Hydrology; environmental geology; environmental impact assessment; riparian zone management. Emphasis on stream channel processes as they relate to natural resource management.
- PhD, Geography and Environmental Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University
- MS Earth Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz
- AB Cum Laude, Geology, Princeton University
- Philosophy Statement
There is something vital about rivers, and irresistible. Whether seeking the flash of a salmon, or feeling your boat pulled into the next rapid, or falling asleep to the sound of water roaring down a steep mountain channel, moving water exerts strong magic on most of us, inspiring no shortage of analogies (life is a river, you cannot step in the same river twice). Within cities, rivers provide compelling opportunities for open space, ecological restoration, and community gathering – especially as former industrial waterfronts become accessible to human populations. In rural areas, we can step back from rivers to allow them room to erode, deposit, and thereby create their own complex channel forms and riparian forests – the ‘espace de liberté’ concept. In my classes, I emphasize understanding of physical and ecological process and river history as a basis for restoration strategy, the need to learn from each restoration project, and the need for scientific rigor when approaching restoration.
G. Mathias (Matt) Kondolf is a fluvial geomorphologist and environmental planner, specializing in environmental river management and restoration. As Professor of Environmental Planning at UC Berkeley, he teaches courses in hydrology, river restoration, and environmental science. His research focuses on human-river interactions, with emphasis on managing of flood-prone lands (‘wise use’ of floodplains), managing sediment in rivers and reservoirs (with recent work in the Mekong River basin), and river restoration, and has written scientific papers, books, and reports on these topics. Dr Kondolf has served on National Academy of Science panels, the Calfed Ecosystem Restoration Science Board, and the Environmental Advisory Board to the Chief of the US Army Corps of Engineers, and as Clarke Scholar at the Institute for Water Resources of the US Army Corps. He has provided expert testimony before the US Congress, the California legislature, California Water Resources Control Board, the International Court of Justice (the Hague), and in various legal proceedings in the US.
- Courses Taught
- LD ARCH 12 Environmental Science for Sustainability
- LD ARCH 205 Environmental Planning Studio
- LD ARCH 222 Hydrology for Planners
- LD ARCH 227 River and Stream Restoration
- PROFESSIONAL SHORT COURSES
- Geomorphic and ecological fundamentals for river and stream restoration. Week-long short course offered annually at Sagehen Creek Field Station, Truckee.
- River restoration: Fluvial-geomorphic and ecological processes. Week-long short course offered at Beaumont du Ventoux and Lyon, southeastern France.
- Awards + Recognition
- Fellow of the Landscape Architecture Foundation, 2013
- Clarke Scholar at the Institute for Water Resources of the US Army Corps of Engineers in Washington DC. 2011-2012.
- Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture. Award of Distinction, 2007.
- Fulbright Commission, senior scholar research award to conduct research on environmental river management in Portugal, University of Lisbon, Mar-May 2001.
- Fulbright Commission, senior scholar research award to conduct research on the Eygues River, France, 1997-1998.
- Selected Publications
Kondolf, G.M., and H. Piégay, eds. 2016. Tools in Flluvial Geomorphology, Second Edition. John Wiley & Sons, Chichester
Kondolf G.M., et al. 2011. Connecting Cairo to the Nile: Renewing life and heritage on the river. Institute of Urban and Regional Development Working Paper No. 2011-007. University of California, Berkeley.
Kondolf, G.M. 2011. Setting Goals in River Restoration: When and Where Can the River ‘Heal Itself’? in Simon, A. et al (eds) Stream Restoration in Dynamic Fluvial Systems: Scientific Approaches, Analyses, and Tools. Geophyical Monograph Series Vol.194 pp29-43. American Geophysical Union, Washington DC. DOI: 10.1029/2010GM001020.
Minear, T. and G.M. Kondolf. 2009. Estimating reservoir sedimentation rates at large spatial- and temporal-scales: a case study of California. Water Resources Research 45, W12502, doi:10.1029/2007WR006703
Deitch, M.,J., G.M. Kondolf, and A.M. Merenlender. 2009. Hydrologic impacts of small-scale instream diversions for frost and heat protection in the California wine country. River Research and Applications 25: 118-134.
Kondolf, G.M. 2009. An environmental perspective in city-river relationships. in Cities and rivers, perspectives towards a sustainable partnership, Livro nº 8 da Colecção Expoentes, edições da PARQUE EXPO, através do Núcleo de Comunicação da Parque EXPO, Lisbon.
Tompkins, M.R., and G.M. Kondolf. 2007. Systematic post-project appraisals to maximize lessons learned from river restoration projects: Case study of compound channel construction projects in Northern California. Restoration Ecology 15(3):524-537.
Kondolf, G.M., S. Anderson, R. Lave, L. Pagano, A. Merelender, and E. Bernhardt. 2007. Two decades of river restoration in California: What can we learn? Restoration Ecology 15(3):516-523.
Kondolf, G.M., H. Piégay, and N. Landon. 2007. Changes since 1830 in the riparian zone of the lower Eygues River, France. Landscape Ecology 22:367-384.
Kondolf, G.M. River restoration and meanders. 2006. Ecology and Society.
[online] URL: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol11/iss2/art42/
Kondolf, G.M., A. Boulton, S. O'Daniel, G. Poole, F. Rahel, E. Stanley, E. Wohl, A. Bang, J. Carlstrom, C. Cristoni, H. Huber, S. Koljonen, P. Louhi, and K. Nakamura. 2006. Process-based ecological river restoration: Visualising three-dimensional connectivity and dynamic vectors to recover lost linkages. Ecology and Society 11 (2): 5.
[online] URL: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol11/iss2/art5/