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Nakul Deshpande

PhD Candidate



M.S. Geology, Idaho State University, 2017

The structural fabric and deformation history of a mountain logjam

Principal Advisor: Professor Benjamin T. Crosby

Thesis committee: Glenn Thackray and Colden Baxter


B.S. Earth Sciences, University of California at Santa Cruz, 2013

Debris flow control on fluvial hanging valley formation in the South Fork Eel River, CA

Principal Advisor: Professor Noah J. Finnegan










Research Interests

Creep deformation in experimental hillslopes

Logjam formation, deformation and collapse in Big Creek, Idaho



Courses Taught

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID

August 2015 – May 2017

GEOL 1110L: The Dynamic Earth Lab (2015)

GEOL 3315: Evolution of the Earth’s Surface (2017)

GEOL 44/5550: Principles of Hydrogeology (2017)




Member, American Geophysical Union (2012-present)

Member, Sediment Experimentalist Network (2015-present)


Department of Earth and Environmental Science / University of Pennsylvania, 251 Hayden Hall, 240 South 33rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6316