Jeffrey F. Mount

Jeffrey Mount in a kayak. 2024.

Position Title

  • Geology

Jeffrey Mount is professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of Geology and the founding director of the Center for Watershed Sciences.

He currently is a senior fellow with the Public Policy Institute in California.

Mount held the Roy Shlemon Chair in Applied Geosciences, co-held the Presidents Chair in Undergraduate Education with Peter Moyle, and received the 2005 Distinguished Scholarly Public Research Award for his contributions on issues of public concern such as flood risk, watershed management and river restoration.

Mount has served as chair of the CALFED Independent Science Board and as a member of California State Reclamation Board.

He authored of "California Rivers and Streams: The Conflict Between Fluvial Process and Land Use" (UC Press).

Mount's research and teaching interests include fluvial geomorphology, river ecology and water resource management.

At UC Davis, he directed research projects on restoring salmonids in North Coast streams, restoring lowland floodplains and mountain meadows, managing Sierra hydropower systems in response to climate change, and alternative futures for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

He also co-taught Ecogeomorphology with Peter Moyle. This capstone undergraduate course provides field-based, interdisciplinary training in river and stream management.

Research Interests & Expertise
  • Geology
  • Fluvial Geomorphology
  • River Ecology
  • Water Resources Management