My teaching and research focuses on watershed geomorphology with attention to processes that influence the morphology and stability of hillslopes and waterways, and that govern the flux of water, sediment and nutrients in the contemporary landscape. Topics of my past and present research include stream channel morphology and stability, surface flow patterns in headwater drainage basins, watershed sediment budgets, and modern watershed best management and rehabilitation practices. I am particularly interested in projects seeking to identify, quantify and explain changes to landscapes caused by human activities.
Much of my work is inspired by interests in advancing the measurement, description and prediction of environmental impacts across spatial scales ranging from single hillslopes to large watersheds and time scales spanning from a single rainfall event to millennia. I have extensive experience working in the Mid-Atlantic region of North America in collaboration with partners involved with the USEPA Chesapeake Bay Program. I currently have a joint appointment with the Senator George J. Mitchell Center and Maine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative (SSI). Ongoing activities include participation in several interdisciplinary projects in the SSI portfolio, “Sustaining and Restoring Urban Stream Resources in Maine” and “Safeguarding a Vulnerable Watershed (Sebago Lake)”. Both of these projects involve research activities in the school’s Watershed Process Research Group in collaboration with SSI colleagues, government agencies and other project stakeholders.
Some photos from the field….