Run-of-River hydropower and salmonids: potential effects and perspective on future research

  Small hydropower production, and more specifically Run-of-River (RoR) hydropower, has become an important source of renewable electricity worldwide in recent decades and increasingly, an alternative to large reservoir storage hydropower dams. Although individual RoR hydropower projects are often small in size and footprint, their potential effects on salmonids, and river ecosystems in general, should…

Adding up the green: what yields the biggest bang for your conservation buck?

Our new study in the journal Ecological Economics  weighs the biological and economic tradeoffs of recovery for the endangered Oregon spotted frog, and aims to improve conservation decision-making for other threatened species.   Canada and the United States arguably have some of the strongest species at risk legislation in the world. While the legislation provides a blueprint for…

New Paper in Frontiers: Ampibians in the climate vise

A new paper published by Mo Ryan and colleagues in Frontiers of Ecology and the Environment proposes a hypothesis for how climate warming in lakes and ponds of the mountains of the US Pacific Northwest may be adding insult to a century of injury for native amphibians. Non-native trout were widely introduced throughout the Mountain…