MRAE Capstone WATS 5340 and 5350

Course Overview


Synopsis of Topic

For our first meeting, come prepared to role up your sleeves and work. We will meet in Huntsman Hall 126 and spend 30 minutes with a brief, overview of what we’re trying to achieve in the course, review of syllabus, and talking about projects.

We will then head out in to the field @ 2:00 and drive up Logan Canyon to Trail Creek and you will be thrown in the deep end on a real restoration project.

Why we’re covering it

We need to spend the first 30 minutes just covering the syllabus and expectations for the course. The field trip is intended to immerse you deep (and somewhat arbitrarily) into a real restoration project. Throwing you right in to restoration implementation should raise all sorts of questions to you about why we’re doing the restoration, how we got to the point of ‘doing something’, what was the process up to this point and what will be the process moving forward. This will be an excellent introduction to our focus for this course.

Learning Outcomes

Gain direct experience applying knowledge as a watershed scientist to working on real-world aquatic ecosystem restoration and management problems (e.g. stream restoration, watershed management,wetland restoration) with practitioners.

Moreover, you will learn how to build a postless BDA (beaver dam analogue).


Slides & Handouts

Please see memo PDF in email and Course Announcement.

Relevant or Cited Literature

On BDAs:

  1. Weber N, Bouwes N, Pollock M, Volk C, Wheaton JM, Wathen G, and Jordan C. 2017. Alteration of stream temperature by natural and artificial beaver dams. PLOS ONE. 12(5): e0176313. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0176313
  2. Bouwes N, Weber N, Jordan CE, Saunders WC, Tattam IA, Volk C, Wheaton JM and Pollock MM. 2016. Ecosystem experiment reveals benefits of natural and simulated beaver dams to a threatened population of steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Scientific Reports. 6: 28581. DOI: 10.1038/srep28581.
  3. 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.

BDA specific Talks:

    1. Invited Webinar. Maestas J & **Wheaton JM. **Partnering with Beaver to Benefit Sage Grouse and Working Lands: Restoring Emerald Islands in the Sagebrush Sea. ASWM’s Hot Topics Webinar Series. Association of State Wetland Managers. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.36163.71207
    1. Invited Talk. **Wheaton JM. **Beaver Dam Analogues & Other Riparian & Wet Meadow Restoration Techniques. UPCD-WRI Regional Partnership Workshop, Richfield, UT. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.30780.44163
    1. *Invited Webinar. *Wheaton JM and Zollitsch B. BRAT (Beaver Restoration Assessment Tool) for Planning & Prioritizing Watershed Restoration. BLM. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.10896.81922. See here for video.
    1. Invited Talk. Wheaton JM, **Hafen K & Bouwes N. **Could beaver compete with declining snowpacks? 2017 American Water Resources Association Meeting, Snowbird, UT.
    1. Invited Keynote. Wheaton JM. The Role of Beaver in Promoting Better Health for Streams. Bridgerland Audubon Society. Logan, UT. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.36677.04328
    1. Invited Webinar. **Wheaton JM **and Maestas J. Cheap and Cheerful Stream and Riparian Restoration: Beaver Dam Analogues as a Low-cost Tool. NRCS Science and Technology Webinar Series. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.36295.70563

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