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Kelly Burnett

Headshot photo of Kelly Burnett. Research Fish Biologist (Emeritus)
Pacific Northwest Research Station
Corvallis Forestry Sciences Lab

Contact via email
Phone: (541)750-7309
Fax: (541)750-7329

Curriculum Vitae (90 KB)

Statement of Research:

My research centers around four broad topics: 1) Understanding relationships between salmon and their habitats; 2) Characterizing how aquatic habitats are distributed throughout a stream network and across a landscape and what influences this distribution; 3) Evaluating and developing spatial data for broad-scale research and conservation of stream ecosystems; and 4) Advancing knowledge about interactions among in-channel conditions, watershed processes, and land management to better design and evaluate policy options.

Projects & Activities:

Three men stand on a large log among large woody debris and sediment deposited by a debris flow.

Photo by Gordon Grant.

Debris Flows
In many mountainous regions, debris flows can be an
important factor determining stream-habitat conditions.
Human activities can influence the frequency, magnitude,
and content of debris flows. Thus, understanding
debris-flow processes and effects is important to stream
conservation and sustainable forest management. Read more

Historical photo showing an eight-man logging crew posed atop the open gate in a splash dam in an Oregon Coast Range stream.

Coos County Historical Society

Splash Dams and Log Drives
Historical ecologists use clues from the past to piece
together what an area might have looked like, what
management practices took place, and to what degree
those practices still influence current conditions.
Splash damming and log driving were among the earliest
reported management disturbances in rivers of the
Pacific Northwest. Read more (PDF)

Thesis: R.R. Miller (2010) Is the Past Present? Historical Splash-dam
Mapping and Stream Disturbance Detection in the Oregon Coastal Province

Link: Oregon Field Guide — Log Drives (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Selected Publications:

Note: Most PDF files linked in the publications section of this page were not created by the USDA Forest Service, and may not be accessible to screen-reader software. Many publications are open access, and links to the html versions on the journal websites are also provided, where applicable.

Olson, D.H. and K.M. Burnett. Geometry of forest landscape connectivity: Pathways for persistence. 2013. In: Anderson, P.D. and K.L. Ronnenberg, eds. Density management in the 21st century: west side story. General Technical Report PNW-GTR-880. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station: 220-238. Link to the full GTR at http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/pubs/pnw_gtr880.pdf

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.

Steel, E.A., D.W. Jensen, K.M. Burnett, K. Christiansen, J.C. Firman, B.E. Feist, K.J. Anlauf and D.P. Larsen. 2012. Landscape characteristics and coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) distributions: explaining abundance versus occupancy. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 69: 457-468.

Anlauf, K.J., D.W. Jensen, K.M. Burnett, E.A. Steel, K. Christiansen. 2011. Explaining spatial variability in stream habitats using both natural and management-influenced landscape predictors. Publications, Agencies and Staff of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Paper 223. Also available at: http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/usdeptcommercepub/223

Busch, D.S., M. Sheer, K. Burnett, P. McElhany and T. Cooney. 2011. Landscape-level model to predict spawning habitat for lower Columbia River fall Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha). River Research and Applications 29(3): 297-312. Link to doi: 10.1002rra.1597.

Firman, J.C., E.A. Steel, D.W. Jensen, K.M. Burnett, K. Christiansen, B.E. Feist, D.P. Larsen, K. Anlauf. 2011. Landscape models of adult coho salmon density examined at four spatial extents. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 140(2): 440 - 455, First published on: 13 April 2011(iFirst)

Adams, S.B., K.M. Burnett, P. Bisson, B. Harvey, K.H. Nislow, B.E. Rieman, J. Rinne. 2010. The role of the Forest Service in aquatic invasive species research. Pages 55-66 in: M.E. Dix and K. Britton, eds. A dynamic invasive species research vision: Opportunities and priorities 2009-29. General Technical Report WO-79/83. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Research and Development, Washington, DC. (The full GTR is available at http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/contents/35867)

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. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2427.2010.02448.x.

Burnett, K.M., C. E. Torgersen, E.A.Steel, D.P. Larsen, J.L. Ebersole, R.E. Gresswell, P.W. Lawson, D.J. Miller, J.D. Rodgers, and D.L. Stevens. 2009. pp 873-902 in C.C. Krueger and C.E. Zimmerman, eds. Data and modeling tools for assessing landscape-level influences on salmonid populations: Examples from western Oregon. American Fisheries Society Symposium 70, Bethesda, Maryland.

Olson, D.H. and K.M. Burnett. 2009. Design and management of linkage areas across headwater drainages to conserve biodiversity in forest ecosystems. Forest Ecology and Management (Supplement) 258S:S117-S126. Link to doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2009.04.018.

Vance-Borland, K., K.M. Burnett, and S.E. Clarke. 2009. Influence of mapping resolution on assessments of stream and streamside conditions: lessons from coastal Oregon, USA. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 19:252-263. Link to DOI:10.1002/aqc.967.(first published online 27 October 2008)

Burnett, K.M., G.R. Giannico, and J. Behan. 2008. A pilot test of systematic review techniques: Evaluating whether wood placements in streams of the Pacific Northwest affect salmonid abundance, growth, survival or habitat complexity. Final report on findings, 02/04/08. Oregon Department of Forestry, Salem, OR.

Miller, D.J. and K.M. Burnett. 2008. A probabilistic model of debris-flow delivery to stream channels, demonstrated for the Coast Range of Oregon, USA. Geomorphology 94: 184-205.

Miller, D., Burnett, K.M., and Benda, L. 2008. Factors controlling availability of spawning habitat for salmonids at the basin scale. Pages 103-120 in D. A. Sear and P. DeVries, editors. Salmonid spawning habitat in rivers: physical controls, biological responses, and approaches to remediation. American Fisheries Society, Symposium 65, Bethesda, Maryland.

Clarke, S.E., K.M. Burnett, and D.J. Miller. 2008. Modeling streams and hydrogeomorphic attributes in Oregon from field and digital data. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 44: 459-477. Link to DOI: 10.1111/j.1752-1688.2008.00175.x.

Torgersen, C.E., R.E. Gresswell, D.S. Bateman, and K.M. Burnett. 2008. Spatial identification of tributary impacts in river networks. Pages 159-181 in S.P. Rice, A.G. Roy, and B.L. Rhoads (eds.) River Conflunces, Tributaries, and the Fluvial Network. New York: John Wiley & Sons. (This chapter is a U.S. Government work and is in the public domain in the United States of America.)

Burnett, K.M. and D.J. Miller. 2007. Streamside policies for headwater channels: An example considering debris flows in the Oregon Coastal Province. Forest Science 53: 239-253.

Burnett, K.M., G.H. Reeves, D.J. Miller, S. Clarke, K. Vance-Borland, and K. Christiansen. 2007. Distribution of salmon-habitat potential relative to landscape characteristics and implications for conservation. Ecological Applications 17(1):66-80.

Miller, D.J., and K. M. Burnett. 2007. Effects of forest cover, topography, and sampling extent on the measured density of shallow, translational landslides. Water Resources Research 43: W03433. Link to doi:10.1029/2005WR004807.

Spies, T.A., K.N. Johnson, K.M. Burnett, J.L. Ohmann, B.C. McComb, G.H Reeves, P. Bettinger, J.D. Kline, and B. Garber-Yonts. 2007. Cumulative ecological and socioeconomic effects of forest policies in coastal Oregon. Ecological Applications 17(1): 5-17.

Burnett, K.M., G.H. Reeves, S.E. Clarke, and K.R. Christiansen. 2006. Comparing riparian and catchment influences on stream habitat in a forested, montane landscape.
Pages 175-196 in R.M. Hughes and L. Wang (eds), Influences of Landscapes on Stream Habitat and Biological Communities. American Fisheries Society, Symposium 48. Bethesda, MD.

Clarke, S.E. and K.M. Burnett. 2003. Comparison of digital elevation models for aquatic data development. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 69(12): 1367-1375.

Reeves, G.H., K.M. Burnett, E.V. McGarry. 2003. Sources of large wood in the main stem of a fourth-order watershed in coastal Oregon. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 33: 1363-1370.

Spies, T.A., G.H. Reeves, K.M. Burnett, W.C. McComb, K.N. Johnson, G. Grant, J.L. Ohmann, S.L. Garman, and P. Bettinger. 2002. Assessing the ecological consequences of forest policies in a multi-ownership province in Oregon. In J. Liu and W.W. Taylor (eds.) Integrating Landscape Ecology into Natural Resource Management. London: Cambridge University Press.

Burnett, K. 2001. Relationships among juvenile anadromous salmonids, their freshwater habitat, and landscape characteristics over multiple years and spatial scales in the Elk River, Oregon. Ph.D., Oregon State University. Preface Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4 and 5