Ecohydrology is topic of Feb. 8 water seminar

Holly Barnard
Holly Barnard

The Water Seminar Series continues with "Ecohydrology: Coupling, Connectivity and Challenges in Forested Catchments," 3:30 p.m., Feb. 8 in the Hardin Hall Auditorium. The series will be led by Holly Barnard, an assistant professor of geography at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Lectures in the series are free and open to the public.

Barnard's research is focused on investigating how vegetation processes affect water flow dynamics and pathways in soils and streams. She also studies how water flow paths affect vegetation function in mountain terrains.

"The ultimate goal is to improve our knowledge of how changes in land-use and/or climate will affect water resources and ecosystems," she said. "This interdisciplinary research uses state-of-the-art techniques to reveal patterns and processes at scales ranging from the leaf to the watershed."

Some current topics include: evapo-transpiration partitioning using stable isotopes; impact of bark beetle outbreaks on forest water yield in southern Wyoming; and examining the influence of micro-climate on tree function using stable isotope analysis of tree rings.

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