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Noah P. Snyder

earth and environmental sciences

Noah P. Snyder

Associate Professor
Ph.D. (Geology), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2001)
B.A. (Geology), Bates College (1993)

Phone: 617-552-0839
Email: noah.snyder@bc.edu

Personal Home Page: www2.bc.edu/noah-snyder

 

Interests

Fluvial geomorphology, remote sensing, river restoration


 

Examples of M.S. Projects and Alumni

Austin Hopkins
A Comparison of Dem-Based Methods for Fluvial Terrace Mapping and Sediment Volume Calculation: Application to the Sheepscot River Watershed, Maine (2014)

Benjamin Daniels
Effects of Climate Non-Stationarity on Low-Flow Models for Southern New England (2014)

Maricate Conlon
A Hindcast Comparing the Response of the Souhegan River to Dam Removal with the Simulations of the Dam Removal Express Assessment Model-1 (2013)

Stephanie Strouse
Do post-glacial river valleys in Maine store milldam legacy sediments? (2013)

Andrew Nesheim
Predicting bed grain size in Maine rivers using lidar topographic data (2011)

Adam Pearson
River response to dam removal: case study of the Souhegan River and the removal of the Merrimack Village Dam, Merrimack, New Hampshire (2010)

Elizabeth Johnson
Hydraulic and geomorphic effects of large woody debris additions in the Narraguagus River watershed, coastal Maine (2009)

Benjamin Wilkins
Geomorphic comparison of two Atlantic coastal rivers: toward an understanding of physical controls on Atlantic salmon habitat (2009)

Michael Castele
Modeling sediment transport and quantifying channel morphology of the Sheepscot River, coastal Maine (2007)

Lisa Schultz
Investigation of the transient response of Gower Gulch to forced diversion, Death Valley, California (2005)


 

Professional Experience

Associate Professor, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Boston College (2010-)

Director, Environmental Studies Program, Boston College (2010-)

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Geology and Geophysics, Boston College (2004-2010)

Postdoctoral Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey Coastal and Marine Geology Team, Santa Cruz, CA (2001-2004)

Research and Teaching Assistant, Department of EAPS, MIT, Cambridge, MA (1996-2001)

Visiting Instructor, Department of Geology, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO (2000)

Geologist, Utah Geological Survey, Salt Lake City, UT (1994-1996)

Teaching Assistant, Department of Geology, Bates College, Lewiston, ME (1990-1993)


 

Selected Publications

*Boston College student co-authors

Snyder, N. P., (2013), Kasprak, A., Magilligan, F. J., Nislow, K. H., Renshaw, C.E., Dade, W. B., Differentiating the relative importance of land cover change and geomorphic processes on fine sediment sequestration in a logged watershed, Geomorphology, v. 185, p. 67-77.

Snyder, N. P., (2013), Santaniello, D. J., Gontz, A.M., Using ground-penetrating radar to determine the quanity of sediment stored behind the Merrimack Villiage Dam, Southegan River, New Hampshire, Geological Society of America Reviews in Engineering Geology, v. XXI, p. 45-57

Snyder, N. P., (2013), Nesheim, A. O., Wilkins, B.C., Edmonds, D. A., Predicting grain size in gravel-bedded rivers using digital elevation models: application to three Maine watersheds, Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 125, p. 148-163

Kasprak, A., Magilligan, F. J., Nislow, K. H., and Snyder, N. P., 2011, A lidar-derived evaluation of watershed-scale large woody debris sources and recruitment mechanisms: coastal Maine, USA, River Research and Applications, doi: 10.1002/rra.153.

Pearson, A. J.*, Snyder, N. P., and Collins, M. J., 2011, River response to dam removal: the Souhegan River and the Merrimack Village Dam, Merrimack, New Hampshire, submitted to Water Resources Research, v. 47, doi:10.1029/2010WR009733.

Wilkins, B. C.*, and Snyder, N. P., 2011, Geomorphic comparison of two Atlantic coastal rivers: toward an understanding of physical controls on Atlantic salmon habitat, River Research and Applications, v. 27, n. 2, p. 135-156, doi: 10.1002/rra.1343.

Santaniello, D. J.*, Snyder, N. P., and Gontz, A. M., in press, Using ground penetrating radar to determine the quantity of sediment stored behind the Merrimack Village Dam, Souhegan River, New Hampshire, submitted to GSA Reviews in Engineering Geology special volume, The Challenges of Dam Removals and River Restorations, December 10, 2010.

Snyder, N. P., in press, Restoring geomorphic resilience in streams, submitted to Gravel-Bed Rivers 7, October 26, 2010.

Snyder, N. P., 2009, Studying stream morphology with airborne laser elevation data, Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, v. 90, n. 6, p. 45-46, doi:10.1029/2009EO060001.

Snyder, N. P., Castele, M. R.*, and Wright, J. R., 2008, Bedload entrainment in low-gradient paraglacial coastal rivers of Maine, U.S.A.: Implications for habitat restoration, Geomorphology, v. 103, p. 430-446, doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2008.07.013.

Snyder, N. P., and Kammer, L. L.*, 2008, Dynamic adjustments in channel width in response to a forced diversion: Gower Gulch, Death Valley National Park, California, Geology, v. 25, doi: 10.1130/G24217A.1, p. 187-190.

Snyder, N. P., Wright, S. A., Alpers, C. N., Flint, L. E., Holmes, C. W., and Rubin, D. M, 2006, Reconstructing depositional processes and history from reservoir stratigraphy: Englebright Lake, Yuba River, northern California, Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 111, F04003, doi: 10.1029/2005JF000451.

Wobus, C. W., Whipple, K. X, Kirby, E., Snyder, N. P., Johnson, J., Spyropolou, K., Crosby, B., and Sheehan, D., 2006, Tectonics from topography: Procedures, promise, and pitfalls, in Willett, S. D., Hovius, N., Brandon, M. T., and Fisher, D. M., editors, Tectonics, Climate, and Landscape Evolution, Geological Society of America Special Paper 398, p. 55-74, doi: 10.1130/2006.2398(04).

Snyder, N. P., Rubin, D. M., Alpers, C. N., Childs, J. R., Curtis, J. A., Flint, L. E., and Wright, S. A., 2004, Estimating rates and properties of sediment accumulation behind a dam: Englebright Lake, Yuba River, northern California, Water Resources Research, v. 40, W11301, doi: 10.1029/2004WR003279.

Snyder, N. P., Whipple, K. X., Tucker, G. E., and Merritts, D. J., 2003, Importance of a stochastic distribution of floods and erosion thresholds in the bedrock river incision problem, Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 108 (B2), 2117, doi: 10.1029/2001JB001655.

Snyder, N. P., Whipple, K. X., Tucker, G. E., and Merritts, D. J., 2003, Channel response to tectonic forcing: analysis of stream morphology and hydrology in the Mendocino triple junction region, northern California, Geomorphology, v. 53, p. 97-127, doi: 10.1016/S0169-555X(02)00349-5.

Snyder, N. P., Whipple, K. X., Tucker, G. E., and Merritts, D. J., 2002, Interactions between onshore bedrock-channel incision and nearshore wave-base erosion forced by eustasy and tectonics, Basin Research, v. 14, p. 105-127, doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2117.2002.00169.x.

Snyder, N. P., and Hodges, K. V., 2000, Depositional and tectonic evolution of a supradetachment basin: 40Ar/39Ar geochronology of the Nova Formation, Panamint Range, California, Basin Research, v. 12, n. 1, p. 19-30, doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2117.2000.00108.x.

Snyder, N. P., Whipple, K. X., Tucker, G. E., and Merritts, D. J, 2000, Landscape response to tectonic forcing: digital elevation model analysis of stream profiles in the Mendocino triple junction region, northern California, Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 112, n. 8, p. 1250-1263, doi: 10.1130/0016-7606(2000)112<1250:LRTTFD>2.0.CO;2.

Whipple, K. X., Snyder, N. P., and Dollenmayer, K., 2000, Rates and processes of bedrock incision by the Upper Ukak River since the 1912 Novarupta ash flow in the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, Alaska, Geology, v. 28, n. 9, p. 835-838, doi: 10.1130/0091 7613(2000)28<835:RAPOBI>2.0.CO;2.