Dr. Kristine Taniguchi-Quan

Kristine Taniguchi-Quan is a hydrologist who specializes in the impacts of urban development on river hydrology, sediment transport, and fluvial geomorphology. She received her B.S. in Environmental Science – Watershed Science in 2011 and M.S. in Geography in 2014 from San Diego State University (SDSU) and her Ph.D. in Geography from the joint doctoral program at SDSU and University of California, Santa Barbara in 2018. Taniguchi-Quan joined SCCWRP in 2018. Her current research focuses on developing and implementing a variety of watershed management tools to address effects from hydrologic alteration, including stormwater capture and wastewater reuse, on the ambient condition of streams and to develop ecohydrology targets designed to protect stream health.

Education

Ph.D., Department of Geography, San Diego State University / University of California, Santa Barbara, 2018

M.S., Department of Geography, San Diego State University, 2014

B.S., Environmental Science, Watershed Science, San Diego State University, 2011

Areas of Expertise

Kristine Taniguchi-Quan specializes in assessing and managing the hydrology in streams, watersheds, and coastal habitats. Her previous doctoral research with the USEPA and USDA focused on utilizing computational models to understand the impacts of land use changes and best management practices on hydrology, erosion, and sediment yield to downstream estuarine ecosystems. In addition, she has studied how unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and Structure-from-Motion (SfM) photogrammetry techniques can be used to characterize and monitor semi-arid stream systems. Her current research areas focus on hydro-geomorphic classification of streams in California for the California Environmental Flows Framework (CEFF) and development of ecohydrology targets designed to protect stream health.

Professional Experience

Scientist, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP), Costa Mesa, California. 2018-Present

Teaching Associate, San Diego State University, San Diego, California. 2014-2018

Graduate Research Assistant, San Diego State University, San Diego, California. 2012-2014

Laboratory Assistant - Biology, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP), Costa Mesa, California. 2013

Hydrological Research Fellow, Edna Bailey Sussman Foundation, San Diego, California. 2012

Hydrological GIS Intern, SDSU Research Foundation, San Diego, California. 2011

Education Intern, Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, California. 2009.

Honors and Awards

American Society for Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing (ASPRS) – Rising Star Award, 2018

American Society for Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Pacific Southwest Region – Geospatial Student Scholarship 2018

American Society for Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Pacific Southwest Region – Event Funding Award 2018

Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) Student Travel Grant – Sensor Network Bootcamp in an Urban Environment

California State University Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology (COAST) Graduate Student Research Award 2017

SDSU Inamori Fellowship 2016-2017

SDSU Graduate Student Association (GSA) Academic Achievement Award 2016

California State University Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology (COAST) Travel Award 2016

SDSU Vivian Finch Latin American Research Award, 2015

SDSU McFarland Geography Scholarship 2015

SDSU Student Research Symposium Library Research Excellence Award 2015

SDSU Teaching Associateship, 2014-2018

California State University Sally Casanova California Pre-Doctoral Scholar, 2013-2014

SDSU Graduate Assistantship, 2012-2014

Edna Bailey Sussman Foundation Graduate Summer Research Award 2012

SDSU Dean’s List Semester Honors, 2008-2011

Presentations

Taniguchi, K., T. Biggs, E. Langendoen, C. Castillo, N. Gudino, D. Liden, R. Bingner, and Y. Yuan. 2017. The application of 3-D Structure-from-Motion (SfM) techniques and CONCEPTS channel evolution model to simulate stream channel instability downstream of hardpoints in a rapidly urbanizing, semi-arid region of Tijuana, Mexico, American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, April 2017.

Taniguchi, K. and T. Biggs. 2017. Stream channel erosion in a rapidly urbanizing region of the USMexico Border: Documenting the importance of channel hardpoints with Structure-from-Motion, SDSU Student Research Symposium, San Diego, CA, March 2017..

Taniguchi, K., T. Biggs, N. Gudino, E. Langendoen, C. Castillo, R. Bingner, E. Taguas, D. Liden, and Y. Yuan. 2017. Los Laureles Canyon Sediment Modelling, Tijuana River Valley Recovery Team Meeting, San Diego, CA, January 2017.

Taniguchi, K. 2016. Sediment, trash, and crumbling rivers: My journey from San Diego to Tijuana, Mexico. SDSU Graduate Student Association (GSA) GradLife 101: Strategies for Success, San Diego, CA, November 2016.

Taniguchi, K., T. Biggs, E. Langendoen, C. Castillo, N. Gudino, Y. Yuan, and D. Liden. 2016. Channel erosion in a rapidly urbanizing region of Tijuana, Mexico: Enlargement downstream of channel hardpoints, European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, April 2016.

Taniguchi, K., T. Biggs, E. Langendoen, N. Gudino, Y. Yuan, and D. Liden. 2016. Channel stability and erosion in a rapidly urbanizing region of the US-Mexico Border: Importance of channel hardpoints, American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, March 2016.

Taniguchi, K., N. Gudino, T. Biggs, C. Castillo, E. Langendoen, R. Bingner, E. Taguas, D. Liden, and Y. Yuan. 2015. Hydrology and sediment budget of Los Laureles Canyon, Tijuana, MX: Modelling channel, gully, and rill erosion with 3D photo-reconstruction, CONCEPTS, and AnnAGNPS, European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, April 2015.

Taniguchi, K. and T. Biggs. 2015. Regional impacts of urbanization on stream channel geometry: Importance of watershed area and channel particle size, SDSU Student Research Symposium, San Diego, CA, March 2015. [Won Library Research Excellence Award]

Taniguchi, K. 2014. 3-D Photo-reconstruction and the use of a GoPro® to create point clouds and digital terrain models, American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) SDSU Student Chapter Technical Workshop, San Diego, CA, November 2014.

Taniguchi, K., T. Biggs, and C. Castillo. 2014. Sediment budgets and hydrology of Goat Canyon, Tijuana: Towards impact assessment and mitigation, Tijuana River Watershed Technical Workshop 2014, San Diego, CA, August 2014.

Taniguchi, K. and T. Biggs. 2013. Remote sensing for historical timeseries of change: A case study in Los Penasquitos Creek, San Diego, County of San Diego’s Technical Advisory Committee Meeting for the Hydromodification Management Plan (HMP), July 2013.

Taniguchi, K., J. Roashan, and L. Torre. 2013. Linking stream channels, water quality, and human health for a sustainable future, SDSU Sustainability Workshop, April 2013.

Taniguchi, K. and T. Biggs. 2013. Urbanization and stream channel erosion in San Diego County: The use of remote sensing to estimate stream channel geometry, SDSU Student Research Symposium, San Diego, CA, March 2013 (poster).

Journal Articles

Gudino, N., T. Biggs, R. Bingner, Y. Yuan, E. Taguas, E. Langendoen, K. Taniguchi, T. Kretzschmar, and D. Liden, 2018. Modeling ephemeral gully erosion from unpaved urban roads: Equifinality and implications for scenario analysis. Geosciences, 137(8). https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences8040137

Gudino, N., T. Biggs, R. Bingner, C. Castillo, E. Langendoen, K. Taniguchi, T. Kretzschmar, Y. Yuan, and D. Liden, 2018. Measuring Ephemeral Gully Erosion Rates and Topographical Thresholds in an Urban Watershed Using Unmanned Aerial Systems and Structure from Motion Photogrammetric Techniques. Land Degradation & Development, 1–10. https://doi.org/10.1002/ldr.2976

Taniguchi, K., T. Biggs, E. Langendoen, C. Castillo, N. Gudino, Y. Yuan, and D. Liden, 2018. Stream channel erosion in a rapidly urbanizing region of the US-Mexico Border: Documenting the importance of channel hardpoints with Structure-from-Motion photogrammetry, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms (ESPL), 43: 1465-1477. doi: 10.1002/esp.4331

Taniguchi, K. and T. Biggs, 2015. Regional impacts of urbanization on stream channel geometry: A case study in semiarid southern California, Geomorphology, 248, 228–236.

Technical Reports

Biggs, T., K. Taniguchi, N. Gudino, Y. Yuan, R. Bingner, E. Langendoen, and D. Liden, 2018. Field measurements to support sediment and hydrological modeling in Los Laureles Canyon (EPA/600/X-18/0XX). Washington, DC.

Taniguchi, K. and T. Biggs, 2013. Remote sensing for historical time series of channel form in San Diego County. Technical report for the San Diego Hydromodification Management Plan (HMP), County of San Diego, July, 2013.

Taniguchi, K. and T. Biggs, 2013. Remote sensing for channel geometry characterization in San Diego County. Technical report for the San Diego Hydromodification Management Plan (HMP), County of San Diego, July, 2013.

Taniguchi, K. and T. Biggs, 2013. Regional assessment of channel modification due to urbanization in San Diego County, Technical report for the San Diego Hydromodification Management Plan (HMP), County of San Diego, October, 2013.