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J. Alan Yeakley

Alan Yeakley1Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1993
Professor and Chair
211-A Sondheim Hall
410-455-3955
yeakley@umbc.edu

 

 

Research Interests

Ecosystem Ecology, Watershed Hydrology, Urban Ecology, Riparian Ecosystems, Watershed Biogeochemistry, Socio-Ecological Systems

Recent Research Activities
  • Urban ecology and water resources management (ULTRA-Ex; NSF funded)
  • Ecosystem services and urban ecosystem dynamics (IGERT; NSF funded)
  • Hydrological management of wetland plant ecology (Portland Metro funded)
  • Urban flooding science and management (NSF, EPSRC funded)
  • Urban riparian plant and amphibian ecology (USFS funded)
  • Urban salmonid science and management (State of Oregon funded)

 

yeakley2Selected Recent Publications

Johnson, A., Yeakley, A. 2016. Seedling regeneration in the alpine treeline ecotone: comparison of wood microsites and adjacent soil substrates.  Mountain Research and Development 36(4):443-451.

Yeakley, J.A., Ervin, D., Chang H., Granek, E., Dujon, V., Shandas, V., Brown, D. 2016. Ecosystem services of streams and rivers. In: D. Gilvear, M. Greenwood, M. Thoms, P. Wood (eds.) River Science: Research & Applications for the 21st Century, Wiley, UK., pp 335-352.

Morzillo, A. T., B. J. Kreakie, N. R. Netusil, J. Alan Yeakley, C. P. Ozawa and S. L. Duncan. 2016. Resident perceptions of natural resources between cities and across scales in the Pacific Northwest. Ecology and Society 21 (3):14. [online]
URL http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol21/iss3/art14/ 

Maas-Hebner, K.G., Schreck, C.S., Hughes, R.M., Yeakley, J.A., Molina, N. 2016. Scientifically defensible fish conservation and recovery plans: addressing emerging threats. Fisheries 41(6): 276-285.

Kidd, S.A., Yeakley, J.A. 2015. Riparian wetland plant response to livestock exclusion in the lower Columbia River basin. Natural Areas Journal 35(4): 504-514.

Maas-Hebner, K.G., Harte, M.J., Molina, N., Hughes, R.M., Schreck, C. and Yeakley, J.A. 2015. Combining and aggregating environmental data for status and trends assessments: challenges and approaches. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 187(5): 278-295.

Yeakley, J.A., Hughes, R.M. and Maas-Hebner, K.G. (eds.) 2014. Wild Salmonids in the Urbanizing Pacific Northwest. Springer, New York. 271 pp.

Kline, J., Thiers, P., Ozawa, C., Yeakley, A., Gordon, S. 2014. How well has land-use planning worked under different governance regimes? A case study in the Portland, OR-Vancouver, WA metropolitan area, USA. Landscape and Urban Planning 131: 51-63.

 Chang, H., Thiers, P., Netusil, N.R., Yeakley, J.A., Rollwagen-Bollens, G., Bollens, S.M., Singh, S. 2014. Relationships between environmental governance and water quality in growing metropolitan areas: A synthetic view through the coupled natural and human system lens. Hydrology and Earth System Science 18: 1383-1395.

Hughes, R.M., Dunham, S., Maas-Hebner, K.G., Yeakley, J.A., Schreck, C., Harte, M., Molina, N., Shock, C.C., Kaczynski, V.W., Schaeffer, J. 2014. Review of urban water body challenges and approaches: (1) Rehabilitation and remediation. Fisheries. 39(1): 18-29. DOI:10.1080/03632415.2013.836500

Hughes, R.M., Dunham, S., Maas-Hebner, K.G., Yeakley, J.A., C., Harte, M., Molina, N., Shock, C.C., Kaczynski, V.W. 2014. Review of urban water body challenges and approaches: (2) Mitigating effects of future urbanization. Fisheries 39(1): 30-40. DOI:10.1080/03632415.2014.866507

Shandas V, Yeakley A, Granek E, Ervin D, Dujon V, and Chang H. 2014. Characterizing urban ecosystem services: integrating the biophysical and social dimensions of human-dominated landscapes. In: K Ninan (ed), Valuing Ecosystem Services: Methodological issues and Case Studies. Edward Elgar Press, Cheltenham, U.K., pp 295-312.

Yeakley, J.A. 2014. Introduction to Wild Salmonids in the Urbanizing Pacific Northwest. In: J.A. Yeakley, K.G. Mass-Hebner, R.M. Hughes (eds.) Wild Salmonids in the Urbanizing Pacific Northwest. Springer, New York., pp 1-10.

Yeakley, J.A. and R.M. Hughes. 2014. Global and Regional Context of Salmonids and Urban Areas. In: J.A. Yeakley, K.G. Mass-Hebner, R.M. Hughes (eds.) Wild Salmonids in the Urbanizing Pacific Northwest. Springer, New York, pp 11-29.

Yeakley, J.A. 2014. Urban Hydrology in the Pacific Northwest. In: J.A. Yeakley, K.G. Mass-Hebner, R.M. Hughes (eds.) Wild Salmonids in the Urbanizing Pacific Northwest. Springer, New York, pp 59-74.

Yeakley, J.A. 2014. Water Quality in Pacific Northwest Urban and Urbanizing Aquatic Ecosystems. In: J.A. Yeakley, K.G. Mass-Hebner, R.M. Hughes (eds.) Wild Salmonids in the Urbanizing Pacific Northwest. Springer, New York, pp 101-121.

Yeakley, J.A. and Dunham, S. 2014. Watershed and Landscape Actions for Mitigating Impacts on Urban Salmonids. In: J.A. Yeakley, K.G. Mass-Hebner, R.M. Hughes (eds.) Wild Salmonids in the Urbanizing Pacific Northwest. Springer, New York, pp 227-241.

Hughes, R.M. and Yeakley, J.A. 2014. Major research and monitoring needs for urban streams and watersheds. In: J.A. Yeakley, K.G. Mass-Hebner, R.M. Hughes (eds.) Wild Salmonids in the Urbanizing Pacific Northwest. Springer, New York, pp 243-252.

Yeakley, J.A., Mass-Hebner, K.G., and Hughes, R.M. 2014. Summary of Salmonid Rehabilitation Lessons from the Pacific Northwest. In: J.A. Yeakley, K.G. Mass-Hebner, R.M. Hughes (eds.) Wild Salmonids in the Urbanizing Pacific Northwest. Springer, New York, pp 253-262.

von Behren, C., Dietrich, A. Yeakley, J.A. 2013. Riparian vegetation assemblages and associated landscape factors across an urbanizing metropolitan area. Ecoscience 20(4): 373-382.

Caplan, J.C., Yeakley, J.A. 2013. Functional morphology underlies performance differences among invasive and non-invasive ruderal Rubus species. Oecologia 173(2): 363-374. DOI:10.1007/s00442-013-2639-2

Johnson, A.C., Yeakley, J.A. 2013. Wood microsites at timberline-alpine meadow borders: implications for conifer seedling regeneration and alpine meadow conifer invasion. Northwest Science 87: 140-160.

Chang, H., Il-Won, J., Strecker, A., Wise, D., Lafrenz, M., Shandas, V., Moradkhani, H., Yeakley, A., Pan, Y., Bean, R., Johnson, G., Psaris, M. 2013. Water supply, demand, and quality indicators for assessing the spatial distribution of water resource vulnerability in the Columbia River basin. Atmosphere-Ocean 51:339-356. DOI:10.1080/07055900.2013.777896

 Ervin, D., Brown, D., Chang, H., Dujon, V., Granek, E., Shandas, V., Yeakley, A. 2012. Managing ecosystem services supporting urbanizing areas. Solutions 6(2): 74-86.

Yeakley, J.A. 2012. Research on urban ecosystems. In: Roix, D., (ed.), Regional Conservation Strategy for the Greater Portland-Vancouver Region, The Intertwine Alliance, Portland, OR, pp 106-109.

Costanza, R. Kubieszewski, I., Ervin, D., Bluffstone, R., Boyd, J., Brown, D., Chang, H., Dujon, V., Granek, E., Polasky, S., Shandas, V., Yeakley, A. 2011. Valuing ecological systems and their services. F1000 Biology Reports 2011, 3:14 (doi:10.3410/B3-14).

 

yeakley3Selected Recent Presentations

Yeakley, J.A. June 2015. Research findings from the ULTRA-Ex and Clean Water for All programs. Blue-Green Cities: Integrated Approaches to Urban Water and Flood Risk Management Symposium, Ningbo, China (keynote).

Yeakley, J.A. June 2015. Urban riparian areas – can effective municipal governance stem the losses and degradation of these valuable greenspaces as cities grow? Blue-Green Cities: Integrated Approaches to Urban Water and Flood Risk Management Symposium, Ningbo, China (contributed oral presentation).

Yeakley, J.A. April 2015. Governance and environmental quality in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region. Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, Chicago, IL (invited oral presentation).

Yeakley, J.A. March 2015. Bio-retention performance of green infrastructure facilities in Portland, Oregon. American Water Works Association Annual Meeting. Portland, OR (invited panel participant and presenter).

Yeakley, J.A. May 2014. Portland-Vancouver Ultra-Ex: Governance and Environmental Quality in Urban Ecosystems. Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting. Portland, OR (invited presentation).

Yeakley, J.A. Apr 2014. Is there hope for wild salmonids in the city? Portland State University, ESM Alumni Symposium (invited keynote), Portland, OR.

Yeakley, J.A. Mar 2014. Changes in vegetated urban riparian areas in Portland-Vancouver over an 18-year period of growth. Newcastle University, U.K. (collaborative Blue-Green Cities/ULTRA-Ex workshop presentation).

Yeakley, J.A. Nov 2013. Human vs natural background sources of nutrients in urbanizing watersheds: case studies from the Portland, Oregon metro region. Boston University, Boston, MA (invited seminar).

 

yeakley4Ph.D. Students

*denotes at Portland State University (PSU)
*Denisse Fisher de Leon, *Sarah Kidd, *Christa von Behren

 

Master’s Students
*Micelis Doyle, *Robert Lascheck

 

Former Students (all at PSU)

Ted Hart (PhD 2016, @City of Corvallis), Adelaide Johnson (PhD 2013, @USFS), Andrew Dietrich (MS 2012, @USGS), Tina Farrelly (MS 2012), Tess Chadil (MEM 2011), Sarah (Holmen) Kidd (MS 2011, @PSU), Mitch Bixby (MS 2011, @City of Portland), Benjamin Johnson (MS 2009, @Anchor Environmental), Josh Caplan (PhD 2009, @Bryn Mawr College), Kate Norton (MS 2010, @Peace Corps), Robin Leferink (MEM 2007), Noah Jenkins (MS 2005, @Johnson Creek Watershed Council), Rebecca (Gloss) Brosnan (MS 2004), Aaron Hook (MS 2004), Willis (Chip) McConnaha (PhD 2003, @ICF International), Kazuhiro Sonoda (PhD 2002, @Heritage University), Jessica Youngman (MS 2002), Melanie Sharp (MS 2002), Jacqueline Fern (MS 2001), Sabra Comins (MEM 2000), Margaretta (Peggy) O’Neill (MS 1999, @CH2M), Julie (Lou) Clark (MS 1999).

 

Courses Taught
at Portland State University (PSU)

 Urban Ecology, Watershed Hydrology, Watershed Biogeochemistry, Ecosystem Services, Riparian Ecology & Management, Ecological Modelling, Environmental Systems I, II with labs