Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Sandra O'Neill - Staff Profile

Associate, WA State Dept. Fish & Wildlife
Job Title:
Research Fish Biologist


Sandra O'Neill is a Research Fisheries Biologist with the NOAA's Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC). Prior to joining NWFSC, Sandra was a Research Scientist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife where she conducted fish contaminant studies for almost 20 years. She received a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Master of Science in Zoology from the University of British Columbia. She has expertise with environmental monitoring and assessment, fish ecology, and evaluating factors affecting contaminant exposure and accumulation in fish. Her work experience also includes habitat management of marine areas of Puget Sound, limnology, and mussel aquaculture.

Current Research

She is providing assistance to the Puget Sound Partnership on the selection of indicators for the condition of Puget Sound and is studying contaminant exposure and effects to marine fish.