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 are integrators of the landscape, carrying and depositing water, sediment, carbon, and other nutrients. My research is focused on river and floodplain dynamics and the interactions between geomorphic processes and ecological processes (e.g., large wood storage and transport, carbon storage, and riparian vegetation dynamics). I am particularly interested in the influence of river and floodplain processes on the flux and storage of organic carbon; 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

GEOG/GEOL 4241: Principles of geomorphology

Recent Publications:

Lininger, K.B., E. Wohl, and J. Rose, 2018. Geomorphic controls on floodplain soil organic carbon in the Yukon Flats region, interior Alaska, from reach to river basin scales, Water Resources Research, 54: 1934-1951, doi: 10.1002/2017WR022042

Lininger, K.B., E. Wohl, N.A. Sutfin, and J. R. Rose, 2017. Floodplain downed wood volumes: a comparison across three biomes, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 42(8): 1248–1261, doi:10.1002/esp.4072.

Lininger, K.B. and E.M. Latrubesse, 2016. Flooding hydrology and peak discharge attenuation along the middle Araguaia River in central Brazil, Catena143: 90-101, doi: 10.1016/j.catena.2016.03.043

Lininger, K.B., R. Records, E. Smull, and C. Wehner, 2016. Creating local support networks for graduate student women, Eos, available online at https://eos.org/opinions/creating-local-support-networks-for-graduate-st....

Wohl, E., K.B. Lininger, and D.N. Scott, 2017. River Beads as a Conceptual Framework for Building Carbon Storage and Resilience to Extreme Climate Events into River Management, Biogeochemistry: 1-19, doi: 10.1007/s10533-017-0397-7

Wohl, E., K.B. Lininger, and J. Baron, 2017. Land before water: The relative temporal sequence of human alteration of freshwater ecosystems in the conterminous United States, Anthropocene, 18: 27–46, doi:10.1016/j.ancene.2017.05.004.

Wohl, E. R. Hall, Jr., K.B. Lininger, N. Sutfin, and D. Walters, 2017. Carbon dynamics of river corridors and the effects of human alterations, Ecological Monographs, 87 (3): 379-409, doi: 10.1002/ecm.1261

Wohl, E., K.B. Lininger, M. Fox, B. Baillie, and W. Erskine, 2017. Instream large wood loads across bioclimatic regions, Forest Ecology and Management,404L 370–380, doi: 10.1016/j.foreco.2017.09.013

Scott, D.N., D.B. Brogan, K.B. Lininger, D.M. Schook, M.S. Sparacino, E.E. Daugherty, A. Patton, 2016. Evaluating survey instruments and methods in a steep channel, Geomorphology273: 236-243.

Diamond, S., K.B. Lininger, and K.R. Young. 2016. La minería de oro en la amazonia peruana desde una perspectiva socio-ecológica (Gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon from a social-ecological perspective). In Naturaleza y Sociedad: Perspectivas socio-ecológicos sobre cambios globales en America Latina(Social-ecological perspectives in Latin America), eds. J. Postigo and K. R. Young. Lima, Peru: Institúto de Estudios Peruanos.

Gill, J.L., J.W. Williams, S.T. Jackson, K.B. Lininger, and G.S. Robinson, 2009. Pleistocene megafaunal collapse, novel plant communities, and enhanced fire regimes in North America. Science326: 1100-1103.