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Ecosystems Research

Kathleen Sullivan

Research Interests:  Multi-disciplinary field experiments, monitoring and modeling projects. Topics in the scientific fields of hydrology, geology, geomorphology, fisheries, botany, wildlife, forestry, watershed science, risk assessment and landscape management.

Biographical Information

Name: Kathleen Sullivan
Title: Post-doctoral Geographer

Contact Info:

Ecosystems Research Division
National Exposure Research Laboratory
Office of Research and Development
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
960 College Station Road
Athens, GA  30605-2700

Phone: 706-355-8100
Email: sullivan.kate@epa.gov


Ph.D. Geomorpology, Whiting School of Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, 1986 
B.S. Forest Science, University of Idaho, 1976
Attended:  University of Maryland, 1970-1972, Kalamazoo College, 1969-1970

Professional Experience

Chief, Ecosystems Assessment Branch USEPA, ORD/NERL/ERD, Athens, GA March 2012 - present
Physical Sciences Manager, The Humboldt Redwood Company Scotia, CA Aug 2008-Feb 2012
Director of Research and Development, The Pacific Lumber Company Scotia, CA Sept 2002-Aug 2008
Senior Scientist, Sustainable Ecosystems Institute, Portland OR, Sept 2001-Sept 2002
Science and Policy Fellow, American Association for Advancement of Science, Washington D.C., Sept 2000-Sept 2001
Scientific Career Track, Weyerhaeuser Company, Washington 1976-2000
Assistant District Operations Forester, Weyerhaeuser Company, 1976-1979
Research and Teaching Assistant, The Johns Hopkins University                      
Research Biologist, National Park Service    
Research Assistant, University of Idaho

Professional Affiliations

Amerian Geophysical Union
Geological Society of America
American Fisheries Society
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Committees and Advisory Groups

California Board of Forestry Technical Advisory Committee, 2006-2008, 2010-2012
National Science Foundation Panel for Biocomplexity Research, 1999, 2001
Technical Advisor to Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board, William Ruckelshaus, chair, 2000
National Research Council, Committee on Environmental Issues in Pacific Northwest Forest Management, 1993-1999.
Washington Timber Fish Wildlife Cooperative Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research Committee, 1989-1999
National Science Foundation Panel,  Reviewed Funding Proposals for Interdiciplinary Science Centers, 1998.
Washington Watershed Coordinating Council, Public  Advisory Group, 1994-1998.
President Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development, Natural Resources Committee - Western Regional Team, 1994-1996
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Technical Committee, 1992-1996.

Awards and Honors

Science and Policy Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington DC, 2000   
President's Award, Weyerhaeuser Company, 1993
Pratt Fellowship, The Johns Hopkins University, BaltimoreMD, 1981-82
Outstanding Student, College of Forestry, University of Idaho, 1976
Outstanding Senior-University of Idaho, American Association of University Women, 1976

Invited Workshops and Symposia

2009.  Workshop on Proposed Threatened and Endangered Salmon Forest Practice Regulations.  California Board of Forestry, Sacramento, CA.
2008.  Riparian adaptive management symposium: a conversation between scientists and management.  Forks, Washington.
2002.  Workshop on Small Stream Channels and Their Riparian Zones: Their form, function, and ecological importance in a watershed context.  Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 1999.  Puget Sound Salmon Leaders Conference.  Washington Salmon Enhancement and Recovery Funding Board and the Meridian Institute.  Port Ludlow, WA, October 6-9, 1999.
1989.  National Symposium on Water Quality Assessment. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Assessment and Watershed Protection Division. Fort Collins, CO, October 16-19, 1989.

Publications and Presentations

Dhakal, A.S. and K. Sullivan. (Submitted) Shallow groundwater response to rainfall: Implications of rainfall intensities, topography, and canopy interception on peak pressure head generation.
Dhakal, A.S. and K. Sullivan. (In Preparation.)  An evaluation of ground topography generated by LIDAR in comparison to field survey under a forest canopy in mountainous terrain.
Sayama, T., J.J. McDonnell, A. Dhakal, and K. Sullivan. (In press.) How much water can a watershed store?  Hydrological Processes, special issue: S170 Measurements and Modeling of Storage Dynamics Across Scales. 
Sullivan, K. In press. Sediment yield response to sediment reduction strategies implemented for 10 years in watersheds managed for industrial forestry in Northern California.  Proceedings, Coast Redwood Forests in a Changing California. Held Jun 21-23, 2011. Santa Cruz, California. 
Harris, R. R., K. Sullivan, P.H. Cafferata, J.R. Munn, and K. M. Faucher. 2007. Applications of turbidity monitoring to forest management in California.  Environmental Management 40: 531-543. DOI 10.1007/s00267-006-0195-9.
Welty, J., T. Beechie, K. Sullivan, G. Pess, R.E. Bilby, D. Hyink. 2002.  Riparian aquatic interaction simulator (RAIS): a model of riparian forest dynamics for the generation of large woody debris and shade.  Forest Ecology and Management. 162:299-318.
Sullivan, K., D.J. Martin, R.D. Cardwell, S.Duke, and J. Toll, 2000.  An analysis of the effects of temperature on salmonids of the Pacific Northwest with implications for selecting temperature criteria.  Sustainable Ecosystems Institute Tech. Rep. Portland, OR. 
Committee on Environmental Issues in Pacific Northwest Forest Management. 2000. Environmental Issues in Pacific Northwest Forest Management. National Research Council, National Academy Press, Washington D.C.
Montgomery, D.R., W. E. Dietrich, and K. Sullivan.  1998.  The role of GIS in watershed analysis.  In:  Lane, S.N., K.S. Richards, and J.H. Chandler.  Landform monitoring, modelling and analysis. John Wiley and Sons.
Montgomery, D.R., G.E. Grant, K.Sullivan. 1995.  Watershed Analysis as framework for implementing ecosystem management.  Water Resources Bulletin 31(3): 369-386.
Benda, L., T.E. Lisle, and K. Sullivan.  1991. Geomorphology.  In:  Bryant, Mason D., tech. ed. The Copper River Delta pulse study: an interdisciplinary survey of the aquatic habitats. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-282. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station.43 p.
Sullivan, K., J. Tooley, K. Doughty, J.E. Caldwell, and P. Knudsen. 1990. Evaluation of prediction models and characterization of stream temperature regimes in Washington. Timber/Fish/Wildlife Rep. No. TFW-WQ3-90-006. Washington Dept. of Nat. Resources, Olympia,  WA. 224 p.
Bilby, R.E., K. Sullivan, and S.H. Duncan. 1989. The generation and fate of road-surface sediment in forested watersheds in southwestern Washington. Forest Science: 453-468.
Bisson, P.A., K. Sullivan, and J. L. Nielsen. 1988. Channel hydraulics, habitat use, and body form of juvenile coho salmon, steelhead, and cutthroat trout in streams. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 117:262-273.
Sullivan, K., T.E. Lisle, C.A. Dolloff, G.E. Grant and L.M. Reid. 1987.  Stream channels--the link between forests and fishes.  In: Proc. of a Symposium on Fish and Forestry Interactions, held Feb. 12-14, Seattle, WA.
Sullivan, K. 1985.  Long-term patterns of water quality in a managed watershed in Oregon: 1. Suspended sediment. Water Resources Bulletin 21(6): 977-987.


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