Research in my group focuses on the morphodynamics of rivers and streams and the relation of these morphodynamics to human activity, ecosystems, and biog eochemical processes. I am a faculty member in the River, Watershed, and Landscape Dynamics graduate program in the Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science, which involves interdisciplinary coursework and research experiences bridging physical geography, geology, civil and environmental engineering, and natural resources and environmental science.


Research Opportunities for New Graduate Students

I am looking for a new PhD student for the following project starting in the Fall 2018.

The Development and Fluvial Dynamics of Anabranching in Low-Gradient Rivers in Intensively Managed  Agricultural Landscape

This project,  part of the NSF-funded Critical Zone Observatory in Intensively Managed Landscapes (http://criticalzone.org/iml),  will examine the development of multiple channels (anabranching) within low-gradient rivers in the midwestern United States and the relationship of anabranching within these types of rivers to anabranching in river systems elsewhere.   It will also explore the fluvial dynamics of anabranching sections of rivers, including spatial distribution of flow, sediment transport, bank erosion, and channel change.  The influence of human changes in watershed conditions and to the loading of wood within the rivers will also be investigated.  

I also welcome inquiries from any prospective M.S. or PhD students with research interests focusing on geomorphological processes in rivers and watersheds, human impacts on river systems, and stream restoration or naturalization.   For further information for contact me at brhoads@illinois.edu





Resources & Links

Free Book: Rhoads, B.L. and Thorn, C.E. 1996. The Scientific Nature of Geomorphology

National Great Rivers Research and Education Center

Water and Land Stewardship, Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment

Ven Te Chow Hydrosystems Lab

A new video is now available on YouTube that provides an overview of an international collaborative project, partly funded by the National Science Foundation,  focusing on mixing at river confluences.  To see the video click here