We all know people who have fishing in their blood. Kurt is one of them. He grew up fishing creeks and rivers throughout Eastern Washington, often snorkeling the best fishing holes to get a better look. Initially, Kurt was driven by the natural world and wildlife; by college, he had focused these interests into the study of geomorphology. Kurt describes his interest as “studying how the biotic community interacts with the abiotic community, especially in river and stream environments.”
After completing a masters in Fluvial Geomorphology at the University of Montana, he joined Inter-Fluve in 2015. “There were several firms that aligned with my interests, but I especially liked the culture at Inter-Fluve…there aren’t the rigid protocols and bureaucracy, meaning people can focus on doing good work,” says Kurt. His day-to-day involves performing site assessments, geospatial analysis, surveying, and writing reports. It’s the investigative component – figuring out what’s going on at a site – that marries his instinctual ‘think-like-a-fish’ side – with restoration, says Kurt. “It’s fun to use a process-based approach to answer questions and inform site-specific restoration opportunities.”
Outside of the office, you’ll find Kurt exploring seemingly every creek within the Pacific Northwest, hiking long distances, and planning future travels (he’s fresh back from six weeks in New Zealand). He also regularly ranks #1 for Inter-Fluve’s daily trivia challenge.
“It’s the investigative component – figuring out what’s going on at a site – that marries his instinctual ‘think-like-a-fish’ side – with restoration”