Summer in the meadow

Summer in the meadow
Beaver Creek, Idaho, USA

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Western U.S. #drought in six figures #WADrought #ORDrought

Here are some maps that relate to the ongoing drought and water year across the West

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

#ProtectCleanWater on Twitter: The @EPA's Proposed #CleanWater Rule, #HR1732 @EPAWater

Today has been a big day for American Clean Water law as the house passed HR 1732 which effectively scuttles the EPA's proposed clean water rule. Gina McCarthy at the EPA had an illustrative blog post on what this proposed rule does and doesn't do. Check out these policy developments in real time:

For full explanation of the proposed rule visit the EPA's page clarifying its use:

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

May comes ripping: a spring update

Mother's Day: thanks for everything, Mom!

New routes

Manning is not stoked on all this roughness

Bad vibes

Taking the long way home

April - snow-free Temple Peak

Cache money

Just wood in a stream, doing hydraulic wood and stream stuff

Sprinkler season in the rain

Friday, May 1, 2015

Dam Removal in Science

James O'Connor, Jeff Duda, and Gordon Grant recently published a perspective in Science on the removal of dams across the U.S. While it seems obvious to the larger river research community, their recent Powell Center working group on dam removal has synthesized the larger effects of dam removal on ecosystem processes. Check it out here.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Call for 2015 SWS-PNW Chapter Meeting Abstracts @SWS_org @INTECOL_Wetland @RamsarConv @WetlandsInt

The Society of Wetland Scientists Pacific Northwest Chapter is pleased to announce that the call for abstracts is open for the 2015 Chapter meeting, From a Watershed Perspective: Integrating Science into Policy, in Olympia, WA this October 6-8, 2015. Please submit your abstract directly at:

Abstracts for posters and presentations will be accepted until August 1st, 2015 and notifications of abstract reception and acceptance will occur on a rolling basis. Talks and posters on all wetland and wetland-related topics are welcome (see below for examples). These topics can take the form of research, case studies, methods, policy discussions, etc.
Student volunteer opportunities and scholarships will be available, so please stay tuned to the chapter website for more information.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

@AlanKasprak wins best student paper at #SEDHYD2015 @FluvialWheaton

One of the best things about living in the research world, is working with really sharp, motivated people. I've been extremely fortunate to be the slow, ugly one in any given room of researchers since I embarked on a career in ecological research and restoration. Within the ET-AL, my lab mates are remarkably sharp and motivated, talented and fortuitous, which always fuels me to stay on my game.

Keeping with this trend, ET-AL PhD Student Alan Kasprak just won the best student paper award at the annual interagency sedimentation and hydrologic modeling conference in lovely, Reno, NV. While this may seem like a fitting tribute to Alan's phenomenal dedication to high quality fluvial geomorphology research, it also provides the unforeseen burden of trying not to double his money at the sports book.
Kasprak doing field work.
Congratulations, Alan - now be sure to get your bet in before the Cavs (1:3 Eastern Conference champs/11:5 NBA title odds) tip-off at 6pm Pacific!


Monday, April 20, 2015

SWS-Rocky Mountain in the books

I was fortunate to be invited to deliver a talk last week at the Society of Wetland Scientists' Rocky Mountain meeting in Golden, CO. Thanks to Andy Herb for the invite and the enthusiastic crowd of wetland folks from Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, and Utah for the engaging discussion and kind words regarding process-based stream restoration. It was great to see the other speakers' diverse work in research, regulation, restoration, and policy, and meet Colorado's wetland community.

Before I hit I-80 and head home to northern Utah, I took the time to post my slides at Figshare:

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Open letter to urge #ecological journals to publish online lay summaries by @lkwander @oldenfish @EarlyCareerEcol

Figure from Kuehne and Olden and reproduced without permission.

Lauren Kuehne and Julian Olden over at the University of Washington are circulating a petition to increase general communication of ecological studies. This is a great, tractable and easy to implement idea that could really build research communication directly into the academic incentive system of publishing. Check it out!

Summarized over at Early Career Ecologists

The original opinion article in PNAS

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Highs and lows: photos from a short #winter

The busy, productive research life is back. Here are some images of days with friends and family in the high country. There's nothing like balance, whatever that may be, and no place like home, wherever that may be. Next stop, spring.

High Peaks of Arizona
Little Colorado River, Arizona 
Allison Clay, Kachina Peaks, Arizona

Northward expansion, Kachina Peaks, Arizona
Sardine, sun and fog, Wellsville Range, Utah
This was peak valley snow for the year, Wellsville Range, Utah
Naomi Ridge, Utah
Bear River Range, Utah
Inner Basin, Kachina Peaks, Arizona
Late season - pray for rain, Bear River Range Utah
Elmer and clouds, Utah
CROWBAR Booter and the Beav, Utah
Everyone finished. CROWBAR, Utah

Thanks Wayne! Utah.

Volunteers make things happen, CROWBAR, Utah
Racers happen, CROWBAR, Utah
PowKeg, first, last, fun, Brighton, Utah
CROWBAR superheros, Utah
Greene Machine scouts for CROWBAR
The day-long inversion of 2015, Utah
SPF 50, Utah
Young Weezy, Utah
Family, Washington State
Long roads home, Utah
November, Bear River Range, Utah
The avalanche disturbance line, Utah
Lost, cold, and found again, Utah. Thanks Tyler, Andrew and Alex!
Same mountain, the weekend before getting lost, Utah
Go Vikings, Utah
Get up time, Arizona