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Gigi Richard

2014 Water Leaders Alumni


Gigi Richard is currently the Faculty Director of the Water Center at Colorado Mesa University (CMU) in Grand Junction, CO and Professor of Geology at CMU in the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences.  She holds an M.S. and Ph.D. from Colorado State University in civil and hydraulic engineering and a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Gigi created the Watershed Science program at CMU and teaches water science, environmental geology and GIS courses.  Her research on human impacts on rivers systems includes the study of downstream impacts of dams, levees and other human activities on rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and New Zealand.  Recent work has focused on better understanding the hydrology and morphology of intermittent streams in western Colorado, on the impacts of vegetation removal on channel morphology of the Colorado River, and on the need for peak flows to maintain the channel form of the Yampa and Dolores Rivers in western Colorado.  A resident of Colorado for 25 years, Gigi has experience in private engineering consulting and served on water quality and land use planning commissions in Summit County, Colorado from 1990 to 1996.   She enjoys many forms of outdoor recreation in the canyons and mountains of western Colorado, including hiking, mountain biking, skiing and boating.  Gigi's passions include growing, cooking and eating delicious locally-grown produce. 


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