Marisa C. Palucis

|Assistant Professor

My research seeks to understand the mechanistic processes and hydrologic conditions required to create surface features like river channels, alluvial fans, and deltas, and understand how these landscapes and the processes that build them evolve under changing climates. This has implications for hazard prediction and mitigation during extreme events and constraining the rates and histories of aqueous processes on paleo-landscapes and other planetary surfaces (like Mars). The latter is a prerequisite for understanding where and when life could have evolved within our solar system. I approach this work from the perspective of a geoscientist, integrating topographic, sedimentologic and hydrologic datasets from the field with physical experiments (as geologically significant flow events are often difficult and/or impossible to observe). The unifying theme of my work is to combine geomorphic/geologic processes and hydrologic/climatic science: this combination is specifically necessary to understand past climates (on Earth or other planets) because the data is recorded in the geologic record and its surface expression, and the physical processes of interest are climatic in nature.


203 Fairchild Hall
HB 6105


  • B.S. University of South Carolina, Columbia
  • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley

Selected Publications

  • Palucis MC, Ulizio T, Fuller B, and Lamb MP, Intense granular sheet flow in steep river experiments, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi: 10.1029/2018GL077526.

  • Palucis MC, Ulizio T, Fuller B, and Lamb MP, Flow resistance, sediment transport, and bedform development in a steep gravel-bedded river flume, Geomorphology, doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2018.08.003.

  • Palucis MC and Lamb MP, 2017, What controls channel form in steep mountain streams?, Geophys. Res. Lett., 44, doi: 10.1002/2017GL074198.

  • Prancevic J, Lamb MP, Palucis MC, and Venditti J, The role of three-dimensional boundary stresses in limiting the initiation and size of experimental landslides, JGR – Earth Surface, doi: 1002/2017JF004410.

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