Erika is new to the Balance Hydrologics team but is very excited about her future with the company. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Arizona State University, during which time she discovered a passion for fluvial geomorphology. Her graduate research at the University of Nevada, Reno considered the dynamic interactions between bedrock erosion, sediment transport, and flow hydraulics in the formation of waterfalls, and involved climbing waterfalls to measure metrics of their morphology and diving to the bottom of plunge pools to conduct pebble counts throughout the Sierra Nevada range. Erika has experience in river surveying, hydraulic and hydrologic modeling, streamflow and groundwater monitoring, GIS, and UAV mapping. She enjoys the process of understanding a river system through field investigations to intuitively interpret the relative contributions of the local and regional geology, river processes, hydrologic fluctuations, and ecological functions and then quantitatively understanding the hydraulics through modeling and mapping. She hopes to continue to grow as a fluvial geomorphologist and eventually design her own river restoration and monitoring projects. When not at work, Erika enjoys hiking, camping, traveling, watching movies, and spending time with her friends. Her true passion is dog training and fostering rescue dogs. She is currently learning scent work training with her own rescue dog, Pixie, and both are having a blast!