course instructors



The course is taught by leading researchers and practitioners, who are applied scientists focusing on bringing science together with practice to solve typical environmental problems. The course brings cutting-edge expertise and methods to bear on planning, design, and evaluation of river restoration. Collectively, the instructors have broad experience on rivers in North America, Europe, and Asia, including analysis and project design in the Lake Tahoe Basin and throughout California.



Matt Kondolf

Professor of Environmental Planning and Geography at UC Berkeley, with experience in planning and evaluating river restoration, sediment management in regulated rivers, and habitat needs for spawning by salmon and trout.  [more info]



Peter Wilcock

Professor of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University, authority on sediment transport and integration of fluvial geomorphic analyses in river restoration design and planning, leader of the Stream Restoration program at the National Center of Earth-Surface Dynamics. [more info]



Mike Limm

Professor of Biological Science at Holy Names University, PhD from UC Berkeley.  Research focus on hydrologic and hydraulic controls of food webs, carbon and nutrient pathways, and the influence of food web composition on ecosystem processes.


Mitch Swanson

Geomorphologist, a leading designer of stream restoration projects, who has conducted analyses of stream processes and implemented successful stream and meadow restoration projects throughout the Lake Tahoe basin, the Russian River, and elsewhere.



Scott McBain

Principal of McBain and Trush, has led restoration efforts on large and small rivers in California and elsewhere in western North America, including the Trinity, San Joaquin, and Tuolumne Rivers, emphasizing restoration of geomorphic and ecological processes.


Mark Tompkins

Mark Tompkins

Principal and founder of FlowWest in Oakland, CA, Mark is a civil engineer and geomorphologist who has led major studies of sediment transport and channel geomorphology on the Klamath River and designed restoration projects on urban streams across the US, including the Sacramento River and Silver and Deer Creeks, California, Trinity River, Texas, and Four-Mile Run, Virginia. Mark also serves on Technical Advisory Committees for the San Joaquin River Restoration Program and the Cache Creek Improvement Program, and is a leader in the application of advanced “Big Data” analytics and visualization tools to water resources and aquatic ecosystem management.



Dave Shaw

Principal hydrologist/geologist at Balance Hydrologics, Truckee. Stream gauge, sediment sampling, and surveying extraordinaire.



Jim Litchfield

Fluid Concepts, design of Wingfield Park in Reno, among other whitewater parks. Owner of Reno Fly Shop.



Ken Adams

Geologist, Desert Research Institute. Expert on geology of the Tahoe region.



Smokey Pittman

Senior Geomorphologist, GMA Hydrology.



Andy Rost

Associate Professor, Sierra Nevada College. Andy teaches a range of Earth and Environmental Science courses, chairs of the Science and Technology Department at Sierra Nevada College and focuses his research on stream algae communities in eastern Sierra Nevada Headwater streams.