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My research explores interactions between geomorphic and biological processes which shape landscapes and define habitats and ecosystems in mountainous rivers and their watersheds. I am interested in natural dynamics of such bio-physical systems, their response to environmental change (e.g. land use and climate), as well as scientific basis for their management, conservation, and restoration. To study these interdisciplinary topics, my research team links fieldwork, remote sensing (especially aerial and terrestrial LiDAR, drone-based multi-view photogrammetry), and geospatial analysis.


  • Ph.D. University of British Columbia


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Research Output 2013 2018

mountain stream
body size
fluid mechanics

Floodplain inundation response to climate, valley form, and flow regulation on a gravel-bed river in a Mediterranean-climate region

Cienciala, P. & Pasternack, G. B., Apr 1 2017, In : Geomorphology. 282, p. 1-17 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

flow regulation
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Sampling variability in estimates of flow characteristics in coarse-bed channels: Effects of sample size

Cienciala, P. & Hassan, M. A., Mar 1 2016, In : Water Resources Research. 52, 3, p. 1899-1922 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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