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Beaver: Back to the Future video now online!

posted Sep 28, 2015, 12:59 PM by Jeannine Huenemann   [ updated Sep 29, 2015, 1:57 PM ]

The Grand Canyon Trust has just released a new 13-minute video “Beaver: Back to the Future,” featuring ET AL's own Nick Bouwes. It also includes four Forest Service employees, and a retired Regional Forester who praise the power of beaver to beneficially restore and manage national forest water flows in the face of climate change.

Filmmaker Sarah Koenigsberg’s camera captures three processes by which beaver have recently been able to re-enter creek systems in Utah, Oregon, and Washington to work their dam magic.

Science Unwrapped Talk by Joe on Beaver

posted Sep 23, 2015, 10:42 PM by Joe Wheaton   [ updated Sep 23, 2015, 10:43 PM ]

Joe delivered a Science Unwrapped talk on September 11, 2015 to a Logan Audience & on September 24, 2015 to a Park City Audience at Swanner EcoCenter.

The Logan presentation was recorded and will be posted eventually to Science Unwrapped's Website.

PDFs of the slides are available here:

A video of the Logan Version of the talk can be found here:

If you want just to watch the video that was shown during the presentation, see here:

See the our Beaver Workshop pages for more information.

Beaver & USU's Year of Water

posted Sep 15, 2015, 9:31 AM by Jeannine Huenemann   [ updated Sep 29, 2015, 1:54 PM ]

Utah State University has made 
2015 the Year of Water, and our research on beaver are a big part of that. Jeremy Jensen did a fantastic job of highlighting some of ET-AL's research with respect to

Grand Canyon Trust Webinar on Beaver on February 11th!

posted Feb 8, 2015, 9:10 AM by Joe Wheaton   [ updated Feb 11, 2015, 10:33 AM ]
On Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at 10 AM MST, Grand Canyon Trust hosted a webinar by Joe Wheaton on "What Can Beaver Teach Us About Adapting to Climate Change and Building More Resilient Systems?" 

Utah State University fluvial geomorphologist Joe Wheaton studies rivers and the changes we humans – and beaver – bring to them. Joe and his colleagues observe, map, and document what happens when rivers are fortunate enough to have beaver, both here in the West and around the world. In this 1-hour webinar, Joe will share what he and others are learning from beaver, explain where and how their dams interact with climate change, and take your questions.

Klamath Watershed Partnership - Living and Working with Beavers worskhop next week!

posted Oct 12, 2014, 11:51 AM by Joe Wheaton

On October 14-15, Joe will join up with the Klamath Watershed Partnership to lead a workshop on Living and Working with Beavers. Thanks to Ginny Monroe for organizing this event. Resources can be found here.

UTAH-Wide BRAT Project Completed!

posted Oct 12, 2014, 11:06 AM by Joe Wheaton   [ updated Oct 12, 2014, 6:49 PM ]

Utah State University researchers Wally MacFarlane, Martha Jensen and Joe Wheaton recently completed the extension of the BRAT (Beaver Restoration Assessment Tool) Across the entire state of Utah. The model is truly ready to be run now for all western states. The decision support system and capacity model have been dramatically improved and expanded and the methods are well documented. The research was prepared for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and is intended to help them implement the Utah Beaver Management Plan. The work is summarized in:
and fully reported in:
All the data is available here and will soon be available on the Utah Automated Geographic Reference Center.

Associated Press Coverage on Beaver

posted Oct 11, 2014, 5:32 PM by Joe Wheaton

Joe was interviewed  recently for a recent AP article by Phuong Le on the relocation of 'nuisance' beaver in the Yakima Watershed in Washington for use as a restoration tool. The article, 'Often Pesky Beavers Put to Work Restoring Streams' was picked up by many news outlets, and resulted in an interesting interview of Mel Babik on NPR's Weekend Edition titled 'Researchers Say Beavers Are More Than Simple Pests'. This is another promising example of getting the word out on beaver as a restoration partner.

The AP story was reported in the Washington Post, ABC News, NBC News, the Huffington Post among many other outlets. 

Recent Radio Segments about Beaver

posted Oct 11, 2014, 5:26 PM by Joe Wheaton   [ updated Oct 11, 2014, 5:26 PM ]
The interest in the applied aspects of our lab's work on beaver has been getting lots of interest as of late. On August 4th, Joe did an interview with Nick Burns on KRCL (90.9 FM)'s RadioActive all about Beavers: Nature's Engineer. Listen to the interview here.

Earlier this summer, colleagues Brain Greene from USU Water Watch, Nick Bouwes (Eco Logical Research), Wally MacFarlane (USU ETAL), Martha Jensen (USU ETAL) and Joe all did a field visit up Logan Canyon with KCPW producer Ross Chambless. Ross put together a radio segment   based on the visit that aired July 13th, 2014 on 'Beaver Dam Mapping App Now Available for Citizen Scientists' . Chambless Explore Utah Science interview talks partly about a Beaver Monitoring App that is hosted by USU Water Watch, and partly about BRAT - the Beaver Restoration Assessment Tool. For more information, also see

River Restoration? Leave it o Beaver Say USU Scientitsts.

posted Oct 11, 2014, 5:24 PM by Joe Wheaton   [ updated Oct 11, 2014, 5:25 PM ]

See recent post in USU Today on ET-AL researchers work published in Bioscience.

See also ET-AL post on Bioscience Article.

  • Pollock, M., Beechie T , Wheaton JM, Jordan C,  Bouwes N, Weber N, and Volk C. 2014. Using Beaver Dams  to Restore Incised Stream Ecosystems. Bioscience. DOI: 10.1093/biosci/biu036.
Get the paper here.

Citizen Science - Beaver Monitoring App

posted Oct 11, 2014, 5:20 PM by Joe Wheaton   [ updated Oct 11, 2014, 5:21 PM ]

In partnership with Utah Water Watch, and with a grant from the USU Extension, we recently launched a citizen science mobile app for iOS devices to allow volunteer scientists to track and record their observations on beaver dam building activity. If you'd like to help improve BRAT and help UDWR better manage beavers, take part in monitoring beaver using our new Beaver Monitoring App (developed by EcoTech Solutions in Partnership with Utah State University Extension)!

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