About the Rivers lab at OSU

Our Vision. We’re a group of water resources engineers and scientists led by Desirée Tullos in the Biological and Ecological Engineering department at Oregon State University. Our work focuses on the sustainable management of rivers, with the broad aim to promote the health of rivers for the people and organisms that depend on them, today and for future generations. Through field studies and numerical and physical modeling, we examine questions around the responses of physical and biological processes in rivers to infrastructure and manipulation, from the particle to basin scale.

Our Values. The people who thrive in our group are curious, hard-working, non judgmental, and passionate about rivers. We value diverse ideas and experiences and commit to contributing to a working environment that is respectful, kind, and equitable. We are aware that our actions and words as researchers, educators, mentors, peers, and practitioners can impact others. We aim to welcome and support people from historically excluded communities into the lab and to the field of river engineering. We work hard, but also aim to have fun, not take ourselves too seriously, be a little irreverent when appropriate, to support each other, and to foster passions that lie outside of our academic work.  

“The good life, like the balance of all the complex elements of a river valley, is founded upon friendly adjustment…It embraces confidence in fellowship, tolerance in outlook, humility in service and a constant search for the truth.” (Gilbert White 1951)

Email: desiree.tullos@oregonstate.edu; Twitter: @desiree_tullos