Cherie Westbrook


Current Projects

The aim of the Beaver Ecohydrology Lab is to increase the understanding of how beaver ecosystem engineering can create “slow flow” environments critical for building climate resilience, reversing environmental degradation, and supporting biodiversity.  We use a combination field work, computer modelling, remote sensing, and social science methodologies to develop new conceptual frameworks, tools, approaches, and models to support implementation of beaver as a natural climate, restoration, and biodiversity solution.

Impacts of beaver systems on lateral and downstream hydrological connectivity
Modelling the capacity of foothills streams in the Bow River watershed to support beaver dams
Modelling streamflow in beaver-dominated landscapes
Mountain Water Futures: understanding the role of peatlands in mountain carbon and water balances
Characterizing the factors that led to the collapse of the Kawuneeche Valley ecosystem (Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado) to identify restoration opportunities
Lake-to-lake flow regulation by beaver dams
Excited by these projects? Then, get in touch via the contact form below to see about opportunities to train for your future career!  Use the message box to briefly describe why you want to join the Beaver Ecohydrology Lab, and how you see yourself contributing to advancing knowledge in one of the projects listed above. 


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