Personal Research
The following list is a sample of research projects actively pursued by Balance staff during weekends or on vacations. Many involve periodic observations over a number of years or recurring seasons, leading to major presentations and publications.

  • Sedimentation and erosion control after major wildfires (S. Richmond, M. Strudley, B. Hecht and B. Hastings)

  • Calibrating urban runoff coefficients at the block and neighborhood scale, S.F. Bay Area (E. Ballman)

  • Episodic sedimentation and habitat management in semi-arid and arid-region streams (B. Hecht)

  • Influences of geology and wet/dry cycles on ambient salinity of coastal California streams (B. Hecht and C. White)

  • Holocene history and Pleistocene stratigraphy of the Kennicott Glacier, Alaska (B. Hecht)

  • Hydromodification and effects of urbanization in stream channels (S. Brown, J. Owens, and S. Chartrand)

  • Natural architecture of step-pool channels utilized by salmonids (S. Chartrand)

  • Hydrogeologic properties of karst and bedrock aquifers (S. Chartrand, B. Hecht, and M. Woyshner)

  • Vernal pool form and functions, Southern California (B. Hecht, D. Shaw and C. White)

  • Variation of hydraulic roughness over time in coastal streams of California (J. Owens, B. Hecht)

  • Nitrate budgets of streams in the central Coast Ranges (C. White, B. Hecht, and M. Woyshner)

  • Recharge of granite aquifers, Central California (S. Brown and M. Woyshner)

  • Effects of soil compaction by grazing on runoff and sediment-production rates, Golden Trout Wilderness (J. Owens)

  • Land-use effects on watersheds with sandy soils -- integrated hydrologic consideration of recharge, water-quality, drainage, and erosion and sedimentation (S. Brown and B. Hecht)

  • Effects of wildfires on peak runoff, and summer runoff affecting habitat (B. Hecht and S. Richmond)

  • Arid/semiarid sediment transport and weathering processes, and the development of pediments and tors (bedrock outcrops) (M. Strudley)

  • Hydraulics of large woody debris and its application to design of riparian and aquatic habitat (J. Owens and S. Chartrand)

  • Quantifying the relationship between bedload transport and bed conditions affecting salmonid habitat (B. Hecht, D. Shaw and M. Strudley)

  • Quantitative stability analysis of large woody debris and its application to riparian and aquatic habitat restoration and repair (M. Strudley)

  • Cumulative effects of removing multiple small dams (J. Krause)