State and federal agencies will soon begin negotiating
water-supply agreements that will establish future policy regarding
water supply and storage in the Colorado River basin. These
agreements will shape annual and seasonal allocation of flows, as
well as water quality, especially water temperature, throughout the
basin, with implications for river ecosystems and the recovery of
federally listed fish species. While there are many active research
projects in the basin, there is a need for synthesis of how
potential changes in flow regime, river temperature, and other
ecosystem drivers may facilitate or hamper recovery of federally
listed fish species and restoration of aquatic ecosystem.
The primary products developed by the fellow will be published
as white papers on the website of the Center for Colorado River
Studies (https://qcnr.usu.edu/coloradoriver/) and as peer reviewed
reports or journal articles describing synthesis and decision
support tools. The results of science roundtable discussions and
workshops will be summarized as Working Papers on the website.
Decision support tools and models will be integrated into the
Future of the Colorado River project as part of the analysis of
alternative management paradigms and the analysis of tradeoffs
between water supply and environmental objectives. At both the
midway point (after phases 1 and 2), and end of the project, the
fellow will work with the PIs to give presentations to stakeholder
groups describing results of our synthesis, key uncertainties
identified, and progress toward developing decision support tools.
At the end of 18 months, the fellow will have submitted one or more
peer reviewed reports or journal articles describing synthesis and
decision support tools and also identifying critical uncertainties
and cross-basin transferability that could be addressed through
future research. Concurrent with publication of these manuscripts,
code and data for the decision support tool will be made available
through a data/code release.
Phase 1: Identify existing models and datasets and synthesize
+ Identify the current assemblage of fish species in each river
segment of concern;
+ Synthesize known responses or non-responses of the current
fish assemblage that occur either directly or through species
interactions in response to changes in ecosystem drivers;
+ Identify and synthesize on-going management activities,
including "designer flows," that seek to mitigate adverse impacts
of water-supply management and nonflow management such as nonnative
fish removal. Where possible, quantify the effectiveness of these
+ Identify specific factors that distinguish each segment (e.g.,
unique habitat, barriers that fragment the rivers, unique water
quality or flow regulation attributes);
+ Synthesize the state-of-river-science and the ability to
predict ecosystem effects of significant changes in ecosystem
+ Identify uncertainty in predictive strategies in each of the
Phase 2: Evaluate the potential impacts to different predicted
flow and thermal regimes associated with alternative water storage
management paradigms - concurrent work of Futures Project. These
alternative management paradigms are being identified by the
Futures Project in consultation with climate and water policy
experts and by stakeholders representing water users, federal
agencies, and water districts. Use findings of the Futures Project
concerning the river temperature implications of alternative
paradigms for storing and releasing reservoir water to determine
the plausible range of stream-flow and temperature regimes that
might exist in each river segment in the future. We will also
evaluate whether "designer flows," defined as short duration
reservoir releases implemented to achieve desired ecosystem
outcomes, can be plausibly implemented under conditions of
declining watershed runoff.
Phase 3: Identify conditions that might occur under alternative
management paradigms that significantly differ from current
conditions, especially no-analogue conditions. Predict responses of
fish populations, including workshop held at Upper Basin
researchers meeting). We define "no-analog conditions" as
+ There are non-native species that are not currently present,
but have a reasonable probability of introduction, or
+ Flow and thermal regimes are predicted that have not
We will use expert elicitation and synthesis of data from all
river segments to make predictions (including uncertainty) for
these no-analog conditions.
Phase 4: Aggregate understanding and develop simple models (or
modify existing models) that can be linked with model outputs of
the Futures Project. These models will make segment- specific
predictions under different end-member alternative management
paradigms and different hypothesized relationships between fish
communities and ecosystem drivers. We will evaluate each end-member
alternative water management paradigm. Thus, our approach will
allow decision makers to evaluate trade-offs among a wide range of
future reservoir storage scenarios.
Phase 5: Meet with roundtable groups of regional experts as well
as various water system managers (e.g., Reclamation, Western Area
Power, state water agencies, municipal water agencies, water
conservancy districts, and tribes) to present, discuss, and revise
predictions and syntheses to better inform on-going negotiations
about water supply allocation and reservoir storage.
+ PhD in Aquatic or Fish Ecology.
+ Note: Degree is not required to have been officially awarded,
but dissertation, including revisions must have been defended and
accepted by the committee.
+ Ability to interpret and analyze data.
+ Skilled in statistical analysis.
+ Knowledge of the principles of the peer review process.
+ Ability to present research in both spoken and written
+ Ability to implement existing methodology and develop new
approaches to experiments.
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Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent
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