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WED Organizational Structure

Organization of the Western Ecology Division

Director's Office
     Acting Director:Tony Olsen

     Special Assistant to the Director: Peter Beedlow


     Associate Director for Program Operations: Tom Connolly

Freshwater Ecology Branch (Corvallis)
    Acting Chief: Paul Ringold

The mission of the Freshwater Ecology Branch is to provide the scientific leadership to develop monitoring tools for assessing the status and trends in condition of freshwater ecosystems (including streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands, and riparian areas). Important aspects of this research include environmental statistics, design of monitoring networks at different scales, development of biocriteria and determining reference conditions for freshwater aquatic resources.
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 Introduction to the Freshwater Ecology Branch 

Ecological Effects Branch (Corvallis)
  Chief:  Paul Mayer

The mission of the Environmental Effects Branch is to determine the effects of natural and anthropogenic stress on the structure and function of terrestrial ecosystems at multiple spatial and temporal scales. Key stressors include pesticides, pollutants, and genetically modified plants. Research focuses on development of predictive models of sol ecosystem effects, particularly nutrient and carbon cycling, coupled to plant community response models; development of spatially explicit wildlife population models; advancement of risk assessment methods for herbicide testing and registration, and development of methodologies for assessing risk of gene flow from crop to noncrop species

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Introduction to the Ecological Effects Branch  

Pacific Coastal Ecology Branch (Newport)
     Chief: Walter G. Nelson

The mission of the Pacific Coastal Ecology Branch is to determine the effects of natural and anthropogenic stressors on ecological resources of Pacific Coast estuaries at multiple spatial and temporal scales. Key stressors include nutrients, sedimentation, pollutants, and nuisance exotic species. Research focuses on valued habitats such as submerged aquatic vegetation and on understanding the effects of stressors on estuarine food webs. Research includes the development of models of nutrient and sediment impacts on aquatic vegetation and estuarine food webs, development of indicators of estuarine condition, and development of approaches to estimate comparative ecological values of estuarine habitats.

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Introduction to the Pacific Coastal Ecology Branch   



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