Conservation Biology Institute
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VELMA – a scalable, transferable ecohydrological model for watershed restoration planning

This seminar will provide an overview of the VELMA ecohydrological model and associated tools to estimate effects of land use and climate scenarios on water quality and quantity, food and fiber production, fish and wildlife habitat, carbon sequestration and other ecosystem services. Current model applications are providing decision support for federal and state agencies, tribes and community groups involved in salmon recovery planning in Pacific Northwest watersheds. 

Bob McKane is a Research Ecologist with EPA’s Western Ecology Division in Corvallis, Oregon. He received a M.S. in Forest Resources from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. in Soil Science from the University of Minnesota. He has over 25 years of experience in the use of simulation models for analyzing effects of climate, soils and land use on biogeochemical and hydrological processes. He is currently leading an interdisciplinary group of scientists with the EPA Western Ecology Division in Corvallis, OR, to develop and apply the VELMA ecohydrology model in support of environmental decision making. 

Jonathan Halama is an ORISE Fellow with EPA’s Western Ecology Division in Corvallis, Oregon. He received a M.S. in Public Health and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from Oregon State University. For his Ph.D. dissertation, Jonathan developed a new stream shade and temperature model, Penumbra, that he recently integrated with the VELMA ecohydrological model. He is currently collaborating with various groups involved in riparian and stream habitat improvement projects. 

Presenter
Bob McKane and Jonathan Halama, EPA Western Ecology Division, Corvallis, OR
CBI Host
Dominique Bachelet, Ph.D.
Senior Climate Change Scientist, Team Lead- Global Change
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