My PhD research focuses on the Yellow River (Huanghe), China. The Yellow River is an end-member fluvial system as it is characterized by very high suspended sediment concentrations, variable water discharge over annual and decadal timescales, and dramatic anthropogenic influences. In the upper reaches of Lower Yellow River, dams and a sudden decrease in channel slope sequester massive volumes of sediment that have superelevated the channel bed with respect to the floodplain. In the lower reaches of the Lower Yellow River, the unique characteristics of the river combine to produce rapid channel bed aggradation that results in frequent overbank flooding and river avulsion. My research seeks to advance the science regarding long-term fluvial-deltaic evolution through comprehensive numerical models of the Yellow River and detailed field observation. A broad aim of this research is to forward model delta growth for sustainable river-engineering practices, and therefore there is application to management of deltaic landscapes globally. My research is supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship from 2016-2019. You can learn more about the project at its dedicated website here.
My undergraduate research focused on using large-scale geomorphic observations as a proxy to observe contemporary dynamic topography and drainage divide migration as a response to long-wavelength crustal deformation. The work is currently in review [relevant blog post]