Project Description

Kristen Coveleski, PhD, PE

Water Resources Engineer & Fluvial Geomorphologist

Kristen grew up in the coastal Delaware community of Rehoboth Beach where an early interest in preserving land and water collided with her ambitious interests in science and math. She followed those passions to the University of Delaware, where she completed her degree in Civil Engineering. After completing her masters in Environmental Engineering at the University of Virginia, she went on to earn her PhD, and more recently, her PE in 2016. Her dissertation research employed a laboratory flume to identify the patterns that various flow regimes, sediment compositions, and removal techniques had on the behavior of downstream channels following dam removal. Why a focus on dam removals? “Removing dams is amazing because you can see physical changes in a system overnight,” Kristen says. Kristen has experience in performing geomorphic assessments, in-field evaluations and surveys, hydraulic modeling, construction document preparation and oversight.  Her work at Inter-Fluve has ranged from dam removals and cranberry bog restorations in New England to fish habitat enhancement projects in the Pacific Northwest. When not working, you’ll likely find Kristen hiking the Blue Ridge, playing tennis or roaming the coast with her family.