Natalie Kramer

Job Title: Post Doctoral Researcher
Primary Affiliation: Department of Watershed Sciences
Secondary Affiliation: Ecogeomorphology & Topographic Analysis Lab

Utah State University
Watershed Sciences Department
5210 Old Main Hill, NR 210
Logan UT 84322-5210

Office:  NA
Office Phone: 530-722-5789

Staff Profile
Curriculum Vitae


  • PhD, Geosciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, 2016

  • M.S., Geosciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, 2011

  • B.A., Geology, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, 2007


Natalie’s research has focused on the physical processes along rivers with emphasis on in-stream wood. She enjoys multi-scale integrative research.  She is currently working on the CHaMP project, integrating ecological and physical data throughout the headwaters of the Columbia Basin to aid in the recovery and management of salmon populations in the Pacific Northwest.

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ORCiD #:  0000-0001-6301-6155


Natalie Kramer is a fluvial geomorphologist and lifelong river runner.  She joined the ET-AL team in January 2017 as a post-doctoral scholar after completing her PhD at Colorado State University with Ellen Wohl in 2016.  Natalie is a SoGES Global Sustainability Leadership Fellow (2013) who values sharing her research with the general public.  She particularly enjoys telling compelling big picture stories about how riverine landscapes evolve and change through time. She has worked on a variety of projects resulting in numerous academic publications in respected journals.  Prior to working on data analysis and synthesis for CHaMP, most of her work was focused on the transport of instream wood through drainage networks and the legacy impacts of wood deposits on shorelines.  Kayaking has given her a broad intuitive understanding of rivers that has been hugely influential to her success as a physical scientist.  Fun fact: since infancy, Natalie has never gone a full year without floating down a river somewhere.


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Recent Conference Papers, Presentations & Posters

  • Hill, A., Kramer, N., Goode, J. Using an Expedition Storyline, Baseline Data, Multiple Partnerships and a Varied Outreach Strategy to Engage Diverse Audiences in Geoscience Discourse: A Case Study on the Rio Maranon, Peru. American Geophysical Union, San Francisco; 12/2016

  • Kramer, N., Goode, J, Hill, A., Worobec, H, Salcedo-Gustavson, S, Trama, F., Silva, D., Peralta, J., 2016, Large scale remote region baseline data collection and outreach prior to proposed construction of multiple major hydropower projects on the Rio Maranon, Peru. GSA Abstracts with Programs, Denver; 09/2016 (poster)

  • Conley, W  and Kramer, N, 2016, River restoration design considerations for large woody debris with respect to boater safety. GSA Abstracts with Programs, Denver; 09/2016 (poster)

  • Kramer, N., Piegay, H., Ruiz-Villanueva, V., 2016, Application of traditional and novel approaches for assessing flooding risk related to drift wood delivery, transport and deposit: advances in science and flood hazard management.. GSA Abstracts with Programs, Denver; 09/2016 (Talk)

  • Goode, J.,Kramer, N., Hill, A., 2016, Estimating Sediment Delivery to The Rio Maranon, Peru Prior to Large-Scale Hydropower Developments Using High Resolution Imagery from Google Earth and a DJI Phantom 3 Drone. American Geophysical Union, San Francisco; 12/2016


  • Wohl E., Fausch K., Bledsoe B., Betsgen K., Goosef M., Kramer N., 2014, Management of large wood in streams of Colorado’s Front Range: a risk analysis based on physical, biological, and social factors,  Prepared for general use by Colorado water resource managers, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado.

  • Kramer, N., Ancient Beaver Dams. Subsurface Views Newsletter, Sensors and Software, v.8 (31), p.1-2.

  • Anderson, N. et al., 2013, Cache La Poudre River rehabilitation for a changing tomorrow: considerations for management, Prepared for the City of Greeley, Graduate course BZ680, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado.

  • Anderson, N. et al., 2014, Assessment of restoring river-floodplain connectivity at River Bluffs Open Space,  Prepared for Larimer County Open Space,  Graduate seminar GEOL692, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Wally Macfarlane,
Dec 7, 2016, 4:58 AM