Ben Swanson 2017-04-24T18:16:01+00:00

Project Description

Ben Swanson

Fluvial Geomorphologist

Getting hired in 2013 was a long time coming for Ben. In 1997, he read a white paper written by one of Inter-Fluve’s co-founders about restoring hydraulically mined streams. “The combination of history, geology, and fixing something that was environmentally broken really inspired me,” Ben says, recalling the seed crystal that spurred him to transition from a masters in landscape architecture to a fluvial geomorphology program. Ben went on to complete a PhD from the University of New Mexico in fluvial geomorphology, where he completed a dissertation focusing on how tributary sediment impacts channel morphology

Ben appreciates the technical nature of his profession. “I like being outside…but I also like the tedium of building spreadsheets and models – taking the little analytical pieces and putting them together to make something useful,” he says. His passion for geoscience didn’t stop at a PhD; he married a fellow geologist who is finishing her PhD in groundwater contamination. “Dinner conversations can be quite fascinating – or quite excruciating,” Ben says. When not engaged in studying rivers, he loves to travel (a three month trip to Mongolia, China and Vietnam, and a month in Uganda are his favorites), fly-fish, and read. “Right now, I’m catching up on the geology of Wisconsin, which, under the relatively flat surface, is far more interesting than you might guess.”

“The combination of history, geology, and fixing something that was environmentally broken really inspired me.”