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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

Lateral geomorphic connectivity in a fluvial landscape system: Unraveling the role of confinement, biogeomorphic interactions, and glacial legacies

Cienciala, P., Nelson, A. D., Haas, A. D. & Xu, Z., Apr 1 2020, In : Geomorphology. 354, 107036.

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  • 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.

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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.

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