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., 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
Cienciala, P., & Pasternack, G. B. (2017). Floodplain inundation response to climate, valley form, and flow regulation on a gravel-bed river in a Mediterranean-climate region. Geomorphology, 282, 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2017.01.006
Cienciala, P., & Hassan, M. A. (2016). Sampling variability in estimates of flow characteristics in coarse-bed channels: Effects of sample size. Water Resources Research, 52(3), 1899-1922. https://doi.org/10.1002/2015WR017259
Cienciala, P., & Hassan, M. A. (2013). Linking spatial patterns of bed surface texture, bed mobility, and channel hydraulics in a mountain stream to potential spawning substrate for small resident trout. Geomorphology, 197, 96-107. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2013.04.041