Patrick Higgins has been a consulting fisheries biologist and watershed scientist with an office in Arcata, CA since 1989. He published Stocks at Risk in Northwestern California for the American Fisheries Society in 1992. Pat has contributed to restoration plans for the Klamath and and South Fork Trinity rivers. He began studying the Eel River in 2010 and published findings that native fall Chinook escapement had risen into the tens of thousands similar to population levels in the 1950's. Pat helped form the Eel River Recovery Project, coordinated volunteers in cyanotoxin surveys, and has volunteered hundreds of hours in helping collect data from 2013-2016. His curiosity is a motive force for his involvement in Eel River studies as well as his desire to help the community and restore the Eel River ecosystem.