I help develop and test research equipment and practices that aid scientists in obtaining their research goals. I also help locate and monitor field sites, supervise field crews, and manage collected erosion data from disturbed forest areas. I support P.R. Robichaud in achieving his broader research goals through operations, data analysis, and technology transfer.
Mitigation techniques of erosion from timber-harvested and burned areas in a forest environment; Rill and interrill erodibility and ground cover parameters; Hydrophobic soil conditions; Effects of prescribed fire and wildfire on erosion; Monitoring methods and mitigation techniques.
Erosion is a natural process; however, past management activities have caused degradation of water quality in numerous watersheds throughout various landscapes. Therefore, we develop tools and information to help managers make better decisions based on today's and future climates for improved management of our natural resources as well as impacts on life and property. Our tools and results are used by post-fire assessment teams, land management agencies, private interests, tribal and state governments.
We learned the proper moisture content needed for prescribed fires to prevent increased or accelerated erosion and developed a tool to measure that moisture content for instantaneous readings in the field; We are able to predict post-fire erosion rates and effectiveness of selected mitigation treatments.