Mariel D Nelson

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

Office: EPS


Hi! I'm a geomorphologist and second-year PhD student in the Department of Geological Sciences.

I'm co-advised by David Mohrig (morphodynamics lab) and Tim Goudge (planetary surface processes lab). I study the shape of landscapes and seek process-based, mathematical descriptions of how they change over time.

For my graduate research, I conduct repeat topographic surveys of river banks to understand when and how they erode.

I have one project studying sedimentary bank failures along the Trinity River, the longest river with a watershed located entirely in Texas. I'm also working on a collaborative project studying rockfalls along the limestone bedrock Pedernales River on the Edwards Plateau. At both field sites I'm interested in how tree roots limit or enhance bank erosion.

I have an undergraduate degree in geophysics and a GIS minor from the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at UC Berkeley. I wrote my undergraduate thesis under Bill Dietrich on shallow landslides caused by the 2017 California floods. During my time at Berkeley I also worked for Larry Hutchings at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab processing geothermal data and installing seismometers in Taiwan. Before becoming a graduate student, I spent two years working as a hydrologic field technician and data wrangler for Daniella Rempe at the Eel River Critical Zone Observatory.

I love to chat; send me an email!