Nicholas Sutfin

Welcome to my personal website. Check out my recent publications, teaching activities, and service here, or continue reading about my research and past experiences below.

My research examines the movement of water, sediment, and carbon across the surface of Earth and within the critical zone on the order of minutes to thousands of years.  I am interested in how these processes change as a result of climate, tectonics, and human activities. The research I undertake examines feedbacks between hydrology,  geomorphology, hydrogeology, 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 many of my interests and can have an immediate impact on society.

I am a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences at Case Western Reserve University for the 2018-2019 academic year. In the fall of 2018 I taught Hydrogeology and I am currently teaching Global Environmental Problems and Spatial Analysis of Surficial Processes this spring.

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, Quaternary geology, erosion and sedimentation, impacts of floods, catchment hydrology, shallow subsurface-surface water interactions, riparian and aquatic ecology, carbon dynamics, and freshwater social-ecological systems.


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