The FHC welcomes Dan Hamill who recently began his M.S. working under the dual mentorship of Drs. Dan Buscombe (USGS) and Joe Wheaton. Dan will be working to develop sonar methods for assessing substrate composition below Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River. Dan comes to Logan and USU from Flagstaff, Arizona, where he earned a B.S. in Environmental Engineering Technology from Northern Arizona University and worked as a hydrologic sciences technician with the Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center.
Konrad Hafen, the undisputed champion undergraduate of the QCNR and USU, is moving from his current position as a programmer/technician on the ET-AL's MORPHED and braided rivers projects into a master of science program with Joe Wheaton. Konrad has a B.S. in Wildlife Science from Utah State, and has been working closely with Alan Kasprak and Joe Wheaton. Congratulations to Konrad on the move into the graduate ranks - the ET-AL is lucky to retain yet another bright, young scientist!
Originally posted Dec 6, 2014, 6:32 PM by Nate Hough-Snee
The Raft River beaver restoration, a UDWR and USU FHC collaboration, was recently implemented by a combination of USU, UDWR, and Utah Conservation Corps volunteers. Designed by Kent Sorenson, Joe Wheaton, and I (Nate Hough-Snee), the project was implemented this week and visited on its final implementation day by visiting Macquarie University professor, Kirstie Fryirs, and USU students Alex Walker, Martha Jensen, Sammy Lyster, Angus Vaughan, with direct project support from the FHC's Elijah Portugal and Kenny DeMeurichy. The project will be monitored through 2016 to adaptively manage the project and assess future stream trajectories.
Originally posted Sep 18, 2014, 6:14 PM by Nate Hough-Snee
From left to right:
Fearless leader Joe Wheaton (and yes, his face froze like that...forever), PhD Students Nate Hough-Snee and Alan Kasprak, and M.S. students, Martha Jensen and Rebecca Rossi.
M.S. student Reid Camp was too busy shocking fish and making data collection apps to make an appearance for this photo opp.
Photo taken at Pilgrim Creek, WY, August 2014 by Patrick Belmont
Originally posted Sep 7, 2014, 8:01 PM by Nate Hough-Snee
The ETAL welcomes Rebecca Rossi and Martha Jensen, both of whom have joined the Ecogeomorphology and Topographic Analysis Lab at Utah State University to pursue Masters degrees.
Martha, a New Jersey native, is no stranger to USU and the ETAL, as she holds a BS in Environmental Studies, Magna Cum Laude ,from USU's Quinney College of Natural Resources and recently worked in the ETAL to implement the statewide Utah beaver restoration assessment tool project. Martha is also single-handedly responsible for making nearly every ETAL promotional material. Ever. She will be working on stream restoration and watershed characterization in response to beaver introduction and other restoration activities.
Rebecca, a native of Maryland, who holds a BS in Earth Sciences and Archaeology, Magna Cum Laude, from Dickinson College recently finished a field season with the National Park Service at Mt. Rainier National Park. For her masters, Rebecca will be using aerial imagery and structure from motion to detect geomorphic change in the Grand Canyon.
Welcome Rebecca and Martha!
Originally posted Aug 18, 2014, 5:01 PM by Nate Hough-Snee
After successfully defending his MS thesis in the Watershed Sciences Department here at Utah State in December, Elijah is now joining the FHC to plan and implement beaver-assisted restoration projects.
Originally posted Aug 18, 2014, 12:39 PM by Elijah Portugal
ET AL masters student Florie Consolati successfully defended her thesis on the thermal and geomorphic attributes of portions of Bridge Creek that have been recently colonized by North American beaver. Congratulations Florie!
Originally posted May 30, 2014, 9:54 PM by Nate Hough-Snee
Logan Elmore (USU) and Marco Negovschi (UNLV, below) have joined the FHC as field technicians for the summer season. Both Marco and Logan will be working with Fluvial Habitat Center riparian ecologist Nate Hough-Snee on a pair of beaver reintroduction and stream restoration projects in northern Utah. The three will spend their summer building DEMs and measuring forests across Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho.
Originally posted May 30, 2014, 9:50 PM by Nate Hough-Snee
Reid Camp, who has been working for Eco Logical Research, Inc. an collaborating with ET-AL on the Asotin Creek Intensively Monitored Watershed for the past four years has joined the ET-AL lab. Reid is starting his MS in Watershed Sciences Spring semester 2013. He has a BS from University of Idaho in Fisheries and extensive experience running both the fish sampling and habitat crews for the Asotin IMW. Reid wants to round out his skill-set with formal training in fluvial geomorphology and hydrology. Reid has played a critical role in the restoration design and implementation and he will hit the ground running with a MS research project that focuses on working up findings and design hypothesis testing from the restoration experiments. We are excited to welcome him to Logan and benefit from his expertise here in the lab.
Originally posted Jan 19, 2013, 9:46 AM by Joe Wheaton
Nate Hough-Snee will officially be joining the ET-AL lab to pursue his PhD. Nate will be working on some aspect of beaver feedbacks and impacts on riparian ecology. Nate brings with him a wealth of experience in applied plant ecology and restoraiton ecology working in the Pacific Northwest.
From Nate's natehough-snee.org website, he describes himself as:
'I am an applied plant ecologist and wetland scientist who works at the intersections of restoration ecology, plant ecophysiology and plant community ecology. I am interested in how plant physiological and ecological processes are driven by variation in hydrology, soil resources and environmental stress and how these processes can inform the design of ecosystem restoration schemes. I tend to look at these processes in situ, in the greenhouse and through experimental field trials or through on-the-ground restoration. I have worked on degraded and restored wetlands, forests and novel ecosystems from New Zealand to Alaska with most of my work occurring in the American Pacific Northwest.
I earned my B.A. through the University of Washington'sProgram on the Environment and my M.S. through what is now the UW's School of Environmental and Forest Sciences within the College of the Environment. In the autumn of 2011, I joined the Department of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University where I am pursuing my PhD in ecology. In the spring of 2012, I joined the USDA Forest Service's PIBO effectiveness monitoring program.
Working at USU* and the USFS*, I examine how hydrologic variability, restoration and management feed back on plant community changes within semi-arid riparian and wetland environments.
Call me a plant ecologist, restoration ecologist or wetland scientist, just don't call me late to dinner.'
Originally posted Aug 8, 2012, 8:34 AM by Joe Wheaton