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Virtual sediment dynamics course this Fall 2020 you can apply toward PSU's Advanced River Restoration certificate.

Courses can be used towards completion of the Advanced River Restoration certificate through the PSU EPP program if you register through PSU.

Schedule: This 24 contact-hour short course will delivered over Zoom in the form of six 4-hour case study sessions: May 17th, 19th, 21st, 24th, 26th, and 28th.

Time: 8:30am to 12:30pm PST

Instructors include: USA - Chris Jordan, Alexa Whipple, Emily Fairfax, Joe Wheaton, Mark Beardsley, Cleo Woelfle-Erskine, and Kelley Jorgensen, and UK - Chryssa Brown, Ben Eardley, Alan Puttock, Colin Thorne, Roger Auster, and Róisín Campbell-Palmer

Course fee: $750

Description: Students of this virtual short course will learn how to partner with beaver to achieve river restoration goals from leading academics and experts working on ground around the United States and United Kingdom. Potential course content (subject to change):

  1. Beaver natural history including Understanding beaver populations (North American and Eurasian beaver).
  2. Beaver in the river environment.
  3. People and beaver (Eurasia and North America).
  4. Studying and Learning from beaver.
  5. Cultural and social contexts: Beavers as commoners and recognizing the dignity of rivers.
  6.  Beaver relocation, recolonization and re-introduction (US and UK).
  7. Beaver and resilience (floods, droughts, wildfires, etc.).
  8. Beaver and salmonids, biodiversity, river functions and ecosystem services.
  9. Promoting Beaver  (including BDAs, but much more) 
  10. Beaver as catalysts for sustainable process-based river restoration.
  11. Beaver case studies.

Format:  Most sessions will include two modules with each module corresponding to one of the above topics. The default format for each module will be 40 minutes of presentations by the lead and associate instructors, supplemented by time for exercises (whole class or break-out groups) and then an open forum for discussion. The final session will consist of instructors and students presenting and discussing case studies consist with the theme of the course.

Two-Part Partnering with Beaver Course*

This class is Part 1 of the training and it is being taught in a virtual format this spring. There will be a follow-up field course that will be taught through PSU in the fall that registrants will need to sign up for separatly.

Part 2: EPP 726 Partnering with Beaver Field course (Scheduled for Fall 2021)
*Both Parts must be completed to count towards earning the Advance Restoration Certificate


Click here to register for the course through RRNW


Click on the link below to register through the PSU Environmental Professionals Program for credit towards the Advanced River Restoration certificate:

Click here to register for the course through PSU


Please contact our Short Course Lead Jared McKee for questions about the courses.

Please contact our registrar Peggy for questions associated with RRNW Course Registration.