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



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

(208) 373-4340
(208) 373-4391 (FAX)

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Fire and Aquatic Ecosystems


Author Profiles

Tom Lisle

Research Hydrologist
Pacific Southwest Research Station
Redwood Sciences Laboratory
1700 Bayview Drive 
Arcata, California 95521 
Phone: 707 825-2900
Fax: 707 825-2901


  • BA, Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, IA, 1970
  • MS, Univ. of Montana, Missoula, 1972
  • PhD, Univ. of California, Berkeley, 1976   

Research Interests

  • Fluvial geomorphology
  • Relation of watershed processes to aquatic and riparian ecosystems

Relevant Publications

Buffington, John M.; Lisle, Thomas E.; Woodsmith, Richard D.; Hilton, Sue 2002. Controls on the size and occurrence of pools in coarse-grained forest rivers. River research and applications. 18: 507-531

Cui, Y.; Parker, G.; Lisle, T. E.; Gott, J.; Hansler, M. E.; Pizzuto, J. E.; Almendinger, N. E.; Reed, J. M. 2003. Sediment pulses in mountain rivers. Part 1. Experiments. Water Resources Research 39:1239, 1210.1029/2002WR001803.

Cui, Y.; Parker, G.; Pizzuto, J. E.; Lisle, T. E. 2003. Sediment pulses in mountain rivers. Part 2. Comparison between experiments and numerical predictions. Water Resources Research 39:1240, 1210.1029/2002WR001805.

Lisle, T. E. 2002. How much dead wood in channels is enough?. In: W. F. Laudenslayer, Jr., Shea, P. J., Valentive, B. E., Weatherspoon, C. P., Lisle, T. E., editor. Proceedings of the symposium on the ecology and management of dead wood in western forests, General Technical Report PSW-GTR-181. USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, Albany, CA. p. 85-93.

Lisle, Thomas E.; Cui, Yantao; Parker, Gary; Pizzuto, James E.; Dodd, Annjanette M. 2001. The dominance of dispersion in the evolution of bed material waves in gravel-bed rivers. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 26(13): 1409-1420.

Lisle, Thomas E.; Church, Michael 2002. Sediment transport-storage relations for degrading, gravel bed channels. Water Resources Research 38(11): 1219, doi:10.1029/2001WR001086, 2002.

Sutherland, D. G., M. E. Hansler, S. Hilton, and T. E. Lisle. Evolution of a landslide-induced sediment wave in the Navarro River, California. Geological Society of America Bulletin.

Harvey, Bret C., and Thomas E. Lisle. 1999. Scour of chinook salmon redds on suction dredge tailings. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 19(2): 613-617.

Relevant Projects

  • Bed material routing in gravel-bed channels
  • Fluvial processes and riparian recovery in streams affected by the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens
  • Caspar Creek Experimental Watershed
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