Professor Nicholas Pinter – exploring lessons learnt from relocating small towns in the USA – due to flood impact threats

Roy J. Shlemon Professor of Applied Geosciences

Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Associate Director, Center for Watershed Sciences

Nicholas Pinter holds the Shlemon Chair in Applied Geosciences at University of California Davis, in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Center for Watershed Sciences. Professor Pinter studies earth-surface processes and hydrology applied to a range of problems. The main thrust of this research is on river dynamics, flooding, floodplain management, and mitigation of flood risk and other natural hazards.  Pinter has worked primarily on large alluvial rivers and their floodplains, including the Mississippi, Missouri, Rhine, Danube, and others.  This research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, FEMA, MacArthur Foundation, von Humboldt Foundation, and the European Commission.  Professor Pinter’s work also involves assessing and guiding state and federal policy on rivers and flooding.  As part of that policy focus, Professor Pinter has been the subject or a scientific source for over 200 articles in newspapers, magazines, radio and television interviews, and web-based media outlets in the US and around the world.

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1993    PhD., Geology, University of California, Santa Barbara

1988    M.S., Geology, Penn State University, Univ. Park, PA

1986    B.A., Geology and Archaeology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Selected Honors and Awards:

2013-2018: Fulbright Specialist, U.S. State Dept., Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (roster)

2012: Illinois Mitigation Award: Illinois Association of Floodplain and Stormwater Managers

2010: Marie Curie Fellowship (IIF), European Commission

2010: Fulbright Fellowship (declined; see above)

2007: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany Research Renewal Fellowship

2003 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Prize; Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

2002 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Research and Writing Award

2000 Fulbright Foundation Fellowship

1999 Charles A. Lindbergh Foundation Prize

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