College of Science

Department of Applied Environmental Science

Jimmy poses in front of a snow covered forest


Faculty Profile

Jimmy Guilinger, Ph.D.

My teaching and research are centered around understanding earth surface processes from drainage divides all the way down into coastal systems. The focus of my research is on the hydrogeomorphic dimensions of landscape disturbances ('natural', human, and/or climate change induced), and their resultant impacts on human communities and freshwater resources, particularly in California. I have interests in continuing to understand and model post-wildfire sediment cascades across a variety of eco-geomorphic regions in CA, using a variety of tools such as repeat UAV photogrammetry, lidar, and hydrologic monitoring. I also have interests in using a similar suite of tools to understand deep-seated landslides, coastal retreat/sediment budgets along the CA Central Coast, long-term watershed hydrologic and sedimentological trends of CA Central Coast streams (e.g., Carmel San Clemente Dam Removal), and other applied projects in the region related to watershed sediment and water issues. As a newcomer to CSUMB, I am very excited to take on new students for research projects at the M.S. and undergraduate level, so reach out to me if interested! 

Previous Academic Position:

  • Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, Irvine (2021-2022) 


  • Ph.D. in Environmental Science, University of California, Riverside (2021)
  • M.S. in Geology, Idaho State University (2017)
  • B.S. in Geoscience, Boise State University (2014) 


Title Assistant Professor
Phone 831-582-4661
Office Location Chapman Science Academic Center (Bldg 53) Rm E116 
Research Lab Watershed Geology Lab
Office Hours Fall 2022: Monday 3-4 pm or by appointment
Areas of Expertise Geomorphology, watershed hydrology, topographic surveying, geospatial analysis, remote sensing
Courses Taught

GEOL 260 - Geology / Hydrology

GEOL 360 - Geomorphic Systems

GEOL 460 - River Hydrology, Assessment and Monitoring

ENVS 500 - Environmental Policy and Management

ENVS 560 - Watershed Systems