2012 - UWCC Workshop Instruction Team

Primary Instructor


Primary 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.




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).




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