We were very happy to hear that outstanding PhD student Karla Jarecke received both the University Graduate Laurels Block Grant and an Oregon Lottery Scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year. Congratulations, to such a deserving student!
Our manuscript, led by Dennis Hallema, in collaboration with folks from the US Forest Service was published in the journal Nature Communications. In short, we synthesized longer-term records of wildfire, climate, and river flow for 168 locations across the U.S. Annual streamflow increased substantially whenever burned area exceeded ~19% of the catchment area. However, the interannual variabilty of precipitation in the years following fire can either enhance or mask the hydrologic response.
The FEWS Lab was very pleased to see Kira Puntenney-Desmond succesfully defend her M.Sc., which was focused on runoff and sediment transport following forest harvesting on the east slopes of the Rocky Mountains. Special thanks to Dr. Uldis Silins and the Southern Rockies Watershed Project crew.
Letter published in the journal Science on the need to reconsider how we have been managing forests and wildfires. We need to improve forest resiliency to also protect water resources for healthy aquatic ecosystems and human populations downstream.
News release on our research on the downstream propagation of temperature after contemporary forest harvesting in the Oregon Coast Range.
Our new manuscript using research from 29 sites across 14 years on 'A multi-catchment analysis of headwater and downstream temperature effects from contemporary forest harvesting' was just published in Hydrological Processes. Still more work to be done in this field!
We revisited a classic paired watershed study, the Alsea, which was originally harvested in 1966. A new study investigated the effects of contemporary forest management practices on suspended sediment and facilitated a unique comparison with historical practices. Findings from this work were published in Forest Ecology and Management in a manuscript led by Jeff Hatten.