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Rebecca Flitcroft

Rebecca Flitcroft

Research Fish Biologist
Pacific Northwest Research Station
Corvallis Forestry Sciences Lab

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Phone: (541)750-7346
Fax: (541)750-7329

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Statement of Research:


In my research, I am drawn to questions that explore holistic approaches to watershed analysis and management. I am interested in both statistical and physical representations of stream networks in analysis and monitoring that more realistically represent stream complexity and connectivity for aquatic species.

Projects & Activities:


Climate change and salmon in the Oregon Coast Range

Climate change and salmon in the Oregon Coast Range
Sea level rise will inundation estuaries changing the amount
and location of critical estuarine habitats for salmon. Changes
in stream flow and water temperature will impact
stream habitat.. read more

Analyzing streams as networks

Analyzing Streams as Networks:
Streams are organized as interconnected water networks.
Fish and other aquatic obligate species use habitats
throughout a stream network. Analysis of patterns of
habitat and fish distribution within a stream network
offers an opportunity to consider new ideas about
native aquatic species persistence.

It takes a community to restore a watershed

It Takes a Community to Restore A Watershed
The Long Tom Watershed Council (LTWC) is an example of an
effective social infrastructure that integrates science with social
networks to develop coordinated watershed management that
is responsive to ongoing scientific learning. The Council’s
subwatershed enhancement program effectively enlists both
landowners and scientists to cooperate in stream
restoration projects. Read more

Multi-scale analysis of coho salmon over large spatial extents

Multi-scale Analysis of Coho Salmon Over Large Spatial Extents
The life history of coho salmon, Oncorhynchus kisutch, is a complex
example of adaptation in response to diverse habitats in the dynamic
environments of the Pacific Northwest. As large-scale disturbances
affect the suitability of habitats in entire basins over time, adult coho
distribution patterns adapt to maintain salmon populations. Juvenile
coho respond to smaller-scale, local conditions as they seek specialized
seasonal habitats.

Selected Publications:


Flitcroft, R., K. Burnett, J. Snyder, G. Reeves, and L. Ganio. 2014. Riverscape patterns among years of juvenile Coho Salmon in midcoastal Oregon: implications for conservation. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 143: 26-38.

Flitcroft, R., and G. Giannico. 2013. Keeping pace with future environmental conditions in coastal Oregon, USA. Water Resources Impact 15(6): 6-9.

Flitcroft, R., K. Burnett, and K. Christiansen. 2013. A simple model that identifies potential effects of sea-level rise on estuarine and estuary-ecotone habitat locations for salmonids in Oregon, USA. Environmental Management 52(1): 196-208. Link to pub at SpringerLink.

Flitcroft, R.L., K.M. Burnett, G.H. Reeves and L.M. Ganio. 2012. Do network relationships matter? Comparing network and instream habitat variables to explain densities of juvenile coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) in mid-coastal Oregon, USA. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 22: 288-302.

USFS PNW Research Station. 2011. Watershed councils: it takes a community to restore a watershed. Science Findings 129, January 2011.

Fullerton, A.H., K.M. Burnett, E.A. Steel, R.L. Flitcroft, G.R. Pess, B.E. Feist, C.E. Torgersen, D.J. Miller, and B.L. Sanderson. 2010. Hydrological connectivity for riverine fish: measurement challenges and research opportunities. Freshwater Biology 55: 2215-2237.

Flitcroft, R.L., D.C. Dedrick, C.L. Smith, C.A. Thieman and J.P. Bolte. 2009. Social infrastructure to integrate science and practice: the Experience of the Long Tom Watershed Council. The Journal of Ecology and Society 14(3):Art36.

Flitcroft, Rebecca L. 2007. Regions to streams: Spatial and temporal variation in stream occupancy patterns of coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) on the Oregon Coast. Doctoral Dissertation, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.

Jones, K.K., R.L. Flitcroft, and B.A. Thom. 2001. Spatial patterns of aquatic habitat in Oregon. In: T. Nishida, P.J. Kailola, and C. E. Hollingworth, eds. Proceedings of the First International Symposium on GIS in Fishery Science (Seattle, WA, USA, 2-4 March 1999). Saitama, Japan: Fishery GIS Research Group: 266-280.