Trent Biggs

                                      

Associate Professor

PhD  University of California, Santa Barbara (2003)

 

Office:  Geography Annex 204

Email:  tbiggs@mail.sdsu.edu

                                                 

Research Interests

Impacts of land use and climate change on watershed processes, including water, nutrients, and sediment.  My research areas have included:

IRRIGATION AND WATER RESOURCES, SOUTHERN INDIA:

         Basin-scale irrigation development and hydrological impacts

        -   Thermal satellite imagery for estimation of potential and actual evapotranspiration

        -   Land cover change and hydrological processes during drought

        -   Urban effects on water balance, soil chemistry and water quality

 

HIGH ALTITUDE LAKES, INDIAN HIMALAYA:

        -   High altitude wetlands and climate change

 

URBANIZATION AND SEDIMENT PRODUCTION, MEXICO AND UNITED STATES:

        -  Mapping land surface properties in the Tijuana River Watershed

        -  Sediment budgets during urbanization

        -  Socioeconomics of sediment production

        -  Stream channel change following urbanization

 

LAND BASED POLLUTION OF CORAL REEFS, AMERICAN SAMOA:

       -  Sediment and nutrient loading to coral reefs

 

Teaching

 

    GEOG 101:  Principles of Physical Geography

    ENV S 100:  Introduction to Environmental Science

    GEOG 375:  Environmental Hydrology

    GEOG 483:  Watershed Analysis

    GEOG 574:  Water Resources

    GEOG 596:  Advanced Watershed Analysis

 

Theses supervised

  Master's

    Terressa Whitaker -  Snowmelt hydrology in the Merced River Basin (Graduated 2009)

    Shannon Webber - 210Pb dating of sediment cores, Tijuana Estuary (Graduated 2010)

    Heather D'Anna - Copper contamination of San Diego Bay (Graduated 2010)

    Rebecca Lesher - Water balance of a high altitude lake in the Himalaya (Graduated 2011)

    Emily Perkins  -  Irrigation and water vapor in India (Graduated 2011)

    Cleo Neculae -  Stream temperature modeling along a forest-agriculture-urban gradient (Graduated 2011)

    Sean Cook - Glacial lake mapping, Bhutan

    Alex Samarin - Crop responses to drought in southern India

    Alex Messina - Evapotranspiration measurement using satellite imagery (Continued on PhD program, Fall 2011)

    Raymond Lee - Thermal and nutrient dynamics in a eutrophied lake, San Diego County

    Kris Taniguchi - Channel enlargement following urbanization in San Diego County

 

  PhD

    Michael Beland  - Mapping oil-estuary interactions in the Gulf Coast

    Alex Messina      - Sediment and nutrient loading to the coastal zone in American Samoa

Publications

 

Curriculum Vitae

 

Other Interests:

 

       International Water Management Institute

       San Diego Master Chorale

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