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Matt Blank

Research Scientist

Matt Blank, Ph.D., Civil Engineering, is a Research Scientist studying road and stream interactions with an emphasis on hydrology, hydraulics, and fish passage issues. He has more than 20 years of experience in the environmental arena, with a focus on aquatic passage. At WTI, he expanded the road ecology program to include transportation interactions with aquatic ecosystems.

Matt’s research activities focus on characterizing the effects of flow and temperature on fish swimming performance, fish passage assessment and design, stream and river hydraulics, hydrology, bridge and culvert design, and dam removal.  He is the co-principal investigator for fish swimming ability and fish passage research being performed at a fish locomotion and research lab in Bozeman.   He also teaches applied fluid mechanics for the Department of Civil Engineering at MSU.

Matt Blank holding large fish near stream