Matthew Czapiga


Matt is a postdoctoral researcher; he earned a PhD degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he worked on morphodynamics of rivers, river deltas, and turbidity currents.


Matt is working on methods to mitigate channel degradation in the Dutch Rhine River.

Key Publications

Czapiga, M. J., Smith, V. B., Nittrouer, J. A., Mohrig, D., and Parker, G. (2015). Internal connectivity of meandering rivers: Statistical generalization of channel hydraulic geometry, Water Resour. Res., 51, 7485–7500, doi: 10.1002/2014WR016133

Czapiga. M.J., McElroy, B., and Parker, G. (2019) Bankfull Shields number versus slope and grain size, Journal of Hydraulic Research,

Dong, T.Y., Nittrouer, J.A., Il’icheva, E., Pavlov, M., McElroy, B., Czapiga, M.J., H. Ma, and G. Parker (2016). Controls on gravel termination in seven distributary channels of the Selenga River Delta, Baikal Rift basin, Russia. Geol Soc Am Bull. doi:10.1130/B31427.1

Dong, T.Y., Nittrouer, J.A., Czapiga, M.J., Ma, H., McElroy, B., Il’icheva, E., Pavlov, M., Chalov, S., & Parker, G. (2019). Roles of bank material in setting bankfull hydraulic geometry as informed by the Selenga River delta, Russia. Journal of Geophysical Research.

Eke, E., Czapiga, M.J., Viparelli, E., Shimizu, Y., Imran, J., Sun, T., & Parker, G. (2014). Coevolution of width and sinuosity in meandering rivers, J. Fluid Mech., 760, 127–174. doi: 10.1017/jfm.2014.556

Li, C., Czapiga, M.J., Eke, E., Viparelli, E., & Parker, G. (2015). Variable Shields number model for river bankfull geometry: bankfull shear velocity is viscosity-dependent but grain size-independent. Journal of Hydraulic Research, 1686(January), 1–13. doi:10.1080/00221686.2014.939113

Nittrouer, J.A., Best, J.L., Brantley, C., Cash, R.W., Czapiga, M., Kumar, P., & Parker, G. (2012). Mitigating land loss in coastal Louisiana by controlled diversion of Mississippi River sand. Nature Geoscience, 5(8), 534-537. doi:10.1038/ngeo1525

Matthew Czapiga

Post-doctoral Researcher

Presence: Mon - Fri