Office of the Dean
Phone: (208) 885-6470
Toll-free: 88-88-UIDAHO
Fax: (208) 885-6645
Email: deanengr@uidaho.edu

Janssen Engineering (JEB)
Room 125

875 Perimeter Drive MS 1011
Moscow, ID 83844-1011

Dean's Office Directory


Contact Denise Engebrecht
Phone: (208) 364-6123
Fax: (208) 364-3160
Email: denisee@uidaho.edu

Idaho Water Center
322 E. Front Street
Boise, ID 83702


Idaho Falls

Contact Debbie Caudle
Phone: (208) 282-7983
Fax: (208) 282-7929
Email: debrac@uidaho.edu

1776 Science Center Drive, Suite 306
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402

Distance Education

Engineering Outreach
Phone: (208) 885-6373
Toll-free: (800) 824-2889
Fax: (208) 885-9249
E-mail: outreach@uidaho.edu


Researcher working in the field

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:

  1. fundamentals and theory of hydraulic engineering, fluvial geomorphology and ecology
  2. computational and analytical models;
  3. field methods
  4. 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."