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Alexander Handwerger

My research is directed towards understanding the environmental controls on landslide motion. To better constrain the mechanisms that control landslide motion, I use satellite and airborne synthetic aperture radar interferometry (InSAR) and pixel offset tracking with SAR and optical imagery to quantify the kinematics of multiple landslides.

  • PhD, Geological Sciences, University of Oregon (2015)
  • BA, Earth Sciences, Boston University (2008)

Research Interests

Landslides, Process Geomorphology, Landscape Evolution, Remote Sensing (InSAR and lidar), Groundwater hydrology, Gas hydrates and Submarine Landslides.

Professional Experience
  • NASA Postdoctoral Fellow, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2016-)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Oregon (2015)
  • Graduate Teaching Fellow, University of Oregon (2009–2015)

Selected Awards
  • NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowship (2016)
  • Johnston Scholarship Travel Grant, University of Oregon Department of Geological Sciences, (2011, 2013, 2014 )

Selected Publications
  1. Handwerger, A. L., Rempel, A. W., Skarbek, R. M., Roering, J. J., & Hilley, G. E. (2016). Rate-weakening friction characterizes both slow sliding and catastrophic failure of landslides. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(37), 10281-10286.
  2. Bennett, G. L., Roering, J. J., Mackey, B. H., Handwerger, A. L., Schmidt, D. A., & Guillod, B. P. (2016). Historic drought puts the brakes on earthflows in Northern California, Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, 5725–5731, doi:10.1002/2016GL068378.
  3. Handwerger, A. L., Roering, J. J., Schmidt, D. A., and Rempel, A. W. (2015). Kinematics of Earth- flows in the Northern California Coast Ranges using Satellite Interferometry. Geomorphology. 246, 321-333.
  4. Roering, J. J., Mackey, B. H., Handwerger, A. L., Booth, A. M., Schmidt, D. A., Bennett, G. L., and Cerovski-Darriau, C. (2015). Beyond the angle of repose: A review and synthesis of landslide processes in response to rapid uplift, Eel River, Northern California. Geomorphology, 236, 109-131.
  5. Handwerger, A. L., Roering, J. J., and Schmidt, D. A. (2013). Controls on the seasonal deformation of slow-moving landslides. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 377, 239-247.
  6. Roering, J. J., Mackey, B. H., Marshall, J. A., Sweeney, K. E., Deligne, N. I., Booth, A. M., Handwerger, A. L., and Cerovski-Darriau, C. (2013). ’You are HERE’: Connecting the dots with airborne lidar for geomorphic fieldwork. Geomorphology, 200, 172-183.

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