Watershed Sciences Department
Pursuing PhD degree in Watershed Sciences - Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jack Schmidt
Degree Seeking: PhD - Watershed Science
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jack Schmidt
Research Area: Linking high temporal resolution flux - based sediment budgets with channel change: What constitutes a big number?
Christy Leonard is a Ph.D. candidate at the Center for Colorado River Studies working with Dr. Jack Schmidt. Her dissertation research aims to identify circumstances when a change in streamflow and/or sediment supply is large and likely to cause meaningful channel change that would be of management concern, in contrast to circumstances when the perturbation is small and channel adjustment may be insignificant or the response may be merely a bed material grain size adjustment without any significant change in form. Christy holds a B.S. from the University of Vermont in Geology and a M.S. from the University of Wyoming in Geography/Water Resources. Prior to starting her Ph.D., Christy worked as a geologist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Sacramento on projects pertaining to flood risk management, dam and levee safety, and ecosystem restoration. When not contemplating rivers and sediment transport, Christy can be found enjoying the outdoors while doing her favorite activities: skiing, biking, climbing, and boating.