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Professor Matt Kondolf

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Mathias “Matt” Kondolf is Professor of Environmental Planning and former Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning and co-Director of Global Metropolitan Studies at Cal. He teaches hydrology, river restoration, environmental planning, and environmental science. Originally trained as a geologist and fluvial geomorphologist, Matt researches human-river interactions, including managing flood-prone lands, urban rivers, river restoration, and river-basin-scale impacts of dams and mining on downstream rivers and deltas. He advises governments and non-governmental organizations on sustainable management of rivers around the world, providing expert testimony before the US Congress, California legislature, California Water Resources Control Board, US Supreme Court, International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of Arbitration (the Hague), and in other fora. Matt enjoys time spent on rivers near and far. Matt’s dissertation (at Johns Hopkins) was on the gravels used by spawning salmon and trout, collecting most of his field data on rivers in Alaska, and he has returned there multiple times to backpack in Denali, fish the Kenai, and cruise the Aleutian Islands.

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