We are pleased to announce that Bryan Swindell has earned a Master of Science degree from the Earth Sciences department at Montana State University, Bozeman. Combining an interest in hydrology and climate science, he developed a suite of 800-year-long reconstructions of plausible streamflow for six subwatersheds of the Bighorn River Basin in Wyoming. The reconstructions are based on a network of long-lived conifers that are highly sensitive to the annual moisture budget, thereby recording wet and dry years in their ring patterns. Insights into the natural, long-term hydrologic variability in the Bighorn Basin can be used to better manage water supplies and mitigate the effects of drought.
By Tony Thatcher on December 20, 2011 in the team