I've been playing in creeks and rivers as long as I could walk. However, I did not even really understand what fluvial geomorphology was until I was a senior at Temple University. At Temple University I was enrolled in the Environmental Engineering program and learned about fluvial geomorphology through an independent study I did with professor Michel Boufadel. I graduated from Temple University and worked for a few years as a hydrologist/engineer before returning to graduate school at the University of California, Davis. There I met my MS. and PhD adviser, Greg Pasternack, who really opened my eyes to fluvial geomorphology and river restoration. Upon completing my MS I worked as a consultant for over 4 years and returned to UC Davis once again to pursue a PhD. I completed my PhD in the summer of 2014. Currently I am a consultant in California.
My professional and academic experience give me a uniquely balanced perspective from engineering and fluvial geomorphology. My work is at the nexus of engineering that requires stasis and ecological restoration that requires dynamism. In all of my work I strive for quantifying processes that we affect on rivers and streams and the effort needed to restore or rehabilitate them.
My academic and professional goals are to leave the world better than I found it - one step at a time.
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