Sarah Whiteway

Mike Habberfield

105 Wilkeson Quad

sarahwhi at buffalo edu

Research interests

  • Stream Restoration
  • Fluvial Geomorphology

Personal statement

I grew up in Montreal, Canada, and completed a bachelor’s degree in biology at McGill University with a minor in Geography.  Following that I completed a one year diploma program at McGill's School of the Environment where I focused my studies on aquatic ecosystems and fluvial geomorphology. Following a summer of fluvial geomorphological field work on a restored river, I knew that I wanted to focus on stream restoration for my master's research. My master's thesis, titled, "Assessing the effectiveness of instream structures for restoring salmonid streams" involved completing both field work on a restored section of river in Southern Quebec and a meta-analysis of stream restoration effectiveness from rivers across North America.  I attained my master’s degree in 2009 from Concordia University.  I am now pursuing a PhD in geography as part of the ERIE IGERT program and am concentrating my research on examining the opportunity that revegetation provides for stream restoration projects.


  • B.S. in Biology (McGill University, 2005)
  • Graduate diploma from McGill School of the Environment (McGill University, 2006)
  • M.S. in Geography, Urban and Environmental Studies (Concordia University, 2009)

Publications / Presentations


Bronner, C.E., Bartlett, A.M., Whiteway, S.L., Lambert, D.C., Bennett, S.J., & Rabideau, A.J. (2013). An assessment of U.S. stream compensatory mitigation policy: necessary changes to protect ecosystem functions and services. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 49(2), 449-462. DOI: 10.1111/jawr.12034

Biron, P.M., Carré, D.M., Carver, R.B., Rodrigue-Gervais, K. & Whiteway, S.L. Combining field, laboratory, and three-dimensional numerical modeling approaches to improve our understanding of fish habitat restoration schemes, in Stream Restoration in Dynamic Fluvial Systems: Scientific Approaches, Analyses, and Tools, Geophysical Monograph Series, Volume 194. A. Simon, S. J. Bennett & J. M. Castro (Eds.), pp. 209–231, American Geophysical Union (AGU), Washington, D.C. (2011).

Whiteway, S.L, Biron, P.M., Zimmermann, A., Venter, O. and Grant, J.W.A. Do in-stream restoration structures enhance salmonid abundance? A meta-analysis. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 67, 5, 831-841. (2010)


Blersch, D.M., Blersch, S.S., Habberfield, M., Hannes, I., Malzone, J., & Whiteway, S. (2012, June). The disconnect between ecosystem services concept and ecosystem function in stream restoration: where do we go from here? Paper presented at the 12th Annual American Ecological Engineering Society Meeting, Syracuse, New York.

Goodness, V., Lambert, D. & Whiteway, S. Interdisciplinary evaluation of a wetland enhancement project for the Tuscarora Nation. Poster presented at 2012 NSF IGERT Trainee Video & Poster Competition (online) (2012, May).

Bronner, C.E., Bartlett, A.M., Whiteway, S.L., Lambert, D.C., Bennett, S.J., & Rabideau, A.J. "An assessment of U.S. stream mitigation policy: necessary changes to protect ecosystem functions and services." Poster presented at the Hudson River Environmental Society’s Clean Water Act at 40: Facing the Future Conference, Poughkeepsie, NY. (2012, May).

Whiteway, S.L. and Biron, P.M. 2009. Assessing Success of Instream Structures for Salmonid Stream Restoration. American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, May 24-27. 

Whiteway, S.L. and Biron, P.M. 2008. Assessing the success of in-stream structures for restoration of the Nicolet River, a Québec trout stream. NESTVAL, Plymouth, New Hampshire, October 31-November 2.