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DRAMS Team

The DRAMS team consists of interdisciplinary scientists from multiple agencies.

David Graf

David Graf

Water Resource Specialist, Colorado Parks and Wildlife

David Graf supports the DRAMS team through his knowledge of the Dolores Rivers habitats for native fish as he has set up several field sites for warm water fish since 2005. Graf is a Water Resource Specialist for the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). Graf began working on the Dolores River in 2001 when he was asked by the CPW to apply his geomorphic and habitat restoration experience to the cold water fishery between McPhee Dam and Bradfield Bridge. Graf’s science background is in watershed science, geomorphology, sediment transport, and the effects of flow alteration on geomorphic processes. 

Ryan Unterreiner

Ryan Unterreiner

Water Resources Specialist, Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Ryan Unterreiner is a Water Resources Specialist with Colorado Parks and Wildlife. He is a participating member of the Dolores Biology Team and the Dolores River Monitoring and Evaluation Team, two groups whose goals include actions to improve the habitat and status of native warm-water fish in the Dolores River below McPhee. 

He is most interested in re-introducing stream and riparian habitat complexity below the dam to preserve native fish habitat and disadvantage non-native invasive predatory fish species, a challenging task given the hydrologic reality of today and the foreseeable future. The intervals between managed releases at McPhee are widening and the annual fishery allocation for the river below the dam is diminishing. In the face of these challenges, what can managers reasonably expect to accomplish below the dam to preserve or enhance habitat for native fish species in decline?

Gigi Richard

Gigi Richard

Director, Four Corners Water Center

Dr. Gigi Richard is the Director of Four Corners Water Center and Instructor of Geosciences at Fort Lewis College. Dr. Richard specializes in surface water hydrology, hydrology and water resources of the western U.S., human impacts on river systems, GIS, and GPS. 

Dr. Gary Gianniny

Dr. Gary Gianniny

Professor of Geosciences, Fort Lewis College

Dr. Gary Gianniny is a Professor of Geosciences at Fort Lewis College. Dr. Gianniny researches sedimentary geology with focuses on aquifers, oil and gas, climate change, and water issues among other related topics in the southwestern United States. 

Dr. Jonathan Harvey

Dr. Jonathan Harvey

Assistant Professor of Geosciences, Fort Lewis College

Dr. Harvey is a geomorphologist, researching ancient and modern floods in slot canyons of the Colorado Plateau. He also uses UAVs to map topography of landslides, river terraces, and other geomorphic features. Jon’s specialties include meteorology, hydrology, GIS and remote sensing applied to geomorphic and environmental change. 

Dr. Alan Kasprak

Dr. Alan Kasprak

Assistant Professor of Geosciences, Fort Lewis College

Dr. Kasprak uses GIS and remote sensing data to examine the impacts of large dams on the geomorphology, sediment transport, and land cover of the Colorado River corridor through the Canyonlands and Grand Canyon regions of the Southwestern U.S. In addition to these field based projects, he uses laboratory flume experiments and numerical modeling to predict how rivers will respond to alterations in water or sediment supply. 

Dr. Joel Sholtes

Dr. Joel Sholtes

Civil Engineering Instructor, Colorado Mesa University and University of Colorado Boulder

Dr. Sholtes' professional and academic experiences focus on physical river processes (river hydraulics and fluvial geomorphology) with applications to stream rehabilitation, riverine infrastructure management and flood hazards.  

Charlie Brockway

Charlie Brockway

GIS Technician, U.S. Forest Service

Charlie Brockway is a Fort Lewis College alum who studied Environmental Studies with a Geographic information Systems certificate and an Anthropology minor.  He is primarily interested in using field measurements in combination with GIS to understand human driven alteration of river systems. Charlie is now working for the U.S. Forest Service as a GIS technician in Trout Lake, Washington.  

Celene Hawkins

Celene Hawkins

Colorado and Colorado River Tribal Engagement Program Director, The Nature Conservancy. 

Celene Hawkins serves as the Colorado and Colorado River Tribal Engagement Program Director for The Nature Conservancy. She co-leads the Dolores River Native Fish Monitoring & Recommendation Team and has worked on Dolores River water management since 2009.  

Dr. Cynthia Dott

Dr. Cynthia Dott

Professor of Biology, Fort Lewis College

Dr. Cynthia Dott specializes in the ecology and dynamics of river systems, including how floodplain vegetation responds to changes in river flow, geomorphology and disturbance regimes. 

View published research on Dolores River hydrology and vegetation interactions by Dr. Cynthia Dott, Dr. Gary Gianniny, and Dr. Melissa Clutter.

Rica Fulton

Rica Fulton

Restoration Coordinator, RiverEdge West

RiverEdge West's Restoration Coordinator, Rica Fulton, specializes in riparian restoration, project management, and collaboration in the Dolores River watershed. Fulton created the Dolores River Restoration Partnership's (DRRP) StoryMap,  Dolores River Restoration Partnership , that includes DRRP initiatives, background, and mapping of invasive species along the Dolores. 

Gage Norris

Gage Norris

GIS professional

Gage Norris is a GIS professional living in Durango, Colorado. He recently earned his GIS certificate from Fort Lewis College, and is currently applying his skills at a private GIS firm. He is particularly interested in python coding and creative cartography. View more of Gage's work.

Joe Manning

Joe Manning

Manager, Tres Rios Field Office, Bureau of Land Management

Joe Manning is a manager and supervisor of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Tres Rios Field Office Resources staff. This is one of the several BLM field offices that manage the public lands along the Dolores River. Joe supervises the currently vacant hydrologist position that is involved with DRAMS. 

Maddie Roberts

GIS professional

Maddie Roberts assisted in the creation of the DRAMS StoryMap. Roberts graduated from Fort Lewis College in May 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and a Geographic Information Systems Certificate. Roberts' undergraduate research experience includes river flume flood analysis and change detection, paleoenvironmental analysis within Chimney Rock National Monument, and remote sensing of land cover change over time. 

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