Dr. Alan Kasprak
Environment & Society
Geospatial Consortium Coordinator
Alan Kasprak is the Coordinator of the Utah Geospatial Consortium and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Watershed Sciences at USU. Alan earned a BS in Geology and Geophysics at Boston College, a MS in Earth Sciences from Dartmouth College, and a PhD in Watershed Sciences at Utah State University. Prior to returning to Logan, he spent three years as a Research Geologist and Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Dr. Kasprak’s research focuses understanding physical and biological processes in river systems through the lens of high-resolution geospatial data collection and analysis. His current research projects are examining the impacts of large dams on the geomorphology, sediment transport, and land cover of the Colorado River corridor through the Canyonlands and Grand Canyon regions of the Southwestern U.S.
Alan also conducts research into the role of in-channel wood in driving changes in stream morphology and fish habitat in rivers of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. In addition to these field-based projects, Dr. Kasprak has conducted laboratory and numerical modeling studies of river response to altered sediment and water supply.