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Students of Management and Restoration of Aquatic Ecosystems study the relationships among physical, chemical and biological components of the earth's ecosystems. Specific areas of interest may include hydrology, geomorphology, biogeochemistry, water quality, conservation, or restoration and management of aquatic and riparian ecosystems.

Graduates of this program may go on to work as scientists and managers for natural resource agencies, professionals with consulting and nonprofit environmental firms, or university teachers and researchers. Current students please visit the Watershed Science Department homepage for current news and information or the Watershed Science department's Undergraduate Program homepage for additional information.

Shelly Kotynek


Shelly Kotynek

NR 120

Shelly brings years of experience in academic advising, and her love for the outdoors to help students succeed in their educations and future careers.

  • Semester-by-semester planning
  • Connecting with clubs
  • Changing your major
  • Academic success resources
Patrick Belmont


Dr. Patrick Belmont

NR 350
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Dr. Belmont is on Sabbatical this year - please contact Dr. Peter Wilcock for faculty advising in NR 210C or call 435-797-2463 to make an appointment or email to

  • Career planning
  • Graduate school planning
  • Undergraduate research opportunities
  • Selecting degree program electives


What is Management and Restoration of Aquatic Ecosystems?

Management and Restoration of Aquatic Ecosystems is the study of water-related physical processes, including climate, surface and ground water, river formation, soil sciences, and water chemistry. The discipline focuses on protecting aquatic systems, includes courses in stream restoration, water pollution, climate change, aquatic habitat, and managing uplands.

What type of students study Management and Restoration of Aquatic Ecosystems?

Students who …

  • Are interested in using science, engineering, computer, and math applications to solve real-world problems.
  • Enjoy working outside, especially near or on streams, lakes, and reservoirs.
  • Are interested protecting and restoring lakes and rivers.

What kind of jobs do the graduates get?

  • Working as a hydrologist or wetlands specialist with federal (USDA Forest Service, US Geological Survey, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation) and state agencies.
  • Conducting field research and analyses for private consulting firms.
  • Managing watersheds or wetlands for non-profit organizations, conservation districts, state agencies or EPA.
  • Continue on to graduate school.

What are recent graduates doing?

  • Grad School at Oregon State University
  • Wetland specialist for PEPG Engineering
  • USFS Hydrologist