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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. 

PhD or MS Research Assistantship on Grand Canyon

posted Feb 15, 2014, 9:31 AM by Joe Wheaton   [ updated Mar 27, 2014, 3:43 PM ]

NOTE: We are no longer accepting applicants.

This is a notice of potential student research opportunities that could begin in fall 2014, winter 2015, or fall 2015, depending upon the applicant and funding details.

PhD or MS Research Assistantship in “Shedding new light on sandbar dynamics in Grand Canyon using emerging SFM photogrammetry techniques"

Funding is available at either the MS or PhD level for a student to explore the application of 'structure from motion' techniques to studying alluvial sandbars. The research objective is to better understand the highly localized nature of sandbar responses to hydrologic regime. This requires a rapid technique for accurately surveying subaerial sandbars to complement long-term data sets. This would allow GCMRC to extend their annual monitoring of sandbars, which extends back to the early 1990s, from 40-50 sites per year to 100's of sites.  The student would be based at Utah State University in the Department of Watershed Sciences in the Ecogeomorphology and Topographic Analysis Lab (http://etal.joewheaton.org). Dr. Joe Wheaton would act as the primary supervisor, but the student would work closely with USGS Grand Canyon Monitoring Research Center staff – specifically Dr. Paul Grams and Dr. Daniel Buscombe (www.gcmrc.gov) -- and a large group of academic and government researchers working in Grand Canyon and throughout the Colorado River Basin.

The ideal candidate should have, or is keen to develop, skills in GIS and/or a high-level programming language such as Matlab/Python/IDL; an interest in image processing/photogrammetry; a background in geomorphology/geology/geography/engineering or related discipline. Strong writing and communication skills are essential. The project will involve extended field work in the Grand Canyon, so field experience is a must.  Interested prospective students should send an email of interest, with CV, cover letter, example of writing, a cartographic example (i.e. figures or maps), and any questions to Joe.Wheaton@usu.edupgrams@usgs.gov, and dbuscombe@usgs.gov.

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.

JGR Paper on Braiding Selected as AGU 'Journal Highlight'

posted May 29, 2013, 6:26 AM by Joe Wheaton   [ updated Apr 2, 2014, 10:51 PM ]

An article by ET-AL members Joe Wheaton and Alan Kasprak and colleagues in the UK and Spain was just published online in the Journal of Geophyscial Research - Earth Surface. The article provides some of the first empirical field tests of classic braiding mechanisms. The article has been highlighted by AGU in their Journal Highlights and appeared in a 'Resesarch Spotlight' in EOS by Balcerak (2013) in June. See here for a press release from USU or here for a press release from coauthors at the University of Southampton.
  • Wheaton JM, Brasington J, Darby SE, Sear DA, Vericat D., and Kasprak A*. 2013. Morphodynamic signatures of braiding mechanisms as expressed through change in sediment storage in a gravel-bed river. Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface. DOI: 10.1002/jgrf.20060.
  • Balcerak, E. 2013. How do braided river dynamics affect sediment storage? Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union 94:212-212. DOI: 10.1002/2013EO230018.

Joe to Deliver 1st Annual ASPRS Lecture at University of Oregon

posted Jan 19, 2013, 9:01 AM by Joe Wheaton   [ updated Mar 15, 2013, 7:53 AM ]

On March 14, 2013, Joe delivered the 1st Annual American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Lecture at University of Oregon's Department of Geography.  Joe's talk will be on “Recent advances in geomorphic change detection”. 

  •  Wheaton JM. 2013. Recent Developments in Geomorphic Change Detection, University of Oregon, 1st Annual American Society of Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing Lecture: Eugene, OR. Slides with hyperlinks to references available at: http://etal.usu.edu/Downloads/UO_Wheaton_2013.pdf.

Joe to deliver WILD Seminar

posted Jan 19, 2013, 8:55 AM by Joe Wheaton

On February 20th, Joe will deliver the Wildland Resources seminar. He will give a talk on 'Cheap and Cheerful Stream  Restoration...Employing Rodents?', where he will focus on work he, Nick Bouwes, Michael Pollock, Chris Jordan, Steve Bennett and others have been pushing on restoring streams with low-cost, process-based restoration strategies for restoring streams. In particular, he will focus on their work in Bridge Creek where beaver have been the main agent of change and dynamism. 

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