Job Title: Researcher Lead
Primary Affiliation: Department of Watershed Sciences
Secondary Affiliation: Ecogeomorphology & Topographic Analysis Lab
- Fisheries Biology (Ph.D.), Watershed Sciences, Utah State University, Logan, Utah (December 2007)
- Resource and Environmental Management (M.R.M.), Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia (October 1994)
- Wildlife Biology (B.Sc. Honors), University of Montana, Missoula, Montana, USA (June 1990)
- Renewable Resource Management (Diploma), Lethbridge Community College, Alberta (May 1987)
Stephen research interests are freshwater ecology and watershed management especially as they relate to the conservation and management of anadromous and resident cold water fishes in the Columbia basin. Much of his research focuses on developing and testing fish and stream habitat monitoring protocols and testing the effectiveness of stream restoration on increasing the productivity of salmon and steelhead.
Stephen has worked in Canada and the USA as a consulting fish and wildlife biologist since 1990. After completing his PhD at Utah State in 2007 he began working with Eco Logical Research, Inc. as the project manager of the Asotin Creek Intensively Monitored Watershed Project in southeast Washington. Stephen has also worked to aid in the development and assessment of regional salmonid monitoring programs as a Post Doctoral researcher with Dr. Brett Roper of the USDA Forest Service, Fish and Aquatic Ecology Unit. Stephen’s Post Doctoral research focused on writing a National Forest Fish Inventory and Monitoring Manual for the Forest Service involving a comprehensive review of the statistical design and analyses of fish abundance data. Stephen’s dissertation focused on invasion ecology and issues related to hybridization between native cutthroat trout and introduced rainbow trout. Prior to starting his PhD Stephen was a biological consultant for 12 years working on a variety of fisheries and wildlife issues including fish inventory, fish passage assessment, watershed analysis, habitat monitoring, impact assessments, and salmonid enhancement projects. In May 2013, Stephen was hired as a Researcher Lead for the Fluvial Habitats group at Utah State University which is a collaborative effort between the labs of Dr. Joe Wheaton and Dr. Nicolaas Bouwes.
- Asotin Creek Intensively Monitored Watershed Project, Asotin Creek, Washinton
- Integrated Status and Effectiveness Monitoring Program, Columbia River Basin, Pacific Northwest
- Columbia Habitat Monitoring Protocol, Columbia River Basin, Pacific Northwest
- Bridge Creek Intensively Monitored Watershed Project, John Day River, Oregon
Peer Reviewed Publications
- Bennett, S. N., J. R. Olson, J. L. Kershner, and P. Corbett. 2010. Propagule pressure and stream characteristics influence introgression: cutthroat and rainbow trout in British Columbia. Ecological Applications 20:263-277.
- Roper, B. B., J. M. Buffington, S.N. Bennett, S. H. Lanigan, E. Archer, S. T. Downie, J. Faustini, T. W. Hillman, S. Hubler, K. Jones, C. Jordan, P. R. Kaufmann, G. Merritt, C. Moyer, and A. Pleus. 2010. A Comparison of the Performance and Compatibility of Protocols Used by Seven Monitoring Groups to Measure Stream Habitat in the Pacific Northwest. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 30:565-587.
- Bennett, S.N. and J.L. Kershner. 2009. Levels of introgression in westslope cutthroat populations nine years after changes to rainbow trout stocking programs in southeastern British Columbia. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 29:1271-1282.
- Bennett, S.N., P. Corbett, and T. Gaines. 2004. Status of westslope cutthroat trout and the potential extent of hybridization with non-native rainbow trout in the Upper Kootenay River, BC. Paper presented at the American Fisheries Society Western Regional meeting, Salt Lake City, UT. Feb 29-March 4, 2004.
- Poster: Sullivan, M., Detmar, T., Bennett, S., Bouwes, N. and R. Camp. 2011. Developing the Asotin Creek Intensively Monitored Watershed Project: Answering the Question "Does stream restoration increase freshwater production of steelhead?" Presented at American Fisheries Society, Western Division, Seattle, WA.
- Bennett, S., R. Camp, B. Bouwes, and E. Wall. 2012. Southeast Washington Intensively Monitored Watershed Project in Asotin Creek: year 4 pretreatment monitoring summary report. Prepared for the State of Washington Recreation and Conservation Office, Olympia, WA. Prepared by Eco Logical Research Ltd.
- Wheaton, J., S. Bennett, B. Bouwes, and R. Camp. 2012. Asotin Creek Intensively Monitored Watershed: Restoration plan for Charley Creek, North Fork Asotin, and South Fork Asotin Creeks. DRAFT: April 7, 2012. Prepared for the State of Washington Recreation and Conservation Office, Olympia, WA. Prepared by Eco Logical Research Ltd.
- Bennett, S., and N. Bouwes. 2009. Southeast Washington Intensively Monitored Watershed Project: Selection Process and Proposed Experimental and Monitoring Design for Asotin Creek. State of Washington, Recreation and Conservation Office, Olympia, Washington.
- Bennett, S.N. and Roper, B.B. 2008. Fish inventory and monitoring technical guide for wadeable streams on National Forests. Gen. Tech. Rep. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. DRAFT.
- Bennett, S.N. 2007. Assessing the extent of hybridization between westslope cutthroat trout and introduced rainbow trout in the Upper Kootenay River, British Columbia. Dissertation, Watershed Sciences Department, Utah State University, Logan, Utah.
- Bennett, S. N. 2002. Westslope Cutthroat Trout: Identified Wildlife Species Accounts. Prepared for Identified Wildlife Management Strategy, Water, Land, and Air Protection, Victoria, BC.
- Robertson, I., K. McIntosh, S.N. Bennett, S. Kesting, V. Palermo, P. Warburton, and P. Kneen. 2001. An examination of species at risk in areas with BC Hydro facilities. Prepared for BC Hydro, Vancouver, BC.
- Bennett, S. N., P. Sherrington, P. Johnstone, and B. Harrison. 2000. Habitat use and distribution of listed neotropical migrant songbirds of northeastern British Columbia. In L.M. Darling (ed) Proceedings of a conference on the biology and management of species and habitats at risk BC Environment, Lands, and Parks, Victoria, BC.
- Bennett, S.N. 1999. Fisheries and Wildlife Habitat Assessment of the Trans Canada Highway Upgrade West of Revelstoke. Prepared for Ministry of Transportation and Highways, Victoria, BC.
- Bennett, S. and P. Corbett. 1998. Tree Farm License 14 Stream Crossing and Ford Assessments. Prepared for Crestbrook Forest Industries. Project #: 97-WRP-FRBC-15