Fall 2013 - Biotic drivers of geomorphic processes and geomorphic drivers of biota

This semester's reading group capitalizes on the shared interests within the new Fluvial Habitat Center: biota, habitats, and the processes that shape habitats and populations of organisms. Specifically, we will look at how different landforms and habitat units evolve, how habitats for plants, animals, benthic macroinvertebrates, etc. differ between these units, and interactions between biota and geomorphic processes. We will read broadly from across the recent ecology, geomorphology and fish biology  literature, with supplemental classic papers as need be.

There are three themes: 

  • Fluvial and geomorphic processes influencing biotic traits, assemblages and populations
  • Biotic feedbacks on geomorphic process
  • Predicting/modeling geomorphic and biotic processes based on biotic-geomorphic interactions

If you would like to suggest a paper, please email nate(at)natehough-snee.org with a DOI or link to the paper.

Note that the specific dates are listed by the Monday of the following week. Specific meeting dates are under the "Date" column  We are doing our best to work around the USU Ecology Center speaker schedule and Restoring the West as some of these talks may be of interest to members of the FHC.

    -Organized by N. Hough-Snee

 Week DateMeeting Location Paper(s)  Discussion Lead
 2 SEP 3 SEP 630pm Wally's Cabin:
Polvi, LE and E Wohl. 2013. Biotic Drivers of Stream Planform: Implications for Understanding the Past and Restoring the Future. Bioscience 63(6): 439-452.

Nate H-S 
 9 SEP11 SEP
 ECC 102Brownbag meeting: field show and tell with Wally and Alan Joe/Nick
 16 SEP 17 SEP Joe's house, Providence, UTRichards, K., J. Brasington, and F. Hughes. 2002. Geomorphic dynamics of floodplains: ecological implications and a potential modelling strategy. Freshwater Biology 47:559-579. DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2427.2002.00920.x


Bithell, M. and J. Brasington. 2009. Coupling agent-based models of subsistence farming with individual-based forest models and dynamic models of water distribution. Environmental Modelling and Software 24: 173-190. 
Kasprak w/ Brasington

 30 SEP1 OCT
White Owl - Burger and a Big DogMouw et al. 2013. Recruitment and successional dynamics diversify the shifting habitat mosaic of an Alaskan Floodplain. River Research and Applications 29: 671-685. DOI: 10.1002/rra.2569


"Semi-classic" paper:
Tabacchi et al. 1998. Development, maintenance and role of riparian vegetation in the river landscape. Freshwater Biology  40(3): 497-516. DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2427.1998.00381.x
Nate H-S

 14 OCT 15 OCT
White Owl - Burger and a Big DogMims et al. 2010. Life history trait diversity of native freshwater fishes in North America. Ecology of Freshwater Fishes 19(3): 390-400. DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0633.2010.00422.x


Mims, M.C., J.D. Olden. 2013. Fish assemblages respond to altered flow regimes via ecological filtering of life history strategies. Freshwater Biology, 58: 50–62. DOI: 10.1111/fwb.12037
Fish Person and Nate


 11NOV12 NOVWhite Owl - Burger and a Big Dog Cluer, B and C. Thorne. 2013. A Stream Evolution Model Integrating Habitat and Ecosystem Benefits. River Research and Applications. In Press.  
DOI: 10.1002/rra.2631
Nate, Alan and Joe 

 25 NOV None None Off for Thanksgiving Off
 9 DEC NoneNone2013 AGU MeetingTBA