Congratulations to Logan Elmore (@twitiot63) and #ReidCamp @CNRUSU

As I've mentioned, research can feel an awful lot like a marathon. I don't mean this in the sense of, "running a marathon is crazy, terrible, impossible, etc." I mean it in the sense that one has to work for an indeterminate amount of time toward a challenging goal that often requires years of training and preparation. Last week, two friends successfully closed out their own (first) marathons, Logan Elmore, and Reid Camp. Both Reid and Logan did an awesome job on their projects and defenses and I'm extremely pleased to congratulate them on their achievements.

Logan (left) and Marco at CHaMP camp 2014
I met Logan Elmore on his recruiting visit to USU in late 2011 (or maybe early 2012?). Logan came from Oak Ridge National Lab and the university of Tennessee to work with Sarah Null in WATS. He came to work on modeling different river scenarios following environmental waters transfers in the Walker River, CA and NV. Last year, I came back to Utah from a trip, and in getting oriented, realized that I was late to getting good field technicians hired for our projects. The next weekend I walked by Logan at Beaver Mountain, and he mentioned that he might be looking for a little stop-gap work. A couple calls were made, and a few months later we were in CHaMP camp near Cove, OR with our co-worker, Marco, prepping for a big pre-restoration stream habitat data campaign.

Logan (right) and Marco show the scale of the incision problem on a tributary to the Raft River.
The fellas got trained up in total station surveying, digital topography, and stream habitat surveys and we were off to the races. Logan gunned hard on the total station all summer in northern Utah, did a hell of a job under adverse conditions. Things went wrong all summer, equipment failures, weather problems, unpredictable schedules, whatever, and Logan was always there with his southern humor, relaxed nature, and the uncanny ability to mend fence. Logan worked super hard - he and Marco made every last data point possible. It was a pleasure to learn and work alongside Logan. The most impressive part of Logan's summer was that he worked nights and weekends to hustle up his thesis and get it ready for the fall semester. For as hard as Logan was working...I was only seeing half of it! That's a testament to Logan's admirable work ethic and winning attitude. In short, he's a resourceful ringer of a scientist and he gets things done in the face of adversity.

Logan (left) has it all under control with Rico, fall 2013
Sadly, I forget exactly how I met Reid. I think one day, he just showed up in the office in early 2013, and I maybe met him and his wife as they were moving him up to Logan? Maybe his laptop just showed up on the desk and afterwards, he followed suit? Anyhow, Reid was working on an intensively monitored watershed in southeastern Washington State. Asotin Creek, is a part of a Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board effort to monitor and restore salmonid populations and habitat. Reid had worked on assessing habitat condition with Eco Logical Research before coming to USU, so he was familiar with the watershed. During his time at USU, he monitored a large restoration effort that used "high density large woody debris" or HDLWD as it has become known in our lab. The idea was to install small, cheap wood structures that force water over and around the structure to create hydraulic and geomorphic complexity. This is important because Asotin Creek is currently wood limited either by the ability to grow large trees or the fluvial/hillslope processes required to contribute that wood to the channel. Reid differenced DEMs, built data collections apps, and assessed the entire Asotin Watershed using the River Styles framework, to tell a compelling story of ecosystem degradation, processes, and restoration for endangered salmonids. It was awesome.

Reid's new article in EOS
Additionally, Reid is a great guy. He's about as nice as someone can get, and works extremely hard at his science...even if he did break the lab coffeemaker (first rule of the lab: don't break the coffeemaker). I'm stoked to have shared some hikes, meals and discussions with him while we worked for the ET-AL together.

Reid Camp, 2013.
Congratulations to both Reid and Logan as they move forward into their next projects and endeavors!