OUR Staff

We're a group of innovative scientists and technologists

who we are

  • Ken Collis, M.S.

    Ken Collis, M.S.

    Founding Partner & Senior Wildlife Scientist

    Ken is an accomplished scientist with more than 25 years of experience working in the Columbia River Basin, starting with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (1991), Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (1992–1999), and then Real Time Research, which he founded in 1999. During this time, Ken has acted as the PI/co-PI on numerous multi-year, federally-funded studies on predation in the Columbia River and has authored or co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, and has served as the lead author on nearly as many unpublished technical reports. His area of scientific expertise is in predation-related studies on juvenile salmonids in the Columbia Basin, focused on the impacts of both avian and piscine (e.g., northern pikeminnow) predators. Contact Ken at ken@realtimeresearch.com.

  • Allen Evans, M.S.

    Allen Evans, M.S.

    Partner & Senior Fish Scientist

    Allen is a regional expert in fish passage and survival studies in the Snake and Columbia Rivers, with more than 20 years of experience. He has developed, and successfully implemented, several innovative technologies in fisheries science, including ultrasound imaging to evaluate fish reproductive status; biotelemetry to evaluate fish survival and dam passage routes; digital imaging techniques to evaluate fish condition and injury rates; and mark-recapture modeling to estimate downstream survival and juvenile-to-adult return rates. Allen is an expert in studies involving juvenile fish identification, behavior, abundance and survival in freshwater and estuary habitats. He has also pioneered studies involving post-spawned steelhead (kelt) survival and return rates in the Snake River, and has authored or co-authored 16 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts on both juvenile and adult salmonid survival in the Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS). Contact Allen at allen@realtimeresearch.com.

  • Mike Hawbecker

    Mike Hawbecker

    Partner & Chief Technology Officer

    ​For more than 20 years, Mike has blended his background in science and fisheries research with experience in information technology. Through this unique specialization, field researchers and project managers have access to innovative data collection and management techniques. His experience includes the development of mobile data collection applications, database design and administration, server management and administration, and web application development. He also specializes in PIT-tag data collection systems. Contact Mike at mike@realtimeresearch.com.

  • Quinn Payton, Ph.D.

    Quinn Payton, Ph.D.

    Senior Statistician

    Quinn is a statistician with extensive experience collaborating with wildlife biologists, geographers, oceanographers, and other environmental researchers. He has a broad range of specialties including nonparametric spatial and temporal analysis, hierarchical Bayesian analysis, spatially balanced survey design, autoregressive density dependence modelling, and sophisticated graphical presentation. In addition to his solid knowledge of statistical programming languages such as R, for which he has written a package to easily generate spatial graphical presentations, he is also adept with multiple computing languages including SQL, Visual Basic and JAVA. Contact Quinn at quinn@realtimeresearch.com.

  • Aaron Turecek

    Aaron Turecek

    Senior GIS Analyst

    Aaron has more than 20 years of experience implementing geospatial technology to facilitate natural resource management projects. His extensive experience includes designing and managing databases, remote sensing, and analyzing spatial relationships within complex environmental systems. Additionally, he has experience in developing web-based custom mapping solutions, satellite image and digital photography classification, seafloor mapping with a variety of acoustic sonar systems, environmental monitoring, and coastal geomorphological modeling. Aaron has developed RTR's unmanned aircraft system (UAS) capabilities for fish and wildlife monitoring and mapping applications.  Aaron is an FAA-licensed Remote Pilot for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Contact Aaron at aaron@realtimeresearch.com.

  • Julie Harper, M.S.

    Julie Harper, M.S.

    Fish and Wildlife Biologist

    Julie has more than 13 years of experience implementing fish and wildlife research projects in the Pacific Northwest, nine years in the Columbia River basin. She has conducted biotelemetry-based studies on a wide range of wildlife and fish species, from beavers and raccoons to salmonids, with her most recent work focusing on Pacific lamprey and white sturgeon. She has led every aspect of the research process from the capture and tagging study animals to final reporting. Julie’s diverse experience also includes monitoring Steller sea lion rookeries and haulouts, Caspian tern monitoring and dissuasion, and preparing and reviewing National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation. Contact Julie at julie@realtimeresearch.com.

  • James Tennyson

    James Tennyson

    Fish and Widlife Biologist

    James has nearly 15 years of experience implementing research and monitoring programs involving wildlife, fisheries, and other natural resources in the Pacific Northwest. Specifically, he has been involved with monitoring, capturing, and conducting telemetry studies of multiple bird species (e.g., Caspian terns and double-crested cormorants in the Columbia Basin). James has several years of experience coordinating remote colony monitoring efforts using GIS and aerial images to estimate colony size and habitat use by numerous waterbird species throughout the Pacific Coast region. Additionally, he has worked with salmonids in the Columbia River, marbled murrelets in the Coastal Ranges of Oregon and Northern California, and was a water resources specialist for the State of Washington. Contact James at james@realtimeresearch.com.

  • Brad Watkins

    Brad Watkins


    Brad has nearly 25 years of experience in accounting, finance and administration. Six of the years, he worked for a public utility in their corporate accounting department as well as working almost 3 years for a civil engineering firm. Brad has also worked for a large manufacturer for more than 12 years where he was eventually promoted to the position of Financial Controller. He managed the accounting team and worked on many different process improvement projects with the goal of becoming a lean manufacturer. Recently, Brad joined our team, and will oversee finances for the company, including contract administration, accounting, human resources and other management-related functions. Contact Brad at brad.watkins@realtimeresearch.com.

  • Nathan Hostetter, PH.D.

    Nathan Hostetter, PH.D.

    Senior Fish and Wildlife Scientist & Biometrician

    Nate has more than 10 years of experience conducting ecological studies and modelling salmonid survival in the Columbia River Basin. He has authored multiple publications and technical reports investigating the relationship between fish condition and smolt survival and adult return rates. He is proficient in multiple statistical programs (R and SAS), survival analysis packages (Program MARK and RMark), abundance and occurrence modeling programs (unmarked and PRESENCE), frequentist and Bayesian hierarchical modeling (including JAGS and WinBUGS), and spatially-explicit models (package secr and project specific coding in JAGS).

  • Mark Taper, Ph.D.

    Mark Taper, Ph.D.

    Senior Statistician

    Mark has more than 35 years of experience in quantitative ecology and environmental statistics. He was the past president and vice-president of the Ecological Society of America (Statistics Section) and founding director of the Montana State University Ecological and Environmental Statistics Program. Mark has extensive experience designing studies that meet specific statistical goals and standards regarding accuracy and precision, and is a recognized regional leader in biostatistics.