Montana State University

Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173120
Bozeman, MT 59717-3120

Tel: (406) 994-7060
Fax: (406) 994-3933
Location: 334 Leon Johnson Hall

Academic Programs:

Tel: (406) 994-3090

Department Head:

Dr. Tracy M. Sterling

Geoffrey C. Poole

Associate Professor; Ph.D. 2000, The University of Montana, College of Forestry; M.S. 1989, Utah State University, College of Natural Resources; B.S. 1987, Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Emphasis on river ecology, fluvial geomorphology and landscape ecology.  Special interests include the ecology of the hyporheic zone, influence of floodplain geomorphology or in-stream habitat quality and linkages between riverine habitat diversity and biological diversity.

Recent Publications:

  • Jones, K.L., G.C. Poole, W.W. Woessner, M.V. Vitale, B.R. Boer, S.J. O'Daniel, S.A. Thomas, B.A. Geffen. In Press. Geomorphology, hydrology, and aquatic vegetation drive seasonal hyporheic flow patterns across a gravel-dominated floodplain. Hydrological Processes. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.6810.
  • Jones, K.L., G.C. Poole, J.L. Meyer, E.L. Kramer, W. Bumback. 2006. Quantifying aquatic ecosystem response to regulatory decisions: A case study of riparian buffer width reductions, aquatic habitat, and trout reproductive success in Northern Georgia, USA. Ecology and Society 11, 15.
  • Kondolf, G.M., A.J. Boulton, S. O'Daniel, G.C. Poole, F.J. Rachel, E.H. Stanley, E. Wohl, A. Bang, J. Carlstrom, C. Cristoni, H. Huber, S. Koljonen, P. Louhi, K. Nakamura. 2006. Process-based ecological river restoration: Visualizating three-dimensional connectivity and dynamic vectors to recover lost linkages. Ecology and Society 11, 5.
  • Poole, G.C., J.A. Stanford, S.W. Running, C.A. Frissell. 2006. Multiscale geomorphic drivers of groundwater flow paths: Subsurface hydrologic dynamics and hyporheic habitat diversity. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 25, 288-303. DOI: 10.1899/0887-3593(2006)25[288:MGDOGF]2.0.CO;2.
  • Poole, G.C., 2002. Fluvial landscape ecology: Addressing uniqueness within the river discontinuum. Freshwater Biology 47, 641-660. DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2427.2002.00922.x.
  • Poole, G.C., C.H. Berman. 2001. An ecological perspective on in-stream temperature: Natural heat dynamics and mechanisms of human-caused thermal degradation. Environmental Management 27, 787-802. DOI: 10.1007/s002670010188.

Recent Grants:

  • The Salmonid Rivers Observatory Network (SaRON): Relating habitat quantity and quality to salmon productivity for Pacific Rim Rivers. Funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. J. Stanford and 11 others. 2007-2010.
  • Synergies of excess sediment and nitrogen: Degraded hyporheic dynamics and compromised river ecosystem resilience. Funded by USDA. G. Poole. 2005-2008.

Current Instructional Responsibilities:

  • LRES 448 - Stream Restoration Ecology (Fall)