Luna Bergere Leopold (1915-2006)

  • Luna Leopold combined his training and expertise in engineering, meteorology, geology and hydrology to develop the scientific foundation for the field of fluvial geomorphology--the study of how rivers are shaped and influenced by their surrounding landscapes.

    From his position within the United States Geological Survey (1950 – 1972) and later as a Professor and Professor Emeritus (1972–2006) at the University of California, Berkley, Leopold was at the forefront of integrating separate fields of study of water into one: the science of hydrology. Leopold was able to connect a river’s characteristics--such as velocity, width, depth and suspended sediment load--to the formation and vegetation of the surrounding landscape. His keen observations of rivers, garnered through years of fieldwork, led to his seminal book Fluvial Processes in Geomorphology (1964). In all, Leopold authored more than 200 articles and books. These contributions form the basis of modern water resource management and environmental assessment.
    Luna Bergere Leopold was the second child of famed conservation pioneer, Aldo Leopold, under whom Luna developed a passion and curiosity for the outdoors and the natural world. Leopold assembled, edited and published his father’s book of essays, A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There, (1949) after his fathers’ death.

    Leopold believed in balancing work with leisure. In his spare time, he hunted, fished, played guitar, painted, and wrote poetry.

    The answer is not in the book or the model…it is in the river and it is up to you to read properly.