Dr. Wemple's research focuses on the dynamics of hydrologic and geomorphic processes in upland, forested watersheds. Her work examines the influence of land use practices on geophysical processes with a particular interest in using basic theoretical tools and simulation modeling, in conjunction with empirical field studies, to understand how management of the mountain landscape alters the processes of runoff generation and sediment production in steep, headwater catchments. Dr. Wemple's teaching reflects her interests in both physical geography and in geographic techniques. She teaches an introductory course in physical geography, which covers aspects of weather and climate, geomorphology, and biogeography. At the intermediate level, she teaches a field-based course in watershed processes (hydrology, geomorphology, and aquatic ecology) and a topics-based course in water resources management. Her advanced seminar class focuses on topics in human-environment interactions. She also teaches a course in Geographic Information Systems and an advanced course on Spatial Analysis. Dr. Wemple holds a B.A. in Economics and German from the University of Richmond (1986), an M.S. in Physical Geography from Oregon State University (1994), and a Ph.D. in Forest Ecology from Oregon State University (1998).
Quote: "In a recent spring semester, I taught a course on snow hydrology and took eight students through a semester-long tour of emerging research areas in snow science, from concerns over depleting snow packs due to warming temperatures in regions that receive most of their drinking water from snowmelt to the effects of changing landuse on the distribution of snow in high latitude and high elevation environments. We spent three full days outside collecting snow data, had a researcher in from Idaho to teach us about computer-modeling of snowmelt, had a visit from a NASA scientist who works with remote sensing of global snowpacks, visited a long-term monitoring site in northeastern Vermont with over 50 years of annual snowpack data, and had the most fun I've ever had teaching. At the end of the semester, the students said they never realized there was so much to snow and would never ski again without thinking about the snow water equivalent beneath them!"