Nicholas Pinter standing on a bridge in Croatia's Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Nicholas Pinter, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Nicholas Pinter

Professor; Roy J. Shlemon Chair in Applied Geosciences; Associate Director of the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences
Ph.D., UC Santa Barbara (1992)
Earth-Surface ProcessesPaleoclimate and Paleoenvironmental ChangeStructural Geology and Tectonics 

My research focuses on earth-surface processes (geomorphology) applied to a broad range of problems. Much recent work involves rivers, fluvial geomorphology, flood hydrology, floodplains, and watersheds. My research group applies fluvial geomorphology, hydrologic and statistical tools, hydraulic modeling, and other approaches to assess river dynamics and flood hazards. Although much current research focuses on rivers, I continue to work on a broad range of processes that shape the earth surface and operate, in particular, over anthropogenic time scales (yes, the "Anthropocene"). One pressing human application is for managing risk from natural hazards, and my group has worked extensively on quantifying those risks, guiding mitigation and other solutions, and providing a scientific basis for sound natural-hazards public policy.
(530) 754-1041

Recent Publications

Pinter, N, A Damptz, F Huthoff, JWF Remo and J Dierauer (2016) Modeling residual risk behind levees, Upper Mississippi River, USA. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & POLICY. 58 DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2016.01.003

Hardiman, M, AC. Scott, N Pinter, RS Anderson, A Ejarque, A Carter-Champion and R Staff (2016) Fire history on the California Channel Islands spanning human arrival in the Americas. PHILOSOPHICAL TRANSACTIONS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B. (in press)

Daulton, TL, S Amari, AC Scott, M Hardiman, N Pinter, and RS Anderson (2016) Comprehensive analysis of nanodiamond evidence reported to support the Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis. JOURNAL OF QUATERNARY SCIENCE. (in press)

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