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Gigi Richard

Professor of Geology

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Wubben Hall & Science Center 223C


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PhD, Colorado State University

MS, Colorado State University

BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Gigi Richard, PhD, received her Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a concentration in water resources and environmental engineering. Richard went on to earn her Master of Science and PhD in civil engineering from Colorado State University in the Hydraulic Engineering Program. An associate professor of geology and Faculty Director of the Water Center at Colorado Mesa University, Richard created the Watershed Science Program at CMU and teaches Water Science, Environmental Geology and GIS courses. The Water Center at CMU facilitates education, outreach, research and dialogue on water issues in the Upper Colorado River Basin.

 Richard’s 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. Her 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, Richard has experience in private engineering consulting and served on water quality and land use planning commissions in Summit County, Colo. in the early 1990s. Richard's passions include growing, cooking and eating delicious locally-grown produce as well as hiking, biking and exploring the world.