Claire Cathcart

Project Description

Small, headwater streams are closely linked to the surrounding terrestrial environment and are therefore vulnerable to landscape alterations. I will be developing process-based models to evaluate the effects of forestry practices on hydrology, temperature, nutrient loading, and other ecological attributes on at the reach and watershed scale. My research combines field-based, experimental approaches with mechanistic and statistical modeling approaches to identify functional relationships between riparian, geomorphic, and ecological mechanisms. 

Research Interests

Freshwater ecosystems
Disturbance ecology
Human-environment interactions

Research Methodology

field-based methods
mechanistic modeling
spatial analysis
time-series analysis


Faculty of Forestry