MS student Darrel Aubrey, advised by Prof. Hao Chen, was selected and participated in a summer pilot program that was a collaboration between multiple agencies, federal and tribal nations for integrating Western science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK). He met with these agencies to gather knowledge on what is currently being done on the Klamath watershed. He then modified existing data collection protocols to fit the timeline. Along the way he collected data from two of the watershed’s tributaries. With this data he was able to test a model which he had been working on for evaluating watershed tributaries. This evaluation model was geared towards the restoration of habitats for salmonids. Because of the work and collaboration, the program was recognized by the Department of Interior with the Partners in Conservation Award.