Celeste’s research focuses on linking flow and sediment dynamics to stream channel response following invasive vegetation removal in order to quantify the magnitude of landscape change and inform management of post-removal channel behavior. Celeste was chosen based not only upon her research, but also because of her passion for riparian conservation and dedication to preserving vital riparian landscapes.
Juli’s research focuses on understanding sediment dynamics in ephemeral streams. She will use the grant to calculate residence times of sediment in floodplains using optically stimulated luminescence with the goal of determining the influence of disturbance frequency on geomorphic heterogeneity.
Sarah’s research focuses on developing monitoring strategies and investigating carbon sequestration potential in Stage 0 stream restoration projects in Colorado and Oregon. Juli’s research investigates sediment storage and floodplain function in desert ephemeral streams in the Southwest. Christoph’s research focuses on post-glacial alluvial dynamics in the South Fork Cache la Poudre River valley at CSU’s Mountain Campus. Congrats Sarah, Juli and Christoph!
Celeste was recognized for her research proposal that focuses on linking flow and sediment dynamics to stream channel response following invasive vegetation removal to quantify the magnitude of landscape change and inform management of post-removal channel behavior. The Mackin award is a longstanding award given by the Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Divison of GSA to an outstanding PhD student on the basis of a submitted research proposal. Congrats Celeste!
John received the award for his research proposal Sediment-ecological connectivity: exploring the links between tributary erosion and floodplain forest establishment in a large river basin. John’s research will use the chemical composition of tributary source sediment and downstream floodplain sink sediment to determine the contributions of each tributary watershed to the downstream floodplain sediments that support cottonwood gallery forest.
Presented remotely due to the current Covid-19 situation, Julia, Zach, and Emily all successfully and exceptionally defended their respective theses. Titles are listed below:
- Julia Grabowksi (Advisor: Wohl) – Logjam attenuation of annual sediment waves in eolian-fluvial environments, North Park, Colorado
- Zach Kornse (Advisor: Wohl) – Potential for beaver-related restoration in northern Colorado
- Emily Iskin (Advisor: Wohl) – The Fabric of Wood: Patterns and Processes of River and Floodplain Large Wood on the Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California
Congratulations to Julia, Zach, and Emily!
John received the 2019 Stanley A. Schumm Research Award from the Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology (QG&G) Division of the Geological Society of America for his dissertation research. John’s research focuses on the linkages between upstream arroyo incision and downstream channel migration and floodplain forest establishment in the Yampa River Basin in northwest Colorado.
Juli Scamardo (MS), who just successfully defended her MS on beaver-related restoration in Colorado, was awarded one of the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. She will be continuing on at CSU, looking at floodplain and sediment processes along desert rivers for her PhD. Congratulations, Juli!
Alicia is featured in the May 2019 Earth and Planetary Surface Processes (EPSP) Young Researcher Spotlight. Read her thoughts on her current work, future work, dream projects and more here: AGU Young Researcher Spotlight.