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James Pizzuto


I study fluvial geomorphology, with emphasis on sediment transport and human impacts on rivers and fluvial landforms.  Recent studies focus on the effects of dams and dam removal on rivers, novel methods for measuring  and modeling river bank erosion, documenting sediment residence times using fallout radionuclide tracers, and quantifying temporal scales of fine-grained sediment transport and storage through watersheds using sediment budget data and mathematical models.


PhD, University of Minnesota (hydrogeology), 1982

BA, Carleton College (geology), 1975


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Selected Courses

GEOL105 Geological Hazards

GEOL203 Surficial Processes

GEOL306 Field Methods

GEOL411/611 Fluvial Geomorphology

GEOL667 Numerical Modeling in the Geosciences

GEOL803 Topics in Geomorphology 

Courses Taught by Jim Pizzuto

Select courses in geological sciences

Predicting the Accumulation of Mercury-Contaminated Sediments on Riverbanks

Mercury pollution predicted by an analytical model of flood sedimentation

Long-term Storage and Transport Length Scale of Fine Sediment

Analysis of a Mercury Release into a River


• Water Science• Water & Society• Geomorphology


CEOE School & Departments

School of Marine Science & Policy

Advancing the understanding, stewardship, and conservation of estuarine, coastal, and ocean environments.

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Department of Geological Sciences

Discovering how geological processes have operated over various time scales to create and influence the planet’s surface environments.

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Department of Geography

Investigating the interactions between people and the environment and the processes that explain the location of human and natural phenomena.

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