PhD opportunity at CU Boulder in floodplain dynamics and wood
University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, United States
Apply before: 1 December 2021

I am looking for a PhD student to join our fluvial geomorphology research group at the University of Colorado Boulder in the Department of Geography beginning Summer 2022. The student would be a part of a recently funded NSF project investigating the interactions between floodplain forest stand characteristics, hydrogeomorphology, and large wood deposition on floodplains. The project will incorporate physical experiments, numerical modeling, and fieldwork. Collaborators include Dr. Virginia Ruiz-Villanueva at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) and engineers at the St. Anthony Falls laboratory at the University of Minnesota.

Qualifications include:

  • a master’s degree in geography, geology, engineering, or a related discipline
  • a strong interest in the interactions between ecological and geomorphic processes in river corridors
  • excellent communication, writing, and quantitative skills
  • experience conducting flume experiments is preferred

The deadline to apply to the CU Boulder Geography graduate program is December 1st. Details on applying can be found here ( More information on my research group can be found here ( The fluvial geomorphology research group is committed to creating an equitable, supportive, and inclusive environment. Interested applicants should send a CV, general description of background/interests, and an explanation for pursuing graduate school to


Katherine B. Lininger, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
University of Colorado at Boulder
GUGG 201G, 260 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0260

Traditional Territories of the Arapaho, Cheyenne and Ute Nations

Of interest for:
  • Terrestrial Working Group
  • Hydrology Focus Research Group
  • Ecosystem Dynamics Focus Research Group