Portrait of Katherine LiningerDr. Katherine B. Lininger

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
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Curriculum Vitae

Katherine's research is focused on river and floodplain dynamics and the interactions between geomorphic processes and ecological processes. Katherine completed her PhD in Earth Science-Fluvial Geomorphology at Colorado State University in the Geoscience Department. Her dissertation investigated the geomorphic controls on the spatial distribution of floodplain soil organic carbon and large wood in interior Alaska. She completed her masters in Geography at the University of Texas at Austin, and her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Geography and Political Science. In addition to her academic career, she has experience working for the Union of Concerned Scientists, a science-based advocacy group.


Photo of Taylor JohanemanTaylor Johaneman

Taylor Johaneman is a masters student intrigued by the complexities of rivers and how necessary our knowledge of rivers is to the functioning of our society. She is interested in fluvial geomorphology, ecohydrology, and Arctic hydrology. Currently, she is interested in the geomorphology of alluvial rivers, including knickpoint development and river interactions with riparian vegetation. While she did grow up along the Hudson and Delaware Rivers, her love for hydrology and geomorphology stemmed from entry-level undergraduate courses and her travels around the west. Taylor completed a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science at the University of Denver and spent the past year completing several internships, including a Geoscientists-in-the-Parks position in Death Valley National Park.




Photo of Caleb FogelCaleb Fogel

Caleb Fogel is a masters student interested in the interactions between physical and ecological processes within river systems, especially the role of large wood within river and floodplain environments. He completed a Bachelors of Science in Geology and Environmental Science at the University of Michigan.  He spent the past five years at the NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center working to develop a restoration plan for salmon and steelhead in the Chehalis River Basin, in Washington State. 







Photo of Huck ReesHuck Rees

James (Huck) Rees is a masters student working as part of the Critical Zone Project. Huck is interested in interdisciplinary watershed science and restoration, and plans on looking at the interplays between geomorphology, ecology, hydrology, and organic carbon in headwater streams. Huck received a double major in geology and history, as well as a minor in geographic information systems, from the University of California, Davis, where he conducted research on floodplain management, geomorphology, and small stream restoration strategies in the Sierra Nevada, Channel Islands, US Midwest, and Japan. Huck also spent two years post-bachelors working for an engineering company in Sacramento, California, where he worked on quantifying flood-risk and developing floodplain management plans for various local, state, and federal agencies.  Huck’s love for physical geography and watershed processes stems from years exploring the stunning natural landscapes of California and the American West, as well as research opportunities he was involved with while a student at UC Davis.







Former Students:

Molly Guiney, M.A. Summer 2021

Alex Hurtado, Undergraduate RESESS inter, Summer 2019