M.F. Cosumnes River


Walker Lake – Terminal Lake at the Brink. Herbst D.B., R.B. Medhurst, I.D. Bell, and G. Chisholm. Lakeline 34(4):11-14. [PDF]

Mono Lake: Streams Taken and Given Back, But Still Waiting. Herbst D.B. Lakeline 34(4):21-24. [PDF]

Owens Lake – From Dustbowl to Mosaic of Salt Water Habitats. Herbst D.B. and M. Prather. Lakeline 34(4):34-38. [PDF]

How drought in the Sierra Nevada and climate change are affecting streams. Herbst D.B. Jeffrey Pine Journal 12(1). [PDF]


Substratum associations and depth distribution of benthic invertebrates in saline Walker Lake, Nevada, USA. Herbst D.B., R.B. Medhurst, S.W. Roberts, and R. Jellison. Hydrobiologia 700:1 61-72. [PDF]

Defining salinity limits on the survival and growth of benthic insects as conservation management targets for saline Walker Lake, Nevada, USA. Herbst, D.B., S.W. Roberts, R.B. Medhurst. Journal of Insect Conservation 17:877-883. [PDF]


Stream community and ecosystem responses to the boom and bust of an invading snail. Jonathan W. Moore, J.M., D.B. Herbst, W.N. Heady, S.M. Carlson. Biological Invasions 14:2435–2446. [PDF]

Short-term changes in-stream macroinvertebrate communities following a severe fire in the Lake Tahoe basin, California. Oliver, A.A., M.T. Bogan,D.B. Herbst, R.A. Dahlgren. Hydrobiologia 694:117–130. [PDF]

Effects of livestock exclusion on in-stream habitat and benthic invertebrate assemblages in montane streams. Herbst, D.B., M.T. Bogan, S.K. Roll, H.D. Safford. Freshwater Biology 57:204–217. [PDF]


Before and after the deluge: rain-on-snow flooding effects on aquatic invertebrate communities of small streams in the Sierra Nevada, California. Herbst, D.B. and S.D. Cooper. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 29:1354-1366 [PDF]


Responses of aquatic macroinvertebrates to stream channel reconstruction in a degraded rangeland creek in the Sierra Nevada Herbst, D.B and J.M. Kane. Ecological Restoration 27:76-88. [PDF]

The influence of introduced trout on native aquatic invertebrate communities in a paired watershed study of streams in Yosemite National Park. Herbst, D.B., E.L. Silldorff and S.D. Cooper. Freshwater Biology 54:1324-1342. [PDF]


Low specific conductivity limits growth and survival of the New Zealand Mud Snail from the Upper Owens River, California. Herbst, D.B., M.T. Bogan and R.A. Lusardi. Western North American Naturalist 68:324-333. [PDF]


Comparisons of the performance of different bioassessment methods: similar evaluations of biotic integrity from separate programs and procedures. Herbst, D.B and E.L. Silldorff. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 25:513-530. [PDF]

Salinity controls on trophic interactions among invertebrates and algae of solar evaporations ponds in the Mojave desert in relation to shorebird foraging and selenium risk. Herbst, D.B. Wetlands 26:475-485. [PDF]


Using aquatic invertebrate biological assessments to support water resource decisions in the Sierra Nevada: establishing reference conditions for streams and measuring ecological responses to management actions. Herbst, D.B. USDA Forest Service General Technical Report PSW-GTR-193. [PDF]


Gradients of salinity stress, environmental stability and water chemistry as a templet for defining habitat types and physiological strategies in inland salt waters. Herbst, D.B. Hydrobiologia 466:209:219. [PDF]

The California Streamside Biosurvey. Herbst, D.B., A.Y. Feng, and D.E. Gregorio. State Water Resources Control Board publication, Sacramento. 21 pp. (see our Educational Material page for a copy)


Biogeography and physiological adaptations of the brine fly genus Ephydra (Diptera: Ephydridae) in saline waters of the Great Basin. Herbst, D.B. Great Basin Naturalist 59:127-135. [PDF]


Experimental mesocosm studies of salinity effects on the benthic algal community of a saline lake. Herbst, D.B. and D.W. Blinn. Journal of Phycology 34:772-778. [PDF]

Potential salinity limitations on nitrogen fixation in sediments from Mono Lake, California. Herbst, D.B. International Journal of Salt Lake Research 7:261-274. [PDF]


Growth and survival of larvae of Ephydra hians Say (Diptera: Ephydridae) on unialgal diets. Bradley, T.J. and D.B. Herbst. Environmental Entomology 23:276-281. [PDF]

Growth of the filamentous green alga Ctenocladus circinnatus (Chaetophorales, Chlorophyceae) in relation to environmental salinity. Herbst, D.B. and R.W. Castenholz. Journal of Phycology 30:588-593. [PDF]


A population model for the alkali fly at Mono Lake: depth distribution and changing habitat availability. Herbst, D.B. and T.J. Bradley. Hydrobiologia 267:191-201. [PDF]


Changing lake level and salinity at Mono Lake: habitat conservation problems for the benthic alkali fly. Herbst, D.B. In: The History of Water. White Mountain Research Station symposium vol. 4. pp. 198-210. University of California, Los Angeles.

Taxonomy and distribution of benthic diatoms from Mono Lake, California, U.S.A. Kociolek, J.P. and D.B. Herbst. Transactions American Microscopical Society 111:338-355. [PDF]


Distribution and abundance of the alkali fly (Ephydra hians Say) at Mono Lake, California (USA) in relation to physical habitat. Herbst, D.B. Hydrobiologia 197:193-205. [PDF]


A Malpighian tubule lime gland in an insect inhabiting alkaline salt lakes. Herbst, D.B. and T.J. Bradley. Journal of Experimental Biology 145:63-78. [PDF]

Salinity and nutrient limitations on the growth of benthic algae from two alkaline salt lakes of the Western Great Basin (USA). Herbst, D.B. and T.J. Bradley. Journal of Phycology 25:673-678. [PDF]


Osmoregulation in an alkaline salt lake insect, Ephydra (Hydropyrus) hians Say (Diptera: Ephydridae) in relation to water chemistry. Herbst, D.B., F.P. Conte and V.J. Brookes. Journal of Insect Physiology 34:903-909. [PDF]

Comparative population ecology of Ephydra hians Say (Diptera: Ephydridae) at Mono Lake (California) and Abert Lake (Oregon). Herbst, D.B. Hydrobiologia 158:145-166. [PDF]

Selected Technical Reports

Walker Lake Ecological Monitoring of the Status and Trends of the Benthic Ecosystem: Invertebrate Populations, Algae, Lake Level, Salinity and Waterbird Surveys. Herbst, D.B., R.B. Medhurst, I.D. Bell, 2013. Report to US Fish and Wildlife Service. [PDF]

Evaluating Recovery of Stream Invertebrate Communities Following Removal of Introduced Trout in Kings Canyon National Park: Baseline Biological Stream Surveys and Contrasts After Fish Removal. Herbst, D.B., R.B. Medhurst, I.D. Bell, 2013. Report Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park. [PDF]

Bioassessment Monitoring of Acid Mine Drainage Impacts in Streams of the Leviathan Mine Watershed. Herbst, D.B., 2013. Report to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 9 and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. [PDF]

Benthic Macroinvertebrate Responses to Sediment Deposition as Criteria for Evaluating and Monitoring the Extent of Habitat Degradation on the Middle Truckee River, California. Herbst, D.B., R.B. Medhurst, I.D. Bell, 2013. Report to Truckee River Watershed Council. [PDF]

Trout Creek Restoration Monitoring: Changing Benthic Invertebrate Indicators in a Reconstructed Channel. Herbst, D.B., 2009. City of South Lake Tahoe. [PDF]