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Kimberly Cook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mentor:________________________________________________________________________________

Dr. Margaret O'Connell  and Dr. Rebecca Brown

 

TRiO McNair Research Internship:__________________________________________________________

Visual Sediment Deposition Following Dam Removal on the Elwha River, Washington (2014)
Dammed rivers trap sediment in reservoirs, causing decreased downstream sediment deposition. Dam removal rapidly releases this sediment to downstream reaches. The removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon Dams on the Elwha River, Olympic Peninsula, Washington provides an opportunity to observe this sediment transport. The objective of my study was to document the sediment deposition on different sections of the river. I predicted heavy sediment deposition in the river channel and riparian zone downstream from the dams. To document this, I compared photographs of 28 plots above, 40 plots between, and 38 plots downstream from the two dams both before and in the first summer following dam removal (2013). Pictures of a 100m2 vegetation plot were taken in the same position before and after dam removal. The photos illustrate that the middle and lower reaches experienced high levels of visual fine sediment deposition, and the upper reach remained visually similar to previous years. This photographic data will provide a visual baseline for assessing the long term effects of dam removal.

 

Conference Presentations:_________________________________________________________________

Visual Sediment Deposition Following Dam Removal on the Elwha River, Washington,

  • 17th Annual Student Research and Creative Works Symposium, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA (2014)

 

Honors and Awards:______________________________________________________________________

  • McNair Scholar Summer Internship, Awarded $2,800. The goal of the McNair Program is to increase the attainment of PhD degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society. (2014)
  • TLES Research Scholar Fellowship (2014)
  • Washington Native Plant Society Northeast Chapter Research Grant (2014)
  • Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid-of-Research (2014)
  • High Demand Scholarship, Eastern Washington UniversityHigh (2013-2014)
  • Dean's List, Students achieve honor roll if they maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and complete at least 12 credits each quarter (2012 - 2013)

 

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