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Assistant Professor of Fluvial Landscape Ecology
Home Department: Land Resources and Environmental Sciences
Affiliations: Institute on Ecosystems, Department of Computer Science.
Geoff received a B.S. from Cornell University in Natural Resources, and M.S. from Utah State University in Forest Ecology, and a Ph.D. in Forestry emphasizing river hydrology and ecology from The University of Montana. A native of the Adirondack Mountains in New York State, Geoff grew up enjoying the outdoors and relishes life in Montana. He oversees the Fluvial Landscape Lab at Montana State University.
Research focus: Studying river channel, floodplains, and river networks from a systems and landscape perspective.
1. What led you to the research you are engaged in?
My passion for the outdoors led me to want to contribute to the scientific basis of natural resource conservation. Rather than me choosing to study rivers, rivers found me, so to speak, and provide marvelous study systems for asking novel questions about ecosystem function.
2. Which other disciplines have you collaborated with?
I work across the disciplines of hydrology, geomorphology, spatial analysis, and aquatic ecology and collaborate heavily in computer science.
3. What do you find most rewarding about collaborations?
The fact that, when I’m collaborating, I’m not an island unto myself. I can take on really big questions and not feel like I need to know everything necessary for project success!
4. What do you think is the greatest scientific challenge for the next 15-20 years?
Figuring out workable yet scientifically sound solutions to the climate crisis in the face of burgeoning standards of living and financial inequality worldwide.
5. How do you see the IoE making a difference in this or other scientific challenges?
The problems we face now are simply too complex to be address by any one discipline. Facilitating dialog and the exchange of ideas across disciplines is an important goal for the IoE.
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Project Administrator: Todd Kipfer
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