- Associate Research Scientist
- Landscape Architecture + Environmental Design
Eric Larsen is a fluvial geomorphologist who leads interdisciplinary research programs and applied projects that address vital issues in river management, habitat formation and water quality, with an emphasis on the restoration of habitats for fish, wildlife and riparian vegetation.
My primary research focus has been to establish an interdisciplinary research program that addresses pressing issues in river management and restoration. Collaborating with colleagues and students from a wide range of disciplines, I have developed new techniques to analyze river channel bank erosion and river meander migration. The results have major implications for river channel management because they can help predict areas of riparian habitat formation. This research not only adds to the existing body of knowledge regarding the relationship between bank erosion, channel migration, and habitat formation, but also advances the field by introducing new techniques for modeling changing (or regulated) river flows and their effects on habitat formation. I am in the process of expanding this work; my colleagues and I are developing a comprehensive model that integrates river flow rate, channel migration, and riparian vegetation recruitment and establishment. I have also used my expertise in fluvial geomorphology to develop a publication record and applied projects that address vital issues in river ecology and water quality, with an emphasis on the restoration of habitats for fish, wildlife and riparian vegetation. As a research scientist, private consultant and senior technical advisor, I use my expertise to help with geomorphic and water resource planning, and with executing various stakeholder meetings, project planning efforts, and other deliberative processes related to water resource issues for fish, wildlife, and riparian habitat.
Sacramento River: Lifeblood of California, a film by Eric Larsen and Chris Harvey (270MB .mp4, 15 minutes)
Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Environmental Water Resources Division. Department of Civil Engineering. University of California, Berkeley, 1995.
M.S.Civil Engineering, Environmental Water Resources Division. Department of Civil Engineering. University of California, Berkeley, 1986.
B.A. Engineering and Applied Physics, Harvard University, 1969.