Katherine Lininger photo portrait
Assistant Professor of Geography • fluvial geomorphology; ecogeomorphology; carbon cycle; water resources management; coupled natural-human systems • PhD in Earth Sciences, Colorado State University
Physical Geography




Research Interests

Rivers integrate the landscape, carrying and depositing water, sediment, large wood, carbon, and nutrients. My research is focused on river and floodplain dynamics and the interactions between geomorphic processes and ecological processes. I am particularly interested in the influence of river and floodplain processes on the flux and storage of organic carbon in floodplain soil and large wood; interactions between downed large wood, vegetation, and geomorphic processes; river and floodplain dynamics in the Sub-Arctic and Arctic; and coupled natural-human systems research related to rivers. Much of my research has been focused on large floodplain rivers, and I incorporate fieldwork, statistical modeling, and remote sensing methods into my work.

Recent Courses Taught

  • Spring 2021 GEOG 1011  Environmental Systems: Landscapes and Water
  • Spring 2020 GEOG 1011  Environmental Systems: Landscapes and Water
  • Spring 2020 GEOG 5241  Topics/Physical Geography: Fluvial Geomorphology
  • Fall 2019 GEOG/GEOL 4241  Principles of Geomorphology
  • Spring 2019 GEOG 5241  Topics/Physical Geography: Ecogeomorphology in Rivers
  • Fall 2018 GEOG/GEOL 4241  Principles of Geomorphology

Recent Publications

Wohl, E., Lininger, K. B., Rathburn, S. L., & Sutfin, N. A. (2020). How geomorphic context governs the influence of wildfire on floodplain organic carbon in fire‐prone environments of the western United States. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 45(1), 38-55. https://doi.org/10.1002/esp.4680

Lininger, K. B., Raimondi, J., Kramer, N., Homrighausen, D., & Covich, A. (2019). Comparison of discharge pulses in temperate and tropical rainforest headwater stream networks. Journal of Hydrology, 579, 124236. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2019.124236

Wohl, E., Kramer, N., Ruiz-Villanueva, V., Scott, D. N., Comiti, F., Gurnell, A. M., Piegay, H., Lininger, K. B., Jaeger, K. L., Walters, D. M., Fausch, K. D. et al. (2019). The Natural Wood Regime in Rivers. BioScience, 69(4), 259–273. https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biz013 

Lininger, K. B., Wohl, E., Rose, J. R., & Leisz, S. J. (2019). Significant floodplain soil organic carbon storage along a large high latitude river and its tributaries. Geophysical Research Letters, 46, 2121–2129. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018GL080996

Lininger, K. B., & Wohl, E. (2019). Floodplain dynamics in North American permafrost regions under a warming climate and implications for organic carbon stocks: A review and synthesis. Earth-Science Reviews. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.earscirev.2019.02.024

Lininger, K. B., Wohl, E., & Rose, J. R. (2018). Geomorphic Controls on Floodplain Soil Organic Carbon in the Yukon Flats, Interior Alaska, From Reach to River Basin Scales. Water Resources Research, (54), 1934–1951. https://doi.org/10.1002/2017WR022042

Updated April 2020