Alan Kasprak

Alan Kasprak

Assistant Professor of Geoscience

Fort Lewis College


I am an Assistant Professor in the Geosciences Department at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. I also direct our Geographic Information Science Certificate program. In addition to my primary appointment at FLC, I hold a faculty appointment as a Hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center.

My research focuses on understanding physical and biological processes in river systems using geospatial techniques. I am currently using GIS and remote sensing data to examine the impacts of large dams on the geomorphology, sediment transport, and land cover of the Colorado River corridor through the Canyonlands and Grand Canyon regions of the Southwestern U.S. I also conduct research into the role of in-channel wood in driving changes in stream morphology and fish habitat in rivers of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. In addition to these field-based projects, I’ve conducted laboratory and numerical modeling studies of river response to altered sediment and water supply.

At FLC, I teach courses in GIS/Remote Sensing, Python programming for spatial data analysis, and river eco-geomorphology.

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  • Fluvial Geomorphology
  • Remote Sensing/GIS
  • River Restoration
  • PhD Watershed Science, 2015

    Utah State University

  • MS in Earth Science, 2010

    Dartmouth College

  • BS in Geology/Geophysics, 2008

    Boston College

Featured Publications

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(2022). Alternative Management Paradigms for the Future of the Colorado and Green Rivers. Center for Colorado River Studies White Paper No. 6.


(2022). Can we accurately estimate sediment budgets on Mars?. In Earth and Planetary Science Letters.

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(2019). The effect of topographic survey technique and data resolution on the interpretation of geomorphic change in river valleys. In Geomorphology.

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(2018). Quantifying and forecasting changes in the areal extent of river valley sediment in response to altered hydrology and land cover. In Progress in Physical Geography: Earth and Environment.

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