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Dr. Patrick Belmont

Dr. Patrick Belmont

Assistant Professor (watershed hydrology,sediment dynamics, geomorphology, morphodynamics)
Department: Watershed Sciences
Departmental Role: Watershed Sciences Faculty
Status: Faculty, Faculty Advisor
Location:  NR 350
Office Phone:  435-797-3794
Fax:  435-797-1871
Utah State University
Department of Watershed Sciences
5210 Old Main Hill
Logan, Utah 84322-5210

Patrick received his Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Sciences from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. Prior to coming to USU in 2009, he was a Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Minnesota working with the National Center for Earth Surface Dynamics.   His research combines hydrology and geomorphology with general interests in sediment dynamics and feedbacks between geomorphic and ecological systems.

Specific research topics include:
-sediment transport processes and geochemical fingerprinting,
-links between fluvial and hillslope geomorphology,
-application of terrestrial cosmogenic nuclides to study Earth surface processes and long-term landscape change,
-quantitative basin morphometric analysis
-water quality metrics related to sediment and light penetration in streams (TSS, SSC, turbidity, spectral light attenuation)

His Ph.D. research focused on landscape evolution and aquatic ecology, studying the long-term sediment dynamics and landscape influences in stream ecosystems.  During his postdoctoral research, he led a large collaborative project developing a sediment budget and morphodynamic sediment routing model for the Le Sueur River, southern Minnesota.  At Utah State he continues to develop his research program in watershed hydrology and sediment dynamics and teach courses in small watershed hydrology, environmental geochemistry, and geomorphology. 

USU Selected Works

Current Graduate Students:

Jay Hemmis - MS - Watershed Sciences
Sara Kelly - PhD - Watershed Sciences
Karthik Kumarasamy - PhD - Civil and Environmental Engineering
Elijah Portugal - MS - Watershed Sciences
Keelin Schaffrath - PhD - Watershed Sciences
Michael Souffront - MS - Watershed Sciences

Courses taught:

WATS 4490/5490 Small Watershed Hydrology - every Spring (Syllabus, Spring 2013)
WATS 6900, sec. 4 - ST: Rivers, Sediment and Ecology Seminar (Syllabus, Fall 2012)