My research explores interactions between geomorphic and biological processes which shape landscapes and define habitats and ecosystems in mountainous rivers and their watersheds. I am interested in natural dynamics of such bio-physical systems, their response to environmental change (e.g. land use and climate), as well as scientific basis for their management, conservation, and restoration. To study these interdisciplinary topics, my research team links fieldwork, remote sensing (especially aerial and terrestrial LiDAR, drone-based multi-view photogrammetry), and geospatial analysis.
- Ph.D. University of British Columbia
Cienciala, P., Melendez Bernardo, M., Nelson, A. D., & Haas, A. D. (2021). Sediment yield from a forested mountain basin in inland Pacific Northwest: Rates, partitioning, and sources. Geomorphology, 374, . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2020.107478
Cienciala, P. (2021). Vegetation and Geomorphic Connectivity in Mountain Fluvial Systems. Water, 13(5), . https://doi.org/10.3390/w13050593
Strailey, K. K., Osborn, R. T., Tinoco, R. O., Cienciala, P., Rhoads, B. L., & Suski, C. D. (2021). Simulated instream restoration structures offer smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu) swimming and energetic advantages at high flow velocities. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 78(1), 40-56. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjfas-2020-0032
Cienciala, P., Nelson, A. D., Haas, A. D., & Xu, Z. (2020). Lateral geomorphic connectivity in a fluvial landscape system: Unraveling the role of confinement, biogeomorphic interactions, and glacial legacies. Geomorphology, 354, . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2020.107036
Cienciala, P., & Hassan, M. A. (2018). Spatial linkages between geomorphic and hydraulic conditions and invertebrate drift characteristics in a small mountain stream. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 75(11), 1823-1835. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjfas-2017-0170