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Carlos Ramos-Scharron

  • Research Fellow
  • Department of Geography and the Environment, University of Texas-Austin
  • 10PublicationsNumber of items in Carlos's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 1Followers


My major interests are in the field of Hydro-geomorphology, or the study of the interactions among landforms, land-shaping processes, and both surface and near-surface hydrologic processes. Even though skeptics still question the role of humans in affecting our planet’s climatic patterns, there is no doubt that humans are a dominant geomorphic agent and that our actions result in drastic changes to hydrologic and biogeochemical cycles. Most of my work has had a strong environmental component by addressing the effects of anthropogenic alterations to the landscape on hydrologic and geomorphic processes, and their often detrimental effects on downstream aquatic habitats (e.g., salmon spawning gravels and coral reefs). My research interests also include understanding the linkages between geomorphic processes and biogeochemical cycles. He is currently working studying the role of mass wasting activity (i.e., landslides) in the carbon cycle of tropical montane environments. Little work has been done on this subject and his research tries to elucidate the basic question of whether landslide and associated debris flow activity accelerates the exportation of carbon from terrestrial systems or decelerates output rates by inducing net storage of carbon within depositional environments with residence times in the order of 1,000’s of years. The findings of this study could have important implications in the quantification and management of terrestrial carbon pools. My study areas have included the humid forests of the Pacific Northwest coast of the U.S., and both dry and wet tropical forests of the Eastern Caribbean and Central America.

Recent publications

  • Maho Bay road erosion reduction project, St. John, US Virgin Islands

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  • QUANTIFICATION OF STREAM CHANNEL MORPHOLOGICAL FEATURES : Recommended Procedures For Use In Watershed AnaLysis And TFW Ambient Monitorin

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Professional experience

Research Fellow

Department of Geography and the Environment, University of Texas-Austin

August 2006 - Present

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Department of Biology, University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras

August 2006 - Present

Senior Scientist

Island Resources Foundation

August 2003 - Present



Department of Geosciences, Colorado State University

August 1997 - May 2003(6 years)

Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of California-Berkeley

August 1993 - May 1995(2 years)

BS, Geology

Universidad de Puerto Rico Mayagüez

August 1988 - May 1993(5 years)

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