Member Spotlight – Laura Tesler
Education: B.S. Fisheries Science, Oregon State University
Present Position: Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program Staff Biologist
Former Positions: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (Restoration and
Enhancement Program Coordinator), Oregon Department of Agriculture
(Regional Water Quality Planner), Natural Resources Conservation Service
(Resource Conservationist), USDA Forest Service (Recreation Technician),
National Marine Fisheries Service (Fisheries Technician).
TWS Involvement: Current member of National and the Oregon Chapter of The
Wildlife Society 2010‐present, chaired the OR Chapter National Meeting
Volunteer Committee 2012, Liaison between TWS and AFS 2011‐present. Current
member of the National and Oregon Chapters of the American Fisheries Society.
I was a member of the AFS Board for many years and served as Vice President
and chaired many committees. I am organized, fun‐loving, responsive, tenacious,
thoughtful, assertive, and was heavily involved with the National TWS meeting
in Portland this year that had over 3,000 attendees. I would like to re‐energize the
TWS membership, encourage the current connection between WA and OR and I
bring a varied and interesting background of experiences to the table. I would
enjoy serving on the board to fulfill the mission of OR TWS and I would greatly
appreciate your support.
Interests: My professional interests include acquisition and restoration of 16,880
acres for fish and wildlife underneath the auspices of a large legal settlement,
navigating politics to provide favorable outcomes, providing good customer
service to constituents, and making scientifically sound decisions. My personal
interests include scuba diving (both warm water and cold water), underwater
photography, politics, fishing, running, hiking, camping, hot springs, quilting,
and cider tasting.