Affiliation: USGS Fort Collins Science Center and Colorado State University
Lindsay’s Research: I am interested in the mechanisms that shape ecological communities with an emphasis in riparian ecology, plant ecology, and invasions. I explore processes such as dispersal, establishment, competition, resource acquisition, ecohydrology, and other biotic and abiotic interactions. Recently I have focused on how river hydrology and geomorphology influence adjacent plant communities. I also study exotic species invasions and the key factors that make species successful invaders.
B.A., Dartmouth College, Environmental and Evolutionary Biology
Ph.D., Colorado State University, Ecology
Favorite Plant Species: Populus fremontii : Fremont cottonwood, the majestic native tree of southwestern rivers. If I ever get a tattoo, it’ll be a leaf of this beautiful tree…
Best Sampling Road Trip: The last summer of my dissertation research I spent driving around the Colorado Plateau sampling vegetation on small streams. I lived out of my car with my field assistant and we camped in a different spot each night. We visited more than a dozen streams in a month, endured scorching June heat, saw rattle snakes and found bird nests, and tromped through many-a-beautiful riparian forest. It was spectacular!
Places I’ve Lived: Seattle (WA), Hanover (NH), Campton (NH), Toulouse (France), Jackson (WY), Quincy (CA), Chinle (AZ), Fort Collins (CO)
In my Field Backpack: Compass, GPS unit, local flora, maps, clipboard, field notebook, pencils and sharpies, orange flagging, duct tape, lara bars, sunscreen, camera, binoculars
First time I saw a river in flood stage: The late-summer monsoons during my first summer of dissertation field work brought huge rains. The dry wash we had been working on for several months was transformed from a bone-dry, sandy creek bed to a roaring, 3,000 cfs beast of water. We sat at the edge of the canyon rim, a thousand feet about the stream, and watched the muddy flood waters race by while the sun set over the desert.
Most recent time I saw a river in flood stage: The winter of 2011 left a huge snowpack in the Colorado Rocky Mountains and a long, cool spring meant that the snow didn’t melt until the end of May. When it did finally melt, it turned into huge river run-offs all along the eastern front of the Rockies! I watched my local river, the Cache-la-Poudre, over-top its banks for the first time in many years.
Places I’ve Done Research:
- Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, NH
- The Gros Ventre Wilderness, WY
- Northern Sierra Nevada, CA
- Canyon de Chelly National Monument, AZ
- Bill Williams River, AZ
- Elwha River, WA
- Upper Colorado River Basin, CO, UT, WY, AZ, and NM
- South Platte River Basin, CO
Lindsay’s Contact Info:
▪ Email Lindsay at: firstname.lastname@example.org
▪ Follow Lindsay on Twitter at: @lindsvreynolds
▪ Learn more about Lindsay’s research at: http://www.fort.usgs.gov/staff/staffprofile.asp?StaffID=1133 and https://sites.google.com/site/lindsayvreynolds/
** Lindsay’s current research is funded by the the US Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART program, the US Geological Survey’s invasive species program, and the USGS’s climate change program