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UPDATED January 18, 2018

I have finished my PhD under Dr. Bruce Rhoads in the University of Illinois Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science. I successfully defended my dissertation in December 2017.

I have begun a post-doc fellowship at Indiana University in the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, working with Doug Edmonds, Brian Yanites, and Ed Herrmann on the Indiana Grand Challenge - Environmental Change project. 

More updates to come!
Suspended sediment mixing at the Kaskaskia River - Copper Slough confluence in Illinois, USA.

Research Interests

My research focuses broadly on fluvial forms and processes, river hydrodynamics, and how humans interact with fluvial systems. My specific research interests include the hydrodynamics, morphology, and sediment transport associated with stream confluences, implementing large-scale particle image velocimetry (LSPIV) techniques in the field to produce new insights into complex hydrodynamics and coherent flow structures, flow characteristics and morphology of natural rivers with emphasis on meandering rivers and cutoffs, and exploring how unmanned aerial systems (UAS) such as consumer-grade drones can help advance geomorphology and the study of water resources. Additional research interests are human impacts on watershed evolution and structure, and using GIS and remotely sensed imagery to better understand fluvial network processes.

In order to fully appreciate and understand this interdisciplinary research, I work closely with geographers, geologists, engineers, and natural resource researchers. I believe it is crucial to promote cross-disciplinary understanding and teamwork within and among groups with diverse but interrelated research interests.