Hannah Harris

Hometown: Pocatello, Idaho
BA: Skidmore College, New York
MS: Idaho State University, 2013


Hannah completed her M.S. working with Dr. Baxter at the ISU Stream Ecology Center in spring 2013 and is presently a water quality scientist with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality in Pocatello, Idaho. She has a degree in environmental studies with a concentration in biology from Skidmore College, New York. Following her undergraduate degree, Hannah worked as a summer research assistant in the Stream Ecology Center before taking an AmeriCorps position as an environmental educator in eastern Washington. Hannah's M.S. research was conducted in the South Fork Salmon River drainage and focused on how wildfire and associated debris flows affect the export of aquatic insects from headwater streams downstream through drift and laterally to riparian areas through emergence. Her research also investigated how the flux of stream insects downstream and laterally influences the local abundance of predators such as fish and spiders. Finally, a facet of her studies was aimed at comparing the effects of wildfire versus prescribed fire on these processes.


Harris, H.E., C.V. Baxter and J.M. Davis. 2015. Debris flows mediate effects of wildfire on magnitude and composition of tributary subsidies to main-stem habitats. Freshwater Science 34(4):14571467.

Harris, H.E. 2013. Disturbance Cascade: How fire and debris flows affect headwater linkages to downstream and riparian ecosystems. M.S. Thesis, Department of Biological Sciences, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID.