We must begin thinking like a river if we are to leave a legacy of beauty and life for future generations
-David Brower

Hello, my name is Daniel J. Brogan. I grew up in rural Wisconsin and spent most of my youth exploring the outdoors. In 2011 I completed a B.S. degree in Physics and Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse and Madison, respectively. That summer I had the honor of working with Inter-Fluve Inc. as a hydraulic engineer intern, which intrigued me to continue my education. The following year I began graduate school at Colorado State University (CSU) and in 2014 I completed my M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering [Thesis]. Continuing my research in the Hydraulic Engineering, Stream Restoration, and River Mechanics program at CSU, I defended my PhD in fall 2018. My particular interests emphasize the impacts of land disturbance (e.g. wildfire, floods, dam removal, clear-cutting, and urbanization) on rivers and rely on concepts in fluvial geomorphology, sediment transport, hydraulics, and hydrology. My dissertation was titled Spatial and temporal channel changes across the watershed scale following wildfire and floods. For more information about my research, please view my Research page. For a link to my full CV, please click here.

While away from research I spend time backcountry and alpine skiing, hiking and mountaineering, whitewater kayaking and rafting, taking photographs, mountain biking, rock climbing, fishing, and hunting.

Please do not hesitate to contact me; I am always excited to talk about my research!


Daniel J Brogan

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, 2018
Hydraulic Engineering, Stream Restoration, and River Mechanics
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO


Phone (mobile):
(608) 547-2226