Amy Goodbrand

Ph.D., P.Geo.,R.P.Bio

 

Description

Amy is a hydrologist with over a decade of hydrological research and consulting experience in mountain, foothill, boreal and prairie landscapes. She has advanced knowledge of study design and data analysis techniques. She combines her extensive field-based hydrologic process knowledge with hydrological modelling to improve our understanding of how land use and natural disturbances effect our water resources. Her passion is to understand the hydrological and ecological processes that underlie the structure and function of ecosystems to solve complex watershed management issues to ensure water security and forest integrity into the future.

 

Habitat

Amy has roamed a large territory hunting for work and academic opportunities. In addition to the western Canadian provinces, Amy joined a pack in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina for a short time to understand the impacts of invasive beaver on the structure and function of southern Patagonian riparian ecosystems. Outside of work, Amy likes to howl and pull her pack together for adventures in a canoe, on a hiking trail, or on cross-country skis.

 

Life History

Amy grew up on a farm in the Lower Souris River watershed, east of Regina, Saskatchewan. She holds a B.Sc. in Biology/Physical Geography (University of Regina, 2008), a M.Sc. in Physical Geography (University of Saskatchewan, 2013) and a Ph.D. in Water and Land Resources with a focus in forest hydrology (University of Alberta, 2021). She is also registered as a Professional Geoscientist and Professional Biologist in British Columbia.

 

Predation/Conservation

Amy was almost hunted to extinction, but has been making a successful comeback through strong conservation efforts. Her current den is near Calgary, Alberta.

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Publications

Publications

  1. Goodbrand A, Westbrook CJ and van der Kamp G. 2018. Hydrological functions of a peatland in a Boreal Plains catchment. Hydrological Processes 33: 562-574.

  2. Sterling G, Goodbrand A, and SA Spencer. 2016. Tri-Creeks Experimental Watershed. The Forestry Chronicle 92: 53-56.

Technical Reports

  1. Chernos M, MacDonald RJ and Goodbrand A. 2018. North Coal Limited Michel Creek Coking Coal Project - Surficial Hydrology Baseline Report. Prepared by MacDonald Hydrology Consultants Ltd. for Lotic Environmental Ltd. 56 pp.

  2. Macdonald E, Silins U, Goodbrand A and Steinke J. 2018. Impacts of mountain pine beetle on hydrology and vegetative redevelopment in lodgepole pine forests of west-central Alberta: Phase II – Ecological responses in the grey attack stage. Report prepared for fRI research by University of Alberta. 11 pp.

  3. McPherson S, Goodbrand A, McDougall R and MacDonald RJ. 2016. City of Cranbrook Wastewater Treatment and Disposal System – 2016 Annual Report. Prepared for the City of Cranbrook by Lotic Environmental Ltd and McDougall Agrology. 26 pp.

  4. MacDonald RJ, Goodbrand A. 2016. Wetlands education and research strategy. Prepared for Olds College Centre for Innovation and Wetlands Management Centre by MacDonald Hydrology Consultants Ltd. 26 pp.

  5. MacDonald RJ, Goodbrand A, Lapp S, Anderson A, Patton D, Scherer R, McLeary R, Wagner M and Stadt J. 2015. Watershed processes and riparian function in Rocky Mountain, Foothill, and Boreal Plain regions: management implications for Alberta, Canada. Prepared for fRI Research by MacDonald Hydrology Consultants Ltd. 31 pp.

  6. Goodbrand A, Robinson MD, and McKay A. 2015. Instream Flow Study - Elkview Operations Baldy Ridge Extension Project. Prepared for Teck Coal Resources Ltd. by Lotic Environmental Ltd. 35 pp.

  7. MacDonald RJ and A Goodbrand. 2015. Sandown Creek water quality and quantity 2014 monitoring program. Prepared for Canadian Forest Products Ltd. (Canfor) by MacDonald Hydrology Consultants Ltd. 25 pp.

  8. Robinson MD, Goodbrand A and MacDonald RJ. 2014. Multi-scale characterization of Bull Trout spawning locations in Line Creek, British Columbia. Prepared for Teck Coal Resources Ltd by Lotic Environmental Ltd. 20 pp.

  9. Goodbrand A, Birkham T, Chapman D and Brown D. 2014.  Teck Coal watershed research and development program – Annual report on near-surface water balances of coal waste rock deposits. Prepared for Teck Coal Resources Ltd. by O’Kane Consultants Inc. 55 pp.

  10. Goodbrand A and J-M Davies. 2010. Agricultural land use and farm management practices in southeast Saskatchewan. Technical Report. Saskatchewan Watershed Authority, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. 42 pp.

  11. Goodbrand A and J-M Davies. 2009. Comparison of riparian health across sub-watersheds of different agricultural land use in southeast Saskatchewan. Technical Report. Saskatchewan Watershed Authority, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. 60 pp.

 

Presentations

  1. Goodbrand A, Silins U and Anderson A. Oct 2017. Mountain pine beetle at the stand level. “Breaking News” Workshop. Oral presentation at the Mountain Pine Beetle Ecology Program Forum, fRI Research, Edmonton, Alberta.

  2. Goodbrand A and A Anderson. May 2017. Hydrologic impact of forest harvest in a Foothills watershed. Oral presentation for Canadian Geophysical Union conference, Vancouver, British Columbia

  3. Goodbrand A, May 2017. Where does water go when it rains in a forest? Oral presentation of table top display at Telus World of Science Edmonton (TWOSE) research zone workshop (science communication skills for public engagement of research). Edmonton, Alberta.

  4. Goodbrand A, Silins U and Anderson A. Apr 2017. Effect of mountain pine beetle infestation on the water balance of a lodgepole pine stand. Poster presentation at the Mountain Pine Beetle Ecology Program Forum, fRI Research, Edmonton, Alberta.

  5. Goodbrand A and A Anderson. Apr 2016. Hydrologic resilience of a Canadian Foothills watershed to forest harvest. Poster presentation for European Geophysical Union conference, Vienna, Austria.

  6. O’Kane M, Goodbrand A, Birkham T (O’Kane Consultants), Barbour SL (University of Saskatchewan), Carey SK (McMaster University), Straker J, Baker T (Integral Ecology Group) and Klein R (Teck Resources Canada). Apr 2015. Near-surface water balances of coal waste rock deposits. Paper submission for oral presentation at 10th Annual Conference on Acid Rock Drainage (ICARD), Santiago, Chile.

  7. Birkham T, Barbour SL, Goodbrand A, Tallon L, Szmigielski J and Klein R. Sep 2014. Application of fiber-optic distributed temperature sensor to identify groundwater discharge in a mine-impacted stream. Paper submission for oral presentation at British Columbia – Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation conference, Prince George, British Columbia.

  8. Goodbrand A, Westbrook CJ and van der Kamp G. Jun 2011. Influence of lakes and peatland on groundwater contribution to boreal streamflow. Oral presentation for Canadian Geophysical Union conference, Banff, Alberta.

  9. Goodbrand A. Jun 2009. Measuring the water quality of prairie streams. Oral presentation for landowners of the Lower Qu’Appelle Group Watershed Planning Committee, SK.