Dr. James D. Riley
Associate Professor, Geography
Office: 2037 - Physical Science
Phone: (217) 581-3825
I am a physical geographer with research interests in fluvial geomorphology. My research involves process-based field investigations of fluvial systems and has focused on the flow structure and channel morphology of river confluences and meander bends. I am also interested in human impacts on river systems, watershed management, the role of scale on process-form interactions, and the use of hydroacoustics to collect velocity and bathymetric data.
Frequently Taught CoursesGEO 1120G - The Natural Environment
GEO 3020 - Natural Disasters
GEO 3420 - Geomorphology: Surficial Processes and Landforms
GEO 3550 - Surface Water: Processes and Resources
GEO 3875 - Field Methods
EIU 4101G - Spaceship Earth: The Present State
GEO 4430 - Undergraduate Research in Earth Science
GEO 4440 - Undergraduate Research in Geography
GEO 5033 - The Hydrosphere for Natural Science Teachers
GEO 5035 - Field Methods in Earth Sciences for Natural Science Teachers
EducationPh.D. Geography, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.A. Geography/Water Resources, University of Wyoming
B.S. Environmental Management, Business Administration, Elmhurst College
Riley, J.D., Rhoads, B.L., Parsons, D.R. and Johnson, K.K., 2015. Influence of junction angle on three-dimensional flow structure and bed morphology at confluent meander bends during different hydrological conditions. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 40: 252-271. doi: 10.1002/esp.3624
Over, T.M., Riley, J.D., Sharpe, J.B., and Arvin, D., 2014. Estimation of regional flow-duration curves for Indiana and Illinois. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report, 2014–5177.
Parsons, D.R., Jackson, P.R., Czuba, J.A., Engel, F.L., Rhoads, B.L., Oberg, K.A., Best, J.L., Mueller, D.S., Johnson, K.K. and Riley, J.D., 2013. Velocity Mapping Toolbox (VMT): a processing and visualization suite for moving-vessel ADCP measurements. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 38: 1244–1260. doi: 10.1002/esp.3367
Riley, J.D. and Rhoads, B.L., 2012. Flow structure and channel morphology at a natural confluent meander bend. Geomorphology, 163-164: 84-98. doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2011.06.011
Rhoads, B.L., Riley, J.D., and Mayer, D.R., 2009. Response of bed morphology and bed material texture to hydrological conditions at an asymmetrical stream confluence. Geomorphology, 109: 161-173. doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2009.02.029
Intravaia, J.N. and Riley, J.D., 2015. Tracking large woody debris in a low-energy meandering river. 111th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Apr. 21-25, Chicago, Illinois.
Stadler, D.H. and Riley, J.D., 2015. Patterns of flow structure and bed morphology at a chute cutoff obstructed by large woody debris. 111th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Apr. 21-25, Chicago, Illinois.
Vesper, J.P. and Riley, J.D., 2014. Long-term channel recovery upstream of a spillway failure: A case study of Lake Charleston, Illinois. 106th Annual Meeting of the Illinois State Academy of Science, Apr. 25-26, University Park, Illinois.
Hutton, L.L. and Riley, J.D., 2014. Patterns of bed morphology at a side-channel reservoir. 110th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Apr. 8-12, Tampa, Florida.
Riley, J.D. and Rhoads, B.L., 2012. Influence of junction angle on flow structure and bed morphology at confluent meander bends. 108th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Feb. 24-28, New York, New York.