Henry Crawford

PhD Geological Sciences


I am a geomorphologist researching signals of climate change recorded in earth's landscapes. Specifically, I use sedimentary landforms to reconstruct the climatic history of the Central Andes and constrain the timing, extent, and intensity of atmospheric systems operating in the region. Investigating regional patterns of moisture transport over geologic timescales refines modes of natural variability in global climate dynamics and has important applications for and benchmarking existing climate models. My current project involves novel use of hyper-spectral satellite imagery and remote sensing technologies to derive age and paleoclimate history from earth surface landforms, at scale. 


  • PhD, Geological Science, University of British Columbia (2021 - current; Vancouver, BC)
  • Bachelor's of Science, Environmental Science, Minors: Biological Science, Photography, University of Denver (2018; Denver, CO)
  • Study Abroad, Environmental Science, University of Otago (2016, Dunedin, New Zealand)

Work Experience

  • Geomorphology Assistant, U.S. National Park Service Guest Scientist/AmeriCorps (2019 - 2020)
  • Coastal Hazards Specialist, U.S. National Park Service Guest Scientist/AmeriCorps (2018 - 2019)


  • Four Year Doctoral Fellowship (2022 - 2025)
  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award (2019)
  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award (2018)
  • Idaho Community Foundation Perce H. Shelton and Glados A. Pospisil Shelton Foundation Advised Fund (2017)
  • University of Denver PINS Summer Research Grant (2017)
  • Cherrington Global Scholar (2016)


Spence, D.W., Crawford, H., Scoates, J.S., Nott, J.A., Nixon, G.T., and Milidragovic, D., 2022. Mapping ultramafic cumulates at the Tulameen ultramafic-mafic Alaskan-type intrusion, south-central British Columbia, aided by remotely piloted aircraft system photogrammetry. In: Geological Fieldwork 2021, British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation, British Columbia Geological Survey Paper 2022-01, pp. 103-122. (PDF)

Conference Publications and Abstracts

Crawford, H. T., Bilderback, E. L., Stock, G. M., Wood, J. R., & Collins, B. D. (2020, December). Quantifying Historic Rock Fall on Coulterville Road, Yosemite National Park, using Field Observation and SfM Photogrammetry. In AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts (Vol. 2020, pp. NH027-0008).

Barling, N., Bilderback, E. L., Wood, J. R., & Crawford, H. T. (2020, December). Post Eruption Long Range Displacement Ground Deformation Monitoring of Large Rock Fractures at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. In AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts (Vol. 2020, pp. NH027-0005).

Beavers, R. L., Young, R. S., Peek, K. M., Tormey, B., Crawford, H. T., Schwadron, M., ... & West, J. (2020, February). Managing US National Park Service Resources on Barrier Islands in Action: Cape Lookout and Cape Hatteras National Seashores after Hurricane Dorian. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020. AGU.


Crawford, H., R. Beavers, J. Hungerford, and D. Kriebel. 2021. Yellowstone National Park and United States Naval Academy partnership: student designs for improved shoreline access at Lake Yellowstone Hotel. Intermountain Park Science 1(1) https://www.nps.gov/articles/000/yellowstone-national-park-united-sates-...

Undergraduate Research

Crawford, H., J. Poole, H. Hamann. Pinpointing Nutrient Loading: A study of Inflow Streams. 2017. Poster presented at: University of Denver Undergraduate Scholarship & Research Symposium; 2018 May 9; Denver, CO.