Job Title: Graduate Research Assistant
Primary Affiliation: Department of Watershed Sciences
Secondary Affiliation: Ecogeomorphology & Topographic Analysis Lab
Degree Seeking: M.S. - Watershed Science
Faculty Advisor: Joe Wheaton
Committee Members: Nick Bouwes and Beth Neilson
External Committee Members: Michael Pollock
Funding: NOAA Fisheries
Degree Awarded: 2016
Machen, Florence Consolati (2016), "The Role of a Beaver in Shaping Stream Channel Complexity and Thermal Heterogeneity in a Central Oregon Stream" (2016). All Graduate Plan B and other Reports.
- Master of Science in Watershed Science, Emphasis in Geomorphology and Earth Surface Processes, Entered August 2011, Defended April 2014
- Bachelor of Science in Biology, emphasis in Ecology, minor in Fisheries Biology, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA. Received May 2006.
- Florie's main interests are watershed restoration, fish ecology, beaver ecology and fluvial geomorphology. Florie is interested in exploring ways that knowledge in these arenas can be applied to effectively restore our watersheds.
- Florie's research is exploring the role of beaver in shaping steelhead trout habitat complexity and thermal refugia for a restoration project under the Integrated Status and Effectiveness Monitoring Program (ISEMP), focused in the Intensively Monitored Watershed of Bridge Creek, in the John Day Basin of Central Oregon. The restoration project has partnered with beaver to restore and incised stream and improve habitat for steelhead trout.
Florie is currently a graduate research assistant in Dr. Joe Wheaton's ET-AL Lab at Utah State University. She joins us from the California Department of Fish and Game in Fortuna where she worked as the lead fisheries biologist for the Coastal Restoration Monitoring and Evaluation Program. At this position, Florie evaluated the effectiveness of over 80 watershed restoration projects throughout northern California. Florie earned her BS in Ecology with a Minor in Fisheries Biology from Humboldt State University in 2006. Since then, she also worked as a Fisheries Biological Technician for the USGS Cooperative Fisheries Research Unit of Humboldt State University, the AmeriCorps Watershed Stewards Project, and USFS Lassen National Forest.
- NOAA: Linking Fisheries, beaver, geomorphic and physical habitat monitoring data to better understand the effectiveness of restoration efforts in Bridge Creek
- ELR/BPA: ISEMP Bridge Creek Restoration & IMW
- Integrated Status and Effectiveness Monitoring Program
Conference Papers, Presentations & Posters
- Poster: Consolati, F.N., Wheaton, J.M., Neilson, B.T., N. Bouwes, and M.M. Pollock, 2012. The role of beaver in shaping steelhead trout thermal refugia in a central Oregon stream, presented at 2012 Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 21-23 Sept.
- Poster: Consolati, F.N., Wheaton, J.M., Neilson, B.T., N. Bouwes, and M.M. Pollock, 2012. The role of beaver in shaping steelhead trout habitat complexity and thermal refugia in a central Oregon stream, presented at the Spring Runoff Conference, Logan, Utah, and the Salmonid Restoration Federation Conference, Davis, CA, April.
- Poster: Consolati, F.N., Troyer, J. D., and T. M. Lucas, 2011. Monitoring Conducted by the Coastal Restoration Monitoring and Evaluation Program, presented at the Salmonid Restoration Federation Conference, San Luis Obispo, CA.
- Poster: Consolati, F.N., Troyer, J. D., 2010. Photographic Monitoring of Watershed Restoration Projects, presented at the Salmonid Restoration Federation Conference, Redding, CA and Humboldt Bay Symposium, Eureka, CA.
- Poster: Consolati, F.N., Bauer, N., 2009. Summary of the Coastal Restoration Monitoring and Evaluation Program, Salmonid Restoration Federation Conference, Santa Cruz, CA.