New Deputy Executive Officer for Science Appointed to the Delta Stewardship Council

Dr. Rainer Hoenicke was recently appointed Deputy Executive Officer for Science for the Delta Stewardship Council.

He comes to the Council with a long history of making science relevant to decision makers, most recently as the Executive Director of the San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) and Aquatic Science Center in Richmond, California. As the executive director for SFEI, he led the development of new strategic directions for the Institute and integration of major program areas in clean water, landscape restoration planning, and development of innovative decision-support tools.

“I’m tremendously excited by the opportunity to dedicate my passion for connecting the dots to help achieve breakthroughs in water and land management,” Hoenicke said.

His educational background is in limnology and systems ecology. He received a B.S. in Agricultural Sciences from the University of Bonn, Germany, and a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California at Davis.

Hoenicke first joined SFEI as an environmental scientist in 1994, then left in 2001 for a two-year assignment in the Office of the California Natural Resources Secretary, where he spearheaded the development of a comprehensive landscape assessment program and the use of scientific criteria in making conservation investment decisions. Returning to SFEI in 2004, he became deputy director soon thereafter and was named executive director in 2009.

A native of Germany, he has lived more than half his life in California-currently in Napa. “I have lots of great spots left to explore,” he said. “So far, my favorite place in the Delta is the Walnut Grove area and Staten Island Road in the winter when the cranes land in the flooded fields at sunset.”