Krista Jones

Krista Jones

Hydrologist

NORTHWEST REGION

Email: kljones@usgs.gov
Phone: 503-251-3476
Fax: 503-251-3470

Address:
2130 S.W. Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR 97201


Expertise

Biography

Krista is a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey at the Oregon Water Science Center in Portland, Oregon. She received her M.S. in Ecology from the University of Georgia in 2004, and a B.S. in Ecology and B.A. in English from the University of Georgia in 2001.

Prior to joining USGS, Krista managed and participated in several large interdisciplinary research projects integrating aquatic ecology, geomorphology, and hydrology in US rivers. Her study systems included: lower Columbia River estuary with the Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership, Umatilla River in northeastern Oregon with Eco-metrics, Inc. (now Geoffrey Poole's Fluvial Landscape Lab at Montana State University), and trout streams in northeast Georgia with the Odum School of Ecology and River Basin Center at the University of Georgia.

 

Ongoing projects
Conceptual Framework for Ranking Site-Scale Stressors in the Tualatin River Basin
The Tualatin River basin has a large and growing urban population, which in some ways may influence (or stress) the water quality, geomorphology, habitat, and biological communities of the Tualatin River and its tributaries. As part of its “Past, Present, and Future Study” with Clean Water Services, USGS is assessing ecosystem stressors in the Tualatin River basin and developing a framework for prioritizing future data collection, research, and management actions based on the magnitude of ecosystem stressors at the site-scale.
 
Estuary Impact Assessment for the Columbia River Treaty
The treaty between the United States and Canada for flood protection and power generation on the Columbia River contains provisions that will change its implementation starting in 2024. Ongoing efforts are assessing post-2024 impacts on hydropower, flood control, and ecosystem function. Krista is coordinating the ecosystem analyses for the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam (or the Columbia River estuary). This project is in collaboration with the US Corps of Engineers, Bonneville Power Administration, the Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction, Deltares, USGS Pacific Marine Division, and treaty sovereigns including the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission, Cowlitz Tribe, and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. For more information on the treaty: http://www.crt2014-2024review.gov/Default.aspx
 
Geomorphic Controls on Current and Future Pacific Lamprey Habitat
Internally funded by USGS, the geomorphology team at the ORWSC is teaming up with fishery biologists from FRESC to explore the relationships between geomorphology and Pacific Lamprey habitat in the Oregon Coast Range. More details coming soon!
 
Physcial HAbitat Monitoring (PHAM) for Reach Scale Restoration Projects
Organizations in the Columbia River basin are assembling protocols for habitat data collection. These efforts typically do not include protocols that are scalable by project size and time considerations or are applicable to projects that deliberately aim to enhance hyporheic exchange. Krista is working with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and NOAA Fisheries to develop a scalable monitoring framework for aquatic and riparian restoration projects on tribal lands in eastern Oregon and Washington. The group will assemble field and GIS-based techniques that are appropriate for restoration effectiveness monitoring at the reach and valley segment scales. This work builds on the Umatilla River Vision (link below).
 
Completed projects
Geomorphic Issues in the Willamette Basin (2011-2012)
A basic understanding of the geomorphic processes along the Willamette River and its tributaries is currently lacking in the Willamette Basin. With funding from the Meyer Memorial Trust and Oregon Water Enhancement Board, this project is the first step in formulating such an understanding. Scientists from USGS, Oregon State University, and University of Oregon outlined the state of the science and key unanswered science questions for understanding streamflow, sediment and geomorphic processes along the Willamette River’s alluvial corridors. This framework will provide a defensible basis for developing tractable restoration targets and assessing the possible effects of environmental flows in the basin. View the report at: http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2013/1246/
 
Reconnaissance-level studies of bed-material transport and channel condition in coastal Oregon rivers (2010-2012)
Done in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Oregon Department of State Lands, these studies provide state and federal agencies with data relevant to the permitting of instream gravel mining in Oregon. Study basins included the Hunter Creek, Rogue River, Coquille River, Tillamook Bay, and Nehalem River basins. Report links are below.

 

 

 

Peer-reviewed Publications

Jones, K.L., O’Daniel, S.J., Beechie, T.J., Zakrajsek, John, and Webster, J.G., 2015, Physical habitat monitoring strategy (PHAMS) for reach-scale restoration effectiveness monitoring: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015-1069, 58 p., http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2015/1069/

O'Connor, J.E., Mangano, J.F., Anderson, S.W., Wallick, J.R., Jones, K.L., Keith, M.K. 2014, Geologic and physiographic controls on bed-material yield, transport, and channel morphology for alluvial and bedrock rivers, western Oregon. Geological Society of America Bulletin. doi:10.1130/B30831.1

Wallick, J.R., Jones, K.L., O’Connor, J.E., Keith, M.K., Hulse, David, and Gregory, S.V., 2013, Geomorphic and vegetation processes of the Willamette River floodplain, Oregon—Current understanding and unanswered questions: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2013-1246., 70 p., http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2013/1246

Jones, K.L., Keith, M.K, O’Connor, J.E., Mangano, J.F., and Wallick, J.R., 2012, Preliminary assessment of channel stability and bed-material transport in the Tillamook Bay tributaries and Nehalem River basin, northwestern Oregon: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012–1187, 120 p. http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2012/1187/

Risley, J.C., Wallick, J.R., Mangano, J.F., and Jones, K.L., 2012, An environmental streamflow assessment for the Santiam River basin, Oregon: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012-1133, 66 p.http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2012/1133/

Jones, K.L., O'Connor, J.E., Keith, M.K., Mangano, J.F., and Wallick, J.R., 2012, Preliminary assessmen t of channel stability and bed-material transport in the Coquille River basin, southwestern Oregon: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012–1064, 84 p. http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2012/1064/

Jones, K.L., O’Connor, J.E., Keith, M.K., Mangano, J.F., and Wallick, J.R., 2012, Preliminary assessment of channel stability and bed-material transport in the Rogue River basin, southwestern Oregon: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011–1280, 96 p. http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2011/1280/

Simenstad, C.A., Burke, J.L., O’Connor, J.E., Cannon, C., Heatwole, D.W., Ramirez, M.F., Waite, I.R., Counihan, T.D., and Jones, K.L., 2011, Columbia River Estuary Ecosystem Classification—Concept and Application: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011-1228, 54 p. http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2011/1228/

Jones, K.L , Wallick, J.R., O’Connor, J.E., Keith, M.K., Mangano, J.F., and Risley, J.C., 2011, Preliminary assessment of channel stability and bed-material transport along Hunter Creek, southwestern Oregon: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011–1160, 41 p. http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2011/1160/

Poole, G. C., S. J. O'Daniel, K. L. Jones, W. W. Woessner, E. S. Bernhardt, A. M. Helton, J. A. Stanford, B. R. Boer, and T. J. Beechie. 2008. Hydrologic Spiraling: The Role of Multiple Interactive Flow Paths in Stream Ecosystems. River Research and Applications. 24:1018-1031. http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/117925266/PDFSTART.

Jones, K. L., G. C. Poole, S. J. O'Daniel, L. A. K. Mertes, and J. A. Stanford. 2008.  Surface hydrology of low-relief landscapes: assessing surface water flow impedance using LIDAR-derived digital elevation models. Remote Sensing of Environment. 11:4148-4158. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2008.01.024.

Jones, K. L.,  G. C. Poole, W. W. Woessner, M. V. Vitale, B. R. Boer, S. J. O'Daniel, S. A. Thomas, and B. A. Geffen. 2008. Geomorphology, hydrology, and aquatic vegetation drive seasonal hyporheic flow patterns across a gravel-dominated floodplainHydrological Processes. 22:2105-2113. 2008. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/hyp.6810/abstract

Jones, K. L., G. C. Poole, J. L. Meyer, W. Bumback and E. A. Kramer. 2006. Quantifying expected ecological response to natural resource legislation: a case study of riparian buffers, aquatic habitat, and trout populations. Ecology and Society 11 (2): 15. http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol11/iss2/art15/

Technical Reports

Jones, K. L., C. A. Simenstad, J. L. Burke, T. D. Counihan, I. R. Waite, J. L. Morace, A. B. Borde, K. L. Sobocinski, N. Sather, S. A. Zimmerman, L. L. Johnson, P. M. Chittaro, K.H. Macneale, O. P. Olson, S. Y. Sol, D. J. Teal, G. M. Ylitalo, and L. Johnson. 2008. Lower Columbia River Ecosystem Monitoring Project Annual Report for Year 4 (September 2007 to August 2008).  Prepared by the Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership with funding from the Bonneville Power Administration.

Jones, K. L., G. C. Poole, E. J. Quaempts, S. O’Daniel, and T. Beechie. 2008.  Umatilla River Vision (A Process-Based Approach to Umatilla River Restoration to Support Tribal Harvest and Use of First Foods). Prepared for Department of Natural Resources, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. http://www.umatilla.nsn.us/DNRUmatillaRiverVision.pdf

Jones, K. L., J. C. Leary, J. L. Morace, K. McCarthy, C. A. Simenstad, J. L. Burke, T. D. Counihan, I. R. Waite, K. L. Sobocinski, A. B. Borde, L. L. Johnson, P. M. Chittaro, K.H. Macneale, O. P. Olson, K. Peck, S. Y. Sol, and G. M. Ylitalo. 2007. Lower Columbia River Ecosystem Monitoring Project Annual Report for Year 3b (September 2006 to August 2007). Prepared by the Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership with funding from the Bonneville Power Administration.

Meyer, J. L., K. L. Jones, G. C. Poole, C. R. Jackson, J. E. Kundell, B. L. Rivenbark, E. A. Kramer, and W. Bumback. 2004. Implications of changes in riparian buffer protection for Georgia's trout streams. Final Report. River Basin Center, University of Georgia. Athens, GA.  http://www.rivercenter.uga.edu/publications/pdf/buffer_science.pdf

Thesis

Jones, K. L. 2004. Predicting trout population and fish assemblage responses to reduced riparian buffer widths in Northern Georgia, USA. Thesis. Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia. pp. 112.