Work

 

Work Experience 

 
Moab1999

Technical Writing for SWCA Environment Consultants

I currently work as an independent contractor, providing technical reports to support the preparation of Comprehensive Management Plans for the Green and Colorado Rivers being drafted for the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands. I am authoring the Water Resources section, producing the Hydrology, Fluvial Geomorphology, Sediment Transport, and Water Quality subsections, along with producing supporting graphics. To perform this work, I coordinate with technical staff at SWCA to provide all the relevant information and references.

GIS Analysis for Stantec, Inc.

As an independent contractor, I conducted a detailed spatial analysis to estimate sediment budgets and channel changes in a tropical river system in order to evaluate potential effects of a future river diversion. As part of mine remediation work, a larger river is being diverted into the channel of a smaller river. I assessed historical channel change, as well as changes in slope, to better estimate possible future conditions. I extracted information from multiple imagery and elevation datasets to track channel activity in multiple dimensions. I regularly communicated my findings with my project supervisor with both written reports and verbal presentations.

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Post-Graduate Researcher at Utah State University

I conducted a detailed analysis of channel bathymetry in the lower Green River, researching potential changes to in-channel morphodynamics. I processed bathymetric survey data, correcting the raw data and incorporated topographic surveys and aerial lidar to create multiple digital elevation models (DEMs). The DEMs, from different times of the year and varying discharges, show that for the Green River in our study reach, sediment evacuates during snowmelt flooding in the spring, and deposits during the summer. This work was preformed in close collaboration with the USGS Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center.