2018 brought more extreme fires across the West. As this recent New York Times article points out, riparian areas can provide critical refugia for wildlife and livestock during fires, plus help accelerate the recovery process post-fire. However, there has been virtually no research done looking at the critical role beaver can play in this process. This was brought to our attention first hand on Sharps Fire (near Sun Valley, Idaho) at right this summer in which the only green patches were where there are active beaver dam complexes!
We are still working out details of securing emergency funding from a combination of IDFG, USFS and BLM related to beaver and low-tech process based restoration fire resilience. However, prospects are promising and we're advertising now to attract top candidates.
Subject to securing funding, I am looking to attract 1-2 graduate students (Jan 2019 - Jun 2019 start dates) to explore one or more of the following topics related to fires in Idaho, Nevada and/or Utah: