William Dietrich received his B.A. from Occidental College in 1972 and both his M.S. and his Ph.D. from the University of Washington, the first in 1975 and the second in 1982. He has received the Gordon Warwick Award, the Wiley Award for paper published in Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, and the Horton Award.
His research expertise and interests include: morphology, earth and planetary sciences, geomorphology, evolution of landscapes, geomorphic transport laws, landscape evolution modeling, high resolution laser altimetry, cosmogenic nuclide analysis.