Reid Camp

Job Title: Graduate Research Assistant
Current Affiliation: Eco Logical Research, Inc.
Primary Affiliation: Department of Watershed Sciences
Secondary Affiliation: Ecogeomorphology & Topographic Analysis Lab
: M.S. - Watershed Science
Faculty Advisor
: Joe Wheaton
Committee Members: Philip Bailey and Brett Roper
Year Started: 2013 (Jan)
Year Defended: 2014 (Dec)


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

Office:  JQL 147

Curriculum Vitae


  • 2009 BS. Fisheries Resources. University of Idaho
  • 2014 MS. Watershed Sciences. Utah State University


Reid will be analyzing data collected from the Asotin Creek Intensively Monitored Watershed restoration project to determine the hydraulic and geomorphic responses of in-stream structures on Asotin Creek.

HDLWD: The restoration method being tested within the scope of the Asotin Creek Intensively Monitored Watershed (IMW) is called High Density Large Woody Debris (HDLWD). The overarching principal of this technique is to place LWD in streams in densities that meet or exceed reference conditions. However, along with unsecured LWD, we implemented Post Assisted Log Structures (PALS) which are expected to remain in place for 2-5 years. PALS are created by pounding wooden fence posts into the stream bed to keep multiple pieces of LWD in place during multiple high flow events. During periods of high flow, PALS disrupt the uniform hydraulics which is typical for many reaches in Asotin Creek, and in turn alters the sediment regime. In reaches devoid of structural elements, PALS create more diverse hydraulics and facilitate the creation of geomorphic units, altering the channel from plane bed to a mixture of pools, bars, planar features. The hydraulic breaks provide refugia from high water velocity, and cover from predators. Although PALS make up a large component of the structures implemented in the IMW, it is the high density of structures and unsecured LWD that may be the most important aspect of this method. We increased LWD/100m by about 20 pieces in each stream.

We are monitoring the hydraulic and geomorphic responses using a mobile database application. We developed the HDLWD App to address the specific hypotheses in the restoration design (Wheaton et al. 2012). In addition, we are using topographic surveys collected by CHaMP crews to perform geomorphic change detection on treatment and control sites within the IMW.


Reid Camp has been working for Eco Logical Research, Inc. and collaborating with ET-AL on the Asotin Creek Intensively Monitored Watershed for the past four years. Reid started 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 wanted to round out his skill-set with formal training in fluvial geomorphology and hydrology. Reid defended his thesis successfully in December 2014 and is returning to ELR and will continue to be an active part of the FHC.


Scholarly Contributions

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Camp, R. and J. Wheaton. 2014. Streamlining Field Data Collection With Mobile Apps. EOS.
  • Accepted. Wheaton, JM, S. Bennett., N. Bouwes and R. Camp. Adapting Adaptive Management for Testing the Effectiveness of Stream Restoration: An Intensively Monitored Watershed Example. Submitted to Fisheries.

Conference Papers, Presentations & Posters

  • Camp, R., S. Bennett, J. Wheaton, N. Bouwes, E. Portugal. 2014. Addressing the Deficit of Large Woody Debris in Wadeable Streams: HDLWD, an Inexpensive and Low Impact Approach. Restoring the West, Logan, UT.
  • Camp, R., J. Wheaton, S. Bennett, N. Bouwes. 2014 Characteristics of Benthic Winter Concealment Locations for Juvenile Steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Western Division of American Fisheries Society, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico.

  • Camp, R., J. Wheaton, 2013. Creating Custom Data Collection Applications for remote Use on Mobile (iOS) Devices. American Water Resources Association, Portland, OR.
  • Camp, R., S. Bennett. 2012. Asotin Creek IMW Monitoring Infrastructure. Snake River Salmon Recovery Board Regional Technical Team Meeting, Dayton, WA.
  • Bennett, S., R. Camp, N. Bouwes, N. Trahan. 2011. Rapid Assessment of Reach Scale Movement and Habitat Association of Juvenile Steelhead: Use of Portable PIT Tag Antennas and Low Cost Geographic Positioning System. American Fisheries Society, Seattle, WA.
  • Bouwes, N., J. Wheaton, N. Weber, M. Polino, S. Bennett, R. Camp, C. Jordan. 2011. Hierarchal Assessments of Fish and Their Habitat. American Fisheries Society, Seattle, WA.
  • Bennett, S., N. Bouwes, N. Weber, R. Camp. 2011. Characterizing Juvenile Steelhead Abundance, Growth, and Survival at Multiple Spatial and Temporal Sales During the Pretreatment Period of a Large Restoration Experiment. American Fisheries Society, Seattle, WA.
  • Sullivan, M., T. Dettmar, S. Bennett, N. Bouwes, R. Camp, J. Reffner. 2011. Using an Intensively Monitored Watershed to Answer the Question, “Does Stream Restoration Increase Freshwater Production of Steelhead?” American Fisheries Society, Seattle, WA.
  • Wall, E., N. Bouwes, S. Bennett, J. Wheaton, R. Camp. 2011. Giving Fish More Energy Without Giving Them More Food: Can Streambed Topography Influence a Fish’s Net Rate of Energy Intake? American Fisheries Society, Seattle, WA.


  • Bennett, S., R. Camp, N. Bouwes.  2012.  Southeast Washington Intensively Monitored Watershed Project in Asotin Creek: Year 4 Pretreatment Monitoring Summary. Prepared for the state of Washington.

  • Bennett, S., J. Wheaton, N. Bouwes, R. Camp. 2012. Asotin Creek Intensively Monitored Watershed: Restoration Plan for Charley Creek, North Fork Asotin and South Fork Asotin Creeks. Prepared for the Snake River Salmon Recovery Board.


Joe Wheaton,
Apr 18, 2014, 10:15 AM