April 18, 2023. After a bit of a hiatus, news on the Rivers lab is back. Are you interested in learning more about how dam removal works? Check out this lecture from Desiree on “What it takes to take down a dam.”

August 20, 2020. If you care about social justice issues associated with flood management, you should care about reservoir operations. The same human/political dimensions of reservoir management we saw at Oroville in 2017 are currently in play at Three Gorges Dam.

May 05, 2020. Congrats to Tessa Artruc on successfully defending her MS thesis! She developed a new retrogression model to evaluate The Effects of Drawdown Scenario on Lateral Erosion in a Reservoir.

July 25, 2019. Desiree’s work was cited in an NPR story on flood resilience of small communities. It is a well written article that documents some of the issues communities faced during the historical flooding on the Mississippi River this year. Check it out here.

June 27, 2019. Tessa Artruc will be presenting her research on Modeling Lateral Erosion During Reservoir Drawdown at SEDHYD 2019 today. Please come by and check it out if you are there.

October 02, 2018. Happy 50th birthday to the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act! For more info, see:

June 19, 2018. Our 2016 Dam Removal Common Management Concerns paper was one of the most downloaded articles in JAWRA for 2017. 572 downloads in one year!

June 2018. Sam Swanson was featured as one of the Faces of AgSci. Learn more about his journey and his work here.

May 31, 2018. Congratulations to Sam Swanson, who successfully defended his masters thesis on, “Experiments on the hydraulics and swimming behavior of juvenile Chinook encountering a floating guidance structure.”

May 30, 2018. Congratulations to Arden Babb! She successfully defended her Honors College thesis, titled, “A Comparative Analysis of Automated and Time-Integrated Sediment Samplers.”

April 12, 2018. Congratulations to Julianne Robinson, who successfully defended her Honors College thesis today! Her thesis title is “Domestic Well Aquifer Storage Using Seasonal Springs.” She has already presented her work at the 2017 AWRA conference and earlier results are published in AWRA’s IMPACT journal.

April 11, 2018. Desiree’s article on “How to achieve better flood-risk governance in the United States” was published in PNAS today. You can find it here:

March 08, 2018. Congratulations to Luis Gomez, who successfully defended his PhD dissertation today! His dissertation title is “From Perception to Planning: Adaptation in Flood-risk communities.”

December 08, 2017. Desiree has been serving on a National Research Council Committee to examine the complex management and decision processes at Mt St. Helens’ Spirit Lake and the Toutle River downstream. The committee’s final report was published today, which you can find here.

October 25, 2017. Desiree is giving an invited talk at the Geological Society of America today based on Susan Elliot’s masters research on Physical Modeling of of the Feedbacks Between a Reed Canarygrass Patch, Wake Dynamics, Bedform Evoluation. Come by the session on Linking Physical and Ecological Processes from Source-to-Sink to investigate Multi-scale Response to Restoration!

September 18, 2017. Congratulations to Lauren Bomiesl, who successfully defended her MS in Water Resources Engineering today! Her thesis title is: Nutrient Transport Conditions in the Ecuadorian Andes.

September 13, 2017. Check out Julianne Robinson’s new publication on Domestic Well Aquifer Storage and Recovery Using Seasonal Springs!

April 30, 2015. We’re going to be movie stars! Our film on Reintroducing Large Wood to Rivers is premiering at Hollywood Theater in Portland tonight. Watch the film ( or come see it at the theater tonight.

June 28, 2013. Check out Desiree’s interview on OPB’s Think Out Loud.

OPB: The Toll of Hydropower in China

June 21, 2013. Science reaching non-scientists. Small hydropower may harm environment more than big hydro