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
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Fire and Aquatic Ecosystems


Author Profiles

Steve Wondzell

Research Aquatic Ecologist

Olympia Forestry Sciences Laboratory

3625-93rd Ave. SW

Olympia, Washington 98512






o       B.S.  Range Science,  New Mexico State University, 1981

o       M.S.  Biology,  New Mexico State University, 1984

o       Ph.D.  Forest Ecology,  Oregon State University, 1994

Research Interests


General theme of research is the interaction between physical processes and biological processes and the influence of these interactions on community structure and ecosystem function.


Relationships between stream channel morphology and the development of hyporheic zones in mountain stream networks


Influence of hyporheic exchange flows on nitrogen cycling in small forested streams


Influence of natural disturbance and land use on stream sediment budgets

Relevant Publications


Wondzell, S.M., and Howell, P.J. (submitted). The INLAS Aquatic Module: A Decsion Support Model for Assessing Condition and Prioritizing the Restoration of Aquatic Habitat. Submitted to Pacific Northwest Research Station General Technical Reports.


Shibata, H., Sugawara, O., Toyoshima, H., Wondzell, S.M., Nakamura, F., Kasahara, T.,Swanson, F.J., and Sasa, K. (submitted). Nitrogen Dynamics in The Riparian Zone of a Forested Stream During a Small Storm, Hokkaido, Japan. Submitted to Biogeochemical Cycling.


Wondzell, S.M., and Bisson, P.A. (submitted). Influence of Wood on Aquatic and Riparian Biodiversity. Submitted to American Fisheries Society Special Publication.


Wondzell, S. M. 2001. Riparian Buffers, Stream Sedimentation and the Effects of Forest Health and Protection Treatments in Forested Watersheds of Eastern Oregon and Washington. Northwest Science 75(Special Issue):128-140.


Nakamura, F., Swanson, F. J., and S. M. Wondzell. 2000. Disturbance regimes of stream and riparian systems—a disturbance-cascade perspective. Hydrological Processes 14:2849-2860


Johnson, S. L., F. J. Swanson, G. E. Grant, and S. M. Wondzell. 2000. Riparian forest disturbances by a mountain flood—the influence of floated wood. Hydrological Processes 14:3031-3050.


Wondzell, S. M. and F. J. Swanson 1999. Floods, Channel Change and the Hyporheic Zone. Water Resources Research 35:555-567.


Pinay, G., C. Ruffinoni, S. M. Wondzell, and F. Gazelle. 1998. Change in groundwater nitrate concentration in a large river floodplain: Denitrification, uptake, or mixing? The Journal of the North American Benthological Society 17:179-189.


Wondzell, S.M., G.L. Cunningham, and D. Bachelet. 1996. Relationships between landforms, geomorphic processes, and plant communities on a watershed in the northern Chihuahuan desert. Landscape Ecology 11:351-362.


Wondzell, S.M. and F. Swanson. 1996. Seasonal and storm dynamics of the hyporheic zone of a 4th-order mountain stream. I: Hydrologic Processes. J. North American Benthological Society 15:3-19. 


Wondzell, S.M., and F. Swanson. 1996. Seasonal and storm dynamics of the hyporheic zone of a 4th-order mountain stream. II: Nitrogen Cycling. J. North American Benthological Society 15:20-34.


Wondzell, S.M. and J.A. Ludwig. 1995. Community dynamics of desert grasslands: Influences of climate, landforms, and soils. Journal of Vegetation Science 6:377-390.


Swanson, F. J., S. M. Wondzell, and G. E. Grant. 1992. Landforms, Disturbance, and Ecotones. pgs. 304­323 In: F. diCastri and A.J. Hansen (eds.) Landscape boundaries: Consequences for biotic diversity and ecological flows. Ecological Studies, Vol. #92. Springer­Verlag.


Wondzell, S.M., G. L. Cunningham, and J. M. Cornelius. 1990. Fine grained environmental patterns and the vegetation of a Chihuahuan desert playa. Journal of Vegetation Science 1:403­410.


Wondzell, S. M., G. L. Cunningham, and D. Bachelet. 1987. A Hierarchical Classification of Landforms: Some Implications for Understanding Local and Regional Vegetation Dynamics. pp. 15­23. In: Strategies for Classification and Management of Native Vegetation for Food Production in Arid Zones. United States Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, General Technical Report RM­150. 


Relevant Projects


o Influence of channel morphology on the hyporheic zone of mountain streams.


o Role of the hyporheic zone in stream ecosystem processes, especially nutrient cycling and temperature regulation.


o Effect of prescribed fire on hillslope erosion rates and stream sedimentation.


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