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 basic physical and ecological science to understand how the naturally complex landscape works and technology transfer to get the methods we develop into the hands of practioners, regulators, and stakeholders. Teaching, service, and outreach are also important.
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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.
You cannot truly understand something, if you cannot create it, too.
"Water in Popular Culture" is a general education class I will teach in Fall 2014
- Today Elsevier alerted me that in the 1st month our article on a new method for spatially mapping river landforms was downloaded 244 times!
- This quarter I produced 1,100 minutes of video podcasts for my class on hydrological processes in ecosystems (HYD143). It's all available free for the public to watch here
- A cold call I received a few weeks ago resulted today in UCD approval of ~$110,000 of new research contracts to study watershed-scale sediment processes. This will all help fund a new postdoc and a new PhD student. Moral of the story: always answer the phone with a happy and hearty greeting :)
- Today I embark on the next stage of teaching evolution- flipping the classroom! I am video podcasting all lectures for HYD143 and then hosting in class assignments with more direct interaction. Now anyone in the world can view the educational video podcasts for free on this website. Enjoy.
- Sadly, my dog companion for the last 12 3/4 years passed away today. Hetchy loved rivers and was a great lab-group mascot.
- Hosted a terrific session on river restoration at AGU with my academic grandson Alan Kasprak in which I offered up a nice warm piece of science apple pie and my senior colleague (and PhD committee member) Peter Wilcock offered a "benediction" on restoration success. How fun!
- MS student Matt Vaughan is getting a lot of attention for his provocative GU poster entitled, "Large Wood Storage Does Not Decrease Downstream Through a Watershed."
- Heading out to explore the Tuolumne River after it was burned over by the Rim Fire.
- Today for the first time two of my PhD students had journal manuscripts accepted on the same day! Well done.
- Welcome potential future graduate students! Email me if you share common interests. If you are interested in a PhD in our program, consider our climate and water IGERT
- Successfully submitted reports to Federal sponsors before government shutdown.
- First meeting of discussion sections for SAS004. The start of a new academic year is always exciting.
- Welcome to Scott Burman, a new scientist working in our group to address links between riparian ecology, fluvial geomorphology, and river hydraulics.
- Dr. Pasternack is celebrating the 100th conference abstract he has collaborated on during his career thus far.
- Dr. Pasternack is receiving the 2012 Editors’ Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for Water Resources Research.
- Thank you to Dr. Josh Wyrick as he moves on after a 3 year postdoc.
- Prof. Pasternack's HYD151 class conducted a hydrological assessment for a newly planned Putah Creek Parkway in the UC Davis Arboretum. Read more
Book For Practitioners
Video podcasts to go with the book are
freely available here.