Streamflow-fluvial Geomorphology-riparian Vegetation Interactions

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The foundation for applying science to river and riparian restoration contexts lies in a basic understanding of the factors that drive riparian vegetation dynamics. Much of our research is focused on clarifying relationships between streamflow, fluvial geomorphology, and riparian vegetation, including various feedbacks.

In some cases this work involves studying river reaches or segments that are relatively unaltered by anthropogenic activities; in many cases it involves study of river segments that have been altered by human activities, most notably river damming. Our research often includes field studies, but also experiments (e.g., in greenhouses) to help control for specific factors hypothesized to influence riparian plants. This work is often done in collaboration with scientists whose primary emphasis lies in the physical sciences (e.g., fluvial geomorphology, hydrology).