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Watershed Management Faculty

The Watershed Management Professional Program relies on the guidance and expertise of the program's faculty to develop and deliver courses that meet the needs and goals of watershed management organizations and professionals.

Program Director

Dr. Peter Paquet, Ph.D. is the director of the Watershed Management Professional Program. He is also the Fish and Wildlife Division Manager of the Northwest Power Planning Council, a regional agency overseeing the Columbia River watershed hydroelectric system. Peter has been on the Council staff since 1983. Initially he was responsible for the water budget and Council dealings with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He was lead staffer in the development of protected areas and is currently taking the lead in wildlife mitigation planning. He came to the Council from the Oregon Department of Energy where he served as an environmental specialist. Before that, Peter worked for NASA and taught biology at the University of Santa Clara in California. Peter has undergraduate and graduate degrees in biology and a Ph.D. in environmental science and natural resources from Portland State University. He is the author or co-author of numerous articles including "Adaptive Strategies for the Management of Ecosystems: The Columbia River Experience" published by the American Fisheries Society. In January 2000, Dr. Paquet represented PSU and the Watershed Management Professional Program as an advisor to the G.A.P. Project on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in Turkey. In addition to his role as the WMPP Director, Dr. Paquet teaches the WMPP Columbia Watershed Salmon and the Endangered Species Act course.

Program Faculty

Jennifer H. Allen is an associate professor of Public Administration and a Fellow of the Center for Sustainable Processes and Practices at Portland State University. Her areas of research encompass environmental and natural resource policy and administration and sustainable economic development, with particular focus on green buildings and rural-urban market connections. Prior to September 2009 she served as interim director of the Center for Sustainable Processes and Practices where she supported the development of sustainability-related research and curricula across campus, as well as fostering partnerships between PSU and other institutions in the region and internationally. Jennifer has previously worked at the World Bank, Ecotrust, and the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department. She serves on the boards of Shorebank Pacific, Portland Energy Conservation Inc., the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, and Illahee, and is a member of the Portland-Multnomah County Sustainable Development Commission. Dr. Allen holds degrees from Yale University, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and George Mason University.

Dr. John Gardiner, Ph.D. is Director of WaterCycle LLC: Watershed Management for Ecosystem Integrity, located on Tickle Creek in Sandy, Oregon. He is the former principal of the Pacific Northwest Branch Office of Philip Williams & Associates of San Francisco, one of the United States' premier environmental engineering and restoration firms. Dr. Gardiner is a civil engineering graduate from Imperial College, London, with a Ph.D. in watershed management from Southampton University in 1991, and 28 years' experience of land and river management with the UK's National Rivers Authority and overseas. John pioneers a deliberately holistic approach to river projects, including the UK's largest and most ecologically-beneficial flood alleviation project, from the Maidenhead to Windsor Castle on the Thames, and the UK's first Floodplain Management Plan. Author and editor of many publications, e.g. "River Projects and Conservation: a Manual for Holistic Appraisal" (1991), John has lectured widely in Europe, the USA, Argentina, Australia, China and Japan, advising government bodies on decision-making for a sustainable water environment. In 1994, Queen Elizabeth II honored John for his contributions to the environment. His passion is river restoration within the watershed management context, using vegetation in control of runoff at source, in buffer zones and in erosion control. He enjoys empowering the individual, the team and the community to work together and achieve an improved quality of life for present and future generations. Dr. Gardiner co-teaches the WMPP River and Watershed Restoration course with Dr. Christine Perala.

Rosy Mazaika, M.S., M.A., is the Policy and Budget Lead for the Water Program in the Bureau of Land Management's Oregon State Office. Mazaika holds a M.S. degree in wildlife ecology and an M.P.A. in Natural Resource Policy and Public Administration. Currently, she is enrolled in the Public Policy and Administration Doctoral Program at Portland State University. Her research and academic interests include organizational, community-based systems of governance, and social contract. Mazaika has published research findings which address the development, evolution, and function of community-based governance processes. Most recently her article, "The Grande Ronde Model Watershed Program: A Case Study," appeared in Administrative Theory and Praxis. Mazaika has worked on watershed restoration and related issues since 1994. She teaches the WMPP Perspectives in Watershed Health: A Field Study of the Grande Ronde Watershed's Environment and Community course.

Dr. Christine Perala, Ph.D. is co-director of WaterCycle LLC: Watershed Management For Ecosystem Integrity, located on Tickle Creek in Sandy, Oregon. She is a biogeomorphologist with experience on urban and rural rivers in the western USA and Europe. Her expertise in riparian revegetation of stream banks and floodplains includes soil bioengineering biotechnical applications, woody vegetation influences on flow and engineering functions, geomorphic influences of woody vegetation on river channels and sediment transport, and plant ecological interactions with natural processes. Dr. Perala combines a strong background in watershed assessment, soil bioengineering research, botanical field assessment and habitat research with contemporary river engineering. Her work is dedicated to recognizing the value of streamside vegetation in land management decision-making, enabling streamside and floodplain vegetation management for multiple criteria, and to reducing conflicts between land uses and river dynamics. Dr. Perala's Ph.D. is in Geography from Middlesex University in the UK, and she holds Master's degree in Watershed Management from Humboldt State University in California. Her undergraduate work was in Botany and Environmental studies at Pitzer College in Claremont California. She is a former Switzer Fellow, recognized for her work in founding the Technical Advisory Board for Friends of the Los Angeles River. She is the author or co-author of many articles or bioengineering techniques for river restoration. Dr. Perala co-teaches the WMPP River and Watershed Restoration course with Dr. John Gardiner.

Dr. Craig Shinn, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of public administration at Portland State University . He has a broad teaching, research, and civic career in land and public use planning, as well as natural resources policy, organization, and management. For eight years Dr. Shinn led the research and development of projects for Crown Zellerbach Corporation. He presently consults and teaches at the graduate level in matters of natural resources management, policy, and organizational design. He is the Assistant Director of the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government's Executive Leadership Institute and is centrally involved with many policy issues in natural resources management both in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest and throughout the United States. He recently co-published a book, Rural Resource Management: Problem Solving Tools for the Long Run with Sandra Miller and William Bentley. In 2000, he was the first member of the four-person co-management team that produced the first-ever "Oregon State of the Environment Report." Dr. Shinn co-teaches the WMPP Watershed Law, Policy and Process course with Peter Lavigne.

Dr. John Shurts, J.D., Ph.D. is the General Counsel for the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.  The Council is an interstate agency headquartered in Portland, Oregon, with Council members appointed by the governors of the four states of the Columbia River Basin (Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington). The Council develops and oversees the implementation of a regional electric power and conservation plan and a fish and wildlife program for the Columbia River Basin. The Council also has a mandate to educate and involve the public in the Council's decisionmaking processes. His undergraduate degree in history is from The Colorado College, with a law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland and a Ph.D. degree in American History at the University of Oregon, with an emphasis on environmental and legal history. His dissertation on the origin and development of Indian reserved water rights has been published by the University of Oklahoma Press as Indian Reserved Water Rights: The Winters Doctrine in its Social and Legal Context, 1880s-1930s. John is an adjunct professor at both the University of Portland and Portland State and has been an adjunct at both the law school and the undergraduate campus of Lewis and Clark College, teaching courses in water law and policy, energy law, natural resources law, environmental and natural resources policy, and environmental history.