University of Idaho - I Banner
A student works at a computer


U of I's web-based retention and advising tool provides an efficient way to guide and support students on their road to graduation. Login to VandalStar.

Peter Goodwin, Ph.D., P.E.

Peter Goodwin, Ph.D., P.E.

Director, Center for Ecohydraulics Research (CER); Director, Idaho EPSCoR/IDeA; DeVlieg Presidential Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering


Center for Ecohydraulics Research



Mailing Address

Center for Ecohydraulics Research
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
University of Idaho
322 E. Front Street, Suite 340
Boise, Idaho, 83702

  • Ph.D., Hydraulic Engineering, University of California – Berkeley, 1986
  • M.S., Hydraulic and Coastal Engineering, University of California – Berkeley, 1982
  • B.S., Civil Engineering (First Class Honors), University of Southampton, 1978

  • Ecohydraulics and sustainability assessment
  • Modeling river and estuarine flows
  • Sediment transport and geomorphic evolution

Peter Goodwin is the founding director of the Center for Ecohydraulics Research at the University of Idaho, an interdisciplinary group working on the simulation of ecological response to management actions or changes in physical processes of rivers, lakes, estuaries and wetlands. His research interests are in modeling physical processes in natural and disturbed aquatic systems, and quantifying benefits of restoration activities. These activities include the River Basin Assessment Framework (RBAF) to evaluate the sustainability of river systems under different management scenarios. Goodwin has participated in river restoration, coastal wetland sustainability, flood control and sediment management projects throughout California and the Columbia River Basin. He has served on the Science Board for Coastal Louisiana. International studies include the Lake Amatitlan watershed in Guatemala and he has been part of the multi-national Patagonian Ecosystems Research Center (CIEP) in Chile since 2003. He has undertaken numerous modeling studies of estuarine, coastal and tidal wetland systems, including Mugu Lagoon, San Elijo Lagoon, Venice Lagoon, San Dieguito Lagoon, the Russian River Estuary, Napa Salt Ponds and Delaware Bay.

  • Yarnell, S.M., G.E. Petts; J.C. Schmidt, A.A. Whipple, E.E. Beller; C.N. Dahm; P. Goodwin; J.H. Viers, 2015. Functional Flows in Modified Riverscapes: Hydrographs, Habitats and Opportunities BioScience 2015. doi: 10.1093/biosci/biv102
  • Tranmer, A.W, D. Tonina, R. Benjankar, M. Tiedemann and P. Goodwin, 2015. Floodplain persistence and dynamic-equilibrium conditions in a canyon environment. Geomorphology. 250. 147-158.
  • Dean R.G., J.T. Wells, H.J. Fernando and P. Goodwin, 2014. Sediment Diversions on the Lower Mississippi River: Insight from Simple Analytical Models. Journal of Coastal Engineering. 
  • Boulton A., C. Dahm, L. Correa, R. Kingsford, K. Jenkins, J. Negishi, F. Nakamura, P. Wijsman, F. Sheldon and P.Goodwin, 2013. Good News: Progress in Successful River Conservation and Restoration. River Conservation: Challenges and Opportunities. Fundación BBVA, Spain. 331-358
  • Bernhardt E.S., Palmer, M.A., J.D. Allan, G. Alexander, K. Barnas, S. Brooks, J. Carr, S. Clayton, C.N. Dahm, J. Follstad Shah, D.L. Galat, S.Gloss, P.Goodwin, D.D. Hart, B. Hassett, R. Jenkinson, S. Katz, G.M. Kondolf, P.S. Lake, R. Lave, J.L. Meyer, T.K. O’Donnell, L. Pagano, B. Powell and E. Sudduth, 2005. Synthesizing U.S. River Restoration Efforts. Science, 308, April 29, 636-637.

Peter Goodwin served a federal appointment as the lead scientist for the Delta Science Program in California (2012-15). This program supports research, communication (including an online peer-reviewed journal), and facilitates synthesis activities across agencies, academia and organizations that support the legally mandated goals of water supply reliability and ecosystem recovery. Activities include the development of the Delta Science Plan, ‘One Delta, One Science’ which addresses the development of scientific infrastructure, prioritization of science questions, research funding, peer review, and science synthesis activities to inform water policy in California.

  • Research Excellence Award, 2008. University of Idaho
  • Lemley International Individual Award for the Environment, 2007
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, 2006. College of Engineering, University of Idaho
  • Gledden Senior Fellowship, 2003
  • Fulbright Award, 2003-2004

  • National Science Foundation (NSF): Integrated Environmental Modeling for Estuarine System Management. (PI: Josué Medellín-Azuara and Jay R. Lund, UC Davis and Peter Goodwin, U of I).
  • National Science Foundation (NSF): EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track 1: Managing Idaho’s Landscapes for Ecosystem Services (MILES).
  • NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track 2: Western Consortium for Watershed Analysis, Visualization and Exploration (WC-WAVE).
  • US Bureau of Reclamation. Deadwood River Project: Reservoir Operations Flexibility Investigation. Phase I. This project integrates real-time sensor networks through satellite communications to drive 3-d models of a river and reservoir system. The models linked with real-time tracking of endangered bull trout to understand how reservoir operations affect fish behavior. This project collaborated with USFS and NASA to deploy green LiDAR technology.
  • Identifying Indicators and Guides for the Sustainability of Pools in Gravel Bed Streams: a laboratory and field verification. US Bureau of Reclamation Science and Technology Program.

  • President, International Association for Hydroenvironment Engineering and Research (
  • Director, Idaho NSF Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research ( This program links Idaho Universities and Colleges through strategic research initiatives to build critical mass in the state, integrate research with education, and contributes to national research networks. This program also emphasizes building the K-12 STEM pipeline and develops strategies and programs to engage under-served and under-represented communities. Current projects include Managing Idaho’s Landscapes for Ecosystem Services (MILES) and the Western Consortium for Watershed Analysis, Visualization and Exploration (WC-WAVE).

Contact Us

Buchanan Engineering Building Rm. 102

Mailing Address:

Civil & Environmental Engineering
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1022
Moscow, ID 83844-1022

Phone: 208-885-6782