Gigi A. Richard, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Geology
Director, Water Center at CMU
Colorado Mesa University

Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Office: +1.970.248.1689



  • Ph.D., Colorado State University , 2001
  • M.S., Colorado State University , 1997
  • B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1989

The Water Center at CMU

Courses Taught

Fall 2013 - Natural Resources Seminar Series

Natural Resources of the West : Water and Drought

Mondays 4– 5:30 pm, Saccomanno Lecture Hall

Fields of Interest


  • Hydrology and Water Resources
  • Human interactions with river systems
  • Historic channel adjustments & lateral migration
  • GPS/GIS applications  
  • Sediment transport and fluid mechanics

Current Research

  • Geomorphic impacts of tamarisk removal on the Colorado River in the Grand Valley
  • Hydrology and morphology of intermittent streams draining the Colorado National Monument
  • Channel-forming discharge on the Yampa River, CO and Dolores River, CO
  • Historic morphologic changes on the Yampa River, CO
  • Historic Flash Flooding in the Colorado National Monument, CO