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Jonathan Warrick

My research focuses on the intersection of rivers and the sea.  Topics include the movement of sediment within and from coastal watersheds, and how sediment can alter coastal landscapes and habitats. Recently these subjects have been addressed in my work on the Elwha River, Washington, where the largest dam removal project in U.S. history was completed in 2014.

In The News

2017, Los Angeles Times article,  “Highway 1 was buried under a massive landslide. Months later, engineers battle Mother Nature to fix it”

2016, The Department of Interior and Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, International RiverPrize Finalist

2015, New York Times article, “When Dams Come Down, Salmon and Sand Can Prosper”

2014, National Geographic news article, “World’s Largest Dam Removal Unleashes U.S. River After Century of Electric Production”

2013, Book, “Elwha: A River Reborn”

2012, Front-page Seattle Times article, “Dam gone, nature rebuilds Elwha River beach”

2009, Science Daily article, “Sediment Yield From The Tectonically Active Semiarid Western Transverse Ranges Of California”

2006, Environmental Science & Technology news article, “California’s Shifting Sands” 

Professional Experience

  • Research Geologist, GS-15, 2016-present, USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, Santa Cruz, California

  • Research Geologist, GS-14, 2008-2016, USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, Santa Cruz, California

  • Research Geologist, GS-13, 2004-2008, USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, Santa Cruz, California

  • Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow, GS-12, 2002-2004, USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program, Menlo Park, California

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D., 2002, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • M.Sc., 1995, University Wisconsin-Madison

  • B.Sc., 1993, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Science and Products