As part of her Master's thesis last year, Holly Nesbitt wrote a paper with her SFU lab group. We are happy to announce that the paper Emergent Stability in a large free-flowing watershed has been published in Ecology, and was featured as an Editor's Choice by Science magazine, and in the Vancouver Sun. The paper is about how natural, free flowing watersheds promote stability.
The group looked at the Fraser River as an example, and found that downstream reaches that integrate across the entire watershed are more stable in their water temperature, flow, and First Nations fisheries catch. Analogous to financial portfolio theory, the more assets you have (the more streams you integrate across), the more stable the overall value of your portfolio.