A Natural History of the Red Cedar River
The Red Cedar River, like all rivers, has a natural history. Over the last 30,000 years (since late in the last Ice Age), its history has been one of both stability and dramatic change, a history that is recorded in the landforms and deposits of river-laid sediment found in its valley and the valleys through which it once flowed. The river we see today, while directly modified by people, is but a snapshot in time. What it will be in the future is largely conditioned on what it has been in the past.
Presenter: Doug Falkner
Professor, UW-Eau Claire
I am a professor in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at UWEC, where I’ve been since the Fall of 2000. Before that, I was an assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences, University of Missouri-Kansas City. And before that, I was a grad student in the Department of Geography, UW-Madison, from where I earned a PhD in 1994. My area of academic specialization is fluvial geomorphology, which simply means I study flowing water (especially rivers) and its land-forming effects. I am particularly interested in how rivers change through time, particularly in response to environmental change, both natural and anthropogenic.