Gordon Grant is a Research Hydrologist with the USDA Forest Service at the Pacific Northwest Research Station in Corvallis, Oregon, and also Courtesy Professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. Following a decade-long career as a whitewater river guide on western US rivers, he received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1986 under the tutelage of Professor M. Gordon Wolman. His research has focused on the geomorphic response of rivers to changes in stream flow and sediment transport due to land use, dams and dam removal, volcanic eruptions, and climate change. This work has included extended collaborations with research groups in Japan, China, and Italy. He is a former Deputy and Associate Editor for the journal Water Resources Research, and a Fellow of the Geological Society of America. He also chairs the National Steering Committee for the US National Science Foundation-sponsored Critical Zone Observatory Program.

Education History

  • BS Biology, University of Oregon
  • PHD Geography and Enviromental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

Work Experience

Research Scientist, USDA Forest Service, PNW Research Station


Full publication list available at wpg.forestry.oregonstate.edu

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American Geophysical Union (2016)
  • Fellow, Geological Society of America (2012)
  • Secretary of Agriculture’s Award for Superior Service (1998)
  • U.S. Forest Service Chief’s Award for Excellence (1998)

Professional Organizations

American Geophysical Union
Geological Society of America