Dr. Joseph Michael Wheaton

Watershed Sciences


Dr. Joseph Michael Wheaton

Contact Information

Office Hours: By Appointment
Office Location: NR 360
Phone: (435) 554-1247
Email: joe.wheaton@usu.edu
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Joe Wheaton is an Assistant Professor at USU and a fluvial geomorphologist with over a decade of experience in river restoration. Joe runs the Ecogeomorphology & Topographic Analysis Lab in USU's department of Watershed Science and 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 Southhampton, 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.

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Courses taught

WATS 4930/6920 - Advanced GIS & Spatial Analyses
WATS 4631/6921 - GIS Research Projects
WATS 6915 - GIS Fundamentals
WATS 6215 - Graduate Student Induction Course
WATS 6900 - Fluvial Hydraulics and Ecohydraulics
WATS 6900 - Sediment Transport in Stream Assessment and Design
WATS 6900 - Geomorphic Change Detection
WATS 6900 - Partnering with Beaver in Restoration Design Workshop
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