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Joe and Phillip to Deliver a GCD Short Course at RRNW

posted Sep 12, 2014, 2:18 PM by Joe Wheaton

Joe Wheaton and Philip Bailley will teach a one-day version of the popular GCD Workshop at the 2015 River Restoration Northwest Conference on February 2, 2015 in Washington. Information on the short course and registration can be found here.

Joe Involved in Recent Radio Interviews About Beaver

posted Aug 5, 2014, 8:54 AM by Joe Wheaton

The interest in the applied aspects of our lab's work on beaver has been getting lots of interest as of late. On August 4th, Joe did an interview with Nick Burns on KRCL (90.9 FM)'s RadioActive all about Beavers: Nature's Engineer. Listen to the interview here.

Earlier this summer, colleagues Brain Greene from USU Water Watch, Nick Bouwes (Eco Logical Research), Wally MacFarlane (USU ETAL), Martha Jensen (USU ETAL) and Joe all did a field visit up Logan Canyon with KCPW producer Ross Chambless. Ross put together a radio segment   based on the visit that aired July 13th, 2014 on 'Beaver Dam Mapping App Now Available for Citizen Scientists' . 

http://www.exploreutahscience.org/science-topics/environment/item/148-citizen-scientists-can-now-use-an-app-to-help-map-beaver-dams-in-utahThe Chambless Explore Utah Science interview talks partly about a Beaver Monitoring App that is hosted by USU Water Watch, and partly about BRAT - the Beaver Restoration Assessment Tool. For more information, also see http://beaver.joewheaton.org.

River Restoration? Leave it to Beavers say USU Scientists

posted May 16, 2014, 12:51 AM by Joe Wheaton

See recent post in USU Today on ET-AL researchers work published in Bioscience.

See also ET-AL post on Bioscience Article.

  • 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.

Citizen Science - Beaver Monitoring App

posted May 13, 2014, 8:22 PM by Joe Wheaton   [ updated May 16, 2014, 12:46 AM ]

In partnership with Utah Water Watch, and with a grant from the USU Extension, we recently launched a citizen science mobile app for iOS devices to allow volunteer scientists to track and record their observations on beaver dam building activity. If you'd like to help improve BRAT and help UDWR better manage beavers, take part in monitoring beaver using our new Beaver Monitoring App (developed by EcoTech Solutions in Partnership with Utah State University Extension)!

Powell Center Workshop on High Resolution Topography

posted Mar 28, 2014, 12:48 AM by Joe Wheaton

Joe Wheaton and Patrick Belmont (USU)  joined a working group of researchers at the USGS's Powell Center in Fort Collins, CO to explore 'Exploiting high resolution topography data for advancing the understanding of mass and energy transfer across  landscapes: Opportunities, challenges, and needs'. The group is led by Patrick Belmont and Paola Passalacqua, and will meet three times over the next year to work on a state of the science synthesis and potential edited volume. Thanks to the USGS Powell Center for their support of this important effort. 

ET-AL's Wally MacFarlane's Research Featured in Huffington Post

posted Jan 31, 2014, 6:23 PM by Joe Wheaton

Wally MacFarlane is a researcher in the ET-AL, who's ongoing research on the decline of the white bark pine was recently featured in a cover article of the Huffington Post. The article is titled 'In The American West, A Battle Unfolds Over Bugs, Climate Change And The Fate Of An Iconic Species'. 

Joe will speak at Restoring the West Conference

posted Oct 3, 2013, 8:31 AM by Joe Wheaton   [ updated Nov 26, 2013, 11:35 AM ]

Joe will give a talk at the Restoring the West conference on October 17th from 2:00 to 2:30 on "Beaver: Restoration liaison between riparian and upland systems". 

See here for talk:

Joe Will Deliver CUASHI's Fall 2013 !st Cyberseminar of Season

posted Oct 3, 2013, 8:18 AM by Joe Wheaton

CUAHSI's Fall 2013 Cyberseminar Series Presents
RiverMultidisciplinary Approaches to Investigating River Processes
CUAHSI's "Graduate Student Invitational" Cyberseminar Series is set to begin this October. Our speakers this fall have been nominated by the graduate student community and bring new research to the CUAHSI cyberseminar series. We hope that you will participate and look forward to your presence on Fridayafternoons at 3:00pm Eastern Time. Joining is as easy as 1, 2, 3...

1. Connect to the cyberseminar online at
2. Auto-connect or dial in directly: 1-866-244-8528
3. Your participant code is 274556

FridayOctober 18 @ 3pm ET
Dr. Joseph WheatonUtah State University
Geomorphic Change Detection - Harnessing
Repeat High Resolution Topography
 Friday, November 8 @ 3pm ET
Dr. Mark Fonstad, University of Oregon
Cellular Modeling and Monitoring of Riverscapes
Friday, October 25 @ 3pm ET 
*Early Career Scientist Cyberseminar* 
Laura Erban, Stanford University
Arsenic in Deep Groundwater: InSAR and 
Hydromechanical Modeling in the Mekong Delta
 Friday, November 15 @ 3pm ET
Dr. Daniel Rothman, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology
Branching of Stream Networks

Webinar: Cheap & Cheerful Stream Restoration - With Beaver?

posted Jul 23, 2013, 7:37 PM by Joe Wheaton   [ updated Jul 24, 2013, 7:27 AM ]

Joe will host a webinar on "Cheap and Cheerful Stream & Riparian Restoration - with Beaver?" on Jul 25, 2013 2:00 PM MDT. To register, visit:

This webinar is targeted at members of the National Riparian Service Team. The target audience is anyone interested in the conservation and restoration of riparian systems and the role that beaver can play in this management. The first hour of this webinar will include a presentation by Joe Wheaton from Utah State University on techniques and research surrounding partnering with beaver in restoration design. There will be a 30 minute question and answer session after the presentation. The meeting is being organized by Jeremy Christensen of Grand Canyon Trust.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If you can't make the webinar, a recording of the meeting will be posted later at http://beaver.joewheaton.org.

Joe to give talk at Swanner Preserve and EcoCenter on Beaver

posted May 29, 2013, 7:49 AM by Joe Wheaton   [ updated May 29, 2013, 10:44 AM ]

Joe will give a general talk to the public on the basics on this unique animal.  The talk will cover beaver impacts on their environment, and research on beaver-assisted habitat restoration.  See here for more information. 

Beaver – Nuisance or Restoration Partner?
Wednesday, May 29, 6:00PM

RSVP requested, but not required.  To RSVP, email swanerecocenter@usu.edu or call 435-649-1767.   

Wheaton JM. 2013. Beaver - Nuisance or Restoration Partner, Presentation to Swanner Ecocenter: Park City, UT. Download PDF.

For more information about Beaver, visit http://beaver.joewheaton.org.

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