Robert E. Brown
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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.
Why This Research is Important
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.
- Oklahoma State University, B.S. Forestry 1988
- University of Georgia, M.S. Forest Hydrology 1991
Featured Publications & Products
- Robichaud, Peter R.; Wagenbrenner, Joseph W.; Brown, Robert E.; Spigel, Kevin M. 2009. Three years of hillslope sediment yields following the Valley Complex fires, western Montana.
- Robichaud, Peter; Brown, Robert. 2018. High Temperture Soil Probe.
- Wagenbrenner, Joseph W.; MacDonald, Lee H.; Coats, Robert N.; Robichaud, Peter R.; Brown, Robert E. 2015. Effects of post-fire salvage logging and a skid trail treatment on ground cover, soils, and sediment production in the interior western United States.
- Page-Dumroese, D. S.; Robichaud, P. R.; Brown, R. E.; Tirocke, J. M. 2015. Water repellency of two forest soils after biochar addition.
- Robichaud, P. R.; Jordan, P.; Lewis, S. A.; Ashmun, L. E.; Covert, S. A.; Brown, R. E. 2013. Evaluating the effectiveness of wood shred and agricultural straw mulches as a treatment to reduce post-wildfire hillslope erosion in southern British Columbia, Canada.
- Robichaud, Peter R.; Lewis, Sarah A.; Wagenbrenner, Joseph W.; Ashmun, Louise E.; Brown, Robert E. 2013. Post-fire mulching for runoff and erosion mitigation; Part I: Effectiveness at reducing hillslope erosion rates.
- Robichaud, Peter R.; Wagenbrenner, Joseph W.; Lewis, Sarah A.; Ashmun, Louise E.; Brown, Robert E.; Wohlgemuth, Peter M. 2013. Post-fire mulching for runoff and erosion mitigation; Part II: Effectiveness in reducing runoff and sediment yields from small catchments.
- Robichaud, P. R.; Wagenbrenner, J. W.; Brown, R. E. 2010. Rill erosion in natural and disturbed forests: 1. Measurements.
- Robichaud, P. R.; Wagenbrenner, J. W.; Brown, R. E.; Wohlgemuth, P. M.; Beyers, J. L. 2008. Evaluating the effectiveness of contour-felled log erosion barriers as a post-fire runoff and erosion mitigation treatment in the western United States.
- Robichaud, Peter R.; Pierson, Frederick B.; Brown, Robert E.; Wagenbrenner, Joseph W. 2008. Measuring effectiveness of three postfire hillslope erosion barrier treatments, western Montana, USA.