ISEMP and CHaMP Coordinators
Chris Jordan is a Research Fisheries Biologist with NOAA/NMFS’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center and Program Manager for the Mathematical Biology and Systems Monitoring Program. His current work focuses on the design and implementation of large-scale monitoring programs to assess anadromous salmonid freshwater habitat and population status as well as the watershed-scale effect of management actions on salmonid habitat and population processes.
Nick received his PhD at Utah State University in aquatic ecology in 1999. After that he was previously employed as a fish population analyst and a biometrician/modeler for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Nick started ELR in 2000, and has since been working collaboratively with state, federal, tribal fisheries agencies and NGOs to review, develop, and implement status and effectiveness monitoring programs, data analyses, and stream restoration throughout the western US.
Carol has provided coordination, guidance, and technical support for ISEMP and CHaMP since finishing her PhD in 2004. She enjoys exploring ecological questions related to freshwater environments and leverages geospatial tools to inform and answer these questions across broad spatial scales within the Pacific Northwest.
Mike is a Senior Fisheries Ecologist and President of Terraqua, Inc. He has helped with the inception and implementation of both ISEMP and CHaMP in coordination and administrative roles and has focused on the organizational and structural relationships necessary to successfully complete geograhically-vast, decadal-scale scientific research and monitoring programs. When he's not counting fish or tending business, he's probably homesteading, meditating, sailing, or being Dad.
Pamela is the Science Program Manager at Terraqua, Inc., and has been involved with coordinating the implementation of ISEMP in the Upper Columbia since 2006. That's the easy part since she also has to coordinate teenagers on a daily basis. Thankfully there is a horse who is always pleased to see her.
Boyd is the Lead Technical Coordinator for the implementation of CHaMP among the CHaMP watersheds. This requires extensive coordination with the numerous entities who are participating in CHaMP, particularly in the area of protocol development, preseason planning, training, data capture, data storage, raw data quality assurance/control and metric generation, data management, analysis, reporting, and dissemination of information.
Sarah comes from a diverse background that includes environmental planning, GIS, restoration project development and permitting, and field data collection and analysis. She supports the CHaMP team through strategic planning, report preparation, outreach, and general coordination. In her off hours she fishes, wrangles two young children, and gets outdoors.
Program Analysts and Developers
Joe Wheaton is an Associate Professor at Utah State University and a fluvial geomorphologist with over fifteen years of experience in river restoration. Joe's research is focused on better understanding the dynamics of rivers and streams, how such fluvial processes shape instream and riparian habitats, and how biota modulate and amplify those processes.
Philip is passionate about solving complex spatial problems. For the last 17 years Philip has worked in various fields – but never far from developing research GIS applications and spatial decision support systems. Philip has conceived, designed and lead the development of several innovative research GIS tools and multi-disciplinary online data portals, again mainly for science-based environmental managers. He is currently adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University, in Burnaby, BC, Canada and at Utah State University in Logan, Utah and has a PhD in GIS and remote sensing. Philip is also a trained elephant mahoot.
Matt Nahorniak is a statistician at South Fork Research, supporting the ISEMP/CHaMP programs. His roles include support of complex sampling designs, design and model based analysis of CHaMP/ISEMP data, and modeling of fish-habitat relationships. Matt's educational background includes master's degrees from Oregon State University in both statistics and engineering, and he particularly enjoys projects that exploit this combination of skills, such as his work generating hydraulic models of CHaMP reaches.
As a quantitative ecologist and biometrician, Kevin is interested in the statistical analysis and mathematical modeling of ecological data. His research interests include estimating species interactions, analysis of time-series data, constructing and fitting ecological models with maximum likelihood and Bayesian methods, appropriate model selection criteria, hierarchical models, machine learning models and fisheries population dynamics models. His current focus is on monitoring endangered salmonid populations and their fresh-water habitat and analyze the resulting data so as to best direct habitat restoration efforts across the Northwest.
CHaMP Development Team
Jeremiah has spent his entire career studying stream habitat, and has experience with Federal, State, University, Tribal, and Private agencies. He has been working with CHaMP since 2011 with a focus on the collection, transfer, storage, summarization, and dissemination of data. His specialties are stream temperature, quality control/assurance, and fly fishing.