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Professor Matt Kondolf

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Mathias “Matt” Kondolf is Professor of Environmental Planning and Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning 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 has worked with Japanese colleagues based in Kyoto on river management issues, drawing upon innovative approaches used in Japan to increase reservoir and river sustainability, and to restore river health globally.

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