Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Sonja Raven

Grad Class of 2000

I am currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Rangeland Resources at Oregon State University. I am in the process of studying the thermal relationship between air, water and soil temperatures. My study area includes two streams in adjoining watersheds; one is forested, the other was burned over in the late 1980's. I am collecting data at four elevations on each stream, and comparing the results. In particular, I am looking at the thermal gradient between the air temperature and the water temperature. It has been shown that ambient air temperature can have one of the most significant impacts on the temperature of the water in the stream, (outside of groundwater impacts) and that the stream temperature will always attempt to equilibrate with the ambient air temperature. My thesis focuses on this thermal gradient, and I am exploring a number of questions, for example: if the temperature of the air exceeds a certain point by a set time of day, will the stream temperature always exceed the water quality standard?

My training in the NRS program has prepared me exceedingly well for my Masters studies. I learned how to work hard in a demanding program, and stay focused on a specific goal, and my academic credentials are in great demand here in the US. The amount of technical writing required by the NRS program greatly improved my abilities as a writer, and that was considered to be one of my strengths by the professors at OSU. Academically, OSU feels that I am well-trained in ecological and scientific basics as well as mathematics. The NRS program is considered excellent training for Masters candidates, as we are well prepared to "hit the ground running" with minimal supervision.

Sonja Raven