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Peter Wilcock

Peter Wilcock

Watershed Sciences


Contact Information

Office Location: NR 136

Educational Background

PhD, Earth, ATmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1987
MS, Geography, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, 1981
BS, Geography, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, 1978


Erosion and river sedimentation processes, sediment transport, open-channel flow, fluvial and hillslope geomorphology


Professor Wilcock is on sabbatical leave for the 2020-2021 academic year. He received his PhD in Earth Science at MIT in 1987 and specializes in erosion and sedimentation processes and their application to stream and watershed restoration and management. His research spans grain-scale mechanics, sediment-channel interactions at the reach scale, and the control and management of sedimentation at the watershed scale. Applications include channel restoration, reservoir and channel response to dam removal, and reservoir operations for downstream channel maintenance. He has worked extensively in experimentation, field observation, and computer simulation of sediment systems and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Wilcock has provided expert and litigation consultation to industry and government agencies. After serving on the faculty of the Whiting School of Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University for 27 years, he joined Utah State University to serve as Head of the Watershed Sciences Department in the Quinney College of Natural Resources from 2014 to 2020. Prof. Wilcock is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and received the Hans Albert Einstein Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers for outstanding contributions to the understanding of sediment transport in gravel-bed rivers.