The course is taught by leading researchers and practitioners, who are applied scientists focusing on bringing science together with practice to solve typical environmental problems. The course brings cutting-edge expertise and methods to bear on planning, design, and evaluation of river restoration. Collectively, the instructors have broad experience on rivers in North America, Europe, and Asia, including analysis and project design in the Lake Tahoe Basin and throughout California.


Professor of Environmental Planning and Geography at UC Berkeley, with experience in planning and evaluating river restoration, sediment management in regulated rivers, and habitat needs for spawning by salmon and trout.  [more info]


Professor of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University, authority on sediment transport and integration of fluvial geomorphic analyses in river restoration design and planning, leader of the Stream Restoration program at the National Center of Earth-Surface Dynamics. [more info]


Professor of Biological Science at Holy Names University, Ph.D .from UC Berkeley.  Research focus on hydrologic and hydraulic controls of food webs, carbon and nutrient pathways, and the influence of food web composition on ecosystem processes.


Geomorphologist, a leading designer of stream restoration projects, who has conducted analyses of stream processes and implemented successful stream and meadow restoration projects throughout the Lake Tahoe basin, the Russian River, and elsewhere.


Principal of McBain Associates, has led restoration efforts on large and small rivers in California and elsewhere in western North America, including the Trinity, San Joaquin, and Tuolumne Rivers, emphasizing restoration of geomorphic and ecological processes.


Principal and founder of FlowWest in Oakland, CA, Mark is a civil engineer and geomorphologist who has led major studies of sediment transport and channel geomorphology on the Klamath River and designed restoration projects on urban streams across the US, including the Sacramento River and Silver and Deer Creeks, California, Trinity River, Texas, and Four-Mile Run, Virginia. Mark also serves on Technical Advisory Committees for the San Joaquin River Restoration Program and the Cache Creek Improvement Program, and is a leader in the application of advanced “Big Data” analytics and visualization tools to water resources and aquatic ecosystem management.


Principal hydrologist/geologist at Balance Hydrologics, Truckee. Stream gauge, sediment sampling, and surveying extraordinaire.


Kristen is an East Bay ecologist and Master of Forestry with 14 years of experience in ecological research and restoration. A student of Professor Joe McBride, Kristen received her MF in 2013. Her thesis focused on the use of reference information in riparian forests and its applicability to restoration. Kristen is an Ecologist with the East Bay Regional Park District serving as the project coordinator for the District’s Fuels Management Program. Her favorite fish is Cottus asper.


Jen is a PhD Candidate at UC Berkeley studying the connections between geomorphology, hydrology and ecology of meadows in the Sierra Nevada.  Her research includes a review of eight 'Pond and Plug' meadow restoration projects across the region.


Fluid Concepts, design of Wingfield Park in Reno, among other whitewater parks. Owner of Reno Fly Shop.


Geologist, Desert Research Institute. Expert on geology of the Tahoe region.


Smokey is a fluvial geomorphologist at McBain Associates of Arcata, California. His areas of specialty are stream restoration and geomorphic monitoring with an emphasis on sediment-related issues. He has helped design numerous restoration projects including several on the lower Truckee River.


Anneliese is a PhD Candidate at UC Berkeley who studies the effect of landscape patterns on urban hydrology and hydrologic processes. Prior to her graduate studies, she worked as an engineer at an environmental consulting firm in Seattle where she assisted with the planning and design of a number of local river restoration projects.