What: A presentation by Dr. E. Ashley Steel about thermal patterns in rivers and why fish and other aquatic life might care.
When: Sunday, February 25th, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Where: OSU-Cascades TYK 111 (Tykeson Hall)   Map and Directions
Admission: Please pre-register here or by clicking the “Book Online” button above.
Cost:  Free.  We will gladly accept donations at the door.

Dr. E. Ashley Steel, Ph.D. is a quantitative ecologist and statistician with the Pacific Northwest Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service.  Dr. Steel’s research investigates the role of variability in ecological systems. Currently, she’s measuring, modeling, and predicting water temperature on river networks. Her work can inform policies and actions for protecting and restoring the health of rivers like the Deschutes.

She will present recent work on:

  • understanding and visualizing the complexity of water temperature patterns in rivers;
  • capturing the facets of the thermal regime that matter to the fish;
  • experiments and cool math to explain why fish and other aquatic organisms might care about whether the water temperature is stable or fluctuating;
  • how humans may be altering aspects of river thermal regimes in ways we don’t understand;
  • linking experimental evidence, models, and data collected in rivers to prepare for a changing climate.