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Scott McCoy, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

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Scott Mccoy

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  • Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder, Geological Sciences (2012)
  • B.S., cum laude, University of Washington, Seattle, Geology (2005)
  • B.A., cum laude, University of Washington, Seattle, Business Administration (2005)

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (7/2012-present)
I am currently developing a computational landscape evolution model to explore mechanistically
how drainage networks evolve, as well as the manner in which changes in climate, tectonics, and
land-use can incite large-scale reorganization of established networks through stream capture.

Graduate Student, University of Colorado (2006-7/2012)
At CU I acquired the skills needed to formulate and test mechanistic hypotheses about surface
processes that transport mass and shape the surface of the earth. Beyond standard quantitative
methods, these skills include: field mapping and surveying; development and use of novel
environmental sensor networks; programming low-power data loggers; cosmogenic radionuclide
systematics; digital elevation data analysis at scales from 30 m to 2 cm; continuum mechanics;
fluid mechanics; scientific programing in Fortran, C, C++, Matlab, and Python; finite element and
finite volume techniques for continuum computation; discrete element/molecular dynamics
modeling for discrete computation; and bench-top lab experimentation.

Research Assistant, University of Washington (2004-2005)
I worked on many aspects of a continuum based, two-fluids hydrodynamic model for multi-phase
flows and granular avalanches. I focused on the constitutive relations for dense granular flows,
boundary conditions, and 'equations of state', in attempt to increase the accuracy of predicted
deposit extent and geometry for granular flows. I also developed a graphical user interface to
make visualizing model output more efficient and accessible to other researchers and students.

Volunteer Research Assistant, U.S. Geological Survey (short field season summer 2004)
Assisted USGS team in running large-scale debris-flow experiments at the USGS Debris Flow
Flume, Oregon and ran soil mechanics tests to determine soil properties.

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