Out with the old...

I'm moving the old 2011-12 USU Watershed Restoration Reading Group page into an archived version here in the blog posts (below). The page has been pulled in the meantime. I swear there will be some new content here soon, but maybe not for a couple more days.

Delta River, near Delta, AK
In the fall and spring of 2011-2012, graduate students within the Utah State Ecology Center and Department of Watershed Sciences facilitated a reading group to bridge the applied and basic realms of ecology, hydrology, geomorphology with a river and riparian restoration theme. This page serves as an archive from the reading group's meetings.


Watershed restoration is a rapidly expanding sub-discipline of restoration ecology that blends the physical, biological and social sciences to meet the needs of society. This fall, the watershed sciences community at Utah State University aims to engage the question, "what would holistic watershed restoration look like?"  We will ask this question monthly among an interdisciplinary group of watershed sciences graduate students and faculty, drawing from the primary literature and case studies in design, environmental planning, engineering, and ecology.  Our objectives are to discuss how and why watershed restoration is carried out, what physical, biological and social processes are involved over various spatial and temporal scales and how project success is defined and achieved.  This reading group will be the precursor for a potential graduate seminar in Spring 2012 that will be offered to complement students’ research and coursework in ecology and watershed sciences by linking basic science to applied watershed restoration.

The seminar will be hosted off-campus (emails below for exact location).

Fall 2011 Schedule

October 6, 2011: Watershed restoration: thinking big.

Palmer, MA. 2009. Reforming watershed restoration: science in need of application and applications in need of science. Estuaries and Coasts 32:1-17.
Beechie, TJ, et al. 2010. Process-based principles for restoring river ecosystems. Bioscience 60: 209-222.

*Optional: Gore, JA & FD Shields. 1995. Can large rivers be restored? Bioscience 45:142-152.

*Optional: Nagle, G. 2007. Invited commentary for Hydrological Processes: Evaluating ‘natural channel design’ stream projects. Hydrological Processes 21:1-7.

November 3, 2011: Physical science and watershed restoration: between a rock and a salmon run.

Pess, GR, et al. 2002. Landscape characteristics, land use, and coho salmon abundance, Snohomish River, WA, USA. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 59: 613-623.
Montgomery, DR. 2004. Geology, geomorphology and the restoration ecology of salmon. GSA Today 14: 4-12.
*Optional: Hood WG. 2002. Application of landscape allometry to restoration of tidal channels Restoration Ecology 10: 213-222.

December 2, 2011: Biotic homogenization and stream restoration: thinking inside and outside the bank.

Isbell et al. 2011. High plant diversity is needed to maintain ecosystem services. Nature 477: 199-203.

Merritt, DM and DJ Cooper. 2000. Riparian vegetation and channel change in response to river regulation: a comparative study of regulated and unregulated streams in the Green River Basin, USA. Regulated Rivers: Research and Management 16: 543-564.

Winter 2012 Schedule

January 27, 2012: Dam effects: a tale of the tape.

Schmidt, JC and PRWilcock. 2008. Metrics for assessing the downstream effects of dams. Water Resources Research, 44:1-19.

February 23, 2012: Restoration synthesis and fish production.

Bernhardt, ES, Palmer, M, Allan, J, Alexander, G, Barnas, K., Brooks, S, Carr, J, Clayton, S, Dahm, C, and J Follstad-Shah. 2005. Synthesizing US river restoration efforts. Science, 308: 636-637.

Roni, P, Pess, G, Beechie, T, and S Morley. 2010. Estimating Changes in Coho Salmon and Steelhead Abundance from Watershed Restoration: How Much Restoration Is Needed to Measurably Increase Smolt Production? North American Journal of Fisheries Management, 30: 1469-1484.

March 23, 2012: Sediment budgets and stream restoration.

Smith, SMC, Belmont, P, Wilcock, PR. 2011.  Closing the gap between watershed modeling, sediment budgeting, and stream restoration. In Stream Restoration in Dynamic Fluvial Systems: Scientific Approaches, Analyses, and Tools, Geophys. Monogr. Series., vol. 194, edited by A. Simon, S. J. Bennett, and J. M. Castro, pp. 293–317, AGU, Washington, D. C. doi:10.1029/2011GM001085.

April 26, 2012: Scaling riparian plant communities for restoration.

Viers, JH, Fremier, AK, et al. 2012. Multiscale patterns of riparian plant diversity and implications for restoration. Restoration Ecology In Pressdoi: 10.1111/j.1526-100X.2011.00787.x

May 16, 2012: Fisheries management and conservation: the big picture.

McGuire, CJ and BP Harris. 2012. Systems thinking applied to US federal fisheries management. Natural Resources and Environment 26: 3-6.

Collares-Pereira, MJ and IG Cowx. 2004.The role of catchment scale environmental management in freshwater fish conservation. Fisheries Management and Conservation 11: 303-312.