Research Fish Biologist
3200 SW Jefferson Way
Contact Kelly Burnett
My current research is focused on (1) developing and evaluating models to map over large areas the intrinsic potential of streams to provide high-quality habitat for different species of salmon and trout, (2) understanding relationships among landscape characteristics, in-stream habitat, and salmon abundances in western Oregon and western Alaska, (3) examining recovery of streams following debris flows that occurred throughout western Oregon in 1996, (4) modeling viability of coho salmon in response to natural disturbance and land-management scenarios, and (5) characterizing connectivity in and across stream networks.
My research interests center 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.
Some of my past research has targeted (1) modeling stream networks along with numerous empirically calibrated attributes (e.g., stream gradient, flow, and constraint) from digital elevation and field data; and (2) modeling debris-flow initiation, runout, and deposition and potential effects of alternative forest policies for headwater streams.
Why This Research is Important
Salmon are culturally, economically, and ecologically important. This research provides a foundation for informed decisionmaking about salmon and their habitats by land managers and regulators in the United States and abroad. Concepts and spatial data developed through these studies have also influenced and enabled studies by other researchers.
- Oregon State University, Ph.D. Fisheries Science 2001
- Oregon State University, M.S. Fisheries Science 1987
- Berry College, B.S. Biology 1980
- Berry College, B.S. Chemistry 1980
Featured Publications & Products
- Adams, Susan B.; Burnett, Kelly M.; Bisson, Peter; Harvey, Bret; Nislow, Keith H.; Rieman, Bruce E.; Rinne, John. 2010. The role of the Forest Service in aquatic invasive species research.
- Burnett, Kelly; Frankel, Susan J.; Keena, Melody; Kim, Mee-Sook; Klopfenstein, Ned B.; Ostry, Michael E.; Sieg, Carolyn Hull. 2010. Invasive species overarching priorities to 2029.
- Vance-Borland, Ken; Burnett, Kelly; Clarke, Sharon. 2009. Influence of mapping resolution on assessments of stream and streamside conditions: lessons from coastal Oregon, USA.
- Olson, Deanna H.; Burnett, Kelly M. 2009. Design and management of linkage areas across headwater drainages to conserve biodiversity in forest ecosystems.
- Torgersen, Christian E.; Gresswell, Robert E.; Bateman, Douglas S.; Burnett, Kelly M. 2008. Spatial identification of tributary impacts in river networks.
- Petro, Vanessa M.; Taylor, Jimmy D.; Sanchez, Dana M.; Burnett, Kelly M. 2018. Methods to predict beaver dam occurrence in Coastal Oregon.
- Steel, E. Ashley; Muldoon, Ariel; Flitcroft, Rebecca L.; Firman, Julie C.; Anlauf-Dunn, Kara J.; Burnett, Kelly M.; Danehy, Robert J. 2017. Current landscapes and legacies of land-use past: understanding the distribution of juvenile coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) and their habitats along the Oregon Coast, USA.
- Hance, Dalton J.; Ganio, Lisa M.; Burnett, Kelly M.; Ebersole, Joseph L. 2016. Basin-scale variation in the spatial pattern of fall movement of juvenile Coho Salmon in the West Fork Smith River, Oregon.
- Fischer, A. Paige; Vance-Borland, Ken; Burnett, Kelly M.; Hummel, Susan; Creighton, Janean H.; Johnson, Sherri L.; Jasny, Lorien. 2014. Does the social capital in networks of fish and fire scientists and managers suggest learning.
- Flitcroft, Rebecca; Burnett, Kelly; Christiansen, Kelly. 2013. A simple model that identifies potential effects of sea-level rise on estuarine and estuary-ecotone habitat locations for salmonids in Oregon, USA.
- Busch, D. Shallin; Sheer, Mindi; Burnett, Kelly; McElhany, Paul; Cooney, Tom. 2013. Landscape-level model to predict spawning habitat for Lower Columbia River fall Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha).
- Flitcroft, Rebecca L.; Burnett, Kelly M.; Reeves, Gordon H.; Ganio, Lisa M. 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.
- Firman, Julie C.; Steel, E. Ashley; Jensen, David W.; Burnett, Kelly M.; Christiansen, Kelly; Feist, Blake E.; Larsen, David P.; Anlauf, Kara. 2011. Landscape models of adult coho salmon density examined at four spatial extents.
- Lucero, Yasmin; Steel, E. Ashley; Burnett, Kelly M.; Christiansen, Kelly. 2011. Untangling human development and natural gradients: implications of underlying correlation structure for linking landscapes and riverine ecosystems.
- Fullerton, A.H.; Burnett, Kelly; Steel, Ashley; Flitcroft, Rebecca; Pess, G.R.; Feist, B.E.; Torgersen, C.E.; Miller, D.J.; Sanderson, B.L. 2010. Hydrological connectivity for riverine fish: measurement challenges and research opportunities.
- Oliver, Marie; Burnett, Kelly; Olson, Deanna. 2010. Linked in: connecting riparian areas to support forest biodiversity.
- Miller, Daniel J.; Burnett, Kelly M. 2008. A probabilistic model of debris-flow delivery to stream channels, demonstrated for the Coast Range of Oregon, USA.
- Clarke, Sharon E.; Burnett, Kelly M.; Miller, Daniel J. 2008. Modeling streams and hydrogeomorphic attributes in Oregon from digital and field data.
- Reeves, Gordon H.; Williams, Jack E.; Burnett, Kelly M.; Gallo, Kirsten. 2006. The aquatic conservation strategy of the Northwest Forest Plan..