Lyndsey Claassen

Research Aide


  • Phytoplankton identification
  • Water quality
  • Microplastics
  • Citizen science

A lifelong resident of Pierce County, Lyndsey Claassen is passionate about phytoplankton and, working with WSG Marine Water Quality Specialist Teri King, coordinates the SoundToxins harmful algae monitoring program. As a research technician and aide, Lyndsey has been on numerous research cruises throughout Puget and Clayoquot sounds, and is most at home on the water. She supports the SoundToxins program by collecting and identifying phytoplankton samples, entering finding into the database, supporting program volunteers, monitoring the hotline, and engaging in outreach activities.

Lyndsey holds two bachelor’s degrees, one in Environmental Science with a minor in Sustainability and the other in Psychology, both from the University of Washington Tacoma.