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Dr. Joseph Michael Wheaton

Dr. Joseph Michael Wheaton

Assistant Professor (Fluvial geomorphology, ecogeomorphology, ecohydraulics, stream and river restoration, riverine monitoring and adaptive management)
Department: Watershed Sciences
Departmental Role: Watershed Sciences Faculty
Status: Faculty, Faculty Advisor
Location:  NR 360
Office Phone:  435-554-1247
Fax:  435-797-1871
Utah State University
Department of Watershed Sciences
5210 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-5210

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Joe Wheaton is an Assistant Professor at Utah State University and a fluvial geomorphologist with over a decade of experience in river restoration. Joe runs the Ecogeomorphology & Topographic Analysis Lab in Utah State University's Department of Watershed Science and is a leader in the monitoring and modeling of riverine habitats and watersheds. He is the co-director of the Intermountain Center for River Rehabilitation & Restoration. 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 geomorphology, fluvial hydraulics, ecohydraulics, GIS, geomorphic change detection, and river restoration.

Current Graduate Students:

For List of Current Students see here.

Courses taught:

For further description of courses Joe teaches see here.

* Not taught every year

Prospective Graduate Students:

See my Prospective Student Pages for current opportunities.

Research Links:

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Intermountain Center for River Rehabilitation and Restoration