Alan Kasprak

Job Title:
Graduate Research Assistant
Primary Affiliation: Department of Watershed Sciences
Secondary Affiliation: Ecogeomorphology & Topographic Analysis Lab
Degree Seeking
: Ph.D. - Watershed Science
Faculty Advisor
: Joe Wheaton
Committee Members: Nick Bouwes, Patrick Belmont, Joel Pederson & Jack Schmidt,
Year Started: 2010
Year Defended: 2015


As of November 2015, Alan is a USGS Postdoctoral Researcher at the Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center in Flagstaff, Arizona
Utah State University
Watershed Sciences Department
5210 Old Main Hill, NR 210
Logan UT 84322-5210

Contact Details:
Office:  JQL 147
Office Phone: 435-797-9189

Personal Website
WATS Student  Page

   Curriculum Vitae


  • BS, 2008: Geology and Geophysics, Boston College
  • MS, 2010: Earth Sciences, Dartmouth College
  • PhD, 2015: Watershed Sciences, Utah State University

Research Interests:

  • Relative influence of natural and anthropogenic processes on sediment dynamics in rivers
  • High-resolution topographic surveying of fluvial environments
  • Developing simplified relationships between channel morphology and sediment transport/deposition sites
  • Understanding topographic signatures of geomorphic processes in repeat digital elevation model surveys
Fine-scale braided river topography captured via TLS scanning, River Feshie UK

Current Research:

  • Development of simplified morphodynamic models for gravel-bed braided rivers
  • Understanding the relative utility of channel classification frameworks in watershed management
  • Documenting particle travel distances via laboratory flume studies and ultra-high-resolution geomorphic change detection
  • Quantifying the relative role of background and disturbance-related forcings on large woody debris delivery to mountain channels.

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