Jeff Nittrouer

Assistant Professor

Room Number: 221
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2012 Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, Department of Geology and Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois
2010 PhD, Geological Sciences, University of Texas
2006 M.S., Earth and Environmental Sciences, Tulane University
2003 B.S., Geology, University of Washington

Awards & Honors

2014 Editors’ Choice Award, Water Resources Research
2013 Luna B. Leopold Award, American Geophysical Union, Earth and Planetary Surface Processes focus group, “to a young scientist for making a significant and outstanding contribution that advances the field of Earth and planetary surface processes”
2013 Sharp Lectureship, American Geophysical Union, Earth and Planetary Surface Processes focus group
2013 Thomas A. Philpott Excellence of Presentation Award


geomorphology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, basin analysis, coastal systems


Dr. Nittrouer’s research explores sediment transport, hydrology, and evolution of lowland river, delta, and coastal systems, in order to understand how physical processes interact to shape the Earth's surface over modern and geological timescales. Scientific methods include combining data collected from targeted field studies to build and validate numerical, time-and-space iterative models. The focus includes evaluating the morphodynamics and stratigraphy of river and coastal systems and basins (modern and ancient), and manage evolving fluvial-deltaic landscapes, including those influenced by human activities.

Selected Publications

Czapiga, M. J., Smith, V. B, Nittrouer, J. A., Mohrig, D, and G. Parker (in press) “Internal connectivity of meandering rivers: statistical generalization of channel hydraulic geometry”, Water Resources Research.

Viparelli, E., Nittrouer, J. A. and G. Parker (2015) “Modeling flow and sediment transport dynamics in the lowermost Mississippi River, Louisiana, USA, with an upstream alluvial-bedrock transition and a downstream bedrock-alluvial transition: implications for land-building using engineered diversions”, Journal of Geological Research, Earth Surface. 10.1002/2014JF003257

Nittrouer, J. A. and E. Viparelli (2014) Reply to Nature Geoscience Correspondence. Nature Geoscience, 7, pp. 852.

Nittrouer, J. A. and E. Viparelli (2014) “Sand as a stable and sustainable resource for nourishing the Mississippi River delta”, Nature Geoscience, 7, pp. 350-354. 10.1038/ngeo2142.

Ganti, V., Zhongxin, C., Lamb, M. P., and J. A. Nittrouer (2014) “Testing morphodynamic controls on the location and frequency of river avulsions on fans and deltas: Huanghe (Yellow River), China”, Geophysical Research Letters. 10.1002/2014GL061918

Nittrouer, J. A. (2013) “Backwater hydrodynamics and sediment transport in the lowermost Mississippi River Delta: Implications for the development of fluvial-deltaic landform in a large lowland river”, Proceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences-IAHS-IAPSO-IASPEI Assembly, Gothenburg, Sweden. IAHS Publication; in press. *Invited review by International Association of Hydraulic Sciences.

Kenney, M. A., Hobbs, B. F., Mohrig, D., Huang, H., Nittrouer, J. A., Kim, W., and G. Parker (2013) “Cost analysis of water and sediment diversions to optimize land building in the Mississippi River delta”, Water Resources Research, 46(6), pp. 3388-3405. 10.1002/wrcr.20139 *WRR Editors’ Choice Award

Nittrouer, J. A., Best, J. L., Brantley, C., Czapiga, M., Cash, R. W., Kumar, P., and G. Parker, (2012) “Mitigating land loss in coastal Louisiana by controlled diversion of Mississippi River sand”, Nature Geoscience, 5, pp. 534-537. doi. 10.1038/NGEO1525

Nittrouer, J. A., Shaw, J., Lamb, M. P., and D. Mohrig (2012) “Spatial and temporal trends for water-flow velocity and bed-material sediment transport in the lower Mississippi River” GSA Bulletin, 124, pp. 400-414. doi:10.1130/B30497.1

Lamb, M. P., Nittrouer, J. A., Shaw, J., and D. Mohrig (2012) “Backwater and river-plume controls on scour upstream of river mouths: Implications for fluvio-deltaic morphodynamics”, Journal of Geophysical Research, 117, doi:10.1029/2011JF002079

Chatanantavet, P., Lamb, M. P., and J. A. Nittrouer (2012) “Backwater controls on avulsion locations on deltas”, Geophysical Research Letters, 39, doi:10.1029/2011GL050197

Nittrouer, J. A., Mohrig, D., Allison, M. A., and A. B. Peyret (2011), “The Lowermost Mississippi River: A mixed bedrock-alluvial channel”, Sedimentology, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3091.2011.01245.x

Nittrouer, J. A., Mohrig, D., and M. A. Allison (2011), “Punctuated sand transport in the lowermost Mississippi River”, Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, pp. 1914-1934. doi: 10.1029/2011JF002026

Nittrouer, J. A., Allison, M. A., and R. Campanella (2008) “Bedform transport measurements in the lower Mississippi River”, Journal of Geophysical Research, 113, F03004, doi: 10.1029/2007JF000795