My research focuses on linkages between surface-water hydrology and geomorphology in high-gradient river systems. The primary objective of this work is to develop a more complete understanding of the coupling between rivers and their surrounding landscapes. Field work is an important component of my research; the strategy used in many projects is to integrate field data with modeling techniques to quantify the effects of sediment transport on the natural functioning of river systems, often at spatial scales >100 km. Several past projects, done in collaboration with aquatic ecologists, have focused on the role of fluvial-hydraulic processes in modifying habitats for fish and benthic organisms. I have worked extensively in Colorado, and also in the Pacific Northwest and the northern Rocky Mountains. I am also the co-director of the Graduate Program in Hydrologic Sciences at CU-Boulder.
Segura C., J. H. McCutchan, W. M. Lewis, and J. Pitlick. (2011). The influence of channel bed disturbance on algae biomass in a Colorado mountain stream. Ecohydrology, v. 4, p. 411-421.
Segura, C. and J. Pitlick. (2010). Scaling frequency of channel-forming flows in snowmelt-dominated streams. Scaling frequency of channel-forming flows in snowmelt-dominated streams.
Pitlick, J., Y. Cui, and P. R. Wilcock. (2009). Manual for computing bed load transport using BAGS (Bedload Assessment for Gravel-bed Streams). Software, Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-223, USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fort Collins, CO, 45 pp.
Rosenberry, D. and J. Pitlick. (2009). Local-scale variability of seepage and hydraulic conductivity in a shallow gravel-bed river. Hydrological Processes, v. 23, p. 3306-3318.
Wilcock, P.R., J. Pitlick, and Y. Cui. (2009). Sediment transport primer: estimating bed-material transport in gravel-bed rivers. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-226, USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fort Collins, CO, 78 pp.
Publications updated November 2011