Mariel Nelson

Mariel  Nelson
B.A., Geophysics, University of California, Berkeley, 2018

Office: EPS


I am a geomorphologist and first-year PhD student in the Department of Geological Sciences. I am co-advised by Dr. David Mohrig (quantitative sedimentology and morphodynamics) and Dr. Tim Goudge (planetary surface processes and remote sensing lab). I study the shape of landscapes and seek mechanistic descriptions of how they change over time.

For my graduate research, I'm using time-lapse high resolution topographic surveys to map river bank erosion. I'm also currently working on a local project on deep vegetation roots and limestone weathering associated with a rockfall along the Pedernales River.

I have an undergrad degree in geophysics and GIS minor from UC Berkeley, where I wrote my senior thesis under Dr. Bill Dietrich about controls on the size and timing of small shallow landslides in Northern California. Before becoming a graduate student, I spent two years working as a hydrologic field technician and data wrangler for Dr. Daniella Rempe at the Eel River Critical Zone Observatory.

I love to chat; send me an email!