Senior Associate Marine Biologist
Jim Elliott has over 40 years of experience with all aspects of nearshore and estuarine marine biological and water quality studies including project and sampling design, data and sample collection interpretation and analysis of results, and report preparation. He has worked extensively throughout southern California, as well as in Alaska, Hawaii, Midway Atoll, and the Seychelles. He is an experienced diving scientist collecting data and samples from hard and soft bottom habitats for invertebrate, algae, marine plant, sediment, and fish studies done to provide baseline information or evaluate effects from various human activities. He has managed projects with budgets up to $1.5 million. These projects have involved: assessments of community characteristics (soft-bottom and hard-bottom habitats); kelp habitat studies including giant kelp and understory kelps; intertidal and subtidal habitats; eelgrass and surfgrass habitats: subtidal macrofauna from diving observations or trawls; fish population studies with data collected by divers, trawls, traps, or gill nets; sampling for the presence endangered or sensitive species (Delta and Longfin smelt during dredging in San Francisco Bay and white abalone prior to removal and replacement of a marine structure); fouling communities associated with pier and/or wharf areas (both assessment of existing biota and recruitment from the water column); processing and analysis of infauna sediment samples; study design, collection, and processing of sediment samples for chemical analyses; and measurements of selected physical/chemical water-column parameters.
Jim has supervised field teams and participated in the collection of biological, water, fish, and sediment samples and data using appropriate intertidal, shipboard, and diving techniques. Projects have included an intensive, high visibility field project in Pearl Harbor with sampling depths ranging from 1 foot to 60 feet. He also participated in and managed two long-term monitoring projects (one for marine resource monitoring including kelp forest monitoring and the second for collection of tissue, sediment, and water samples for radiological analyses) for a coastal nuclear generating station from 1974 through 1996 (project management from 1979 through 1996).
Lees, D. C. and J. L. Elliott. 2010. Pre-construction Survey Report and Videos of the Subtidal Environment Potentially Effected by Expansion of the Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport, Sitka, AK. Report prepared for PENTEC/Hart Crowser, Edmonds, WA
Elliott, J.L. 2009. Review of data from samples collected for bacterial analyses from coastal storm drains in Encinitas, Solana Beach, and Del Mar, CA. Report prepared for Coastal Environments.
Lees, D. C. and J. L. Elliott. 2007. Qualitative Nature of Subtidal Biota on Shallow Substrata Adjacent to Sitka Airport. Report Prepared for PENTEC Environmental.
Lees, D. C. and J. L. Elliott. 2006. Final Comparison for Pre- and Post-operations Kelp Assessment in Areas Associated With Demolition of Remnant Pier Structure and Construction of Bird Roosts in State of California Tidelands Lease PRC-421, Santa Barbara County, California. Prepared for Fairweather Pacific LLC and BP/ARCO for submittal to regulatory agencies.
L. Elliott and H. Elwany. 2006. Ground-Truth Of The Biological Resources Offshore Of San Clemente, California In Potential Areas For Expansion Of The San Onofre Artificial Reef. Report prepared for Coastal Environments and Southern California Edison Company.
Lees, D. C. and J. L. Elliott. 2003. Biological Survey Results for Ground-truth Surveys for the Nearshore San Diego Coastline Habitat Mapping Project. Prepared for Pelagos-Thales.
Elliott, J.L. 1979-1994. Report Coordinator and Editor for Annual and Semiannual Marine Environmental Monitoring, Technical Specifications, and NPDES Reports for the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Prepared for Southern California Edison Company, Rosemead, California, 41 reports.
Elliott, J.L. 1992. “Perspectives on the Design of an Artificial Reef to Support Giant Kelp.” In Compendium of Papers Presented at the Special Artificial Reef Design Workshop, November 1991. Prepared for Southern California Edison Company.
Carter, J.W., M.S. Foster, and J.L. Elliott. 1986. Substratum Composition and Stability in the San
Onofre Kelp Forest. In: Report on 1985 Data, Marine Environmental Analysis and Interpretation, San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Prepared for Southern California Edison Company. Report number 86-RD-26.
Lester, W.C., D.C. Lees, and J.L. Elliott. 1985. Pre- and Post-construction Surveys and Impact Analysis of Pipeline Construction on Kelp Resources Along the Molino Pipeline Corridor
(PRC 2933), Tajiguas, California. Prepared for Phillips Oil Co. Lester, W.C., and J.L. Elliott. 1985. Marine Biological Survey of the Proposed Flowline Landfall at Arroyo Hondo, California. Prepared for Shell California Production Inc.
Elliott, J.L. South Bay Power Plant Receiving Water Monitoring Program. Multiple annual reports for NPDES requirements. Prepared for SDG&E, San Diego, California, 1977 to 1981; 1984.
L. Elliott and H. Elwany. 2006. Ground-Truth Of The Biological Resources Offshore Of San Clemente, California In Potential Areas For Expansion Of The San Onofre Artificial Reef.Report prepared for Coastal Environments and Southern California Edison Company.
Elliott, J.L. 2000. Observations on the Status of the Biological and Physical Intertidal Resources Along the Coastline of Encinitas and Carlsbad, CA. Prepared for Coastal Environments/Cities of Encinitas and Carlsbad.
Elliott, J.L., and P.C. Rusanowski. 1978. Report on 96-hour static bioassays on whole and settled effluent performed for the Oxnard sewage outfall. Prepared for CH2M HILL, San Diego, California. 13 p.