• Aerial photo of lower Onion Creek, Iowa

Researchers measuring stream channel geometryThe Applied Geomorphology lab is part of the Department of Natural Resource Ecology & Management at Iowa State University. We study earth surface processes, the evolution of landscapes through these processes, and the impacts of management on process and form. We work in fluvial, glacial, and hillslope settings using various combinations of fieldwork, geospatial analysis, modeling and laboratory experiments.

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Recent News

August 2, 2018

James Pinkney photographCongratulations and thanks to James Pinkney, Jr., for successfully completing his summer research internship with the Applied Geomorphology Lab and the Geospatial Lab for Soil Informatics!

March 26, 2018

Congrats to Forrest Williams for another student poster contest win, this time at the 2018 Iowa Water Conference, held 3/21-22 in Ames!

March 2, 2018

Applied Geomorph students Forrest Williams and Sally Carullo won the top two student poster awards at this year's Upper Midwest Stream Restoration Symposium!

January 30, 2018

A paper outlining theoretical constraints on the stability of supraglacial debris (rock debris on top of glaciers) was recently published by Pete in Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. The stability of debris cover on glacier surfaces has a significant impact on both the short-term ablation of debris-covered glaciers and the longer-term landform genesis in these systems.

January 30, 2018

PhD student Billy Beck's first paper from his dissertation is now out in the Open Access journal Water, as part of a special issue on Streambank Erosion: Monitoring, Modeling and Management. The paper summarizes recent years' observations of bank erosion in Walnut Creek, IA, as measured with erosion pins. Congrats to Billy!