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Dr. Senter is leading Balance’s efforts to bring process-based geomorphic and hydrologic principles to watershed, stream channel and water resource issues in Southern California. Anne’s favorite projects are investigating, developing and implementing site-specific channel restoration designs and monitoring programs. Her doctoral research was focused on wood dynamics; she applies this knowledge to restoration projects by utilizing streamwood placements to provide enhanced habitat conditions and hydraulic complexity for aquatic and terrestrial species that depend on ecologically healthy stream corridors. Her ability to successfully interface with regulatory agencies helps to move project designs from concept to completion. Dr. Senter has managed projects spanning geomorphic assessments of degraded channel conditions and monitoring of post-restoration conditions; restoration design and implementation; stream and sediment gaging; surface water/subsurface hydrogeologic studies; evaluation of tidal-lagoon, lakebed, and riverine interactions; stormwater flood control and hydromodification analyses for new developments; and water quality monitoring. Anne is proficient in conveying scientific information to the intended audience and exhibits strong project management skills that enable her to work effectively with watershed stakeholders to create scientifically sound solutions for complex environmental issues. On the weekends, Anne hangs out with her dogs, and cycles with friends and family to keep in shape for the AIDS/LifeCycle fundraising event, a 1-week, 545-mile ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles that happens every June. Anne tries to keep up with the latest scientific papers on wood dynamics and enjoys reading… almost everything, but particularly natural history and science/climate fiction.

  • Ph.D. in Fluvial Geomorphology, Hydrologic Sciences, University of California, Davis, 2017
  • M.S. in Watershed Hydrology, Hydrologic Sciences, University of California, Davis, 2008
  • B.S. in Earth System Science, Environmental Sciences, San Francisco State University, 2005
  • Geomorphic Role of Riverine Processes in Carmel Lagoon Water Surface Elevation and Sand Bar Breaching Dynamics, Carmel River Watershed, Monterey County, California
  • River Geomorphology Study for Arroyo Parida Creek at State Route 192, Caltrans District 5, Santa Barbara County, California
  • Hacienda Mercury Remediation and Habitat Restoration Design, Santa Clara County Parks, Santa Clara County, California
  • Stevens Creek Phase 2 Habitat Restoration Design, City of Cupertino, Santa Clara County, California
  • Hydrogeologic Assessment of Potential Carbaryl Impacts to Green Valley, Los Angeles County, California
  • Ephemeral Channel Mitigation Design; Stormwater Management Plan; and Operations and Maintenance Manual for Sage Residential, City of Livermore, Alameda County, California
  • Stormwater Control Plan for the Concord Reuse Project, City of Concord, Contra Costa County, California
  • Salinas Central Area Specific Plan Hydrology/WQ EIR, City of Salinas, Monterey County, California
  • Northwest Patterson Master Plan Hydrology/WQ EIR, City of Patterson, Stanislaus County, California
  • Senter, A., Wood Export and Deposition Dynamics in Mountain Watersheds, PhD Dissertation in Hydrologic Sciences, 2017.
  • Senter, A.E., Pasternack, G.B., Piegay, H., Vaughan, M.C., 2017. Wood export prediction at the watershed scale. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 42:2377-2392, doi:10.1002/esp.4190.
  • Senter, A.E., Pasternack, G.B., Piegay, H., Vaughan, M.C., Lehyan, J.S., 2017. Wood export varies among decadal, annual, seasonal, and daily scale hydrologic regimes in a large, Mediterranean climate, mountain river watershed. Geomorphology 276, 164-179, doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2016.09.039.
  • Wyrick, J.R., Senter, A.E., and Pasternack, G.B., 2014, Revealing the natural complexity of fluvial morphology through 2D hydrodynamic delineation of river landforms, Geomorphology 210: 14-22, doi:10/1016.j.geomorph.2013.12.013.
  • Senter, A.E., and Pasternack, G.B., 2011, Large wood aids spawning Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) on a regulated river in Central California: River Research and Applications, v. 27, no. 5, p. 550-565, DOI: 10.1002/rra.1388.

Working with like-minded people to do the best we can for our little slice of the world.

North Yuba River watershed in the northern Sierra Nevada, where I spent many summers combining academic research with lots of fun.

I was fascinated by rocks and water as a child. This work allows me to continue to play in my personal field of dreams while making a small contribution toward fixing some of what we humans have wrought upon this planet.