Joseph Gartner

Senior Geological Engineer


Dr. Gartner P.Eng., PE , has a focus on geologic hazard and risk assessment. Dr. Gartner specializes in post-wildfire debris flow hazard assessment and has authored and co-authored more than 20 publications on this subject in peer reviewed journals, book chapters, conference proceedings, field trip guidebooks and U.S. Geological Survey publications.
Dr. Gartner’s background includes 12 years of experience at the U.S. Geological Survey where he focused his research on developing hazard assessment models for post-wildfire debris-flow magnitude and rainfall intensity-duration thresholds for debris flow initiation. The post-wildfire debris flow magnitude model is currently used by the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Landslide Hazards Program for emergency post-fire debris-flow hazard assessments. These assessments are used by federal, state and local agencies to guide the design of post-fire erosion mitigation, maintenance of debris-retention basins, and planning of evacuation routes.
Dr. Gartner has worked at BGC Engineering Inc. for more than five years and project work has focused on geohazard assessment for linear infrastructure (e.g. roads and pipelines) and communities. Dr. Garter has provided post-fire geohazard assessments and calibrated rainfall intensity-duration thresholds for post-fire debris-flow initiation in recently burned areas in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. This work has helped inform decision making by land managers and in one case formed the basis of post-fire debris-flow warning system operated by the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
Dr. Gartner has a broad range of experience that includes site investigation, geologic mapping, soil sampling and testing, instrumentation and monitoring, air photo interpretation, statistical analysis, and geographic analysis of topographic and remotely sensed burn severity data.