Nicole M. Gasparini

Associate Professor

School of Science & Engineering
Nicole M. Gasparini


Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Room 211 Blessey Hall
New Orleans, LA 70118

Courses Taught

EENS 1110 – Physical Geology

EENS 2090 – Surface Water Hydrology

EENS 3170 – Geomorphology

EENS 4060 – Tectonic Geomorphology (with Dr. Dawers)

EENS 6060 – Tectonic Geomorphology (with Dr. Dawers)

EENS 6170 – Geomorphology

EENS 7010 – Techniques in Geoscience Writing

EENS 7100 – EENS Seminar

Education & Affiliations

Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003
SM, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998
B.S., B.A., University at Buffalo, State University of New York, 1995


Dr. Gasparini's research interests include Fluvial geomorphology; Tectonic geomorphology; Evolution of alluvial and bedrock river networks; Landscape evolution modeling and numerical model development; Interactions among climate, tectonics, and erosion; Effects of climate change on landscape evolution; Sediment production and transport of sediment from hillslopes to rivers to depositional systems; Human influences on landscape evolution.

Recent Publications

(* = student; ^ = post-doc)

*Adams, J.M., Gasparini, N.M., ^Hobley, D.E.J., Tucker, G.E., Hutton, E.W.H., *Siddhartha Nudurupati, S. and Istanbulluoglu, E., 2017, The Landlab OverlandFlow component: a Python library for computing shallow-water flow across watersheds, Geoscientific Model Development (GMD), doi:10.5194/gmd-10-1645-2017

Whipple, K.X., Forte, A., DiBiase, R.A., Gasparini, N.M. and Ouimet, W., 2017, Timescales of landscape response to divide migration and drainage capture: Implications for the role of divide mobility in landscape evolution, accepted at JGR Earth Surface.

^Hobley, D.E.J., *Adams, J.M., *Siddhartha Nudurupati, S. Huttong, E.W.H., Gasparini, N.M., Istanbulluoglu, E., Tucker, G.E., 2017, Creative computing with Landlab: an open-source toolkit for building, coupling, and exploring two-dimensional numerical models of Earth-surface dynamics, ESurf, doi:10.5194esurf-5-21-2017.

Murphy, B. P, Johnson, J. P. L., Gasparini, N. M., and Sklar, L. S., 2016, A mechanism for the climatic control of bedrock river incision, Nature, doi: 10.1038/nature17449.

Murray, A.B., Gasparini, N.M., Goldstein, E.B., and van der Wegen, M., 2016, Uncertainty quantification in modeling earth surface processes: more applicable for some types of models than for others, Computers and Geosciences, doi:10.1016/j.cageo.2016.02.008.

Shen, Z., Dawers, N. H., Tornqvist, T. E., Gasparini, N. M., Hijma, M. P., and Mauz, B., 2016, Mechanisms of late Quaternary fault throw-rate variability along the North-central Gulf of Mexico coast: Implications for coastal subsidence, Basin Research, doi: 10.1111/bre.12184.

Tucker, G.E., Hobley, D.E.J., Hutton, E, Gasparini, N.M., Istanbulluoglu, E., *Adams, J.M. and *Nudurupati, S.S., 2016, CellLab-CTS 2015: A Python library for continuous-time stochastic cellular automaton modeling using Landlab, Geoscientific Model Development, doi:10.5194/gmd-9-823-2016.

Gasparini, N.M, Fischer, G.C., Adams, J.M., Dawers, N.H. and Janoff, A.M., 2015, Morphological signatures of normal faulting in low-gradient alluvial rivers in Southeastern Louisiana, USA. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, doi: 10.1002/esp.3852

Han, J., Gasparini, N.M. and Johnson, J.P.L., 2015, Measuring the imprint of orographic rainfall gradients on the morphology of steady‐state numerical fluvial landscapes." Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, doi: 10.1002/esp.3723.

Adams, J.M., Nudurupati, S.S., Gasparini, N.M., Hobley, D.E.J., Hutton, E.W.H, Tucker, G.E., and Istanbulluoglu, E., 2014, Landlab: Sustainable Software Development in Practice, reviewed conference paper in the 2nd Workshop on Sustainable Software for Science: Practice and Experiences (WSSSPE2), 16 Nov. 2014,

Gasparini, N.M., and Whipple, K.X., 2014, Diagnosing climatic and tectonic controls on topography: Eastern flank of the northern Bolivian Andes. Lithosphere, doi: 10.1130/L322.1.

Whipple, K.X., & Gasparini, N.M., 2014, Tectonic control of topography, rainfall patterns, and erosion during rapid post–12 Ma uplift of the Bolivian Andes. Lithosphere, doi:10.1130/L325.1.

Han, J., Gasparini, N.M., Johnson, J.P.L., & Murphy, B.P., 2014, Modeling the influence of rainfall gradients on discharge, bedrock erodibility, and river profile evolution, with application to the Big Island, Hawai'i. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, doi: 10.1002/2013JF00296.

Giachetta, E., Caplongo, D., Refice, A., Gasparini, N.M., and Pazzaglia, F.J., 2014, Orogen-scale drainage network evolution and response to climate change: insights from numerical experiments, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, doi: 10.1002/esp.3579

Willenbring, J.K., Gasparini, N.M., Crosby, B.T., and Brocard, G., 2013, What does a mean mean? The temporal evolution of detrital cosmogenic denudation rates in a transient landscape, Geology, doi:10.1130/G34746.1.

Menking, J.A., Han, J., Gasparini, N.M. and Johnson, J.P.L., 2013, The effects of orographic precipitation gradients on river profile evolution on the Big Island of Hawai’i, GSA Bulletin, doi:10.1130/B30625.1