Trent Biggs
MA (2000) and PhD (2003), Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara
A.B. (1995), Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University
Curriculum Vitae
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Courses Taught:  GEOG 101: Earth’s Physical Environment
ENVS/SUSTN 100: Environmental Sciences
GEOG 375: Environmental Hydrology
GEOG 574: Water Resources (Syllabus from Spring 2019)
GEOG 576: Advanced Watershed Analysis (Syllabus from Fall 2021)
GEOG 701: Geographic Thought (graduate students; Syllabus from Fall 2021)
GEOG 710/780:  Seminar in Advanced topics in watershed analysis and modeling

Current Students

Emily Deardorff (MS): Machine learning to predict flow in semi-arid watersheds
Justin Bissell (PhD student): Stream network dynamics and salmon habitat, geospatial modeling of habitat
Camila Abe (PhD student):  Water resources in Amazonia
Elena Aguilar (MS):  Remote sensing and mixed methods for cross-border solid waste mapping and mitigation
Stephany Garcia (MS): Remote sensing of water quality, real-time water quality monitoring
Alma Topete (MS):  Remote sensing applications in human health and air pollution
Margot Mattson (MS): Water and wetlands in Mexico
Mallorie Honey (MS):  Remote sensing of drought in pastures of the Amazon
Ibisia Jack (MS): Mapping plastic using machine learning
William Walker (MS):  Agricultural water use and land cover change


4.  Kris Taniguchi (2018), Channel erosion in Tijuana, Mexico.
Current position:  Scientist, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project

3. Michael Beland (2018).  Mapping oil-affected salt marsh vegetation, Louisiana.
Current position:  Assistant Professor, Department of Geosciences and Environment, California State University, Los Angeles

2. Napoleon Gudino-Elizondo (CICESE, Thomas Kretzschmar co-supervisor, 2018), Hillslope and gully erosion in Tijuana, Mexico.
Current position:  Research faculty, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California (UABC) Ensenada, Mexico.

1. Alex Messina (2016), Sediment dynamics in a coral-reef embayment.
Current position:  Senior Scientist, Stormwater Division, John Wood Group PLC


24.  Gabriela Morales (MS): Water and agriculture in the Imperial Valley
Current position:  Hydrologist, Wood Environmental

23.  Benjamin Downing (2021): Channel adjustments to urbanization, Tijuana.
Current position: Field researcher, SIO Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes

22.  Effrain (Ye) Mu (2021).  Forests and hydroclimate of the Amazon Basin.
Current position:  PhD student, UC Santa Barbara

21. Roberts, Sarah (2020).  Groundwater change following lining of the All American Canal, Imperial Valley.
Current position:  Hydrologist, United States Geological Survey

20. Jones, Kyle (2020, A. Skupin Chair).  Monitoring cropping systems in California’s Imperial Valley.
Current position:  Vice president of Retail Network Planning, Citi

19. Garrett McGurk (2019), Geochemical fingerprinting to identify sediment sources, Tijuana
Current position: Hydrologist, SIO Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes

18. Joel Kramer (2018), Agricultural dynamics in the Mexicali Valley
Current position:  Regional Agricultural Specialist, Resource Conservation District of San Diego County; Lecturer, SDSU

17. Rodney Feddema (2018), Groundwater quality in Mexicali Valley
Current position:  Hydrologist, Wood Environmental

16. Maegan Salinas (2017):  Opportunities for water conservation in Imperial Valley, California informed by EEFLUX and Landsat EVI.
Current position:  Environmental Scientist, California Department of Food and Agriculture

15. Yelena Granovskaya (2017): Mapping agricultural change in the Imperial and Mexicali Valleys, 2002-2014.
Current position:  GIS Analyst, San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)

14. Jason Allen (2017):  Evaluating differences in riparian vegetation in semi-arid watersheds of San Diego County.
Current position:  Park Ranger, City of San Diego

13.  Greg McCormick (2017):  Land use impacts on stream water nutrients in American Samoa.
Current position:  Staff Scientist, John Wood Group PLC

12.  Alex Messina (2012): Mapping drought in the Krishna Basin with remote sensing
Current position:  Project scientist, John Wood Group PLC

11.  Whitney Seymour (2016):  Hydrologic and geologic controls on groundwater recharge along the Mojave River floodplain aquifer.
Current position:  Geographer, United States Geological Survey

10.  Alex Samarin (2015):  Assessing sensitivity and exposure of irrigated agriculture to drought in the Krishna River Basin, India
Current position:  GIS Analyst at KTUA Planning and Landscape Architecture

9.  Taya Lazootin (2015):  Retention and release of stream water and nutrients downstream of an urban center in San Diego County
Current position:  Professor of Geography, Mira Costa College and Lecturer, San Diego State University.

8.  Kris Taniguchi (2014):  Regional Impacts of Urbanization on Stream Channel Geometry
Current position:  Project Scientist, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project

7.  Raymond Lee (2014):  Hydrologic, Climatological, and Biogeochemical Controls on Thermal Structure and Anoxia in Four Hypereutrophic Drinking Water Reservoirs
Current position:  Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences, Brigham Young University

6.  Cleo Neculae (2011): Key controls of stream temperature in Rock Creek, Oregon [electronic resource] : implications for restoration of riparian vegetation
Current position:  Watershed Cleanup Lead and Lecturer, Washington Department of Ecology

5.  Rebecca Lesher (2011):  Climate change impacts to a high altitude lake in the Indian Himalaya
Current position:  Geologist at Oneida Total Integrated Enterprises (OTIE)

4.  Emily Perkins (2011):  Irrigation controls on atmospheric water vapor, southern India
Current position:  Geographer, Western Ecological Research Center, United States Geological Survey (USGS)

3.  Heather D’Anna (2010):  A spatial-temporal analysis of copper and zinc from antifouling paint in Pier 32 Marina, National City, California
Current position:  Wastewater Environmental Specialist, City of Oxnard

2.  Shannon Webber-Anzelon (2010): The role of local watersheds on sediment accumulation in the Tijuana Estuary Reserve
Current position:  GIS manager, Vista Irrigation District

  1. Teressa Whittaker (2009):  Sources of snowmelt runoff in the Merced River Basin.
    Current position:  Senior Restoration Ecologist, AECOM


Joey Vink (2022): macroplastic sampling
Riley Barnett (2022):  macroplastic sampling
Erin Shives (2021), storm runoff in San Diego.  Current position:  MS student, Yale University School of the Environment
Dennis Quach (2019), Water quality in San Diego.  Current position:  Air quality specialist, Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Hannah Carney (2019), Stable isotopes for determining groundwater sources.  Current position: PhD Student, University of Wyoming
Nadine Garrison-Barham (2019), Quantification settlement agreement
Kimberly Livers (2018), Dissolved oxygen in the lower San Diego River.