Center for Colorado River Studies
Utah State University is Carnegie Research I University. Within the institution are scores of faculty-led programs that partly focus on research that informs federal and state agencies that manage the Colorado River and that informs non-government organizations about critical issues facing the Colorado River. For some Utah State faculty, the Colorado River is one of many geographic foci; for other faculty, the Colorado River is their life passion.
Jack Schmidt • Director
Professor of Watershed Sciences and former Chief of the U.S. Geological Survey Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center (2011-2014). Winner of the National Park Service Director’s Award for Natural Resource Research for his career of applied science study of the large regulated rivers of the National Park system. Co-awardee of the Department of the Interior Partners in Conservation Award for activities associated with implementing a controlled flood pulse into the Colorado River delta in Mexico (2013).
Associate Professor of Watershed Sciences and co-leader of The Fluvial Habitats Center at Utah State. Wheaton is a nationally recognized expert in application of geomorphology to stream restoration, including the introduction of beavers to accelerate restoration processes. He has developed regional models useful to assess the likely success of beaver introductions and the condition of riparian ecosystems in Utah’s portion of the Colorado River basin and elsewhere.
Dr. Endter-Wada is a Professor of Natural Resource Policy and Social Science and Director of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Graduate Certificate Program at USU. Her research focuses on conceptualizing and analyzing linkages between humans and biophysical aspects of ecosystems. During her professional career, Dr. Endter-Wada has been involved in many interdisciplinary academic programs and research projects and served at state and federal levels in policy-related appointments.
Pederson's research and teaching interests are in process geomorphology and landscape evolution. He is specifically interested in using fieldwork, geochronology, and GIS to investigate landscape responses to tectonics and climate change the landscape evolution of the Colorado Plateau.Nulla facilisi. Vivamus sagittis lectus in justo congue blandit. Sed eget felis eget nulla
Janecke's research includes Extensional tectonics, structural geology, basin analysis of half and full graben, Lake Bonneville, extensional folding processes, regional geology, paleogeography, Salton Trough and development of oblique-divergent margins, Basin and Range province, interactions of Sevier fold-and-thrust belt and foreland structures.
Budy is involved with the development of a Science Based Restoration and Management Plan for the San Rafael River, UT: Integrating Data on Fish Distributions and Habitat Needs with Historical Analyses of Channel Change, evaluating cutthroat trout performance and identifying limiting factors for the native fish community of Pyramid Lake, and investigating Predator Prey Interactions in Scofield Reservoir, UT.
Tarboton focuses on advancing the capability for hydrologic prediction by developing models that take advantage of new information and process understanding enabled by new technology. This includes the use of hydrologic and geographic information systems and digital elevation models that take advantage of spatially distributed information for hydrologic prediction. He has developed and supports open source software packages implementing many of the research capabilities developed.
Rosenberg's work uses systems analysis -- simulation and optimization modeling and hydroinformatics -- to improve the planning, design, and operation of water systems. His work spans spatial scales from individual users (such as households) to transboundary river basins and integrates hydrological, engineering, economic, environmental, and institutional system aspects and uncertainties to mathematically model and inform water management.
Wilcock's research focuses on sediment transport processes and their role in the restoration and management of rivers and their watersheds. His current projects include defining instream flows, and developing a reduced complexity model to explore options to reduce sediment loading. He teaches courses on sediment transport mechanics and a one-week summer short course Sediment Transport in Stream Channel Assessment and Design.
Associate Professor of Watershed Sciences. Null's expertise is in evaluation of scenarios for re-operations of reservoirs, including assessment of their effects on downstream thermal conditions, their role in ensuring water supply security, and their role in affecting the quality of fish habitat. Some of her work occurs in Utah’s Great Basin rivers whose flow is supplemented by Colorado River trans-basin diversions.