Joe Wagenbrenner

Joseph Wagenbrenner


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School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Assistant Professor

Forest Hydrology

  • Ph.D., Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Washington State University
  • M.S., Watershed Science, Colorado State University
  • B.ME, Georgia Institute of Technology

Applied watershed hydrology

Most of my research has focused on quantifying the effects of wildfire on runoff and erosion and measuring how well we can mitigate these effects. I am also interested in erosion and sediment transport in unburned landscapes. Understanding the impacts of land or forest disturbance on hydrologic processes at the scales of hillslopes and watersheds will allow us to better predict and manage the potential changes in aquatic environments.


  • Forest hydrology
  • Effects of wildfire on hydrologic processes
  • Erosion and sediment transport
  • Land use/disturbance hydrology
  • Mitigation of post-fire runoff and erosion
  • Effects of post-fire management

Recent Publications

  • Wagenbrenner, J.W., L.H. MacDonald, R.N. Coats, P.R. Robichaud, and R.E. Brown. 2015. Effects of post-fire salvage logging and a skid trail treatment on ground cover, soils, and sediment production in the interior western United States. Forest Ecology and Management, 335: 176–193. DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2014.09.016. Read More
  • Wagenbrenner, J.W., and P.R. Robichaud. 2014. Post-fire bedload sediment delivery across spatial scales in the interior western United States. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 39: 865–876. DOI: 10.1002/esp.3488 Read More
  • Robichaud, P.R., S.A. Lewis, J.W. Wagenbrenner, L.E. Ashmun, and R.E. Brown. 2013. Post-fire mulching for runoff and erosion mitigation, Part I: Effectiveness at reducing hillslope erosion rates. Catena, 105:79-92 DOI: 10.1016/j.catena.2012.11.015 Read More
  • Robichaud, P.R., J.W. Wagenbrenner, S.A. Lewis, L.E. Ashmun, R.E. Brown, and P.M. Wohlgemuth. 2013. Post-fire mulching for runoff and erosion mitigation Part II: Effectiveness in reducing runoff and sediment yields from small catchments. Catena,105: 93-111 DOI: 10.1016/j.catena.2012.11.016 Read More
  • Robichaud, P.R., J.W. Wagenbrenner, and R.E. Brown. 2010. Rill erosion in natural and disturbed forests, part I: Measurements. Water Resources Research 46, W10506, DOI:10.1029/2009WR008314 Read More
  • Wagenbrenner, J.W., P.R. Robichaud, and W.J. Elliot. 2010. Rill erosion in natural and disturbed forests, part II: Modeling. Water Resources Research 46, W10507, DOI:10.1029/2009WR008315 Read More
  • Robichaud, P.R., J.W. Wagenbrenner, R.E. Brown, P.M. Wohlgemuth, and J.L. Beyers. 2008. Evaluating the effectiveness of contour-felled log erosion barriers as a post-fire runoff and erosion mitigation treatment in the western United States. International J. of Wildland Fire 17: 255–273 Read More
  • Robichaud, P.R., F.B. Pierson, R.E. Brown, and J.W. Wagenbrenner. 2008. Measuring effectiveness of three postfire hillslope erosion barrier treatments, western Montana, USA. Hydrological Processes 22: 159–170 Read More
  • Robichaud, P.R., T.R. Lillybridge, and J.W. Wagenbrenner. 2006. Effects of postfire seeding and fertilization on hillslope erosion in north-central Washington, USA. Catena 67: 56–67 Read More
  • Wagenbrenner, J.W., L.H. MacDonald, and D. Rough. 2006. Effectiveness of three post-fire rehabilitation treatments in the Colorado Front Range. Hydrological Processes 20: 2989–3006 Read More

Recent Funding

  • 2013 Future of Black Ash Wetlands, US Forest Service, $112,160
  • 2013 Hillslope Sediment Production and Runoff Rates in Disturbed and Undisturbed Mixed Hardwood Forests in Northern Michigan, USDA McIntire-Stennis Program, $14,000
  • 2013 Research-grade Weather Station at Ford Center and Research Forest, Michigan Tech C2E2 fund, $3,000
  • 2014 Effects of Erosion Mitigation Treatments and Post-fire Salvage Logging on Hillslope Erosion, US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, $80,004
  • 2014 Future of Black Ash Wetlands, US Forest Service, Northern Research Station, $122,500


  • Land Use Hydrology (Colorado State University)
  • Watershed Measurements (Colorado State University)
  • Watershed Practicum (Colorado State University)
  • Forest Hydrology (FW 4370)
  • Introduction to Wildland Fire (FW 4300)
  • Integrated Resource Assessment (FW 4810) watershed analysis advisor