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Dr. Gabrielle Boisrame [She/Her]
Assistant Research Professor, Environmental Engineer

Professional Interests:

The majority of Dr. Boisrame’s research focuses on the interactions between wildfire, land cover, and water in mountain regions of the Western USA. Since 2013 she has been using a combination of fieldwork, remote sensing, and hydrological modeling to explore how managing natural wildfire in landscapes can improve water resources and forest health.

Before coming to DRI, she worked as an environmental scientist for the Delta Stewardship Council, a California State Agency. In this position, she studied adaptive management strategies and calculated large-scale water budgets.

Otherresearch areas include agricultural water management, consumptive use calculations, restoration of wetlands and streams, and groundwater resource management.


B.A. Applied Mathematics, Minor in Chemistry Whitman College, 2010
M.S. Environmental Engineering UC Berkeley, 2012
Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, Minors in Statistics and Numerical Analysis UC Berkeley, 2016

Doctoral Dissertation: Wildfire Effects on the Ecohydrology of a Sierra Nevada Watershed. 2016.

Publications Prior to Employment with DRI:

Boisrame, Gabrielle, Sally Thompson, and Scott Stephens. Hydrologic responses to restored wildfire regimes revealed by soil moisture-vegetation relationships. Advances in Water Resources 112: 1242-146. 2018.

Boisrame, Gabrielle, Sally Thompson, Maggi Kelly, Julia Cavalli, Kate Wilkin, and Scott Stephens. Vegetation Change During 40 Years of Repeated Managed Wildfires in the Sierra Nevada, California. Forest Ecology and Management 402:241-252. 2017.

Boisrame, Gabrielle, Sally Thompson, Brandon Collins, and Scott Stephens. Managed wildfire effects on forest resilience and water in the Sierra Nevada. Ecosystems 20:717-732. 2017.

Dralle, David, Gabrielle Boisrame and Sally Thompson. Spatially variable water table recharge and the hillslope hydrologic response: Analytical solutions to the linearized hillslope Boussinesq equation. Water Resources Research 50:8515-8530. 2014.


Boisrame, Gabrielle, Frank Dunnivant and Albert Schueller. The Dispersion Calculator. Free educational software for estimating dispersion coefficients from laboratory data. <http://people.whitman.edu/~dunnivfm/software.html>. 2010.

Boisrame, Gabrielle. wgnMaker. Excel Macro which prepares data for the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) model. <https://swat.tamu.edu/software/>. 2010.

Selected Presentations:

Boisrame, Gabrielle. Resilience Through Disturbance: Wildfires Role in Maintaining Yosemite’s Meadows. Sierra Meadows Partnership Annual Gathering. Invited Oral Presentation. Graegle, CA, 2019.

Boisrame, Gabrielle. The State of Upper Watershed Hydrology in California. University of California ANR Conference. Invited Oral Presentation. Ontario, CA, 2018.

Boisrame, Gabrielle. Restoring wildfire to the Sierra Nevada: Impacts on water resources and drought response. California Fire Science Consortium Webinar. 2017.

Boisrame, Gabrielle, Sally Thompson, Scott Stephens, Brandon Collins, Maggi Kelly, and Naomi Tague. Effects of a restored fire regime on forest resilience and water in Yosemite National Park. Reclaiming the Sierra Conference. Invited Oral Presentation. Sacramento, CA, 2017.

Boisrame, Gabrielle, Sally Thompson, Scott Stephens, Brandon Collins, and Naomi Tague. Is Managed Wildfire Protecting Yosemite National Park from Drought? American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. Oral Presentation. San Francisco, CA, 2016.

In The News:

When Wildfire Burns A High Mountain Forest, What Happens To The Snow? Luke Runyon. KUNC.https://www.kunc.org/environment/2020-12-31/when-wildfire-burns-a-high-mountain-forest-what-happens-to-the-snow

A song of water and fire, part two. Alex Hoeft. Moonshine Ink.https://moonshineink.com/tahoe-news/part-2-a-song-of-water-and-fire/?fbclid=IwAR004HmXllMnu1o4ZGwwTAe3ja4k4E1YxdxEuQT4pFZwuFoF7yusWXIdEAM

Fighting fire with fire benefits forests, watersheds. Kevin Schultz. San Francisco Chronicle. https://www.sfchronicle.com/science/article/Fighting-fire-with-fire-benefits-forests-6721955.php


ecohydrology, wildfire, land use, water resources, modeling, statistics


Robinne, F., Hallema, D., Bladon, K., Flannigan, M., Boisramé, G., Bréthaut, C., Doerr, S., Di Baldassarre, G., Gallagher, L., Hohner, A., Khan, S., Kinoshita, A., Martin, D., Mordecai, R., Nunes, J., Nyman, P., Santín, C., Sheridan, G., Stoof, C., Thompson, M., Waddington, J., Wei, Y. (2021). Scientists’ warning on extreme wildfire risks to water supply, Hydrological Processes, n/a (n/a), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 10.1002/hyp.14086

Boisramé, G., Witt, S., Becerra-Hernandez, L., Heintz, K. M. (2021). Quantifying Hydrological Fluxes at the 7J Ranch, June 9, 2021

Stephens, S., Thompson, S., Boisramé, G., Collins, B., Ponisio, L., Rakhmatulina, E., Steel, Z., Stevens, J., van Wagtendonk, J., Wilkin, K.

Boisramé, G. (2021). Final Report for Study # YOSE-00671: Effects of recurring forest fires on the ecohydrology and climate change resilience of the Illilouette Creek Basin, Yosemite National Park, September 1, 2021

Stevens, J., Boisramé, G., Rakhmatulina, E., Thompson, S., Collins, B., Stephens, S. (2020). Forest Vegetation Change and Its Impacts on Soil Water Following 47 Years of Managed Wildfire, Ecosystems, February 12, 2020, 10.1007/s10021-020-00489-5
Rakhmatulina, E., Boisramé, G., Thompson, S., Stephens, S. (2020). Hydrological benefits of restoring wildfire regimes in the Sierra Nevada persist in a warming climate, Journal of Hydrology, November 30, 2020

Ariyama, J., Boisramé, G., Brand, M. R. (2019). Water Budgets for the Delta Watershed: Putting Together the Many Disparate Pieces, San Francisco Estuary & Watershed Science, 17 (2), June 17, 2019, 10.15447/sfews.2019v17iss2art2
Boisramé, G., Thompson, S., Tague, C., Stephens, S. (2019). Restoring a Natural Fire Regime Alters the Water Balance of a Sierra Nevada Catchment, Water Resources Research, 10.1029/2018WR024098
Conference Proceedings
Boisramé, G. (2020). Resilience Through Disturbance: The effect of wildfires on hydrology in California’s Sierra Nevada, Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists Meeting: Las Vegas, NV, February 11, 2020

Boisramé, G., Thompson, S. (2020). Repeated wildfires in a Sierra Nevada watershed cause limited post-fire erosion, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: Virtual, December 7, 2020-December 11, 2020, H080-05

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Boisramé, G., Thompson, S., Stephens, S., Rakhmatulina, E. (2019). Natural Wildfires Alter Sierra Nevada Hydrology, Gordon Research Conference – Catchment Science: Andover, NH, June 23, 2019-June 28, 2019
Boisramé, G. (2019). Resilience Through Disturbance: Wildfire’s Role in Maintaining Yosemite’s Meadows, Sierra Meadows Partnership Annual Gathering, May 16, 2019
Boisramé, G. (2019). Eco-Hydrology of Illilouette Creek Basin: Interactions of Droughts, Storms, and Fire, Yosemite Hydroclimate Meeting: Yosemite Village, CA, October 10, 2019
Boisramé, G., Thompson, S., Tague, C., Stephens, S., Rakhmatulina, E. (2019). Restoring a Natural Fire Regime Alters Streamflow, Snowpack, and Storage in a Sierra Nevada Catchment, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 11, 2019
Boisramé, G. (2019). Tracking Water in Desert Soils, DRI Boulder City Open House: Boulder City, NV, November 6, 2019