Montgomery David R. Montgomery studies the evolution of topography and the influence of geomorphological processes on ecological systems and human societies. He received his B.S. in geology at Stanford University (1984) and his Ph.D. in geomorphology from UC Berkeley (1991). His published work includes studies of the evolution and near-extirpation of salmon, fluvial and hillslope processes in mountain drainage basins, the evolution of mountain ranges (Cascades, Andes, and Himalaya), and the analysis of digital topography. Current research includes field projects in the Philippines, eastern Tibet, and the Pacific Northwest of North America.

                  Greenberg Harvey Greenberg supports users of geographical information systems in installation, use and data acquisition. He assists programmers and proselytizes for python and the unix command line. Harvey maintains student machines, web servers, and file servers, and helps with GIS map and data servers. He analyzes digital topography, and has spend a very long time making water flow downhill. And he does things to Mars. Because of staff cutbacks, his workload has expanded to ASTER satellite imagery and brewing coffee. Harvey will never give up aml or vi. :wq
As of August, 2019, he is working quarter time in post-retirement.


Sarah Schanz Sarah Schanz Sarah Schanz is interested in the processes controlling river incision and fluvial landscape evolution. Her research focuses on how lithology and large woody debris control strath terrace formation and in the different styles in which climate affects river incision. She utilizes a variety of techniques including: GIS analysis, geomorphic mapping, radiocarbon and lead-210 chronologies, and numerical modeling.

Vivian Leung studied sediment transport and fluid mechanics in rivers. Her research uses flume experiments to understand the interactions and feedbacks between fluid dynamics, sediment transport, stream bed morphology and woody debris.

Rolf Aalto, 2002, Ph.D., Geomorphic Form and Process of Sediment Flux within an Active Orogen: Denudation of the Bolivian Andes and Sediment Conveyance across the Beni Foreland (co-chair with T. Dunne).

Tim B. Abbe, 2000, Ph.D., Patterns, Mechanics and Geomorphic Effects of Wood Debris Accumulations in a Forest River System. Tim has come back to teach Fluvial Geomorphology in 2011.

Alison Anders, 2005, Ph.D., The Co-evolution of Precipitation and Topography (co-advised with B. Hallet and G. Roe).

                  Brummer Chris Brummer, 2006, Ph.D., Downstream Coarsening in Headwater Channels.

                  Amerson Byron Amerson, 2004, M.S., A comparison of the morphometry of glacial and fluvial valleys

John M. Buffington, 1995, M.S., Effects of Hydraulic Roughness and Sediment Supply on Surface Textures of Gravel-Bedded Rivers; 1998, Ph.D. The Use of Streambed Texture to Interpret Physcial and Biological Conditions at Waterhsed, Reach, and Subreach Scales.

Jeremy Bunn, 2003, M.S., Influence of Wood Debris on Debris Flow Runout.

Brian Collins, 2009, Ph.D. The historical ecogeomorphology of Puget Sound lowland rivers.

David Finlayson, 2001, M.S., Spatial Coincidence of Erosional and Metamorphic Hotspots in the Himalayas.

                  Finnegan Noah Finnegan, Ph.D. 2006, Erosional Geomorphology of Namche Barwa (co-chair with B. Hallet).

                    Gran Karen Gran, 2005, Ph.D., River Recovery at Mount Pinatubo, Philippines.

Shannon Hayes, 1999, M.S., Low-flow Sediment Transport on the Pasig-Potrero Alluvial Fan, Mount Pinatubo, Philippines.

                  Henck Amanda Henck Schmidt (aka Amanda Henck) PhD 2010 Spatial and temporal patterns of erosion in Western China and Tibet

Charles Kiblinger Charles Kiblinger, Staff, Assisted with cartography and analysis of geo-spatial data, with a focus on historical aerial photographs and maps. He also built and maintained many of this group's associated websites.

Isaac Larsen Isaac Larsen studied landscape evolution in the eastern Himalaya. His research focuses on determining whether the region harbors threshold hillslopes, quantifying relationships among landslide erosion, river incision, and bedrock uplift, and untangling interactions among climate, tectonics, and erosion.

Tamara Massong, 1998, M.S. Influence of Lithology and Sediment Supply on the Distribution of Bedrock and Alluvial Channels.

                    Mitchell Sara Mitchell, 2006, Ph.D., Uplift and Erosion of the Washington Cascades.

Chrysten Root, 2001, M.S., Geochemical Investigations of Landscape Evolution in Oregon and Hawaii.

Tim Schaub, 1999, M.S. Incorporating Root Strength Estimates into a Landscape-scale Slope Stability Model through Forest Stand Age Inversion from Remotely Sensed Data.

Kevin M. Schmidt, 1994, M.S., Mountain Scale Strength Properties, Deep-Seated Landsliding and Relief Limits; 1999, Ph.D., Root Strength, Colluvial Soil Depth, and Colluvial Transport on Landslide-Prone Hillslopes.

Amir Sheikh Amir Sheikh assisted in GIS based research and classroom support with members of the Puget Sound River History Project, the Geomorphological Research Group (GRG), the Quaternary Research Center (QRC), and the Puget Sound Regional Synthesis Model (PRISM) program. He is experienced in both geomorphologic and ecological applications of spatial analysis including a) historical landscape reconstruction b) landscape change analysis, and c) topographic analysis in fluvial environments. He is a project team leader for the Waterlines Project at the Burke Museum, and is a collaborator in developing place-based geoscience curricula for underrepresented populations with an emphasis on Native American students (DIGERS Project). He also assists in the administration of SDE and ArcGIS map servers.

Sanjoy Som Sanjoy Som PhD. 2010. Studies planetary geomorphology

Jonathan D. Stock, 1996, M.S., Can we Predict Bedrock River Incision Using the Stream Power Law?

Shannon Stover, 1998, M.S., Channel Response and Flooding, Skokomish River, Washington.

Loki Loki T. Dog provided inspiration, companionship, enthusiasm, and welcome distraction.

Xena Xena T. Dog provided field assistance, perspective, and spiritual guidance. Rest in peace, sweet girl.