Water Sediment Hazards and Earth-surface Dynamics (waterSHED)


Explore some of the ongoing and past research conducted by waterSHEDlab members
River piracy and glaciers, Yukon
Tsunamigenic landslides, Alaska
Supraglacial landslides, Alaska
Glacial lake hazards
Nepal earthquake
Postglacial sea levels, Pacific Northwest
Glacier reconstructions (paleoglaciology)
In the media

About us

Water, Sediment, Hazards, and Earth-surface Dynamics Laboratory

waterSHEDlab is a research and teaching lab at the University of Washington Tacoma focused on a better understanding of contemporary issues in geomorphology and Earth surface processes, including in fluvial, lacustrine, alpine, glacial and coastal environments. We use a combination of field methods, remote sensing and GIS, in our research efforts.


Dan H. Shugar, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Dan is Assistant Professor of Geoscience at the University of Washington Tacoma and directs the waterSHEDlab.
Yon Henderson
Undergraduate research assistant
Yon is doing her BS in Environmental Science. She assisted with a multibeam sonar survey of a glacial lake in southern BC, and is processing drone data from Silver Creek, Yukon.
Doug Bonno
Undergraduate research assistant
Doug is completing his BS in Environmental Science. He is working on a multibeam survey of a submarine landslide in southeast Alaska.
Katie Kennedy
Undergraduate research assistant
I love the environmental science field because its such a broad discipline. It touches on a lot of interdisciplinary fields but its complexities aren’t diluted by its reach. A lot of the hot button issues are addressed and investigated. By studying and participating, I feel more connected with whats going on across the entire scope of environmental science.
This could be you!
Potential graduate and undergraduate research students are welcome to enquire about positions. Funded positions will be advertised in the News section.

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