Center for Colorado River StudiesUtah State University is nationally regarded as a major research and teaching center that conducts relevant research that informs many federal and state management agencies and NGOs about critical issues facing the river system. Utah State’s role in Colorado River issues results from the individual work of a small cadre of dedicated faculty. For some of these faculty, the Colorado River is one of many geographic foci; for other faculty, the Colorado River is their life passion. As the effects of climate change and continued human population growth further stress the water supplies provided by the Colorado River, it has become imperative that USU develop the resources to continue to recruit experts in this area of teaching and research. Thus, the College of Natural Resources has organized the Center for Colorado River Studies.
Jack Schmidt • Director
Former Chief of the U.S. Geological Survey Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center. Primary responsibility include guiding CCRS activities, identifing and directing science missions, and helping CCRS become a leading force in applied river science to empower the work of citizens and agencies.
Assistant Professor at USU and a fluvial geomorphologist, Wheaton runs the Ecogeomorphology & Topographic Analysis Lab at USU and is a leader in the monitoring and modeling of riverine habitats and watersheds. He teaches courses geomorphology, fluvial hydraulics, ecohydraulics, GIS, geomorphic change detection, and river restoration.
Null uses water resources systems analysis and physical geography to monitor and mathematically model processes and interactions of built and natural water resources systems. Systems analysis, mathematical modeling and field studies are the methods she uses to improve understanding of systems and explore promising solutions to problems.
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.
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