OCCRI Researchers

Title: Director
Name: Laura Brophy
Institution: Institute for Applied Ecology
Department: Estuary Technical Group

B.S. Carleton College 1979, M.S. University of Minnesota 1985.

Research Theme: I provide leadership in coastal wetland restoration and conservation for Oregon, the Pacific Northwest, and the west coast of the U.S., including analysis of climate change impacts to estuarine wetlands. As Director of the Estuary Technical Group at the Institute for Applied Ecology, I generate and distribute scientific data and guidance to assist restoration practitioners and policymakers. My project focus is multi-scale, including strategic planning for tidal wetland conservation and restoration at regional, state, and basin scales, and site-scale restoration design, monitoring and implementation. At Oregon State University’s College of Earth, Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, I conduct and direct research to advance wetland restoration science and bring the results to practitioners in the field.

Research Fields:

Impacts Ecosystems and Populations
Natural Resource Policy and Planning
Outreach and Engagement

Professional Activities:

Society of Wetland Scientists

Pacific Estuarine Research Society

Pacific Northwest Coastal Blue Carbon Working Group

Pacific Marine and Estuarine Fish Habitat Partnership

Oregon Central Coast Estuary Collaboration

Selected Publications:

Brophy, L.S., S. van de Wetering, M.J. Ewald, L.A. Brown, and C.N. Janousek. 2014. Ni-les’tun Tidal Wetland Restoration Effectiveness Monitoring: Year 2 Post-restoration (2013). Corvallis, Oregon: Institute for Applied Ecology. 166 pp. Accessed 9/10/14 at https://www.dropbox.com/s/lvukn7tzhypfkzz/Nilestun_Year2_EM_report_FINAL_20140730-1.pdf?dl=0.

Brophy, L.S., and S. van de Wetering. 2014. Southern Flow Corridor Project Effectiveness Monitoring Plan. Corvallis, Oregon: Institute for Applied Ecology and Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. 28p. Accessed 10/24/12 at http://www.co.tillamook.or.us/Documents/Misc/SFC_Effectiveness_Monitoring_Plan_Final_2014-01-07.pdf.

Brophy, L.S., with contributions from D.A. Reusser, and C.N. Janousek. 2013. Tidal wetlands of the Yaquina and Alsea River estuaries, Oregon: Geographic Information Systems layer development and recommendations for National Wetlands Inventory revisions. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012–1038. 70 p. Accessed 10/29/13 at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2012/1038/.

Ewald, M.J., and Brophy, L.S. 2012. Tidal wetland prioritization for the Tillamook Bay estuary. Prepared for the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership, Garibaldi, Oregon. Estuary Technical Group of the Institute for Applied Ecology and Green Point Consulting, Corvallis, Oregon. Accessed 10/29/13 at http://www.wildsalmoncenter.org/pdf/TillamookWetlandsReport-FINAL.pdf.

Brophy, L.S., C.E. Cornu, P.R. Adamus, J.A. Christy, A. Gray, M.A. MacClellan, J.A. Doumbia, and R.L. Tully. 2011. New tools for tidal wetland restoration: Development of a reference conditions database and a temperature sensor method for detecting tidal inundation in least-disturbed tidal wetlands of Oregon, USA. Report to the Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology (CICEET), Durham, New Hampshire. Green Point Consulting, Corvallis, Oregon. 199 pp. Accessed 10/29/13 at http://oregonexplorer.info/data_files/OE_topic/wetlands/documents/01_Brophy_Cornu_CICEET_FINAL_complete_30-Aug-2011.pdf.