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!
Last week I learned electro-fishing, so this week thought I'd try electro-humaning. Intense workout. Now I know how… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Super excited to see Japanese river engineers at PWRI putting their river restoration sites into Unreal! We plan t… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Run the other way when you see a geomorphologist learn electro fishing! pic.twitter.com/vYFTPF8q1M
If you were a Chinook salmon migrating up this river, would you go left or right at this junction? We’re doing a s… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
2019 gravel injection for the lower Yuba River. This is what 10000 short tons looks like in a river. pic.twitter.com/39w4zT1pEH
This week I suffered 2 challenging people situations; I was heading into the weekend depressed... then a student sh… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
This week I have slowed down, focused on one major writing assignment per day, and shut out the noise of excessive… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Day 1 of my secret writing/working retreat is over and I managed to achieve my goal of getting through the editing… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Book for Practitioners
Video podcasts to go with the book are freely available at this link.