Forest Engineering, Resources & Management
236 Peavy Forest Science Center (PFSC)
Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Columbia University in the City of New York, 2012
M.Phil, Civil Engineering, Columbia University in the City of New York, 2010
M.S., Civil Engineering, Columbia University in the City of New York, 2008
B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Delaware, 2007
- Engineering for Sustainable Forestry
- Forest Road Design
- Geotechnical Engineering
- Landscape Ecology
- Numerical Modeling
Research Interests: Landslides, Slope Stability, Geosynthetics, Remote Sensing applications towards Geohazards
Ben is the Richardson Chair in Forest Engineering, Resources and Management.
Graduate Major Advisor
- FE 315Soil Engineering - Winter Term - 4 CreditsPrerequisites: ENGR 213 and CE 311 or CEM 311 or FE 330 Use of soil in engineering and construction. Identification and classification. Engineering properties of soil: permeability, compressibility, and strength. Compaction principles and methods. Field control of soil engineering projects.
- FE 316Soil Mechanics - Spring Term - 4 CreditsPrerequisites: FE 315 or CE 372 Soil strength and soil mechanics theories applied to analysis of slope stability, retaining structures, foundations, and pavements.
- CE 57x / FE 57xDesigning with Geosynthetics - Spring Term (2015) - 3 CreditsUse and design with geosynthetics as hydraulic barriers, hydraulic channels, erosion control, and mechanical reinforcement in slopes, walls, subgrades and structures.
- Yang, S., Leshchinsky, B., Cui, K., Zhang, F., & Gao, Y. (2020). Influence of failure mechanism on seismic bearing capacity factors for shallow foundations near slopes. Géotechnique, 1-46.
- Alberti, S., Senogles, A., Kingen, K., Booth, A., Castro, P., DeKoekkoek, J., Glover-Cutter, K. Mohney, C., Olsen, M., and B. Leshchinsky. (2020). The Hooskanaden Landslide: Historic and Recent Surge Behavior of an Active Earthflow on the Oregon Coast. Landslides.
- Bunn, M., Leshchinsky, B., and M. Olsen. (2020). Estimates of Three-Dimensional Rupture Surface Geometry of Deep-Seated Landslides using Landslide Inventories and High-Resolution Topographic Data. Geomorphology.
- Bunn, M., Leshchinsky, B., Olsen, M., and A. Booth (2019). “A Simplified, Object-Based Framework for Efficient Landslide Inventorying Using Lidar Digital Elevation Model Derivatives.” Remote Sensing.
- Leshchinsky, B., Olsen, M. Mohney, C., O’Banion, M., Bunn, M., Allan, J., and R. McClung. (2019). “A Framework for Quantifying Progressive Landslide Movement Stemming from Undercutting Processes and Hydrological Changes.” Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface. In press.
- Stockton, E., Leshchinsky, B., Olsen, M. and T.M. Evans (2019). “Influence of Anisotropic Shear Strength on the Formation of Tension Cracks and Stability of Slopes”. Engineering Geology.