Our work is focused on establishing a process baseline for fish habitat in beaded streams and connected lakes in an area of the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska (NPR-A) scheduled for petroleum development. This involves monitoring stream discharge, temperature, and water quality in four catchments where development is planned and a reference catchment. Lake and weather monitoring, geomorphic mapping, and snow and ice surveys are also part of this study. Research has additionally expanded to the entire watershed of Fish, Judy, and Ublutuoch systems to understand watershed hydrologic responses to climate change across physiographic gradients of the Arctic Coastal Plain of Alaska.
Funding: Bureau of Land Management (Arctic Field Office), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative), National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (Alaska Fish and Wildlife Fund)
Collaborators: Matthew Whitman (BLM), Ben Jones and Frank Urban (USGS), Mark Wipfli (USGS/UAF), Jason MacFarland (UAF)