Dr. Joanna Crowe Curran

Senior Sedimentation Engineer and Fluvial Geomorphologist


Dr. Joanna Crowe Curran is a Senior Sedimentation Engineer and Fluvial Geomorphologist in the Hydrology, Hydraulics, and Coastal Engineering Branch of the Seattle District. Joanna is involved where USACE projects are adjacent to or in river systems, focusing on the implications for sediment transport, fluvial geomorphology, and river mechanics.

Prior to joining USACE, Dr. Curran worked in Seattle area private environmental consulting firms from 2015-2020, as a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Virginia from 2007-2015, and as a Professor at Texas State University from 2003-2007. While in academia, Joanna led research on the interaction between river flow, bedload transport, and emergent vegetation; sediment transport consequences associated with staged dam removal; implications of gravel bed river surface structure on incipient motion; and gravel bar characteristics in bedrock channels. Joanna has a BS from Johns Hopkins University in Environmental Science and Engineering, a MS from the University of Texas in Geological Sciences, and a PhD from Johns Hopkins University Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering where her research focused on mixed size sediment transport dynamics and steep channel bedform dynamics. Joanna is a registered Professional Engineer in Maryland and a Licensed Geologist in Washington State.

Dr. Joanna Crowe Curran


In 2023 USACE convened a workshop that brought together researchers and scientists to present and discuss the most recent scientific information av......
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Dr. Joanna Crowe Curran

Research Projects

This project will develop best practices guidance for incorporating beneficial vegetation on the riverside slopes of levees instead of traditional ......
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