NPS Associate Director for Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Visits Lab
Dr. Bert Frost of the National Park Service’s Washington, D.C. office was on campus today to present Jack Schmidt with a plaque and a bronze sculpture in recognition of Jack’s 2009 NPS Director’s Award for Natural Resources Research. (The formal awards ceremony was held 8 Sept 2010 in Denver but, due to a previous commitment, Jack was unable to attend.)
Jack Schmidt Featured on Cover of Utah State Magazine
A spread of Schmidt was released in the Winter 2011 magazine. The article highlighted his work and the recent awarding of the prestigious National Park Service's Director's Award, the agency's highest honor. Several current and past students provided input for the story.
"Schmidt is arguably one of the foremost scientific authorities on the Colorado River Basin and other major river systems of the American West. He's also a leading advocate for river conservation," says Mary-Ann Muffoleto, the article's author.
See the magazine article to catch a glimpse of Lily. View the article here.
Posters Presented at 2010 AGU Conference
Lab members traveled to San Fransisco to present posters that the American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting. Susannah Erwin (PhD Candidate), David Dean (Lab Manager and MS 2009), Milada Majerova (Researcher), Stephen Fortney (MS 2011), Rebecca Manners (PhD candidate), Nira Salant (post-doc), and Nina Kilham (post-doc) had posters at the conference.
- Milada Majerova - The Effect of In-Stream Structures on Flood Wave Attenuation in Western Carpathians of Slovakia
- Nira Salant - Historic evidence for a link between bank erosion and riparian vegetation in the context of instream habitat restoration
- Stephen Fortney - The Changing Geomorphic Template of Native Fish Habitat of the San Rafael River, central UT
- David Dean - Rapid 3-Dimensional Channel Adjustments on the Disequilibrium Rio Grande in the Big Bend Region
- Rebecca Manners - Geomorphic Effectiveness of Woody Shrub
- Field characterization of stand structure and the quantification of flow field alterations indicate that scale matters
- Nina Kilham - Evidence for the evacuation of fine sediment of the Colorado River below Glen Canyon Dam
Susannah Erwin Receives Top Honors at National Sedimentation Conference
Doctoral student Susannah Erwin received first place in the student poster competition for her presentation, “Sediment Transport and Channel Form in a Reconfigured Gravel Bed.”
Erwin’s recent research focuses on channel changes along a 2.5-mile stretch of the middle Provo River in Utah’s Heber Valley resulting from a major restoration project completed in 2004. Dammed and straightened during the Provo River Project in the 1950s and 60s, the river was restored to a meandering channel mimicking its historic condition.
Read more about the event here.
Rebecca Manners Awarded National Science Foundation Grant
USU Watershed Sciences doctoral student Rebecca Manners is the recipient
of a 2010 National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement
Manners was awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation grant
to study the sediment, water and climate factors that have allowed
tamarisk to drastically alter stretches of the Green and Yampa Rivers in
northwestern Colorado and the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.
Manners, a member of the Fluvial Geomorphology Lab, received word May 19 that her proposal was ranked among the top two of 109 submissions by the foundation’s Geography and Spatial Sciences Program advisory panel.
Read more about her research and the award here.
Three Lab Members Present Posters at AGU
Susannah Erwin (PhD Candidate), David Dean (MS 2009) and Rebecca Manners (PhD candidate) presented posters at the American Geophysical Union Annual meeting in San Fransisco. Thousands of students, teachers and consultants gathered from around the world to review and discuss the latest issue having to do with earth surfaces and processes.
View the honored posters below:
Jack Schmidt Named Researcher of the Year by the National Park Service Intermountain Region
The National Park Service Regional Director's office in Denver notified Schmidt of the award in January. The nomination came from Grand Teton National Park, and also recognized the lab's work throughout the Park system in Dinosaur, Grand Canyon, and Big Bend.
"This award is really a recognition for the hard work of all of you who are the present and past students for your thesis research, moving that research forward to publication, making contributions to professional meetings, and working with Park Service staff to make that research relevant to on-going management decisions. The award also recognizes the support of the Park Service as a partner with whom we pursue our applied river research," said Schmidt. "To all of you, and to all of the past students who have worked in our lab, congratulations in contributing to understanding the great rivers of the American West and how we manage them. It is a privilege to all of us to have the opportunity to work in such spectacular riverscapes."