Feedbacks between Riparian Vegetation and River Morphodynamics

Wed, Oct 17, 4:10 pm
Speaker Name: 
Andrew Wilcox

 

Andrew Wilcox
Assistant Professor and Director, UM Center for Riverine Science and Stream Renaturalization
University of Montana
Department(s) and Affiliation(s): Geosciences

Andrew Wilcox is an assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Montana. He is also the Director of the University of Montana’s Center for Riverine Science and Stream Renaturalization. Dr. Wilcox completed a PhD at Colorado State University, a MS at the University of California-Berkeley, and BA at Stanford University. He also has worked as a post-doctoral research associate with the US Geological Survey, in private consulting, and for the National Park Service.

Research focus:
Dr. Wilcox is a fluvial geomorphologist whose research entails field studies and modeling of river flow, sediment transport, and channel morphology, which he in turn relates to aquatic ecosystem processes and watershed management.

URL: http://www.cas.umt.edu/geosciences//faculty/wilcox/index.htm

Wilcox Q&A:

1.     What led you to the research you are engaged in?

I’ve long been interested in interactions between fluvial geomorphology and river ecosystems, ranging from mayfly drift to bull trout spawning to riparian vegetation.

2.     Which other disciplines have you collaborated with?

Aquatic and riparian ecology, civil engineering

3.     What do you find most rewarding about collaborations?

Science is more rewarding and productive when working with others.

4.     What do you think is the greatest scientific challenge for the next 15-20 years?

NSF has hit the nail on the head with their new initiative promoting linkages among science, education, and sustainability- society needs scientific innovation and discovery, and scientists need to communicate and contribute to societal problems.

5.     How do you see the IoE making a difference in this or other scientific challenges?

By promoting collaborations within and between UM and MSU. 

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