Narayan is most passionate about making things right. Nature is right. Opening historical channels, creeks, sloughs, and wetlands back up to the tidal, fluvial Columbia river is right! Witnessing native plants, insects, birds, and salmon take residence in a restored habitat gives him great pleasure. His enthusiasm for habitat restoration inspired him to join CREST in 2014.
Narayan works in the monitoring department with his fellow comrades, April Silva and Jason Smith. The team’s overall objective is to monitor the development of tidal restoration projects undertaken by CREST or other partner organizations. His responsibilities include data sampling, analysis and reporting.
He obtained his Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology, with a focus on Marine Fisheries from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. He takes great pride in the quality of his fieldwork which has become fine-tuned during his time as a Fisheries Observer aboard ground fish trawler vessels. This experience enabled him to join the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife as a Scientific Technician. Narayan gained valuable experience and understanding of salmon identification, habitat, and diet while with WDFW.
Narayan and his wife are constantly camping, walking, running, and biking in and around the forests of the North Oregon Coast. If you don't catch him out and about, you’ll probably find him in his wood working shed playing with some hand tools and locally sourced lumber.