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Barry Southerland, Ph.D., Fluvial Geomorphologist

Barry works at the WNTSC in Portland, OR. Previous work locations include: Spokane, WA State Office where he served in various positions with the NRCS including: stream geomorphologist, watershed planner-geomorphologist, soil conservationist and also in Pullman, WA as an NRCS-PhD Graduate Studies student and fluvial geomorphologist providing assistance to Washington NRCS.  He also was seasonally employed by the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Barry has served 39 years with various federal agencies in the fields of watershed science, fluvial geomorphology, soils, range, and river work. Thirty-six of his 39 years of total federal career service, has been with the NRCS. Previous to 1991 most of his NRCS (SCS) work was at field office positions such as soil conservationist, supervisory soil conservationist, team leader, and hydrologic unit (watershed) project coordinator in the Western United States. Barry completed and received his Ph.D. (NRCS Graduate Studies Program) in fluvial geomorphology at Washington State University in October of 2003. He also has an MPA, BS, and AA degrees in natural resource science and hydrology related fields. He has been a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC #514) for twenty-five years. Barry’s principle expertise is geomorphic river restoration: training, analysis, planning, design, and implementation. He has analyzed, planned, and constructed numerous river restoration designs and recommendations on streams, including watershed-based fluvial, wood uses in rivers, and streambank erosion studies. He has walked and classified over 1300 miles of streams. Barry is an NEDC instructor of stream geomorphology for two courses. He also teaches introductory, advanced fluvial geomorphology, geomorphic natural channel design, and implementation of geomorphic based structures. He is a trainer at universities, professional societies, and state sponsored courses.  He is a technical paper contributing author of related materials: National Engineering Handbook- Natural Channel Design 654, Stream Corridor Restoration: Principle, Processes, and Practices, Technical Notes, Utah Farmer Stockman, Stream Notes, Rural Technology Initiatives, Inter-Collegian Library Digital Dissertation, SVAP 2.0 and so forth. Barry has completed in-depth statistical analysis and management recommendations of fluvial geomorphology impacting rare and endangered species in riparian corridors. He worked nine years for the Utah SCS in the field offices of Roosevelt, Logan, and Provo. Barry is wood badge trained and troop guide, a Silver Beaver with Boy Scouts of America, served on the Council Hornaday Committee and a former Emergency Medical Technician and Ambulance President for the town of Roosevelt, UT.

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