Welcome to the Pasternack Lab.
We help society manage and restore hydrogeomorphic processes in support of enhanced ecosystem functioning. We do this through a combination of (i) basic physical and ecological science to understand how the naturally complex landscape works, (ii) development of methods and software for designing more natural, functional environments, and (iii) technology transfer to get concepts, methods, and results into the hands of practitioners, regulators, and stakeholders. Research is also balanced with teaching, service, and outreach.
This website's development was supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Hatch project number CA‐D‐LAW‐7034‐H.
Please choose an item from the menu to the left or click on any image or link on this page to learn more.
For more information on the science and activity behind the gravel augmentation project shown in the video above, see the gravel/cobble injection web page.
Professor Pasternack has a YouTube channel at this link.
Latest Research Developments:
We are developing two compatile software platforms to river scientists, engineers, and managers. Links to each platform are provided here:
Python platform for ecohydraulic and geomorphic river & river design analysis.
Spatially explicit, process studies using 1-m scale as the basic building block for river science.
Classification and analysis of California's channel types to aid river management.
Latest Teaching Developments
Classes that will be taught in 2019-2020 will include SAS004, HYD254Y, and HYD143.
HYD151 has been discontinued. It's been a great journey over 21 years, but now it is time to create a new class to teach and pass the torch of the field methods class on to the next generation of colleagues.
Latest Lab Group Developments
- Currently there are 4 postdoctoral researchers, 4 PhD students, 3 MS students, 1 technician, and 1 undergrad working in our lab group. This is bigger than usual, but we have so much great synergy going on among members of the group.
- PhD Student Jason Wiener submitted a journal article for peer review in which he develops new theory about mountain river hydraulic-morphodynamics and tests ideas using 2D hydrodynamic modeling of a Sierran river.
- There are 3 new incoming MS students starting in Fall 2019. Congrats and Welcome!
After spending the last month writing a review of river restoration, I’m so lucky to hear a seminar by… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
I wrote a good quality conference paper in 1 day no problem.. to convert it to a journal article full of endless pe… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Just submitted a thorough investigation into the global state of river restoration... you can read it in 2 years ;)… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Urban rivers ubiquitously suffer in silence all around us. Hardly any funding to study or nautralize them, either.… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
It has been 20 years since I published on ice-bound landscapes. Living in California, it may never happen again unl… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
I opened my plane window when we were suffering rough turbulence and by dumb fortune the view was my PhD field site… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Sea level rise is apparently not a concern for these Floridians. Oof. pic.twitter.com/iDtwIZ7ZMw
Today we published a new test of our 2D microhabitat modeling bioverification methodology, this time for 2 species… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Does this river in California move more sediment than all rivers in the state of Pennsylvania? Hmmm... pic.twitter.com/o2XBPlBI61
In California’s diverse mountains, we’ve found that constructed pools drive maintenance of riffle-pool relief, rega… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Book for Practitioners
Video podcasts to go with the book are freely available at this link.