SUMMER 2018 - SURVEY OF WESTERN U.S. STREAMS

Later this summer, between late-July and early-August 2018, I will be leading a new team of research assistants on my second 2.5 week stream survey and road trip. This time, I'll be visiting three high-elevation streams between northeast Washington and northeast California, stopping midway at the H.J. Andrews Forest along the McKenzie Highway. Scroll down for a map and some images.

At each of the three locations, I'll complete a full survey of local fishes, stream invertebrates, and in-stream physical habitat. As part of an all-minority group, each member of this new 2018 Team will have an immersive, hands-on experience in stream ecology while bonding with some new peers and figuring out if he/she may be interested in pursuing further studies in ecology or environmental science.

I'm currently looking for three new Team members to join me in summer 2018 and wondering if you may be interested? The location of your home institution does not matter (but you must be a college student). I will be paying all travel expenses for each of the Team members, including any flights that may be necessary to get you to the trip start point and back home from the end point. Additionally, each member of the Team will receive a $1000 stipend for his/her work throughout 2.5 week trip.

There are a few criteria to join my Team in summer 2018.

  • You are an underrepresented minority student with at least one full year of college remaining after summer 2018.
  • You can commit to being on a continuous road trip between mid-July and early-August 2018.
  • You do not have any known physical conditions that would prevent you from being able to safely participate in all of the fieldwork activities (which, by the way, will be rigorous and tiring).
  • You have access to a local mentor and basic laboratory facilities at your home institution (you'll need this to complete an independent project the year following the summer trip).
  • You would be psyched to join the Team again in May 2019, to attend the annual meeting of the Society for Freshwater Sciences (all travel and conference expenses will again be paid on your behalf).

If you meet these criteria, please send me an email (djmcgarvey@vcu.edu). Feel free to use the Contact form here or to email me directly. I'd love to talk with you and see if you'll be a good fit for the 2018 Team!


The Route

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First stop, Falls Creek, a 2nd order tributary to the Chewuch/Methow Rivers in eastern Washington. To access the site, we'll drive through North Cascades Park, past Liberty Bell peak, and down to the colorful, historical town of Winthrop. Falls Creek is a gorgeous stream with an abundance of cutthroat trout and the things they like to eat.

Next, we'll visit Lookout Creek at the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest, up past Blue River on the McKenzie Highway and not too far from the incredible McKenzie Pass Observatory. This site is part of the new National Ecological Observatory Network and has a long history of outstanding fieldwork, orchestrated by Oregon State U.

Finally, we'll move on to Sagehen Creek at the Sagehen Field Station, just north of Lake Tahoe. This beautiful, eastern Sierra stream has been tracked closely over the years by legendary fish ecologist Peter Moyle and will provide a perfect, final destination for the trip. Lots of fish and invertebrates swimming around up here!

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1. Falls Creek, Washington

  Liberty Bell, North Cascades (A. Porter)

Liberty Bell, North Cascades (A. Porter)

  Falls Creek, eastern Washington (R. Haley)

Falls Creek, eastern Washington (R. Haley)

  Downtown Winthrop (Destination 360)

Downtown Winthrop (Destination 360)

 

2. Lookout Creek, OR

  Field Station, H.J. Andrews Forest (A. Levno)

Field Station, H.J. Andrews Forest (A. Levno)

  Lookout Creek, H.J. Andrews Forest (T. Araci)

Lookout Creek, H.J. Andrews Forest (T. Araci)

  Three Sisters, McKenzie Pass (T. Kulesza)

Three Sisters, McKenzie Pass (T. Kulesza)

 

3. Sagehen Creek, CA

  Lake Tahoe (The Tahoe Guy)

Lake Tahoe (The Tahoe Guy)

  Sagehen Creek (Eco Truckee Tahoe)

Sagehen Creek (Eco Truckee Tahoe)

  Sagehen Field Station (ArtistCommunities.org)

Sagehen Field Station (ArtistCommunities.org)