Dr. Jonathan Czuba

Biological Systems Engineering

Dr. Czuba’s research focuses on physical processes in rivers (transport of water, sediment, and plastics) spanning spatial scales from cross sections to river reaches to watersheds. He collaborates with others to link these physical processes to water quality, nutrients, vegetation, and biota.

Dr. Czuba is an Assistant Professor of Watershed Engineering in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering. Previously, he was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Indiana University, Bloomington. He earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities during which time he was the recipient of an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship, Edward Silberman Fellowship, and Alvin G. Anderson Award. Dr. Czuba also has a M.S. and B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and over 5 years of experience working for the U.S. Geological Survey in Illinois and Washington State.

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Recent Relevant Publications

Czuba, J.A., S.R. David, D.A. Edmonds, and A.S. Ward (2019), Dynamics of surface-water connectivity in a low-gradient meandering river floodplain, Water Resources Research, 55(3), 1849-1870, doi:10.1029/2018WR023527.

David, S.R., J.A. Czuba, and D.A. Edmonds (2018), Channelization of meandering river floodplains by headcutting, Geology, 47(1), 15-18, doi:10.1130/G45529.1.

Czuba, J.A.(2018), A Lagrangian framework for exploring complexities of mixed-size sediment transport in gravel-bedded river networks, Geomorphology, 321, 146-152, doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2018.08.031.

Wollheim, W.M, S. Bernal, D.A. Burns, J.A. Czuba, C.T. Driscoll, A.T. Hansen, R.T. Hensley, J.D. Hosen, S. Inamdar, S.S. Kaushal, L.E. Koenig, Y.H. Lu, A. Marzadri, P.A. Raymond, D. Scott, R.J. Stewart, P.G. Vidon, and E. Wohl (2018), River network saturation concept: factors influencing the balance of biogeochemical supply and demand of river networks, Biogeochemistry, 141(3), 503-521, doi:10.1007/s10533-018-0488-0.

Czuba, C.R., J.A. Czuba, C.S. Magirl, A.S. Gendaszek, and C.P. Konrad (2018), Effect of river confinement on depth and spatial extent of bed disturbance affecting salmon redds, Journal of Ecohydraulics, 3(1), 4-17, doi:10.1080/24705357.2018.1457986.

Czuba, J.A., A.T. Hansen, E. Foufoula-Georgiou, and J.C. Finlay (2018), Contextualizing wetlands within a river network to assess nitrate removal and inform watershed management, Water Resources Research, 54(2), 1312-1337, doi:10.1002/2017WR021859.

Czuba, J.A., E. Foufoula-Georgiou, K.B. Gran, P. Belmont, and P.R. Wilcock (2017), Interplay between spatially-explicit sediment sourcing, hierarchical river-network structure, and in-channel bed-material sediment transport and storage dynamics,Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface, 122(5), 1090-1120, doi:10.1002/2016JF003965.

Gran, K.B., and J.A. Czuba(2017), Sediment pulse evolution and the role of network structure, Geomorphology, 277, 17-30, doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2015.12.015.

Hansen, A.T., J.A. Czuba, J. Schwenk, A. Longjas, M. Danesh-Yazdi, D.J. Hornbach, and E. Foufoula-Georgiou (2016), Coupling freshwater mussel ecology and river dynamics using a simplified dynamic interaction model, Freshwater Science,35(1), 200-215, doi:10.1086/684223.

Foufoula-Georgiou, E., Z. Takbiri, J.A. Czuba, and J. Schwenk (2015), The change of nature and the nature of change in agricultural landscapes: Hydrologic regime shifts modulate ecological transitions, Water Resources Research, 51(8), 6649-6671, doi:10.1002/2015WR017637.