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William McMahan

Research Associate

William is a transplant from the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina where he fell in love with clean water and aquatic ecosystems. With a B.S. in Environmental Geology and an M.S. in Freshwater Ecology, he brings a multidisciplinary approach to rivers with studies of the geomorphology, chemistry, macroinvertebrates, and fish. William has experience working with several Riverkeepers, river conservancies, and government agencies across western North Carolina and Tennessee. Projects he has led or participated in include dam removal research, coal ash pollution monitoring, endangered species surveys, and road salt impact assessments. The challenges of western river conservation have drawn him out to Montana to study the Bighorn River and advise on the best scientific methods to conserve the resource. In his free time William volunteers with Search and Rescue to look for lost hikers and perform technical rope rescues.

Resides in:

Billings, MT

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