Center for Ecohydraulics Research
Phone: (208) 364-6164
Fax: (208) 332-4425
Idaho Water Center
322 E. Front Street
Boise, ID 83702
About the Center
The Center for Ecohydraulics Research (CER) is located within the Idaho Water Center in downtown Boise, Idaho. We are a graduate education and research program dedicated to studying links between physical processes and aquatic ecosystems. Our students are either full time or part-time enabling them to continue working for agencies, the private sector or NGOs while pursuing research of direct relevance to their employer. Most students are residents of Boise, but some are located outside Idaho or the United States with most of their coursework delivered through Engineering Outreach.
CER's goal is providing a quality graduate experience in a small collegial setting. Students gain experience in:
- fundamentals and theory of dydraulic engineering, fluvial geomorphology and ecology
- computational and analytical models;
- field methods
- laboratory instrumentation and physical modeling using our large-scale flume in CER's Stream Laboratory (CERSL).
Current research includes sediment transport in headwater streams; hyporheic flows; systems approach for understanding the response of endangered species to reservoir operation; sustainability of pools in gravel-bed rivers; river-floodplain aquatic habitat modeling; snow-pack behavior in heterogeneous terrain; vegetation modeling; river restoration; laboratory instrumentation and developing sustainability metrics for water resource management.
CER is based on the concept of "community science." The CER field monitoring equipment, CER Stream Laboratory, computational facilities and databases are available to the scientific community - and to researchers and students at the University of Idaho.
"To pursue research, to provide education at all levels, to provide an independent scientific forum furthering the understanding and simulation of fundamental linkages between physical processes, management actions and ecological response for the preservation, restoration and sustainable management of aquatic resources."