Nicole M GaspariniNicole M. Gasparini
Associate Professor

Phone: 504-862-3197
Fax: 504-865-5199

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Room 211 Blessey Hall
New Orleans, LA 70118

Project Leader: Project Hawaii


Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003, SM, 1998
B.S., B.A., University at Buffalo, State University of New York, 1995

Research Interests

Evolution of alluvial and bedrock river networks
Interactions among climate, tectonics and erosion
Human influences on erosion
Management and sustainability of riverine environments


Gasparini, N.M., Bras, R.L., and Tucker, G.E., Numerical predictions of the sensitivity of grain-size and channel slope to changes in precipitation, accepted book chapter in River Confluences, Tributaries, and Fluvial Networks, expected publication date of late 2008.

Crosby, B.T., Whipple, K.X., Gasparini, N.M., and Wobus, C.W. (2007), Formation of Fluvial Hanging Valleys: Theory and Simulation, J. Geophys. Res., 112, doi:10.1029/2006JF000566.

Gasparini, N. M., K. X. Whipple, and R. L. Bras (2007), Predictions of steady state and transient landscape morphology using sediment-flux-dependent river incision models, J. Geophys. Res., 112, doi:10.1029/2006JF000567.

Gasparini, N.M., Bras, R.L., and Whipple, K.X., 2006, Numerical modeling of non-steady-state river profile evolution using a sediment-flux-dependent incision model, in Tectonics, climate and landscape evolution, S. Willett, N. Hovius, M. Brandon & D. Fisher, eds., GSA Special Paper 398, Penrose Conference Series, Geological Society of America, pp 127-141.

Clevis, Q., Tucker, G.E., Lock, G., Lancaster, S.T., Gasparini, N.M., Desitter, A. and Bras, R.L., 2006, Geoarchaeological simulation of meandering river deposits and settlement distributions; a three-dimensional approach, GeoArchaeology, v. 21, pp 843-874.

Clevis, Q., Tucker, G.E., Lancaster, S.T., Desitter, A., Gasparini, N.M., and Lock, G., 2006, A simple algorithm for the mapping of TIN data onto a static grid; Applied to the stratigraphic simulation of river meander deposits, Computers and Geosciences, v. 32, p. 749-766.

Gasparini, N.M., Tucker, G.E. and Bras, R.L., 2004, Network-scale dynamics of grain-size sorting: Implications for downstream fining, stream-profile concavity, and drainage basin morphology, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, v. 29, p. 401-421.

Courses Taught

EENS 1110 – Physical Geology
EENS-3170 – Geomorphology
EENS 4060 – Tectonic Geomorphology (with Dr. Dawers)
EENS 4270 – Major World River Systems
EENS 6060 – Tectonic Geomorphology (with Dr. Dawers)
EENS 6170 – Geomorphology
EENS-6270 – Major World River Systems

School of Science and Engineering, 201 Lindy Boggs Center, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5764