Bill Arthurs

Senior Research Associate
Location: Aquatic Biology Center – Anacortes, WA


Bill Arthurs is a Senior Research Associate in the Aquatic Biology Program and has more than 25 years of experience in aquatic science. In his work with NCASI, Bill has participated in the planning and execution of numerous investigations in streams, rivers, and lakes to determine the compatibility of forestry and manufacturing with aquatic ecosystem integrity. Important studies include the Long-term Receiving Waters Study (LTRWS), which was designed to evaluate the effects of effluent on receiving waters over a multi-decadal time scale. Other studies include evaluation of forestry management on aquatic biota and sampling to improve the science describing effluent phosphorus effects on impounded waters. Bill is a member of the Society for Freshwater Science and the American Fisheries Society.


  • Master of Science in Biology, Western Washington University (Bellingham, WA)
  • Bachelor of Science in Marine Science, Stockton University (Pomona, NJ)
  • Successfully completed professional development training in electrofishing, fish identification, and methods for duckweed culture and toxicity testing.

Research capabilities and/or focus areas

  • River and lake biomonitoring, including sampling for fish (electrofishing, nets, and other techniques), benthic macroinvertebrates, periphyton, and phyto-/zooplankton
  • Water quality and habitat parameter assessment
  • Experience in water quality and nutrient analyses, and ecotoxicological testing on freshwater plants, marine and freshwater invertebrates, and fathead minnows.
Phone: (360) 873-5014