is an Associate Professor at Utah State University and a fluvial geomorphologist with over fifteen years of experience in river restoration. Joe's research is focused on better understanding the dynamics of rivers and streams, how such fluvial processes shape instream and riparian habitats, and how biota modulate and amplify those processes. For example, some of Joe's research focuses on how the dam building activity of beaver alter physical habitat for their own benefit, but also to the benefit of a slew of other fauna and flora. Much of Joe's work focuses on taking such understandings and translating them into useful applications. For example, Joe has helped pioneer the development of new stream restoration approaches (e.g. cheap and cheerful restoration techniques using beaver as a restoration agent), building larges scale monitoring programs that leverage the latest technologies (e.g. Columbia Habitat Monitoring Program and Big Rivers Monitoring Program), and building new analytical software apps (e.g. Geomorphic Change Detection Software) and simulation models (e.g. MORPHED, BRAT) to help scientists and practitioners alike. Joe's work straddles the interface between physical and ecological sciences. Joe runs the Ecogeomorphology & Topographic Analysis Lab
in Utah State University's Department of Watershed Science and his group is a leader in the monitoring and modeling of riverine habitats and watersheds. He worked four years in consulting engineering before completing his B.S. in Hydrology (2002, UC Davis
), an M.S. in Hydrologic Sciences (2003, UC Davis
), and a Ph.D. in Geography (2008, University of Southampton
, UK). He worked as a lecturer in Physical Geography (University of Wales
2006-08), Research Assistant Professor in Geology (Idaho State University
, 2008-09) before becoming an Assistant Professor at Utah State University (2009-Present) where he teaches courses
on geomorphology, fluvial hydraulics, ecohydraulics, GIS, geomorphic change detection, and river restoration.
- Born and raised in the Napa
Valley of California, USA.
- Started out studying and working in civil engineering, landuse planning
and erosion control.
- Got interested in watershed hydrology and completed bachelors degree
- Started doing research on spawning habitat rehabilitation and fluvial
geomorphology as an undergraduate and then went on to complete a masters
degree in hydrologic sciences.
- Wanted to continue doing research in fluvial geomorphology, but sought
a different perspective; so, moved to England to do a PhD.
- Joined Institute
of Geography and Earth Sciences at the University
of Wales Aberystwyth in January of 2006 as a Lecturer in Physical
- Joined Department of Geosciences
at Idaho State University in August
of 2008 as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Fall of 2008.
- Joined Watershed Sciences at Utah State University of August of 2009 as an Assistant Professor
- Ph.D. in Geography University of Southampton School of Geography, Southampton, Hampshire, UK;
Received: June 2008. (Supervisors: Professor David Sear, Dr. Steve Darby)
- M.S. Degree in Hydrologic Sciences; University of California at Davis, Davis, CA, USA; Received: June 2003. (Supervisor: Professor Greg Pasternack)
- B.S. Degree in Hydrology; University of California at Davis, Davis, CA, USA; Received: June 2002.
- 2015 to Present: Associate Professor: Watershed Sciences, Utah State University
- 2009 to 2015: Assistant Professor: Watershed Sciences, Utah State University
- 2008 to 2010: Associate Consultant: CH2M-Hill, Boise, ID
- 2008 to 2009: Research Assistant Professor: Department of Geosciences,
Idaho State University
- 2006 to 2008: Lecturer: IGES, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Wales
- 2000 to 2003: Sub-Consultant: & Engineering Drafting Services: Jennifer Chandler Landscape Architect, Napa,
- 1997 to 2000: Civil Engineering Technician: Bartelt Engineering, Napa,
- 1995 to 1996: Civil Engineering Intern: Napa County Public Works,