Phil Matson

Phil Matson

Research Specialist - Geomorphology / Remote Sensing

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Office Phone:  406-982-3301   x241

About Phil

Phil began working at the Flathead Lake Biological Station in July, 2001. As a Research Assistant he is engaged with a variety of researchers on a myriad of projects and is complacent at none.  A majority of his work involves GIS and Remote Sensing with the underlying focus of relating floodplain habitat complexity to fish density and vegetation type and of modeling streams at differing discharge rates as they relate to geomorphic work, with the goal of systematically rendering the long term water and riparian quality of water bodies in the Pacific Northwest.

Phil's professional capacity has him collecting aerial imagery through a high resolution camera from a Cessna airplane and post-processing the imagery in the FLBS GIS lab; assisting on data collection and maintenance of the RiverNet and LakeNet environmental sensor networks on the Nyack Floodplain research site on the Middle Fork Flathead River and around Flathead Lake, respectively; collecting physical, chemical, and biological data in Flathead Lake for the Flathead Lake Monitoring Project and in Whitefish Lake for the Whitefish Lake Monitoring Project; and using GPS technology to gather habitat information along the shores of Flathead Lake for various shoreline erosion projects.

Of note he has collaborated on the Biocomplexity Project on the Nyack Floodplain, Montana; the Snake River Project on the Middle Fork of the Snake River, Idaho, and the Reaches Project on the Yakima River, Washington. He has also participated on projects including the Salmonid Rivers Observatory Network, Glacier Vital Signs in Glacier National Park, and the Transboundary Flathead River Coal Mining Initiative, as well as assisting in the ecology courses taught to summer students at the station.

Education

  • BS Geology, Emphasis in Hydrogeology - Northern Illinois University

Previous Experience

Crisp Water Testing and Treatment - Worked as a Public Water Operator for several communities, performed hydrologic analysis, and supervised Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans.

Publications and Reports

  • Lorang, M.S., F.R. Hauer, D.C. Whited, and P.L. Matson. 2013. Using airborne remote-sensing imagery to assess flow releases from a dam in order to maximize renaturalization of a regulated gravel-bed river. Reviews in Engineering Geology XXI
  • Kleindl, W.J., F.R. Hauer, B. Ellis, S. Kimball, K. Kunkel, P. Matson, C. Muhlfeld, J. Oyler, E. Porter, C. Servheen, and K. Smucker.  2012. Natural Resource Condition Assessment for Glacier National Park, Natural Resource Report to the National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior.
  • Mouw, J. E. B., J. L. Chaffin, D. C. Whited, F. R. Hauer, P. L. Matson, and J. A. Stanford. 2012. Recruitment and Successional Dynamics Diversify the Shifting Habitat Mosaic of an Alaskan Floodplain. River Research and Applications DOI: 10.1002/rra.2569
  • Lorang, M.S., F.R. Hauer, D.C. Whited, and P.L. Matson.  2010.  Assessing Flow Releases from a Dam to Maximize Re-naturalization of a Regulated Gravel-bed River Using Airborne Remote Sensing Imagery, Final Report to U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Boise, Idaho: Polson, Montana, Flathead Lake Biological Station, Division of Biological Sciences, The University of Montana
  • Hauer, F.R., Lorang, M.S., Whited, D., and Matson, P., 2004.  Ecologically Based Systems Management: The Snake River-Palisades Dam to Henrys Fork, Final Report to U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Boise, Idaho:  Polson, Montana, Flathead Lake Biological Station, Division of Biological Sciences, The University of Montana, 133 p.
  • Lorang, M.S., D.C. Whited, P.L. Matson, and J.A. Stanford, 2003.  Linking Fluvial Processes to Floodplain Ecology of the Yakima River: Streamflow, Sediment Loads and the Potential for Geomorphic Work, Final Report to U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation Yakima, Washington
  • Stanford, J.A., E.B. Snyder, M.S. Lorang, D.C. Whited, P.L. Matson, and J. L. Chaffin.  2002. The Reaches Project: Ecological and Geomorphic Studies Supporting Normative Flows in the Yakima River Basin, Washington,  Final Report to U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation Yakima, Washington and to the Yakama Nation, Yakama Tribal Council and Fisheries Resource Management Program, Toppenish, Washington.