2013 - RRNW Instruction Team


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.




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.








Michael Pollock
is an Ecosystems Analyst at NOAA's Northwest Fisheries Science Center, who has studied forest, stream and wetland ecosystems. He has engaged in a diverse suite of scientific studies including: the influence of disturbance and productivity on biodiversity patterns in riparian corridors, the influence of beaver habitat on coho smolt production and ecosystem function, the historical patterns of riparian forest conditions in the Pacific Northwest, and the importance of riparian forests to maintaining stream habitat. Dr. Pollock also provides policy analyses to parties interested in understanding the potential effects of proposed or existing laws, policies, and regulations on our environment. Past analyses include the environmental impact of habitat conservation plans (HCPs), the likely effect of proposed state legislation concerning the protection of salmonid habitat, and the probable environmental impacts of various specific land use proposals. Dr. Pollock holds a B.S. in Biochemistry (California State University, Humboldt, Cum Laude) and a Ph.D. in Ecosystems Analysis (University of Washington, College of Forest Resources). Prior to joining the Watershed Program in 1999, Dr. Pollock was a partner in a local consulting firm and director of a small, non-profit scientific research institute.   
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