Dr. Adam M. Booth 
Associate Professor 
Department of Geology 
Portland State University 
17 Cramer Hall 
1721 SW Broadway 
Portland, OR 97201 
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Students: I am almost always looking for enthusiastic students broadly interested in Earth Surface Processes. A strong quantitative background is preferred. Please see the Research and Publications pages for a sample of past and current projects, and I am always excited to discuss new ideas. PSU graduate students are supported by competitively awarded teaching and research assistantships.


Bryan Allen (M.S.), Slope stability investigation and modeling failure mechanics of Silt Creek Earthflow


Charles Boyd (M.S.), Determining controls on landslide distribution in Northwest Oregon


Tiffany Justice (M.S.), Automated Modeling and Slope Stability Investigation of Deep-Seated Landslides in Willapa Hills, WA


Kara Kingen (M.S.), Controls on the Kinematics of the Hooskanaden Earthflow, Curry County, Oregon


Bryce Vascik (M.S.), Effects of coarse woody debris in landslide runout and implications for carbon cycling in SE Alaska



David de Guzman (B.S. Geology Thesis, 2019), Effects of coarse wood in debris flows on mobility and mechanics with discrete element modeling

Christian Sifford (B.S. research assistant, 2019), Geospatial analysis of debris flow runout in southeast Alaska

Cora Siebert (B.S. Honors Thesis, 2019), Using Discrete Element Modeling to Analyze the Role of Coarse Woody Debris in Debris Flow Runout

Rebecca Garriss (M.S., 2019), Modeling surface roughness as an indicator of age and landslide susceptibility, and the spatial inventory of prehistoric landslides: Green River valley, Washington

Max Bordal (M.S., 2018), Quantifying Knickpoint Behavior and Erosion Mechanisms in an Urbanized Watershed, Bull Mountain, Washington County, Oregon

Justin McCarley (M.S., 2018), Using Repeat Terrestrial Laser Scanning and Photogrammetry to Monitor Reactivation of the Silt Creek Landslide in the Western Cascade Mountains, Linn County, Oregon

Joann Nelson (B.S. Geology Thesis, 2017), Image correlation of repeat lidar to quantify landslide deformation

Angela Piller (B.S. Honors Thesis, 2016), Landslide hazard mapping in Rwanda using logistic regression

Bryan Allen (B.S. Honors Thesis, 2016), Analysis of hydrologic flow paths within a large landslide complex

Dustin Cramer (B.S. McNair Scholar, 2015), Grain size effects on friction angles of scree slopes

Max Bordal (B.S. Honors Thesis, 2014), Numerical modeling of the transient response of rivers to tectonic perturbations

Justin McCarley (B.S. Computer Applications Minor project, 2014), Using image correlation software to measure landslide surface velocity fields