Dr. Katherine Irving

Dr.rer.nat. Katherine Irving is a Scientist specializing in the relationship between the distribution of river species and their environment. Her doctoral degree dealt with the role of hydrology in Species’ Distribution Models (SDMs) on benthic macroinvertebrates. This work involved developing SDM methodology by creating a hydrologic dataset, optimizing variable selection and testing the performance of existing hydrological datasets. Her current research with SCCWRP focuses on the effects of hydrologic alteration through the development of flow-ecology models, aiming to conserve the health of Californian streams.

She received her doctoral degree from Berlin’s Liebniz Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries and Freie Universistaet, her M.S. in freshwater and marine ecology from Queen Mary University of London, and her B.S. in marine biology from the University of Plymouth. She joined SCCWRP in 2019.

Education

Doctorate (Natural Sciences), Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries Department of Ecosystem Research, Berlin, Germany & Freie Universitaet, Department of Biology Chemistry and Pharmacy, Berlin, Germany, 2019.

M.Sc., freshwater and marine ecology with distinction, 2015.

B.Sc., (Hons) marine biology, 2008.

Professional Experience

PhD Candidate, Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Berlin, 2015-2019.
Science Divemaster, Operation Wallacea, Tela, Honduras, 2014.
Microplastic Research Intern, Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation, Samos, Greece, 2013.
Assistant Ecologist, Hesketh Ecology, Cumbria, UK, 2013.

Selected Presentations and Conference Proceedings

Symposium for European Freshwater Sciences (SEFS11) 2019, “Disentangling the influence of climatic and hydrologic predictor variables on benthic macroinvertebrate distribution”, Zagreb, Croatia, July 2019

Symposium for Freshwater Sciences (SFS),  2018, Identifying and applying an optimum set of environmental variables in species distribution models , Detroit, USA, May 2018

Symposium for European Freshwater Sciences (SEFS10), Daily stream flow and hydrological metrics for Germany, Olomouc, CZ, July 2017

Publications

Comte, L, Carvajal‐Quintero, J, Tedesco, PA, et al. RivFishTIME: A global database of fish time‐series to study global change ecology in riverine systems. Global Ecol Biogeography. 2020; 00: 1– 13. https://doi.org/10.1111/geb.13210

Erős, T., Comte, L., Filipe, A.F., Ruhi, A., Tedesco, P.A., Brose, U., Fortin, M.‐J., Giam, X., Irving, K., Jacquet, C., Larsen, S., Sharma, S. and Olden, J.D. (2020), Effects of nonnative species on the stability of riverine fish communities. Ecography, 43: 1156-1166. https://doi.org/10.1111/ecog.04985

Irving, K, Jähnig, SC, & Kuemmerlen, M (2020) Identifying and applying an optimum set of environmental variables in species distribution models, Inland Waters, 10:1, 11-28, DOI: 10.1080/20442041.2019.1653111

Irving, K., Kuemmerlen, M., Kiesel, J. et al. A high-resolution streamflow and hydrological metrics dataset for ecological modeling using a regression model. Sci Data 5, 180224 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/sdata.2018.224

Kakouei, K, Kiesel, J, Domisch, S, Irving, KS, Jähnig, SC, Kail, J. Projected effects of climate change‐induced flow alterations on stream macroinvertebrate abundances. Ecol Evol. 2018; 8: 3393– 3409. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.3907

Irving K., Μiliou Α., Vasic M., Sainz N., Anderson L & Weatherhead W. 2014. Preliminary assessment of microplastic fibre content in Aegean Sea epipelagic fish. Proceedings of the 5th environmental conference of Macedonia. March 2014, Thessaloniki (p. 61).

Publications


Journal Articles

Abdi, R., J.B. Rogers, A. Rust, J.M. Wolfand, D. Philippus, K.T. Taniguchi-Quan, K. Irving, E.D. Stein, T.S. Hogue. 2021. Simulating the thermal impact of substrate temperature on ecological restoration in shallow urban rivers. Journal of Environmental Management DOI:10.1016/j.jenvman.2021.112560.

Stein, E.D., E.M. Gee, J.B. Adams, K. Irving, L.V. Niekerk. 2021. Advancing the Science of Environmental Flow Management for Protection of Temporarily Closed Estuaries and Coastal Lagoons. Water DOI:10.3390/w13050595.

Irving, KS., Kuemmerlen, M., Kiesel, J., Kakouei, K., Domisch, S., Jaehnig, SC. Daily stream flow and hydrological metrics for Germany, as predicted by a simple regression model. Sci. Data (in press)

Kakouei, K., Kiesel, J., Domisch, S., Irving KS, Jähnig, SC., Kail, J. Projected effects of climate change‐induced flow alterations on stream macroinvertebrate abundances. Ecol Evol. 2018;8:3393–3409. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.3907

Irving K., Μiliou Α., Vasic M., Sainz N., Anderson L & Weatherhead W. 2014. Preliminary assessment of microplastic fibre content in Aegean Sea epipelagic fish. Proceedings of the 5th environmental conference of Macedonia. March 2014, Thessaloniki (p. 61).

Technical Reports

Stein, E.D., K.T. Taniguchi-Quan, J. Wolfand, E. Gallo, K. Irving, D. Philippus, R. Abdi, V. Hennon, A. Tinoco, P. Mohammadi, A. Rust, T.S. Hogue. 2021. Process and Decision Support Tools for Evaluating Flow Management Targets to Support Aquatic Life and Recreational Beneficial Uses of the Los Angeles River: Los Angeles River Environmental Flows Project. Technical Report 1196. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.

Stein, E.D., J. Wolfand, R. Abdi, K. Irving, V. Hennon, K.T. Taniguchi-Quan, D. Philippus, A. Tinoco, A. Rust, E. Gallo, C. Bell, T.S. Hogue. 2021. Assessment of Aquatic Life Use Needs for the Los Angeles River. Technical Report 1154. Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Costa Mesa, CA.