June update: publications, posters and travel


I just returned from a 12-days of training for the Columbia Habitat Monitoring Program in Cove, OR, where my field colleagues and I got all trained up for the 2014 field campaign. Before that, I was presenting my work and doing some other professional service at the Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting in Portland, OR. Both the SWS undergraduate mentoring program and the technical sessions were fantastic. Per normal, it was great to see my colleagues from across the SWS-Pacific Northwest region. By the way, the PNW chapter has a new website and it's pretty slick. The SWS Restoration section put on their second annual session and it went off without a hitch. Thanks to all of the 2014 participants for giving talks and Andy Herb for helping to coordinate! I gave a poster on instream wood in the PIBO and CHaMP programs. It was great to get feedback on my projects. The poster is online at Figshare:

CHaMP camp in the Grande Ronde basin - surveying to build digital elevation models of streams.

During all the travel and hustle, a couple research items came up and out. First, my collaboration with my ET-AL colleague Alan Kasprak, and colleagues from my time at the USFS, Brett Roper and Christy Meredith, came out in Riparian Ecology and Conservation. The article went live last week and I'm proud to say that it's my first open-access publication. We got some great reviews and the publication process, while not extremely fast, was professional, constructive and relatively painless. I think the revisions we made based on reviewer feedback really improved the final product and I greatly appreciate the time the three reviewers and Dr. Jon Harding, our handling editor took to give professional and constructive feedback. The article, in short, looks at how climate, disturbance and stream physical setting influence the accumulation of large wood in wadeable streams of the American Pacific Northwest. We found that as climate and disturbance shape vegetation composition, the capability of the riparian ecosystem to grow and contribute wood to channels is changed. We identified the indicator species that correspond to high, moderate and low instream wood, and found that not surprisingly, hot, dry climates with grazing impacts don't generally grow trees. We conclude that stream management and restoration scenarios cannot assume that wood, while a keystone geomorphic driver of aquatic habitat formation, will naturally occur. Accordingly, in unforested reaches managers should consider other processes, like beaver reintroduction, when trying to change instream hydraulic and hydrologic diversity to increase habitat diversity.

This manuscript is freely-available as a pdf at Riparian Ecology and Conservation
Additionally, some relatively long-term work that my former UW colleague, Rodney Pond and I have done in North Cascades National Park is coming out in Ecological Restoration this September. We received proofs, and have made a pre-print version available over at figshare. You can find it here and below. I'll do a quick write-up on the paper when it comes out in the journal issue.

Hopefully I'll find the time for some more blogging amid data collection, finishing existing projects and getting ready for some delayed qualifying exams.

Updated publications page links!