Scientific Advisory Board (SAB)

Five scientists, recognized as experts in the disciplines of fisheries biology, fluvial geomorphology, hydraulic engineering, hydrology, riparian ecology, wildlife biology, or aquatic ecology, form a Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). Each member is appointed by the Executive Director and serves a four-year rotating term. [2022: the SAB currently has less than 5 members pending completion of new program organization documents.]

Members of the SAB provide scientific peer review of proposed hypotheses associated with monitoring and restoration management approaches, proposed annual flow schedules, short- and long-term monitoring and investigation plans developed by technical work groups, technical recommendations, and research reports.

John Buffington, Ph.D., USDA Forest Service;

John Buffington (Ph.D. Geological Sciences) is a Research Geomorphologist with the U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.  His research focuses on fluvial geomorphology of mountain basins, biophysical interactions, and the effects of natural and anthropogenic disturbances on salmonid habitat.

Andrew J. Paul, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor Department of Biological Sciences – University of Calgary, Canada;

Andrew Paul, Ph.D., has been working as an aquatic ecologist in western Canada for 35 years.  His work has encompassed the fields of conservation biology, community restoration, non-native species invasions, population ecology and river ecology.  Andrew uses quantitative methods to aid in understanding ecological patterns or processes and has worked with the Theoretical Population Dynamics Group (University of Amsterdam) and the Fisheries Centre (University of British Columbia).  Andrew spent 15 years with Alberta Fish and Wildlife studying environmental flows and now works with Alberta’s Chief Scientist to support scientific excellence in government.  Andrew is an adjunct professor at the University of Calgary (Dept. of Biological Sciences).

Kurt Fausch, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University;

Kurt Fausch is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University, where he taught for 35 years. His research collaborations in stream fish ecology and conservation have taken him throughout Colorado and the West, and worldwide, including to Hokkaido in northern Japan. His experiences were chronicled in the PBS documentary RiverWebs, and the 2015 book For the Love of Rivers: A Scientist’s Journey which won the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award. He has received lifetime achievement awards from the American Fisheries Society and the World Council of Fisheries Societies, and the Leopold Conservation Award from Fly Fishers International.

John Hayes, Ph.D., Freshwater Fisheries Scientist, Cawthron Institute, Nelson, New Zealand

John Hayes is a freshwater fisheries scientist from Nelson, New Zealand, recently retired from the Cawthron Institute, where he retains an emeritus position. John has special expertise in recreational trout and salmon fisheries, instream habitat modelling and salmonid foraging and bioenergetics modelling. He has led and supervised research and consulting projects on freshwater fisheries, habitat assessment, limiting factors, environmental flow regimes and effects of hydro-power and irrigation schemes. Over the last two decades of his career John led a series of research projects with New Zealand and USA scientists developing process-based models integrating river hydraulics, invertebrate drift transport and the bioenergetics of drift feeding to predict effects of flow, water temperature and clarity on stream salmonid growth and carrying capacity. Much of his research has been aimed at understanding how rivers work in relation to sustaining fish populations and fisheries to inform environmental effects assessment. He has undertaken fisheries related environmental consulting widely in New Zealand and contributed to a project in Oregon. His salmonid bioenergetics models have been applied in New Zealand, Australia, and the USA – including the North Umpqua and Colorado rivers, and Columbia River tributaries. John’s interests in fish ecology arose from a life-long passion for fishing. Over his career he has enjoyed communicating freshwater ecology and fisheries science in popular press. He has been a regular writer for Fish & Game New Zealand magazine, also published in Flylife magazine (Australia), and co-authored the book ‘The Artful Science of Trout Fishing’.