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People in the FHC... Coming & Going


2016 marks the most significant transformation of personnel in FHC history

posted Dec 1, 2016, 8:28 AM by Wally Macfarlane   [ updated Dec 28, 2016, 9:25 AM ]

During 2016, graduate students Alan Kasprak and Nate Hough-Snee, researchers James Hensleigh, Elijah Portugal, and Kenny DeMeurichy and GIS Technician Taylor Dudunake moved on to further their careers (where are they now?) whereas Matthew Meier, Geoff Stevens, Micael Albonico, Adan Banda and Natalie Kramer Anderson joined the FHC (People). We extend our gratitude and best wishes to those who have moved on and a warm welcome to the new members of the FHC team. We are excited about our new team and are looking forward to all the great work we have planned for 2017 and beyond. 

The Newest Addition to the Lab Family... Nevermind those Child Labor Laws

posted Oct 29, 2015, 10:12 AM by Joe Wheaton   [ updated Oct 29, 2015, 10:13 AM ]


Our lab gurus Sara Bangen and Elijah Portugal are the proud parents (yes they're married) of a an adorable new baby girl. Although only a few days old, Elijah already has plans to have her help with some BDA installations, and Sara is working on teaching the young prodigy Python! When you get a chance, send your congratulations along to the two of them.  Mom and baby are healthy and we're all very excited for them!

Alan Kasprak successfully defends PhD, and accepts new position

posted Oct 25, 2015, 12:21 PM by Jeannine Huenemann   [ updated Aug 31, 2016, 10:03 AM by Chalese Hafen ]

ET-AL doctoral student Alan Kasprak successfully defended his dissertation earlier this year. He is now starting a two-year Mendenhall Postdoc Fellowship with the USGS Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center in Flagstaff, Arizona. In his new position, he will work with Dan Buscombe, Paul Grams, and Joel Sankey to examine the relative roles of fluvial and aeolian sediment transport in valley bottom deposits along the Colorado River. Among his many new challenges, he will continue the use of landscape surveying using laser scanning and structure-from-motion along with digital elevation model differencing to better understand how sediment moves through the river valley at weekly to decadal timescales.

Jeannine Huenemann leaving

posted Oct 25, 2015, 12:12 PM by Jeannine Huenemann   [ updated Oct 29, 2015, 10:13 AM by Joe Wheaton ]


After working with the ET-AL staff for nearly a year as a business/marketing manager, she has recently joined USU’s Ecology Center. She is now working on the iUTAH project as a communications specialist. We would like to thank Jeannine for helping with accounting, budgets, billing, and marketing during her time with us, and wish her the best of luck in all of her future endeavors. We will miss her.

Chalese Hafen joins ET-AL

posted Sep 1, 2015, 8:39 AM by Jeannine Huenemann


With a recently completed Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Science from USU, Chalese now works with us as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technician. Most recently, she monitored brine shrimp and bird populations on the Great Salt Lake for Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR). Prior to working on our team, she was employed as a seasonal technician for one summer at Camp Williams. She also spent three summers monitoring big game habitat throughout Utah for the UDWR. Her profile page gives more details of her work.

Pete McHugh returns

posted Sep 1, 2015, 8:34 AM by Jeannine Huenemann   [ updated Sep 1, 2015, 9:33 AM ]


Having left Logan for the wilds of greener pastures, Pete has returned to work with a variety of modeling approaches (simulation and statistical) and ISEMP/CHaMP datasets. Pete was most recently working in the Pacific Northwest and New Zealand, where he was involved in riverine food webs, and a mix of fishery and population modeling, as a postdoc and government scientist. He maintains an active interest in broader themes within stream ecology and management, including studies that assess the relationships between the physical environment and fish populations, stream communities, and the structure of riverine food webs. For more on Pete, please visit his profile page.

Ester Ramos visits FHC

posted Jul 23, 2015, 3:34 PM by Jeannine Huenemann   [ updated Sep 1, 2015, 8:27 AM ]




The FHC welcomes visiting scholar Ester Ramos. She comes to us from the University of Lleida (Spain) where she is working on towards her PhD. Her research is on modeling morphosedimentary dynamics in a highly dynamic gravel bed river: the Upper Cinca (NE Iberian Peninsula). Since February 2014, she has been funded through a research grant from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. She has worked in the public and private sectors for over 10 years. Please visit her introduction page to learn more about her diverse and interesting background.

Joshua Gilbert joins FHC

posted Jun 22, 2015, 8:42 AM by Jeannine Huenemann

The Fluvial Habitat Center (FHC) welcomes Joshua Gilbert to the team. Joshua recently received his B.S. degree in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences from Utah State University. During his studies, his areas of interest included the physical/hydrological processes that occur in aquatic ecosystems that have an effect on the fish present, and stream restoration in altered and degraded habitats. For now he will work at the FHC while he gains experience before pursuing graduate work. When not at work, Joshua can be found  fly fishing on area streams and rivers.


Shane Hill leaving

posted Jun 16, 2015, 3:34 PM by Jeannine Huenemann   [ updated Jun 22, 2015, 8:17 AM ]

Shane Hill has worked in the ET-AL Lab as a GIS and Research Technician for various projects, under the direction of Wally Macfarland. Shane did a great job, but is ready to move on. He is currently working as a wildlife technician for Dr. Dave Stoner, conducting herpetological studies at Camp Williams near Bluffdale, Utah, and plans to go to grad school soon. We'll miss him and we wish him the best of luck.

Jeannine Huenemann joins the FHC team

posted Feb 10, 2015, 2:57 PM by Jeannine Huenemann   [ updated Feb 10, 2015, 7:17 PM ]

The Fluvial Habitats Center (FHC) welcomes Jeannine Huenemann to its illustrious ranks. Having haunted the hallowed halls of USU for many a year, she hails from the Midwest where her first real job was as a summer guide at a local nature center in Janesville, Wisconsin. She has called Utah home for nearly two decades, and enjoys an active life with her husband Charlie, two teenagers, Hana and Ben, and her faithful dog Maggie (pictured below). She will be helping with budgets, billing, and marketing. Being curious by nature, Jeannine looks forward to meeting everyone and finding out about the projects and funding that keeps FHC and ET-AL going.

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