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Katherine Skalak

Research Hydrologist

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Dr. Katherine Skalak studies landscape dynamics and fluvial geomorphology, focused on understanding and predicting changes in the patterns and functions of landforms in response to human impacts and restoration efforts.  In particular, dynamics of fine sediment and particle associated nutrients and contaminants on varying temporal and spatial scales, flow and vegetation effects, and disturbance.

Dr. Skalak received her undergraduate degree in environmental science from St. Joseph’s University.  She received her master’s degree in Geology from University of Delaware in 2004. A National Science Foundation GK-12 fellow, she completed her Ph.D in Geological Sciences from the University of Delaware in 2009. She started as a post-doctoral researcher at U.S. Geological Survey in 2009 and became a Research Hydrologist in 2011.



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My Science Topics


Science Topic
Subtopic
Hydrologic Processessediment transport
Hydrologic Processeshydrodynamics
Hydrologic Processeshydrology
Geologic Processessedimentation
Geologic Processeserosion
Hydrologic Processesstreamflow
Ecology and Environmentaquatic ecosystems
Ecology and Environmentfreshwater ecosystems
Ecology and Environmentwetlands



My USGS Science Strategy Areas

Understanding Ecosystems & Predicting Ecosystems Change

Geomorphology and Landscape Dynamics

 

      Generally speaking, I apply a geological perspective to environmental problems.  I am interested in hydrologic and landscape dynamics and my research aims to understand and predict changes in the patterns and functions of landscapes in response to anthropogenic effects and restoration efforts.  My work examines the complex interactions between geomorphology, hydrology and ecology that control particle dynamics (sediment, organic matter, dissolved and particle-associated nutrients and contaminants) in flowing aquatic environments at varying temporal and spatial scales.  

      Current research:

Assessing residence times and sources of stored sediment in rivers over multiple temporal and spatial scales.

Understanding and quantifying controls on fluvial bank erosion.

Geomorphic assessment of the Missouri River and 2011 flooding.

Impacts of hydro-fracking of Marcellus Shale in surface waters and sediments.

Landscape scale flow experiment in the Everglades: DECOMP Physical Model (DPM).

Vegetative flow resistance relationships in the Everglades

 


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Katherine Skalak
12201 Sunrise Valley Dr
Reston, VA 20192-0002
kskalak@usgs.gov
703-648-5435
703-648-5484 - Fax
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