CURRICULUM VITAE for DR. RACHEL L. MALISON
13 October 2014
Norwegian Institute for Nature Research
Postal address: P.O. Box 5685 Sluppen, NO-7485 Trondheim, Norway
Visiting address: Høgskoleringen 9, 7034 Trondheim, Norway

Phone: +47 73 80 14 00, Fax: +47 73 80 14 01, Cell: +47 404 93 910
Email: rachel.malison@nina.no, wilkrach@gmail.com

 

EDUCATION                                            

Ph.D., Systems Ecology, 2013. The Flathead Lake Biological Station, Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Montana, Missoula, Montana. Advisor: J.A. Stanford

M.S., Ecology, 2008. Department of Biological Sciences, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho.  Advisor: C.V. Baxter

B.A., Biology, 2004. Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Montana, Missoula, Montana. Davidson Honors College Graduate.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE                                    

Research Ecologist and Marie Curie Fellow
Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (2014 – present)

Graduate Research Assistant
The Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana (2008-2013)

Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Biological Sciences, Idaho State University (2005-2008)

Undergraduate Research Field Assistant
The Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana (2004)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE    

 The University of Montana (2013). Co-instructor, Flathead Lake Biological Station.
Course: Field Ecology.

The University of Montana (2012). Graduate Teaching Assistant, Flathead Lake Biological Station.
Course: Field Ecology


The Glacier Institute, Montana (2012). Field Instructor 
Course: Middle Fork River Ecology by Raft

PUBLICATIONS    

            Peer-reviewed publications:

Malison, R.L., M.S. Lorang, D.C. Whited, and J.A. Stanford. 2014. Beavers (Castor canadensis) influence habitat for juvenile salmon in a large Alaskan river floodplain, Freshwater Biology 59(6):1229-1246. 

Jackson, B. K., S.M.P. Sullivan, and R.L. Malison. 2012. Wildfire severity mediates fluxes of plant material and terrestrial invertebrates to mountain streams. Forest Ecology and Management 278: 27-34.

Malison, R.L. and C.V. Baxter. 2010. The fire pulse: wildfire stimulates flux of aquatic prey to terrestrial habitats driving increases in riparian consumers. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 67(3): 570-579.

Malison, R.L., J. Benjamin, and C.V. Baxter. 2010. Measuring adult insect emergence from streams: the influence of trap placement and a comparison with benthic sampling. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 29(2): 647-656.

Malison, R.L. and C.V. Baxter. 2010. Effects of wildfire of varying severity on benthic stream insect assemblages and emergence. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 29(4): 1324-1338.

Publications in review and in prep:

Malison, R. L., L. Eby, and J.A. Stanford. In prep. Juvenile salmonid growth, survival, and production in a large river floodplain modified by beavers (Castor canadensis). Target Journal: Oikos.

Malison, R. L. and J.A. Stanford. In prep. Beavers reduce habitat connectivity and salmon productivity in expansive river floodplains. Target Journal: Conservation Biology.

Dissertation and Thesis:

Malison, R.L. 2013. Ecology of juvenile salmon in large floodplain rivers: The influence of habitat modification by beavers (Castor canadensis) on salmon growth and production. Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Montana, Missoula, MT.

Malison, R.L. 2008. Effects of wildfire on aquatic insect assemblages, emerging adult insects, and riparian consumers in a wilderness watershed.  M.S. Thesis, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID.     

REPORTS (non-refereed)                                    

Malison, R.L., T. Bansak, J.A. Stanford, and D. Gillikin (2012). Addressing AYK's Hypothesis #1: Change in suitability or productivity of freshwater habitat used for spawning and rearing is an important contributor to the decline of AYK-region Chinook salmon stocks. Prepared for the Chinook Salmon Synthesis Workshop of the AYK Chinook Salmon Workshop Arctic, Yukon Kuskokwim Sustainable Salmon Initiative, Anchorage, AK, May 2-3, 2012.

Malison, R.L., J.A. Stanford, and S.L. O’Neal (2008). Population Status and Ecology of Brown Trout: Rio Grande, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina, 2008 Season. Prepared for Nervous Waters of Argentina and Estancia Maria Behety.

 PAPERS PRESENTED                                    

Primary presenter:

Malison, R.L. (2014). The influence of beavers (Castor canadensis) on river floodplain habitat and juvenile Pacific salmon in the Kwethluk River, AK. Norwegian Institute for Nature Research
Akvatisk lunsjesminar, May 7, Trondheim, Norway.

Malison, R.L. (2013). The influence of beavers on river floodplain habitat and juvenile Pacific salmon in the Kwethluk River, AK. Beaver-Salmonid Working Group Annual Meeting, October 25, via Skype to Scotland.

Malison, R.L. and J.A. Stanford (2013). The influence of beavers on aquatic habitats, macroinvertebrates, and juvenile salmon ecology in a large Alaskan river floodplain. Society for Freshwater Science National Meeting, May 23, Jacksonville, FL, USA.

Malison, R.L. and J.A. Stanford (2013). The influence of beavers on river floodplain habitat and juvenile salmon ecology in the Kwethluk River, AK. The State of the Beaver Conference, Jan 24, Canyonville, OR, USA.

Malison, R.L. and J.A. Stanford (2012). Juvenile salmon habitat use, growth, and production in a large Alaskan river floodplain dominated by beavers. American Fisheries Society National Meeting, August 21, Minneapolis, MN, USA.

Malison, R.L. and J.A. Stanford (2012). Juvenile salmon habitat use, growth, and movement in a large Alaskan river floodplain dominated by beavers (Castor canadensis). International Society for River Science Web-based Meeting, June 10-24, Online: http://riverscience.wordpress.com/

Malison, R.L. and J.A. Stanford (2012). Juvenile salmon habitat use, growth, and production in a large Alaskan river floodplain dominated by beavers (Castor canadensis). Society for Freshwater Science National Meeting, May 23, Louisville, KY, USA.

Malison, R.L. (2012). Juvenile salmon ecology, habitat use, and growth in the Kwethluk River. Kuskokwim Area Interagency Fisheries Meeting, March 28, Anchorage, AK, USA.

Malison, R.L. (2012). Beavers (Castor canadensis) in a floodplain riverscape: The influence of an ecosystem engineer on floodplain habitat and juvenile salmon. Organismal Biology and Ecology Seminar, February 22, The University of Montana, Missoula, MT, USA.

Malison, R.L. and J.A. Stanford (2012). Juvenile salmon ecology, habitat use and growth in a large Alaskan river floodplain dominated by beavers (Castor canadensis). American Fisheries Society, February 9, Helena, MT, USA.

Malison, R.L. (2011). Distribution, abundance, and growth of juvenile salmon in a large floodplain river modified by beavers (Castor canadensis). Organismal Biology and Ecology Seminar, February 2, The University of Montana, Missoula, MT, USA.

Malison, R.L. and J.A. Stanford (2010). Salmonid ecology in a large floodplain river with beavers. Graduate Student and Faculty Research Conference, April 24, The University of Montana, Missoula, MT, USA.

Malison, R.L. (2010). Salmonid ecology in a large floodplain river with beavers (Castor canadensis). Student chapter of the American Fisheries Society, April 22, The University of Montana, Missoula, MT, USA.

Malison, R.L. (2010). Salmonid ecology in large floodplain rivers with and without beavers (Castor canadensis). Organismal Biology and Ecology Proposal Seminar, March 10, The University of Montana, Missoula, MT, USA.

Malison, R.L., J. Chaffin, and J. A. Stanford (2009). Use of beaver ponds by salmonids in western Alaska. North American Benthological Society, May 21, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.

Malison, R.L. and C.V. Baxter (2008). Streams affected by wildfire of varying severity differ in aquatic insect assemblage structure and emergence. North American Benthological Society, May 25-30, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

Malison, R.L. (2008). Effects of wildfire on aquatic insect assemblages, emerging adult insects, and riparian consumers in a wilderness watershed. Department of Biological Sciences Thesis Defense, February 19, Idaho State University, Pocatello, USA.

Malison, R.L. and C.V. Baxter (2008). Comparison of Benthic and Emergent Insect Community Composition Affected by Wildfires of Varying Burn Severities.  American Fisheries Society, February 7, Post Falls, Idaho, USA

Malison, R.L. and C.V. Baxter (2007). The “fire pulse:” Effects of wildfire on periphyton, benthos, insect emergence, and riparian predators in a wilderness watershed.  Intermountain Conference on the Environment, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, USA.  September 18-19, 2007.

Wilkinson, R.L. and C.V. Baxter (2007). The “fire pulse:” Effects of wildfire on periphyton, benthos, insect emergence, and riparian predators in a wilderness watershed. North American Benthological Society, June 5, Columbia, South Carolina, USA.

Wilkinson, R.L. and C.V. Baxter (2007). Aquatic-terrestrial connectivity in a wilderness watershed: Do emerging insects and riparian predators increase following wildfire? American Fisheries Society, February 22, Boise, Idaho, USA.

Wilkinson, R.L. and C.V. Baxter (2006).  Aquatic-terrestrial connectivity in a wilderness watershed: Do emerging insects and riparian predators increase following wildfire?  North American Benthological Society, June 8, Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

Wilkinson, R.L. (2006). Aquatic-terrestrial connectivity in a wilderness watershed: Do emerging stream insects fuel riparian food webs following wildfire? Departmental of Biological Sciences Proposal Seminar, February 2, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID, USA.

Wilkinson, R.L. (2004). Galapagos Film Festival, Missoula, Montana.  Presentation of documentary film, “Conservation of the Diving Dragons.”

Co-authored presentations:

Jackson, B., M. Sullivan, and R.L. Wilkinson (2007).  Impacts of wildfire on riparian plant communities and stream food webs in a wilderness setting. Ecological Society of America, August 5-10, San Jose, California, USA.

Baxter, C.V., R.L. Wilkinson, P. Della Croce, J.H. Braatne, G.W. Minshall, and C.E. Torgersen.  (2007). Pattern and process in a Central Idaho wilderness riverscape: land-water linkages and the fire pulse.  Invited presentation at Symposium “Landscapes to Riverscapes: Bridging the Gaps Between Research and Management of Stream Taxa and Their Ecosystems,” University of Idaho,     Moscow, Idaho.  May 15-16, 2007.

Beck, J., R.L. Wilkinson, and C.V. Baxter. (2005). Burned areas are visited by more bats than unburned areas. North American Symposium On Bat Research, October 21, Sacramento, California, USA.

Beck, J., R.L. Wilkinson, and C.V. Baxter. (2005). Burned areas are visited by more bats than unburned areas. Intermountain Conference on the Environment, September 13, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID, USA.

GRANTS RECEIVED                                

Do beavers negatively impact the Atlantic salmon and sea trout resource? 2014-2016. Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship (IIF), European Union. Principle Investigator: Rachel Malison
$332,672

Dr. Robert L. Gilbertson Scholarship, UM. Spr. ‘13, Spr. & Fall ‘12, Spr. & Fall ‘11, Fall ’10.  R.L. Malison.
$2600.

Montana Institute on Ecosystems PhD Fellowship. Spring 2012. R.L. Malison.
$8700.

MT NSF EPSCoR Large River Ecosystem Fellowship. Spring 2011. R.L. Malison and J.A. Stanford.
$6800

UM, Bierman Research Endowment. Fall 2009 and Spring 2010. R.L. Malison.
$2950.

ISU, Department of Biological Sciences. ‘08, ‘07, Spr. & Fall ’06 & ‘05. R.L. Malison and C.V. Baxter. $500.

ISU, Graduate Student Research and Scholarship Committee. Dissemination Grant. Fall 2006. R.L. Wilkinson and C.V. Baxter.
$500 

ISU, Biological Graduate Student Association. 2006 & 2007. R.L. Wilkinson and C.V. Baxter. $200.

ISU, Office of Research.  2006.  R.L. Wilkinson and C.V. Baxter. $150.

ISU, Graduate Student Research and Scholarship Committee. Research Grant. Fall 2006.  R.L.Wilkinson and C.V. Baxter. $1000.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE                                    

Invited Reviewer (2011-Present). Ecology, Ecosystems, Freshwater Biology, Journal of Freshwater Ecology, Journal of Applied Ecology, Journal of Arid Environments, Marine and Freshwater Research, Annales Zoologici Fennici.

AFS Chapter Secretary (2005-2006). ISU Portneuf River Student Chapter.

UNVIVERSITY SERVICE                                    

Committee Member (2005-2007). Biology Graduate Student Association, Department of Biological Sciences, Idaho State University, Treasurer (2005-2006).

COMMUNITY SERVICE    

Presenter (2013). Guest lecturer to 7-8th graders for a Montana Junior High School career day.

Presenter (2008, 2012, 2013). Taught adults and children about aquatic insects at the Flathead Biological Station Open House.

Presenter (2009, 2010). USFWS Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge Science Camp. Annually taught native students about river ecology on the Kwethluk River.

Montana Science Fair Judge (2003, 2004, 2012). Judged biological science projects for the Montana Science Fair.

Committee Member (1998-2008). Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Selkirk Crest and Southeast Idaho Chapter Committees, Idaho. Main duties include assisting with preparation and operation of annual banquet.

Guest Presenter (2006). Pocatello Greenway Riverfest, Idaho. Volunteered with the ISU Stream Ecology Center, teaching children and adults about stream ecology.

Community Environmental Fair Presenter (2006-2007).  Pocatello, Idaho. Volunteered with the ISU Stream Ecology Center to teach children and adults about stream ecology and aquatic insects living in the Portneuf River.

Classroom Instructor and Festival Assistant (2003). Clark Fork Watershed Festival, Community Watershed Education Experience, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana. Participated in a semester-long community watershed class, conducted classroom visits with 6th graders, and served as a guide for the Watershed Festival on May 1st, 2003.         

HONORS AND HONOR SOCIETIES                                  

Society for Freshwater Science Endowment Award (2012)
American Fisheries Society - EOS Travel Award (2012)
American Fisheries Society Finalist for Best Student Paper (2012)

North American Benthological Society Presidents Award (2007)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS                    

Society for Freshwater Science
American Fisheries Society