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Chris  Surfleet

Dr. Chris Surfleet   (Forestry Sciences Graduate Coordinator)

Phone: (805) 756-2743
Office: 180-518
csurflee@calpoly.edu
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Areas of Focus

- Hydrologic Change due to Land Management

- Water Quality

- Watershed Assessment and Monitoring

- Hydrologic modeling

- Hydrologic Effects due to Climate Change

About Dr. Chris Surfleet

Dr. Chris Surfleet is a Cal Poly graduate in Forestry and Natural Resources, with a Master of Science and PhD in Forest Hydrology from Oregon State University. He has considerable experience in watershed management and research. His career as a hydrologist has spanned academic, research, private land management, and federal forest land management. His research has emphasized the hydrologic, soil erosion, and water quality effects of land management activities as well as hydrologic responses to climate change.

Currently Dr. Surfleet and Cal Poly students are studying the hydrologic response of meadow restoration, the influences of groundwater hydrology on streamflow, and hydrologic and sediment effects from forest practices through hydrologic modelling. 

Teaching Quality Rating1 Teaching quality rating

Student comments about the teacher:

Dr. Surfleet is very helpful and engaging.  He consistently tries to involve the class with activities from lecture material that are generally helpful.  For a newly structured class, he did a wonderful job teaching it.

Dr. Surfleet has fun and interesting activities.  This was the first time in my 5 years of collegiate studies that I have been asked to make a movie. And not just any video, but one that directly pertains to my research work.  This was one of the most fun projects I have had the pleasure of working on and I am very grateful that Dr. Surfleet was involved in this class for that reason.  I also learned a lot about the publishing world and about my own personality type. He has interesting and beneficial assignments, not just fluff work, which benefits me as a grad student.

Dr. Surfleet is an all-around good guy. I can tell he genuinely likes his job and cares about the students he teaches.

He has the student's general interests at heart and is very understanding and willing to understand our points of views. He has helpful assignments and even more helpful feedback.  He really encourages me as a student, rather than put me down as I have seen other teachers do. This kind of teaching makes me want to go on and pursue a PhD- that's one of the greatest gifts a teacher could give their students.

Professor Surfleet is an awesome teacher and he really knows what he is talking about ! He is an inspirational professor and really allows his students to enjoy the work we do in class.


1 Teaching quality rating is based on student teaching evaluations completed by Cal Poly students. A cumulative grand average for all courses taught over the last two years is calculated from responses to the student evaluation question, "Overall, this instructor was educationally effective" that ranges on a scale from 1=Strongly disagree to 5=Strongly agree.

Avg. Score Rating
4.5+A+
4.0 to 4.5A
3.5 to 4.0B
3.0 to 3.5C
Below 3.0D

Selected Publications

Van Oosbree, G, C. Surfleet, and J.Jasbinsek. In review. Hydrology of a dry meadow encroached by conifers. Submitted to Forest Science, Sept. 18, 2016.

Louen, J. and C. Surfleet. In review. Hydrologic influences on stream temperatures in Little Creek and Scotts Creek, Santa Cruz County, California. Submitted Sept. 13, 2016. Gen. Tech. Rep. . Eureka, CA.: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Mateus, Cristina, Desiree D. Tullos, and Christopher G. Surfleet, 2014. Hydrologic Sensitivity to Climate and Land Use Changes in the Santiam River Basin, Oregon. Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) 1-21. DOI: 10.1111/jawr.12256

Surfleet, C., Dieterrick, D., and A. Skaugset 2014. Change detection of storm runoff and sediment yield using hydrologic models following wildfire. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 44:572-581 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjfr-2013-0328

Surfleet, C., and A. Skaugset. 2013. The effect of timber harvest on summer low flows: Hinkle Creek, Oregon. West. J. Appl. For. 28(1), pp 13-21. http://dx.doi.org/10.5849/wjaf.11-038

Surfleet, C.G., Tullos, D. 2012. Variability in effect of Climate Change on Rain-on-Snow Peak Flow Events in a Temperate Climate, Journal of Hydrology, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2012.11.021

Surfleet, C., A. Skaugset, and B. Dietterick. 2012. An Approach to Study the Effect of Harvest and Wildfire on Watershed Hydrology and Sediment Yield in a Coast Redwood Forest. In: Standiford, Richard B.; Weller, Theodore J.; Piirto, Douglas D.; Stuart, John D, technical coordinators. Proceedings of coast redwood forests in a changing California: A symposium for scientists and managers. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-238. Albany, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. 675 p.

Skaugset, A., Surfleet, C., Dietterick B. and A. Simmons. 2011. The Effect of Selective Harvest on Watershed Hydrology and Sediment Yield in a Coast Redwood Forest. In: Standiford, Richard B.; Weller, Theodore J.; Piirto, Douglas D.; Stuart, John D, technical coordinators. Proceedings of coast redwood forests in a changing California: A symposium for scientists and managers. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-238. Albany, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. 675 p.

Surfleet, C., and D. Tullos. 2012. Uncertainty assessment of hydrologic response to climate change for the Santiam River, Oregon. Hydrologic Processes, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.9485, 16 p.

Surfleet, C., Tullos, D., Chang,H., and I. Jung. 2012. Rainfall runoff modeling efforts for climate change assessment and decision making in the Pacific Northwest. J. Hydrol. 464-465, 233-248.

Skaugset, A., C. Surfleet, and J. Amann. 2011. Evaluation of erosion models for predicting forest road erosion. Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2203, Vol. 1, 3-12.

Surfleet, C., A. Skaugset, and M. Meadows. 2011. Road runoff and sediment sampling for determining road sediment yield at the watershed scale. Can. J. For. Res. 41(10):, 1970-1980

Surfleet, C., A. Skaugset, and J. McDonnell. 2010. Uncertainty assessment of forest road modeling using the distributive hydrology soil vegetation model (DHSVM). Can. J. For. Res. 40: 13971409.

Beschta, R.L., M. Pyles, A. Skaugset, and C. Surfleet. 2000. Peak flow responses to forest practices in the western cascades of Oregon, USA. Journal of Hydrology 233:102-120.

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