Dr. Gabrielle Boisrame [She/Her]
Assistant Research Professor, Environmental Engineer
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.
||Applied Mathematics, Minor in Chemistry
||Whitman College, 2010
||UC Berkeley, 2012
||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.
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
Trends in Western US Fire Fuels Using Historical Data and Modeling, Fire Ecology
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Why does snowmelt-driven streamflow response to warming vary? A data-driven review and predictive framework
, Environmental Research Letters
, 17 (5), April 25, 2022, 10.1088/1748-9326/ac64b4
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Scientists’ warning on extreme wildfire risks to water supply, Hydrological Processes, n/a (n/a), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 10.1002/hyp.14086
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Quantifying Hydrological Fluxes at the 7J Ranch: Report for The Nature Conservancy, June 9, 2021
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Fire, water, and biodiversity in the Sierra Nevada: A possible triple win
, Environmental Research Communications
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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
Forest Vegetation Change and Its Impacts on Soil Water Following 47 Years of Managed Wildfire
, February 12, 2020, 10.1007/s10021-020-00489-5
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Hydrological benefits of restoring wildfire regimes in the Sierra Nevada persist in a warming climate
, Journal of Hydrology
, December 8, 2020, 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2020.125808
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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
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Restoring a Natural Fire Regime Alters the Water Balance of a Sierra Nevada Catchment, Water Resources Research, 10.1029/2018WR024098
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Restoring wildfire increases landscape heterogeneity in a Sierra Nevada watershed, 9th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress: Virtual, November 30, 2021-December 3, 2021
Snowpack, soil moisture, and streamflow in Sierra Nevada watersheds with frequent wildfire, 9th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress: Virtual, November 30, 2021-December 3, 2021
Trends in Western US Fire Fuels Using Historical Data and Modeling, 9th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress, November 30, 2021-December 3, 2021
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Using machine learning to reduce computation time in a dynamically coupled water allocation & groundwater model, AGU Fall Meeting: Virtual, December 13, 2021-December 17, 2021
Lessons Learned from 50 Years of Restoring Wildfire to a Sierra Nevada Watershed, AGU Fall Meeting: Virtual, December 13, 2021-December 17, 2021
Using machine learning to reduce computational time in a dynamically coupled water allocation and groundwater model, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: New Orleans, LA, December 13, 2021-December 17, 2021
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
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
Impacts of Fire on Microclimates, Soil, and Vegetation in the Illilouette Creek Basin, Yosemite Hydroclimate Meeting: Virtual, October 15, 2020
Characterizing the Hydrology of the Amargosa River Headwaters, DHS Colloquium: DRI Teams Meeting, December 4, 2020
Natural Wildfires Alter Sierra Nevada Hydrology, Gordon Research Conference – Catchment Science: Andover, NH, June 23, 2019-June 28, 2019
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Resilience Through Disturbance: Wildfire’s Role in Maintaining Yosemite’s Meadows, Sierra Meadows Partnership Annual Gathering, May 16, 2019
Eco-Hydrology of Illilouette Creek Basin: Interactions of Droughts, Storms, and Fire, Yosemite Hydroclimate Meeting: Yosemite Village, CA, October 10, 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
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Tracking Water in Desert Soils, DRI Boulder City Open House: Boulder City, NV, November 6, 2019