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Helen W. Dow, Ph.D.

Helen Dow is a Research Geologist and Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow at the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz.

I am a geomorphologist interested in river systems. I work with Amy East, Jon Warrick, and Joel Sankey to investigate patterns in post-wildfire sediment mobilization over recent decades in California in the context of shifting hydroclimate and an intensifying fire regime. This work has implications for downstream water resources, water quality, aquatic ecosystems, and coastal change.


Professional Experience

  • Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow, 2022-Present USGS, Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program, Santa Cruz, CA

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, 2019-2021, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

  • Teaching Assistant, 2016-2019, University of Nevada, Reno, NV

  • Research Assistant, 2014-2015, Desert Research Institute, Reno, NV

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D., Geology, University of Nevada, Reno

  • M.S., Geography, University of Oregon

  • B.S. Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley

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