April Sawyer MS

Ecohydrologist

April has eight years of experience in fluvial geomorphology, hydraulic modeling, and aquatic biology with an emphasis on river restoration. April completed a M.S. degree in Geosciences at the University of Montana, with a focus in fluvial geomorphology. April has worked on projects ranging from large-scale hydroelectric relicensing to salmonid restoration projects in gravel-bed rivers in the Sierras and Rocky Mountains, to tidal channel and floodplain restoration across California and the Pacific Northwest. April has extensive interdisciplinary experience applying 1D and 2D hydraulic models to questions and project designs involving geomorphic processes, flood attenuation, habitat suitability optimization, and urban floodway enhancement. She has extensive field experience including topographic surveying, flow and velocity measurements, geomorphic mapping and some experience in biological population sampling for fish and amphibians. In her research, April has investigated constraints on restoration design channel feature construction, relation of velocity reversals at high flows to channel maintenance, and effects of flow magnitude and duration on chute cutoffs.