Primary Instructor Bios
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.
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.
received his bachelors in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in
M.S. and Ph.D. at USU in
Aquatic Ecology in 1994 and 1998.
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.
also an adjunct faculty in the Department of Watershed Sciences, USU where he
teaches courses on fish habitats and fish ecology.
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.
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.