

Paul Kennardís recent and on-going scientific research includes the effect of climate change at Mount Rainier on: (1) glacier response; (2) river filling and proliferating flooding hazards; and (3) increased debris flows and the effect on park infrastructure.

Gino Lucchetti, M.S. Fisheries and Wildlife Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Mr. Lucchetti (semi-retired) has been a fisheries scientist/aquatic ecologist for some 40 years. Most recently, for twenty-five years he worked as a senior staff scientist for King County (Seattle, WA) Department of Natural Resources providing resource assessment, research and policy support for the Countyís diverse watershed planning, salmon recovery, river and land use management activities. He has been involved in many of the Countyís and Puget Sound Regionís salmon recovery, watershed planning and habitat protection and restoration efforts. He was a member of the Countyís federally-recognized Endangered Species Act Biological Review Panel, Tri-County Salmon Recovery Planning team, and served on Puget Sound Steelhead and Coastal Bull Trout technical recovery teams for NOAA and the USFWS, respectively. Other major activities include lead scientist for the Cedar and Hylebos Basin Plans, and project manager/lead scientist for projects that assessed floodplain and rural land use effects and regulatory effectiveness and compliance with the ESA. Prior to King County, Gino worked for a) the Tulalip Tribes (Marysville, WA) where he developed and managed Tribal programs for assessing and monitoring fish, habitat and water quality, b) the USFWS, conducting research on Columbia River salmon and their predators, c) Virginia Tech Cooperative Fisheries Unit, conducting research on trout and stream ecology and teaching Itchthyology labs, d) University of Washington Cooperative Fisheries Research Unit assisting in research on fish food habitats, effects of lake draw-down and logging, and e) US Forest Service (Forks, WA) conducting the Soleduck Ranger Districtís first stream surveys. www.k2benvironmental.com/my-cv

Jennifer Sampson, M.S.,University of Washington

Ms. Sampson is an aquatic ecologist with twenty years of experience investigating stream, river, and wetland habitats, and determining ecological risks associated with large-scale anthropogenic disturbances. She specializes in identifying structural and functional habitat elements and predicting ecological responses following chemical or physical perturbations. She has project experience in watershed analysis, habitat restoration, ecological research, critical analysis of technical proposals and reports, and development and critical review of Remedial Investigations/Feasibility Studies and Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) under Superfund. Ms. Sampson has also performed quantitative modeling of bioavailability, bioaccumulation, and exposure to xenobiotics in terrestrial and aquatic food webs.

Jill Silver, B.A.S., The Evergreen State College

Jill is a watershed ecologist with twenty years of experience developing and coordinating regulatory compliance and adaptive management programs, applied research in forested and riverine ecosystems, watershed monitoring, habitat conservation and enhancement projects, invasive species projects and programs, and community education platforms to increase ecological literacy. Jillís expertise includes integrating field observations with science to address gaps in regulations intended to provide protection to watershed functions and services. Applying science and field observations to the prevention of invasions by aggressive Eurasian plant species, Jill develops watershed-scale Early Detection and Rapid Response (ED/RR) programs, protocols, and training programs to address species which fundamentally impair native successional and geomorphological processes. She maintains working relationships with tribes, county governments, non-profits, resource community professionals, and local community activists and citizens.