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Scholarly Interest Report
         
Jeffrey Nittrouer
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor of Earth Science
 
e-mail:jan6@rice.edu
 
  • M.S. Earth Science (2006) Tulane University, New Orleans
  • Ph. D. Geoscience (2010) University of Texas, Austin
  • B.S. Geology (2003) University of Washington, Seattle
 
Primary Department
   Department of Earth, Environmental & Planetary Sciences
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Research Areas
 Sedimentology, stratigraphy, geomorphology, basin analysis; both modern and ancient systems; carbonate and clastic systems; research techniques include both field observation and morphodynamic modeling studies.
 
Teaching Areas
 Advanced level: Sedimentology, stratigraphy, geomorphology, hydrological systems; basic courses: any general geology courses (e.g., survey 101 course)
 
Selected Publications
 Refereed articles
 

Ganti, V., Zhongxin, C., Lamb, M. P., and J. A. Nittrouer (in review) “Morphodynamic controls on the location and frequency of river avulsions on fans and deltas: Huanghe (Yellow River), China”, Geology.

 
 

Nittrouer, J. A. (2013) “Backwater hydrodynamics and sediment transport in the lowermost Mississippi River Delta: Implications for the development of fluvial-deltaic landform in a large lowland river”, Proceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences-IAHS-IAPSO-IASPEI Assembly, Gothenburg, Sweden.  IAHS Publication

 
 

Nittrouer, J. A. and E. Viparelli (accepted for publication) “Sand as a stable and sustainable resource for nourishing the Mississippi River delta”, Nature Geoscience

 
 Articles
 

Kenney, M. A., Hobbs, B. F., Mohrig, D., Huang, H., Nittrouer, J. A., Kim, W., and G. Parker, “Cost analysis of water and sediment diversions to optimize land building in the Mississippi River delta”, in press at Water Resources Research

 
 

Petter, A. L., Steel, R. J., Mohrig, D., and J. A. Nittrouer (in revision), “The stratigraphic consequences of long-term river aggradation, part I: the importance of backwater hydraulic conditions for downstream sediment fractionation and changes in fluvial style in the Campanian Lower Castlegate Sandstone of Utah”, Journal of Sedimentary Research

 
 

Chatanantavet, P., Lamb, M. P., and J. A. Nittrouer (2012) “Backwater controls on avulsion locations on deltas”, Geophysical Research Letters, 39, doi:10.1029/2011GL050197

 
 

Lamb, M. P., Nittrouer, J. A., Shaw, J., and D. Mohrig (2012) “Backwater and river-plume controls on scour upstream of river mouths: Implications for fluvio-deltaic morphodynamics”, Journal of Geophysical Research, 117, doi:10.1029/2011JF002079

 
 

Nittrouer, J. A., Best, J. L., Brantley, C., Czapiga, M., Cash, R. W., Kumar, P., and G. Parker, (2012) “Mitigating land loss in coastal Louisiana by controlled diversion of Mississippi River sand”, Nature Geoscience, 5, pp. 534-537. doi. 10.1038/NGEO1525

 
 

Nittrouer, J. A., Shaw, J., Lamb, M. P., and D. Mohrig (2012) “Spatial and temporal trends for water-flow velocity and bed-material sediment transport in the lower Mississippi River” GSA Bulletin, 124, pp. 400-414. doi:10.1130/B30497.1

 
 

Nittrouer, J. A., Mohrig, D., Allison, M. A., and A. B. Peyret (2011), “The Lowermost Mississippi River: A mixed bedrock-alluvial channel”, Sedimentology, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3091.2011.01245.x

 
 

Nittrouer, J. A., Mohrig, D., and M. A. Allison (2011), “Punctuated sand transport in the lowermost Mississippi River”, Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, pp. 1914-1934. doi: 10.1029/2011JF002026

 
 

Ryan-Mishkin, K., Walsh, J. P., Corbett, D. R., Dail, M. B., and J. A. Nittrouer (2009), Modern sedimentation in a mixed siliciclastic-carbonate coral reef environment, La Parguera, Puerto Rico.  Caribbean Journal of Science, 45, issue 2-3, pp. 151-167.

 
 

Nittrouer, J. A., Allison, M. A., and R. Campanella (2008) “Bedform transport measurements in the lower Mississippi River”, Journal of Geophysical Research, 113, F03004, doi: 10.1029/2007JF000795

 
 Conference papers
 

Dong, T. Y., Il’icheva, L., Nittrouer, J. A., and M. Pavolv (2013), “Morphology and sediment transport dynamics of the Selenga River delta, Lake Baikal, Russia”, American Geophysical Union Fall 2013 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, Abstract

 
 

Khanna, P., Droxler, A. W., Nittrouer, J. A., Tunnell, W., Shirly, “Detailed bathymetry of Uppermost Pleistocene Drowned Coralgal Banks along the South Texas Shelf Edge: Record of Episodic Rapid Sea-Level Rise During Last Deglaciation Between Meltwater Pulses 1A and 1B”, American Geophysical Union Fall 2013 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, Abstract

 
 

Khanna, P., Droxler, A. W., Nittrouer, J. A., Tunnell, W., Shirly, T, Nash, H. L. (2013), “Detailed Bathymetric Survey of Uppermost Pleistocene Drowned Banks along the South Texas Shelf Edge: A Glimpse at their Growth and Demise During Last Deglaciation”, Geological Society of America South Central Section 47th Annual Meeting, Austin, Tx

 
 

Khanna, P., Droxler, A. W., and J. A. Nittrouer (2014), “Uppermost Pleistocene Banks Along the South Texas Shelf Edge: A Clear Case of Drowning Based Upon Their Morphologies”, American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Meeting, Houston, TX

 
 

Nittrouer, J. A. (2013), “Backwater hydrodynamics and sediment transport in the lowermost Mississippi River Delta: Implications for the development of fluvial-deltaic landform in a large lowland river”, Proceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences-IAHS-IAPSO-IASPEI Assembly, Gothenburg, Sweden

 
 

Nittrouer, J. A. (2013) “Hydrodynamics and sediment transport in the lowermost Mississippi River: Implications for the development of fluvial-deltaic stratigraphy in large lowland rivers basins”, Gulf Coast Associate of Geological Societies, annual meeting, New Orleans, LA, Abstract and invited talk

 
 

Nittrouer, J. A. (2013), “Sand transport dynamics in the lower Mississippi River: applications to building and sustaining deltaic landscapes”, joint Penrose-Chapman Conference, “Coastal Processes and Environments Under Sea-Level Rise and Changing Climate: Science to Inform Management”, Galveston, TX

 
 

Nittrouer, J. A. (2013), “Sediment transport processes and their resulting stratigraphy: informing science and society”, Sharp Lecture, American Geophysical Union Fall 2013 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, Abstract

 
 

Nittrouer, J. A. (2013), “Sediment transport processes and their resulting stratigraphy: informing science and society”, Sharp Lecture, American Geophysical Union Fall 2013 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, Abstract

 
 

Nittrouer, J. A. and J. Lorenzo-Treuba (2013) “Coastal landscape dynamics: understanding the evolution of the upper Texas Gulf Coast”, American Planning Association Texas Chapter, annual meeting, Galveston, TX

 
 

Nittrouer, J. A., Best, J., Viparelli, E., and G. Parker (2013), “Grain size variation and bedrock exposure in the lower Mississippi River”,  8th Symposium on River, Coastal and Estuarine Morphodynamics, Santander, Spain

 
 

Nittrouer, J. A., and E. Viparelli (2013), “Sand transport in the lower Mississippi River does not yield to dams: applications for building deltaic land in Louisiana”, American Geophysical Union Fall 2013 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, Abstract

 
 

Venditti, J. G., Humpries, R. P., Allison, M. A., Nittrouer, J. A., and M. Church (2010), “Morphology and dynamics of a gravel-sand transition”, Proceedings of the 9th Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conference, June 27-July 1, 2010, Las Vegas, NV

 
Supervised Theses & Dissertations
 Stacy Dwyer, MS Sediment Dispersal in Stratigraphy in the Clare Basin. (2015) (Thesis Director)

 Kaitlin Moran, MS Mechanics of Incised Valley Infill. (2015) (Thesis Director)

 Sarah Huff, MS Delta-Shoreline Sedimentary Dynamics of the Brazos River, Texas. (2015) (Thesis Director)

 Tian Dong, MS Sediment Transport Dynamics in the Selenga River Delta, Russia. (2015) (Thesis Director)

Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
 Luna B. Leopold Award, American Geophysical Union, Earth and Planetary Science focus group (2013)

 Sharp Lecture, American Geophysical Union, Earth and Planetary Sciences focus group capstone lecture (2013)