Dr. Lee MacDonald is professor of land use hydrology in the Watershed Science Program. He has a B.S. in human biology from Stanford, a M.S. in resource ecology from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in forest hydrology from the University of California at Berkeley. Before his Ph.D. he spent five years setting up research and training programs in developing countries for the United Nations University in Tokyo. He also has worked as a consultant and a hydrologist for the U.S. Forest Service.
Dr. MacDonald’s research focuses on the effects of forest management, fire, and roads on runoff, erosion, sediment yields, and stream channel characteristics. He has received approximately $2 million for his research in the western U.S., U.S. Virgin Islands, Spain, Antarctica, and New Zealand. He has advised 40 graduate students, and published around 50 peer-reviewed articles, monographs, and invited book chapters. His work has achieved international recognition, as he has given over 50 invited lectures and workshops throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, and the Pacific. He teaches courses in land use hydrology, field measurements, watershed problem analysis, and has developed graduate courses in hillslope hydrology and cumulative watershed effects. He has been nominated for the university’s Best Teacher Award, and recently received a grant to develop and teach two courses in Vietnam. Work and pleasure have taken him to more than 50 countries and all seven continents.
Other Research Interests
Surface erosion; Road erosion; Post-fire erosion and rehabilitation; Modeling; Cumulative Watershed Effects
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