Brett Pflugrath

Biological Response Technical Lead
HydroPASSAGE project role:
• Assesses fish response to rapid decompression and shear forces

Dr. Pflugrath is a Research Scientist in the Ecology Group of PNNL’s Energy and Environment Directorate. He is an international expert on downstream fish passage, having conducted research in Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. Pflugrath specializes in barotrauma, which occurs when fish are rapidly decompressed while passing downstream through hydropower turbines and weirs. He also studies the effects of high fluid shear strain and collision on fish which may occur during downstream passage at hydraulic structures.

Education: Ph.D. Environmental Engineering - University of New South Wales
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