Dr. Kristine Taniguchi-Quan
Dr. Kris Taniguchi-Quan is a hydrologist/geomorphologist who specializes in assessing and managing the hydrology of streams and coastal habitats. Her research focuses on developing a variety of management tools and models to understand how future changes in climate, land use, and management practices may impact the hydrology and physical habitat condition of rivers and to establish ecohydrology targets designed to protect stream health. She serves on the California Environmental Flows technical team to develop the statewide California Environmental Flows Framework (CEFF) and is implementing CEFF through a variety of southern California applications focused on stormwater capture, wastewater reuse, and dry-season diversions. In addition, she is exploring how new technologies, including unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and remote sensing techniques, can be used to rapidly assess and monitor the physical habitat condition of streams and serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Pacific Southwest Region of the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.
She received her B.S. in environmental science - watershed science in 2011, her 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. She joined SCCWRP in 2018.
Ph.D., geography, San Diego State University / University of California, Santa Barbara, 2018.
M.S., geography, San Diego State University, 2014.
B.S., environmental Science, watershed Science, San Diego State University, 2011.
Scientist, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP), Costa Mesa, CA. 2018-present.
Teaching Associate, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA. 2014-2018.
Graduate Research Assistant, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA. 2012-2014.
Laboratory Assistant, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP), Costa Mesa, CA. 2013.
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.
Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) Student Travel Grant – Sensor Network Bootcamp in an Urban Environment, 2017.
California State University Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology (COAST) Graduate Student Research Award, 2017.
SDSU Inamori Fellowship, 2016-2017.
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.
Selected Presentations and Conference Proceedings
Taniguchi-Quan, K.T., K. Irving, E. Stein, R. Wildman, A. Poresky, A. Aprahamian, C. Rivers, G. Sharp. 2021. Evaluating Hydrologic Alteration using a Functional Flows Approach. Society of Freshwater Science Annual Meeting (virtual).
Taniguchi-Quan, K.T., R. Wildman, A. Aprahamian, K. Irving, E. Stein, A. Poresky, C. Rivers, G. Sharp. 2021. The South Orange County Flow Ecology Study: Flow Ecology Approach for Watershed Prioritization. California Stormwater Quality Association 2021 Conference (virtual).
Taniguchi-Quan, K.T. 2021. Vulnerability of Streams to Hydrologic Alteration across San Diego Region. San Diego Monitoring & Management Coordination Meeting (virtual).
Taniguchi-Quan, K.T., E. Stein. 2021. Characterizing Environmental Flows Using a Functional Flows Approach. Australian Commonwealth Environmental Water Office Flow-Mer Webinar Series (virtual).
Taniguchi-Quan, K.T. 2020. South Orange County Environmental Flows Study: A California Environmental Flows Framework (CEFF) Case Study. California Water Quality Monitoring Council - Environmental Flows Workgroup Meeting (virtual).
Taniguchi-Quan, K.T., E. Stein, S. Yarnell, J. Zimmerman, S. Sandoval Solis, B. Lane, J. Howard, T. E. Grantham, A. Obester, R. Lusardi. 2019. A coordinated approach for developing statewide environmental flow regulations in California. American Fisheries Society and The Wildlife Society Joint Annual Conference. Reno, NV.
Taniguchi-Quan, K.T. California Environmental Flows Framework: Striking the balance between ecological and human water uses. 2019. SDSU Geography Department Colloquium Seminar. San Diego, CA.
Taniguchi-Quan, K.T., S. Maguire, E.D. Stein. 2019. Establishing environmental flows for the Los Angeles River. Upper Los Angeles River and Tributaries (ULART) Working Group. Los Angeles, CA.
Taniguchi, K.T., 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.
Taniguchi, K.T., 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.
Taniguchi, K.T., 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 (virtual). Vienna, Austria.
Taniguchi, K.T., 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. [Won Library Research Excellence Award]
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.