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Small Bugs with Large-scale Impacts: Ecosystem & Watershed-level Responses to the Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreak

Future Forests Webinar: Small Bugs with Large-scale Impacts: Ecosystem & Watershed-level Responses to the Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreak

The fifth in the Future Forests Webinar series, held on October 30, 2012, dealt with responses to the mountain pine beetle outbreak. Polly Hays (Region 2 Water Program Manager), Bruce Sims (Region 1 Regional Hydrologist), and RMRS scientists Rob Hubbard, Kelly Elder, and Chuck Rhoades explored questions such as:

  • How might these forested ecosystems change in the coming decades?
  • What are potential impacts to water quality and quantity in mountain watersheds?

Presentations

Managing Watersheds in the Context of Beetle Outbreaks
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Polly Hays, Water Program Manager, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region
Bruce Sims, Regional Hydrologist, USDA Forest Service, Northern Region


Beetles and Water
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Kelly Elder, Supervisory Research Hydrologist, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station


Changes in Forest Water Use and Carbon Balance after MPB
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Rob Hubbard, Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station


Watershed Biogeochemistry after MPB and Management
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Chuck Rhoades, Economist, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station


Question and Answer Session
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Speaker Bios

Kelly Elder
Kelly Elder

Kelly Elder

Supervisory Research Hydrologist, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, 240 West Prospect Road, Fort Collins, CO, 80526. 970-498-1233. Email

Kelly has worked as a Research Hydrologist with the Rocky Mountain Research Station since 2000. He received his PhD in physical geography and hydrology statistics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Kellyís research examines consequences of bark beetle outbreaks and management on watershed processes, with a particular focus on water balance of subalpine forest systems.

Polly Hays
Polly Hays

Polly Hays

Water Program Manager, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region, 740 Simms Street, Golden, CO, 80401. 303-275-5096. Email

Polly has worked since 2000 as the Water Program Manager for the 5 state Rocky Mountain Region of the Forest Service. She has regional level responsibilities for a broad set of programs including watershed management and restoration, water quality, and water rights. She has a masterís in Geosciences from the University of Arizona.

Rob Hubbard
Rob Hubbard

Rob Hubbard

Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, 240 West Prospect Road, Fort Collins, CO, 80526. 970-498-1260. Email

Rob is celebrating his 7th year as a Research Ecologist with the Rocky Mountain Research Station. He previously worked as a Research Ecologist for the Coweeta Hydrologic Lab in North Carolina after graduating with his PhD in forest ecology from Colorado State University. Robís research explores how forests respond to disturbances and the role that plants play in regulating hydrologic processes.

Chuck Rhoades
Chuck Rhoades

Chuck Rhoades

Research Biogeochemist, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, 240 West Prospect Road, Fort Collins, CO, 80526. 970-498-1250. Email

Chuck has been a Research Biogeochemist with the Rocky Mountain Research Station since 2003. He received his PhD in forest biogeochemistry and soil ecology from the University of Georgia. Chuckís research examines the atmospheric, terrestrial, and aquatic processes that regulate soil and water quality and that sustain forest productivity.

Bruce Sims

Regional Hydrologist, USDA Forest Service, Northern Region, 200 East Broadway Street, Missoula, MT, 59802. 406-329-3447. Email

Bruce has worked as the Regional Hydrologist for the Northern Region of the Forest Service since 2000. He received his masterís of education in geography and masterís of science in watershed management from the University of Arizona. Bruce has done research on the effects of prescribed fire on water quality, and he was a co-authors for a General Technical Report looking at the effectiveness of post-fire hillslope treatments.