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Krista Jones

Krista Jones is a hydrologist at the USGS Oregon Water Science Center.

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:


  • 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