2012 - ICRRR Workshop Instruction Team

Primary Instruction Team

Course Coordinator

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  • Enid Kelley, Utah State University Department of Watershed Sciences, Interim ICRRR Short Course Coordinator

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Instructor Bios

Joe Wheaton
is an Assistant Professor at Utah State University and a fluvial geomorphologist with over a decade of experience in river restoration, including working with beaver in restoration. Joe runs the Ecogeomorphology & Topographic Analysis Lab at Utah State U. and is a leader in the monitoring and modeling of riverine habitats and watersheds. He is the co-director of the Intermountain Center for River Rehabilitation & Restoration. He worked four years in consulting engineering before completing his B.S. in Hydrology (2003, UC Davis), M.S. and Ph.D. in Hydrologic Sciences (2003, UC Davis; 2008, U. of Southampton, UK). He has worked as a lecturer (U. of Wales 2006-08), Research Assistant Professor (Idaho State U. 2008-09) and is an Assistant Professor at Utah State U. (2009-present) where he teaches GIS, Fluvial Hydraulics and Ecohydraulics.



Nick Bouwes
is president of Eco Logical Research, Inc.(ELR) and an adjunct faculty at USU.  He is an aquatic ecologist who has been designing and implementing large scale stream restoration projects, some of which include using beaver as a restoration engineer. For the past 14 yrs, he has been developing monitoring and research programs to assess and recover fish population and their habitat.  He received his bachelors in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1989, and  M.S. and Ph.D. at USU in Aquatic Ecology in 1994 and 1998.  He then worked for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife as Fish Population Analyst and Biometrician.  In 2000, he started his own consulting firm, ELR that currently employees about 30 people throughout the Pacific Northwest.  He is also an adjunct faculty in the Department of Watershed Sciences, USU where he teaches courses on fish habitats and fish ecology.




Chris Jordan
is a Research Fisheries Biologist at NOAA's Northwest Fisheries Science Center and is currently located in Corvallis, OR with the EPA's Western Ecology Division.  Chris runs the Mathematical Biology and Systems Monitoring Program in the NWFSC's Conservation Biology Division.  Chris was a graduate student at the UW (Ph.D., Zoology) and was faculty at CU-Boulder before moving to NOAA/NWFSC in 1999.  Current research activities include the design and implementation of large-scale monitoring programs to evaluate the efficacy of recovery actions for ESA listed salmonids in the Pacific Northwest.







Mary O'Brien
is the Utah Forests Program Manager for the Grand Canyon Trust. Mary leads the Trust’s Beaver Project, organizing field assessments and methodology; and supervising four Utah Forests Program staff; and interns and volunteers. She leads Trust communications with the three Colorado Plateau national forests in Utah (Dixie, Fishlake, and Manti-La Sal). Mary joined the Trust in 2003 to organize efforts to obtain greater care for native wildlife, vegetation, and ecosystems on the Three Forests. With a B.S. in Sociology (1967), Masters in Elementary Education (1970; U of Wisconsin, Madison), and Masters and Ph.D. in Botany (1979, 1983; Claremont Graduate School), Mary has worked as a staff scientist for toxics reform, environmental law, and public lands conservation organizations for 30 years.


Wally MacFarlane
is a veteran geospatial professional with nearly 15 years of experience developing and using innovative GIS, photogrammetry and remote sensing techniques to assess climate and land-use induced environmental change. Within his highly productive career Wally’s skills have been instrumental on over 30 different natural resource related projects for federal, state, municipal and NGO organizations and agencies. Wally is one of the co-founders of Treefight.org, and recently has been working to develop BRAT (Beaver Restoration Assessment Tool).



John Stella
is an an Assistant Professor and Riparian Ecologist in the Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management at State University of New York. John's research interests are riparian and stream ecology, beaver ecology, plant ecohydrology and dendroeecology and river corridor restoration.  John teaches courses at SUNY in Watershed Ecology and Management as well as Restoration Ecology. John received a PhD in Environmental Science, Policy and Mangement from UC Berkeley in 2005.





Milada Majerova is a post-doctoral research fellow with the Intermountain Center for River Rehabilitation and Restoration (ICRRR) in the Department of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University and in the Utah Water Research Laboratory. She received her PhD in hydrology and ameliorations from technical University in Zvolen, Slovakia and her Master’s Degree in Forest Ecology with emphasis on stream management and restoration, also from the Technical University in Zvolen, Slovakia. Her doctoral research focused on modeling of flood wave attenuation in mountainous streams altered by various types of in-stream structures. As a researcher at USU, she has been involved in water and sediment flux study on the Cub River, ID, sandbar monitoring program on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon, sediment transport study on the Walker River, NV, and temperature and flow study of beaver dams on Curtis Creek, UT.

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