Michael Turzewski

Resident Assistant Professor of Geosciences

Office Location: Rieke Science Center - 142

Office Hours: (On Campus) M W F: 10:30 am - 11:30 am (On Campus) Mon - Fri: By Appointment

Curriculum Vitae: View my CV

  • Professional


  • Ph.D, Geology, University of Washington, 2019
  • B.S., Earth Sciences & Statistics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2010

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Sedimentology
  • Geomorphology

Selected Presentations

  • Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting, The Geomorphic impact of outburst floods: integrating field observations and numerical simulations of an extreme flood event, eastern Himalaya (2016)
  • Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System (CSDMS) Meeting, Reconciling geomorphic observations with simulations of a modern landslide-dam outburst flood using GeoClaw software, eastern Himalaya (2016)
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, Megaflood erosion of the Tsangpo Gorge constrained by hydraulic modeling, geochronology, and geochemical fingerprinting (2014)
  • American Quaternary Association (AMQUA) Meeting, Quaternary megaflood chronology from luminescence and radiocarbon dating of flood sands, eastern Himalaya (2014)

Selected Articles

  • Turzewski, M.D., Huntington, K.W., Licht, A., and Lang, K.A. "Provenance and erosional impact of Quaternary megafloods through the Yarlung-Tsangpo Gorge from zircon U-Pb geochronology of flood deposits, eastern Himalaya." Earth and Planetary Science Letters Vol. 535, April 2020:
  • Turzewski, M.D., Huntington, K.W., and LeVeque, R.J. "The geomorphic impact of outburst floods: Integrating observations and numerical simulations of the 2000 Yigong flood, eastern Himalaya." Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface Vol. 124, April 2019:


  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention 2014
  • UW Dept. of Earth and Space Sciences, Stephens Graduate Support Fund Research Award 2013
  • Top Scholar Research Assistantship 2012