posted Mar 19, 2016, 1:05 PM by Joe Wheaton
updated Mar 19, 2016, 1:55 PM
A team of ET-AL former and current graduate students (Kasprak, Hough-Snee, Camp & Jensen) decided to take a class project in a River Styles short course to compare various stream classification approaches to a whole new level. They published their findings in PLOS-One this week and Utah Public Radio and USU Today both picked up the story.
- Kasprak A, Hough-Snee N, Beechie T, Bouwes N, Brierley G, Camp R, Fryirs K., Imaki H, Jensen M, O'Brien G, Rosgen D, Wheaton JM (2016). The Blurred Line between Form and Process: A Comparison of Stream Channel Classification Frameworks. PLoS ONE 11(3): e0150293. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0150293
What is neat about this contribution is a team of USU WATS graduate students led an effort to bring together some of the world´s leading experts on issues of stream classification and river management who have been on very different sides of a sometimes hostile debate. These students managed to point out the common ground among the different perspectives and provide a constructive, and meaningful scientific contribution from some co-authors that I am sure most in our discipline would have never predicted would find a unified message, much less write a paper together. All this as an extra-curricular, side project spurred from a class they took together here at Utah State. Pretty cool.