Charles Hawkins is a Professor in the Department of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University. He received his PhD in Entomology at Oregon State University in 1982 with an emphasis in aquatic ecology. Dr. Hawkins' areas of speciality include freshwater ecology, freshwater invertebrate and amphibian biology, conservation and management of freshwater ecosystems, empirical modeling of community composition, and freshwater monitoring and assessment. As Director of the Western Monitoring Center, he oversees all Center activities.
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Scott Miller is the Director of the BLM National Aquatic Monitoring Center (a.k.a. The BugLab) at Utah State University. Before joining the BugLab, Dr. Miller worked as a post-doctoral fellow for the Intermountain Center for River Rehabilitation and Restoration (ICRRR). He received his Ph.D. in aquatic ecology from Oregon State University in 2007. As a community ecologist, his research seeks to understand who lives with whom and why and how natural and anthropogenic disturbances alter species’ distributions. The main focus of such studies is aquatic and terrestrial insects, freshwater fishes and riparian vegetation. His current research focuses on understanding responses of stream systems to low flow disturbances, grazing impacts to riparian and aquatic ecosystems, and developing quantitative assessments of restoration effectiveness.
Ryan Hill is the Center's GIS Specialist and is also working on his Ph.D. in Watershed Sciences. His interests lie in the use of geographic information systems to estimate stream morphology, habitat characteristics, stream temperature regimes, and impacts from land use. Ryan graduated in 2001 from Utah State University with a B.S. in Environmental Studies, and previously worked as a consultant with Cirrus Ecological Solutions. When he is not staring at a computer monitor, Ryan enjoys reading anything not related to aquatics, backpacking, and rafting.
Nancy Mesner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Watershed Sciences. She did her graduate work in limnology and environmental engineering at the University of Washington. She worked as a private consultant, for a regional water quality agency and for a state natural resources agency before coming to USU in 1999. Nancy is USU's Extension Specialist for water quality, and in this capacity spends much of her time on state-wide and regional water quality efforts. Her water quality Extension program focuses on watershed management, on developing techniques to better monitor and evaluate impacts to our waters and responses to remediation, and on helping citizens understand the linkage between activities on the land and impacts to our waters. For more information please go to: http://www.extension.usu.edu/waterquality
David Tarboton is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Utah Water Research Laboratory and adjunct in the Aquatic Watershed and Earth Resources and Geology departments. He received his Sc.D. and M.S. in Civil Engineering (Water Resources and Hydrology) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Natal in South Africa. His research is in the area of surface water hydrology focused on advancing the capability for hydrologic prediction by developing models that take advantage of new information and process understanding enabled by new technology. This includes the use of hydrologic and geographic information systems and digital elevation models that take advantage of spatially distributed information for hydrologic prediction. He has contributed to advances in terrain analysis for hydrology, terrain stability mapping and stream sediment inputs, geomorphology, stochastic and nonparametric statistical methods in hydrology, and snow hydrology. Software developed includes a terrain stability mapping ArcView extension, geographic information system software for terrain analysis and channel network extraction, and a snowmelt model.
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John Olson is a graduate student in Watershed Sciences at Utah State University. He received a MS in environmental science from Columbus State University where he developed GIS-based methods for selecting reference sites for bioassessment. His primary research interests are in aquatic ecosystem ecology, bioassessment, spatial- and macro-ecology, and the effects of scale on environmental research. The focus of his current research is to better understand the linkages between geology and stream invertebrate assemblages, and appling this understanding to improve biotic predictions. As part of this research he has developed a series of continuous maps of different geologic characteristics, for use in developing predictive models of water chemistry at site.
Nora Burbank is pursuing a M.S. in Ecology in the Department of Watershed Sciences. She earned a B.S. in Biology from Missouri State University with an emphasis in wildlife conservation and environmental sciences, as well as a minor in chemistry. After 24 years in Missouri, she decided to look west in an effort to combine her interest in streams with her interest in fish ecology. Her research investigates the interactions between brown trout and mottled sculpin and how these interactions will change under future climate change scenarios. In her free time, she likes to read and take on any new outdoor activities that Logan Canyon throws at her.
Ellen Wakeley is a Masters student in ecology at USU, specializing in aquatic ecology. She received her B.S. degree in Ecology and Conservation Biology at Bowling Green State University in 2009. Her research interests include stream macroinvertebrate and amphibian ecology, natural and anthropogenic stream disturbance, and conservation of freshwater systems. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading, cooking, wading around in streams, and taking pictures of flowers.
Padma Prathipati is a programmer for the Monitoring and Assessment Center. She is involved in the development and maintenance of the Center's web site, our web applications, and the Center's database. She is pursuing her Masters Degree in Computer Science. She likes reading, cooking and traveling.
Sirisha Pratha is working as a Database Technician at the WMC while pursuing her Master's degree in Computer Science. She is also responsible for maintaining various applications as well as the database and the website. Sirisha loves reading books in her free time.