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Laura Brophy

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Courtesy Faculty - Director, Estuary Technical Group, Institute for Applied Ecology; Principal, Green Point Consulting
Discipline: Marine Resource Management
Secondary Discipline: Geography, Environmental Sciences, and Marine Resource Management
Phone: 541-752-7671
Fax: 541-738-0604
Email: brophyonline@gmail.com
Vita or Résumé (PDF)


M.Sc., 1985, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN (Agronomy)
B.A., 1979, Carleton College, Northfield, MN, Magna cum Laude (Biology)

Research Theme:  I provide scientific decision support for coastal wetland restoration and conservation in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. 1. At the landscape scale, I conduct research and provide technical expertise to government agencies, tribes, and private organizations to assist in strategic planning for estuarine and freshwater wetland conservation and restoration. 2. I lead and participate in multiple interdisciplinary teams that are implementing and monitoring Oregon╩╝s largest estuarine wetland restoration projects.

Research Fields:

Ecology and Ecosystem Management
Impacts Ecosystems and Populations
Natural Resource Policy and Planning
Outreach and Engagement
Physiological Ecology

Professional Activities:

Society of Wetland Scientists
Pacific Estuarine Research Society
Native Plant Society of Oregon


Brophy, L.S. 2012. Tidal wetland prioritization for the Necanicum River estuary. Prepared for North Coast Land Conservancy, Seaside, OR. Green Point Consulting, Corvallis, OR.

Ewald, M.J., and Brophy, L.S. 2012. Tidal wetland prioritization for the Tillamook Bay estuary. Prepared for the Tillamook Estuary Partnership, Garibaldi, OR. Estuary Technical Group of the Institute for Applied Ecology and Green Point Consulting, Corvallis, OR.

Brophy, L.S., and S. van de Wetering. 2012. Ni-les’tun Tidal Wetland Restoration Effectiveness Monitoring: Baseline (2010-2011). Corvallis, Oregon: Green Point Consulting, the Institute for Applied Ecology, and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians.

Brophy, L.S., C.E. Cornu, P.R. Adamus, J.A. Christy, L. Huang, A. Gray, M.A. MacClellan, J.A. Doumbia, and R.L. Tully. 2011. New Tools for Tidal Wetland Restoration: Development of a Reference Conditions Database and a Temperature Sensor Method for Detecting Tidal Inundation in Least-disturbed Tidal Wetlands of Oregon, USA. Prepared for the Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology (CICEET), Durham, NH.

Huang, L., L. Brophy, and C. Lindley. 2011. Fluvial effects on coastal flooding in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Proceedings of Solutions to Coastal Disasters 2011, Anchorage, AK. 12 pp.

Brophy, L.S. 2010c. Recommended NWI revisions and GIS layer development for tidal wetlands of the Yaquina and Alsea River estuaries. Report to USGS-BRD, Western Fisheries Research Center, Newport, OR. Green Point Consulting, Corvallis, OR. 14pp.

Brophy, L.S. 2010d. Vegetation monitoring and mapping, 2008-2009: Little Nestucca Tidal Wetland Restoration Site, Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Prepared for Ducks Unlimited, Vancouver, WA, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Newport, OR. Green Point Consulting, Corvallis, OR. 52 pp.

Brophy, L.S., and J.A. Christy. 2010. Effectiveness Monitoring: Lint Slough, Alsea Estuary, Oregon. Prepared for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the MidCoast Watersheds Council. Green Point Consulting, Corvallis, OR.

Brophy, L.S. 2009. Effectiveness Monitoring at Tidal Wetland Restoration and Reference Sites in the Siuslaw River Estuary: A Tidal Swamp Focus. Prepared for Ecotrust, Portland, OR. Green Point Consulting, Corvallis, OR. 125pp.

Brophy, L.S. (Green Point Consulting). 2007. Estuary Assessment: Component XII of the Oregon Watershed Assessment Manual. Prepared for the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development, Salem, OR and the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Salem, OR. 134 pp.