Nicholas Sutfin

My research examines changes across the surface of Earth that occur on the order of minutes to thousands of years.  I am interested in how these changes occur as a result of climate, tectonics, and human activities. The research I undertake examines feedbacks between hydrology,  geomorphology, Quaternary geology, sedimentology, ecology, biogeochemistry, climate change, and land use. Rivers tend to be a focus of my research (more described here) because they integrate my interests in Quaternary geology, sedimentology, geomorphology, hydrology, hazards, ecology, biogeochemistry, and freshwater resources.

I am a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences at Case Western Reserve University currently teaching Hydrogeology. In the spring, I will teach Global Environmental Problems and Spatial Analysis of Surficial Processes. 

My postdoctoral research was conducted with the Earth Systems Observations group (EES-14) of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. I worked with Joel Rowland on his DOE Early Career Award through the Office of Science Subsurface Biogeochemical Research Program to investigate hydrologic controls on morphodynamics of rivers, sediment budgets and erosion, and floodplain carbon dynamics with the goal of integrating rivers into earth system models and the global carbon cycle. In this work, I was involved as a registered visiting scientist at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, and continue to collaborate with scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. With funding through the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, I work with other scientists to use Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance to determine landscape-scale regulators on the decomposition of organic matter at the watershed scale.


My PhD was conducted in the Department of Geosciences of the Warner College of Natural Resources as a National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow in the Integrated Water Atmosphere Ecosystem Education and Research Program at Colorado State University. I specialize in interdisciplinary research and linkages between fluvial geomorphology, erosion and sedimentation, impacts of floods, catchment hydrology, riparian and aquatic ecology, carbon dynamics, and freshwater social-ecological systems.






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