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School of Environment and Natural Resources

Our People: Kristin Jaeger

Kris Jaeger
Kristin Jaeger
Assistant Professor
132 Williams Hall, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, OH 44691

Curriculum Vita

Research Interests

Research interests focus on how stream channel morphology and flow regimes adjust to perturbations, either natural or anthropogenic. I collaborate with ecologists who then evaluate how these adjustments affect aquatic and riparian ecosystems. I work across a range of spatial scales that include reach to network scale and headwaters to large mainstem rivers.

Ongoing Projects

  • Large wood dynamics in Appalachian mountain channels draining hemlock forests
  • Ecogeomorphic response to dam removal in a mid-sized urban river
  • Geomorphic response to surface mining
  • Characterizing spatial and temporal patterns of streamflow permanence in dryland systems

Link to Project Descriptions

Prospective Graduate Students

I am seeking a MS-level graduate student to conduct field and GIS-based research on the hydrology and geomorphology of mountain headwater streams. The position will begin August 2014 (Fall Semester) with the potential for field work to begin Summer 2014 depending on availability of selected student. Click here for a detailed description.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity

Fluvial Geomorphology: Field studies to examine interactions in stream channel morphology, large in-stream wood and sediment dynamics. Click here for a detailed description.


Jaeger KL, Olden JD, Pelland ND. Climate change poised to threaten hydrologic connectivity and endemic fishes in dryland streams. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. doi:10.1073/pnas.1320890111 (Supporting information)

Jaeger, K.L, Olden JD. 2011. Electrical resistance sensor arrays as a means to quantify longitudinal connectivity of rivers. River Research and Applications doi: 10.1002/rra.1554

Jaeger K.L., Wohl E.E. 2011. Channel response in a semiarid stream to removal of tamarisk and Russian olive. Water Resources Research 47: W02536 doi: 10.1029/2009WR008741.

Jaeger K.L., Wohl E.E., Simon A. 2010. A comparison of average rates of alluvial erosion between the southwestern and southeastern United States. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 35: 447–459.

Wohl E.E., Jaeger K.L. 2009. Geomorphic implications of hydroclimatic differences among step-pool channels. Journal of Hydrology 374: 148-161.

Cadol D.C., Wohl E.E., Goode J.G., Jaeger K.L. 2009. Wood distribution in forested headwater streams of La Selva, Costa Rica. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 34:1198-1215.

Bankhead N.P., Simon A., Jaeger K.L., Wohl E.E. 2009. De-stabilization of streambanks by removal of invasive species in Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona. Geomorphology 103: 363–374.

Wohl E.E., Jaeger K.L. 2009. A conceptual model for the longitudinal distribution of wood in mountain streams. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 34: 329–344.

Jaeger K.L., Montgomery D.R., Bolton S.M. 2007. Channel and perennial flow initiation in headwater streams: Management implications of variability in source-area size. Environmental Management 40: 775-786.

Courses Offered

ENR 3285, Watershed Hydrology (Spring 2014)