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Rebecca Rossi

Job Title: Graduate Research Assistant
Primary Affiliation: Department of Watershed Sciences
Secondary Affiliation: Ecogeomorphology & Topographic Analysis Lab
Faculty Advisor: Joe Wheaton
Degree Seeking: M.S. Watershed Sciences (Geomorphology Specialization)

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

Office:  JQL 147


    • 2013 B.S. Earth Sciences and Archaeology, Magna Cum Laude, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA


Master's Thesis: Investigating Sandbar Dynamics in Grand Canyon Using 'Structure-from-Motion'

General Interests:               

    • Fluvial geomorphology and hillslope processes across diverse landscapes and scales
    • Links between hydrology, sediment transport and riparian environments
    • Development of remote sensing and field techniques for topographic data acquisition 
    • Anthropogenic and climatic impacts on fluvial systems


Becca Rossi joined the ET-AL lab as a research assistant in 2014. She received a B.S. (2013) in Earth Sciences and Archaeology at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Throughout her research at Dickinson, she became most interested in geomorphology, geologic mapping, and topographic analyses in GIS. After graduation, she interned as a geomorphology technician through the GeoCorps program at Mount Rainier National Park. The research focused on the Carbon River's response to climate-induced aggradation. Directly after Rainier, she worked on the Mauna Loa geologic mapping project at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on the Big Island, where she experienced a primary volcanic landscape first hand. The following summer (2014), she returned to a familiar landscape, Mount Rainier, to continue geomorphology research and aid in GIS project support. In the ET-AL lab, she will research sandbar dynamics in Grand Canyon using emerging 'structure from motion' photogrammetry techniques.


            Scholarly Contributions

    • Article/Video: Carson R, and Koepfler D. Losing Paradise: Climate Change is Changing Mount Rainier.The News Tribune, Tacoma, WA, 2014.
    • Talk: Niemitz JW, Rossi RK, Kochtitsky W, and Burns C. Serendipity in long-term coastline field studies: hurricane sandy and Cape Henlopen (DE) spit progradation. Geological Society of America: Northeastern Section, Lancaster, PA, 2014.
    • Talk:  Beyeler JD, Rossi RK, Kennard PM, and Beason SR. Extreme river response to climate-induced aggradation in a forested, montane basin, Carbon River, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, United States. American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA, 2013.
    • Poster: Rossi RK, Key MM, Smith AM, and Hageman SJ. Reconstructing annual seawater temperature cycles using stable isotope profiles in modern bryozoans from the Snares Platform, New Zealand. Geological Society of America, Charlotte, NC, 2012.
    • Talk: Edwards B, Oddson B, Gudmundson MT, Rossi RK. Field constraints for modeling the emplacement of the 2010 Gigjokull lava flow, Southern Iceland: interplay between subaqueous, ice contact and subaerial lava emplacement. European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, 2012.
    • Poster: Rossi RK, Key MM. Sourcing black limestone gravestones in late 17th century colonial Virginia. Geological Society of America, Minneapolis, MN, 2011.