Eitan Shelef

Assistant Professor


Eitan Shelef
310 SRCC
4107 O'Hara Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260



Dr. Shelef received a Ph.D from Stanford University in 2014 with an emphasis on geomorphology and tectonics. He was a Post-Doctoral Scholar at Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2014-2015 before joining the department in 2015. 

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Our group studies the multi-scale interactions between geomorphology, climate, hydrology, and tectonics using a combination of field methods, process-based models, topographic analysis, and geospatial statistics. Research projects typically start with field observations, air photos, and topographic data that inspire hypotheses. We then use numerical and analytical models to quantitatively explore these hypotheses, and apply field-work-based, topographic, and statistical analyses to test model consistency with natural processes and forms. Current research activities focus on linking climate-change with hillslope and riverine processes in Arctic regions, modeling of landscape evolution by various types of erosive processes, and deciphering environmental information from the geometry of channel networks.

Research Areas

Eizenhöfer, P.,  McQuarrie, N., Shelef, E., Ehlers, Todd., 2019, Fluvial Responses to Horizontal Displacement in Convergent Orogens over Geologic Time Scales. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth surface.

Harel, E., Goren, L., Shelef, E., Ginat, H., 2019. Drainage reversal toward cliffs induced by lateral lithologic differences. Geology.

Shelef, E., 2018, Channel prole and plan-view controls on the aspect-ratio of river basins. Geophysical Research Letters, 45 (21)

Shelef, E., Haviv, I., Goren, L., 2018, A potential link between waterfall recession rate and bedrock channel concavity, Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth surface.

Shelef, E., Rowland J. C., Wilson, C. J., Hilley, G. E., Mishra, U., Altmann, G. L., & Ping, C. L., 2017, Large uncertainty in permafrost carbon stocks due to hillslope soil deposits. Geophysical Research Letters, 44, 6134-6144.

Rowland, J.C., Shelef, E., Gangodagamage, C., Pope, P.A., Brumby, S.P., Wilson, C.J., 2016, A morphology independent methodology for quantifying river planform change and character- istics from remotely sensed imagery, Remote Sensing of Environment, 184, 212-228.

Shelef, E., Hilley, G., 2016, Unified framework for modeling landscape evolution by discrete flows, Journal of Geophysical Research, 121(5), 816-842. 

Shelef, E., Lomask, J., Fildani, A., 2015, Method and systems for automatic detection and characterization of channel systems. U.S. Patent #8983114, filed by Chevron’s Energy Tech- nology Company.

Moon, S., Shelef, E., Hilley, G., 2015, Recent topographic evolution and erosion of the deglaciated Washington Cascades inferred from a stochastic landscape evolution model, Jour- nal of Geophysical Research, 120(5), 856-876. 

Shelef, E., Hilley, G., 2014, Symmetry, randomness, and process in the structure of branched channel networks, Geophysical Research Letters, 41, 3485-3493.

Shelef, E., Hilley, G., 2013, Impact of flow-routing on Catchment Area Calculations, Slope Estimates, and Numerical Simulations, Journal of Geophysical Research, 118(4), 2105-2123.

Covault, J., Shelef, E., Traer, M., Hubbard, S.M., Romans. B.W., Fildani, A., 2012, Article: Deep-Water Channel Run-Out Length: Insights from Seafloor Geomorphology. Journal of Sedimentary Research, 82 (1), 25-40.

Shelef, E., Oskin, M., 2010, Deformation processes adjacent to active faults: Examples from eastern california, Journal of Geophysical Research, 115(B5) , 5308-5332. 

Oskin, M., Perg, L., Shelef, E., Strane, M., Gurney, E., Singer, B., Zhang, X., 2008, Elevated shear zone loading rate during an earthquake cluster in eastern california, Geology, 36 (6), 507-510.