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

GEOG/GEOL 4241: Principles of geomorphology

Recent Publications:

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 Letters46, 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 Reviewshttps://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

Wohl, E., Lininger, K. B., & Scott, D. N. (2018). River beads as a conceptual framework for building carbon storage and resilience to extreme climate events into river management. Biogeochemistry141(3), 365–383. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10533-017-0397-7

Wohl, E., Scott, D. N., & Lininger, K. B. (2018). Spatial distribution of channel and floodplain large wood in forested river corridors of the Northern Rockies. Water Resources Research54, 7879–7892. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018WR022750

Lininger, K. B., Wohl, E., Sutfin, N. A., & Rose, J. R. (2017). Floodplain downed wood volumes: a comparison across three biomes. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms42(8), 1248–1261. https://doi.org/10.1002/esp.4072

Wohl, E., Lininger, K. B., & Baron, J. (2017). Land before water: the relative temporal sequence of human alteration of freshwater ecosystems in the conterminous United States. Anthropocene18, 27–46. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ancene.2017.05.004

Wohl, E., Hall, R. O., Lininger, K. B., Sutfin, N. A., & Walters, D. M. (2017). Carbon dynamics of river corridors and the effects of human alterations. Ecological Monographs87(3), 379–409. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecm.1261

Wohl, E., Lininger, K. B., Fox, M., Baillie, B. R., & Erskine, W. D. (2017). Instream large wood loads across bioclimatic regions. Forest Ecology and Management404, 370–380. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2017.09.013

Scott, D. N., Brogan, D. J., Lininger, K. B., Schook, D. M., Daugherty, E. E., Sparacino, M. S., & Patton, A. I. (2016). Evaluating survey instruments and methods in a steep channel. Geomorphology273, 236–243. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2016.08.020

Lininger, K. B., & Latrubesse, E. M. (2016). Flooding hydrology and peak discharge attenuation along the middle Araguaia River in central Brazil. CATENA143, 90–101. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.catena.2016.03.043

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