Stephanie Kampf

Erosion in burn area after rain event.
African students with animal posters done in local style
Mountain lake.
Sampling in the backcountry on skies
Interviewing local women in Kenya

Research Group

Active Lab Members

David Peterson

David is an MS candidate in Watershed Science interested in headwater stream intermittency and its role in water supply, habitat availability, and general watershed health. He is focusing on applying improved mapping and modeling techniques to better inform management practices of these systems.

Bryce Pulver

Bryce is an MS candidate in Watershed Science studying how wildfires affect water quality. He is interested in coupling remote sensing, spatial analysis, physical hydrology, and water chemistry in a post-fire environment to better understand relationships that will improve prediction of contaminant export to streams.

Kira Puntenney-Desmond

Project manager for Stream Tracker (, focusing on program outreach and recruitment, as well as developing and maintaining the community and streamflow sensor monitoring networks. Broad research interests include streamflow intermittence in Rocky Mountain headwater catchments and community engagement in watershed stewardship.

Marielle Sidell

Marielle is an MS candidate in Watershed Sciences, studying the effects of recreation on streamflow in Colorado’s headwater streams. She is interested in integrating physical hydrology, spatial analysis and land use policy frameworks to build a decision support system for the state’s diversifying recreational portfolio.

Katie Willi

Katie is an MS candidate in Watershed Science who is working to develop a standardized watershed condition framework for National Park Service Wild & Scenic River watersheds. She is interested in the effects of land use and flow modification on water quality/quantity as well as identifying opportunities for federal, state, and local partner collaboration to better protect Wild & Scenic River water quality.

Chelsea Wilmer

Chelsea is an MS candidate in Watershed Science. She is interested in plants in high mountain watersheds and how much they impact the export of water to streams through evapotranspiration. Her research contributes to the Watershed Function Scientific Focus Area that aims to characterize watershed behavior as a result of climate perturbations like changes in the amount, accumulation, and persistence of snow.


Abby Eurich, MS 2020, Effects of flow modification and forest disturbance on streamflow across Colorado.

Alyssa Anenberg, MS 2019, Effects of snow persistence on soil water nitrogen across an elevation gradient. pdf

Codie Wilson, PhD 2019, The frequency, magnitude and connectivity of post-wildfire rainfall-runoff and sediment transport. pdf

John Hammond, PhD 2018, Snow persistence and hydrologic response across the intermittent-persistent snow transition. pdf

Caroline Martin, MS 2018, Spatial and temporal variability in channel surface flow across an elevation gradient on the Colorado Front Range. pdf

Chenchen Ma, MS 2017, Evaluating and correcting sensor change artifacts in the SNOTEL temperature records, southern Rocky Mountains, Colorado. pdf.

Freddy Saavedra, PhD 2016: Spatial and temporal variability of snow cover in the Andes Mountains and its influence on streamflow in snow dominant rivers pdf

Adam Johnson, MS 2016: Snowmelt and rainfall runoff in burned and unburned catchments at the intermittent-persistent snow transition, Colorado Front Range. pdf

Joshua Faulconer, MS 2015:  Thresholds for runoff generation in ephemeral streams with varying morphology in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, USA. pdf

Sarah Schmeer, MS 2014:  Post-fire erosion response and recovery, High Park Fire, Colorado. pdf

Blaine Hastings, MS 2012:  Comparison of digital terrain and field-based channel derivation methods in a subalpine catchment, Front Range, Colorado.  pdf

Pedro Lopez, MS 2012:  Investigation of sub-surface flow processes of a subalpine hillslope

Cara Moore, MS 2012:  A climatological study of snow covered areas in the Western United States. pdf

Eric Richer, MS 2009:  Snowmelt runoff analysis and modeling for the Upper Cache la Poudre River basin, Colorado pdf

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