Aaron Wells, Ph.D. Senior Scientist

  • Vegetation and landscape ecology
  • Riparian ecology
  • Soil science
  • Field botany
  • Vegetation classification systems
  • Multivariate statistics using R
  • Database management and programming in postgreSQL
  • Ecological modeling
  • Ecosystem, wildlife habitat, and soils mapping in support of I&M, NEPA and FERC permitting, and Environmental Impact Statements

Aaron has over 15 years of experience as a vegetation and landscape ecologist, specializing in vegetation and ecosystem classification and mapping with an emphasis on soils and riparian systems. His academic training includes vegetation and landscape ecology, and multivariate statistics. Currently Aaron’s research and practice interests include: (a) classification and mapping of local-scale ecosystems, vegetation, soils, and wildlife habitats for use in landscape evaluations and assessments in support of FERC and NEPA permitting and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS); (b) developing landscape-scale models that incorporate ecological processes that control the patterns of vegetation and soils across the landscape; and (c) designing and implementing long-term ecological monitoring studies for use in detecting change through time. Over the past 12 years his projects have spanned across the central and northern Rocky Mountains, the Pacific Northwest, and Alaska and have included field studies in environments ranging from coastal to montane, riverine to alpine, and boreal forest to arctic tundra. Aaron received his Ph.D. in 2005 from Utah State University in Logan, and a post-doc with the Ecology Department at Montana State University in Bozeman from 2005 to 2008.



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