[CANCELLED] Invisible rivers beneath our feet: The importance of gravel-bed rivers, the Elk and coal mining, and why you should care with Dr. Ric Hauer

Start Date:
Monday, November 19, 2018
End Date:
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Fernie Seniors Centre, Cranbrook COTR Lecture Theatre

These events have been cancelled for personal reasons. We hope to reschedule in the new year.

What do grizzly bears, birds, wolves, and fish have in common? A dependence on gravel bed rivers and their floodplains. Our gravel-bed rivers don’t just flow in their visible channels, but also underground across the valley floor, supporting an extraordinary diversity of life. Join us for an evening of discovery with Dr. Ric Hauer, to learn about rivers, how they are so much than what we see on the surface and why they are more important that we ever thought.

Dr. Hauer has dedicated his career to studying gravel bed rivers in mountain ecosystems. Ric’s research has been directed toward the Transboundary Watersheds of the Flathead and the Elk/Kootenay of British Columbia and Montana for over 40 years. His interests encompass the broad interdisciplinary field of ecosystem ecology with focus on freshwaters, especially running waters and gravel-bed river floodplains and wetlands. 

Ric will also speak about related research on the impacts of Elk Valley coal mine water pollution on downstream ecosystems in the Elk River watershed.

“To be effective, conservation efforts in mountain landscapes need a paradigm shift that has gravel-bed rivers and their floodplains as the central focus. One that prioritizes the maintenance or restoration of the intact structure and processes of these critically important systems throughout their length and breadth.”

F. Richard (Ric) Hauer, is Professor Emeritus of Stream Ecology at the Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana. He is also immediate past-Director of the University of Montana’s Center for Integrated Research on the Environment (CIRE). You can read his (Hauer et al) recently published study, “Gravel-bed river floodplains are the ecological nexus of glaciated mountain landscapes” here. 

He has published >100 research articles in international peer-reviewed journals such as Science, Science Advances, BioScience, Freshwater Science and the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. In addition to his personal research, he has served at the national level in developing environmental policy and implementation of environmental assessment in the US Federal Clean Water Act working with both the US Army Corps of Engineers and the US EPA.

Ric is past-President of the international scientific society “Society for Freshwater Science” and is a “Distinguished Scholar” of the University of Montana. He is the lead Editor of internationally acclaimed book Methods in Stream Ecology, the most widely used book in the field of Stream Ecology worldwide, now entering its 3rd edition.