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Martha Jensen

Job Title: MS Research Assisstant
Primary Affiliation: Department of Watershed Sciences
Secondary Affiliation: Ecogeomorphology & Topographic Analysis Lab

Utah State University
Watershed Sciences Department
5210 Old Main Hill, NR 210
Logan UT 84322-5210

Office:  JQL 147


  • 2016 MS.  Watershed Sciences, Utah State University, Expected
  • 2013 BS. Environmental Studies, Magna Cum Laude, Utah State University
  • 2003 AAS. Natural Resource Management, Colorado Mountain College


  • Examining the microhabitats of Bonneville cutthroat trout
  • Investigating the consistency of bioenergetic model predictions in geomorphic units
  • Helped develop techniques to spatially model the fluvial corridor and the riparian extent in the Colorado Plateau
  • Helped develop and employ the Beaver Restoration Assessment Tool (BRAT), to model beaver dam potential in Utah and Bridge Creek, Oregon 
  • Interested in researching the effect of constructed wetlands on removing heavy metals from streams
  • Interested in the positive feedbacks from beaver reintroductions; specifically to fish habitats and riparian corridors
  • Interested in the role of mycorrhizal fungi within the riparian corridor
  • Interested in using natural methods to restore streams


Martha Jensen has a BS degree from Utah State University where her course work focused on GIS spatial analysis techniques and restoration ecology. Professionally, she has acted as a field manager on threatened and endangered native plant surveys, Superfund site monitoring and reporting, electro-fishing and macro-invertebrate sampling, and Environmental Site Assessments. Martha has also worked for the USU Fluvial Habitats Center on developing spatial analysis techniques and developing a cartographic standard for the lab. In August 2014, she began to pursue a Master's of Watershed Science degree with Dr. Joe Wheaton. She is examining the microhabitats of Boneville cutthroat trout and Net Rate Energy Intake model predictions. To complement her scientific research interests, Martha would like to develop techniques that could bridge the gap between art and science visualizing complex data sets, and increasing collaborations between artists and scientists.


Scholarly Contributions

  • William W. Macfarlane, Joseph M. Wheaton, Nicolaas Bouwes, Martha L. Jensen, Jordan T. Gilbert, Nate Hough-Snee, John A. Shivik, Modeling the capacity of riverscapes to support beaver dams, Geomorphology, Available online 2 December 2015, ISSN 0169-555X, (

Conference Papers, Presentations & Posters

  • Webb, A., M. Jensen, M. Kettinger, M. Walker, B. Miller, B. Jacques, L. Cannon, J. Hancock. 2015. Integrating Art and Biodiversity in the Logan River; a Temporal and Spatial Analysis of Macroinvertebrates. Spring Runoff, Logan, UT.


** To view my posters and presentations visit my account at FigShare