USDA Forest Service Boise Aquatic Sciences Lab - Rocky Mountain Research Station



Boise Aquatic Sciences Lab
322 East Front Street
Suite 401
Boise, ID  83702

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Fire and Aquatic Ecosystems


Author Profiles

Robert Gresswell
Research Biologist U.S.G.S., FRESC
3200 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
Voice: (541) 750-7410
FAX:   (541) 758-7761


  • B.S. - 1970 - Biology, University of New Mexico
  • M.S. - 1973 - Fishery Biology, Utah State University
  • Ph.D. - 1994 - Fisheries Science, Oregon State University

Research Interests

  • Salmonid habitat relationships at numerous spatial and temporal scales
  • Effects of fire on aquatic ecosystems
  • Ecology and management of riparian areas
  • Ecology of high mountain lakes
  • Human values and aquatic resource management

Relevant Publications


Bixby, Rebecca J.; Cooper, Scott D.; Gresswell, Robert E.; Brown, Lee E.; Dahm, Clifford N.; Dwire, Kathleen A. 2015. Fire effects on aquatic ecosystems: An assessment of the current state of the science. Freshwater Science. 34(4): 1340-1350.


Gresswell, R. E. Effects of the wildfire on growth of cutthroat trout in Yellowstone Lake. In L. Wallace, editor. After the Fires: The Ecology of Change in Yellowstone National Park, Yale University Press.


Gresswell, R. E. 1999. Fire and aquatic ecosystems in forested biomes of North America. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 128:193-221.


Gresswell, R. E., W. J. Liss, G. L. Larson, and P. J. Bartlein.  1997.  Influence of basin-scale physical variables on life-history characteristics of cutthroat trout in Yellowstone Lake.  North American Journal of Fisheries Management 17:1046-1064.


Gresswell, R. E., and R. D. Harding.  1997.  Role of special angling regulations in maintaining and rebuilding sea_run coastal cutthroat trout populations.  Pages 151-156 in J. D. Hall, P. A. Bisson, and R. E. Gresswell, editors,  Sea-run cutthroat trout: biology, management, and future conservation.  Oregon Chapter, American Fisheries Society.


Frissell, C. A., W. J. Liss, R. E. Gresswell, R. K. Nawa, and J. L. Ebersole. 1997. A resource in crisis: changing the measure of salmon management.  Pages 411-444 in D. J. Stouder, P. A. Bisson, and R. J. Naiman, editors.  Pacific salmon and their ecosystems: status and future options. Chapman and Hall, New York.


Gresswell, R. E.  Yellowstone cutthroat trout. 1995.  Pages 36-54 in M. Young, Conservation assessment for inland cutthroat trout.  USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, Fort Collins, Colorado.  General Technical Report RM_256.


Gresswell, R. E., and W. J. Liss. 1995.  Values associated with management of the Yellowstone cutthroat trout.  Conservation Biology 9:159-165.


Beschta, R. L., C. A. Frissell, R. Gresswell, R. Hauer, J. R. Karr, G. W. Minshall, D. A. Perry, and J. J. Rhoades.  1995.  Wildfire  and salvage logging: recommendations for ecologically sound post-fire salvage logging and other post-fire treatments on federal  lands in the west.  Pacific Rivers Council, Portland, Oregon.


Gresswell, R. E., W. J. Liss, and G. L. Larson. 1994.  Life_history organization of Yellowstone cutthroat trout  (Oncorhynchus clarki bouvieri) in Yellowstone Lake.  Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 51(Supplement 1):298-309.


Gresswell, R. E., editor.  1988.  Status and management of interior stocks of cutthroat trout.  American Fisheries Society Symposium 4, 140 p.


Gresswell, R. E., and J. D. Varley.  1988.  Effects of a century of human influence on the cutthroat trout of Yellowstone Lake.  American Fisheries Society Symposium 4:45-52.


Varley, J. D., and R. E. Gresswell.  1988.  Status and management of Yellowstone cutthroat trout.  American Fisheries Society Symposium 4:13-24.


Relevant Projects


o Interactive Effects of Fire and Introduced Trout on Aquatic Biodiversity in Lentic Ecosystems


o Effects of Landscape Pattern on Distribution of Coastal Cutthroat Trout


o Large Woody Debris in the Terrestrial and Aquatic Riparian Zone: Production, Recruitment, Retention, and Function.


o Spatial and Temporal Variation in Habitat Use of Coastal Cutthroat Trout above Barriers to Anadromy.


o Influence of Riparian Plant Community Composition on Food Availability, Diet, and Growth of Coastal Cutthroat Trout.


o Genetic Factors Influencing Longitudinal Distribution of Coastal Cutthroat Trout in Headwater Streams of Western Oregon.


o Habitat Use and Movement of Westslope Cutthroat Trout in the Upper Mainstem of the John Day River.



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