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Dr. James D Riley

Dr. James D Riley

Assistant Professor, Geography

Office: 2037 - Physical Science
Phone: (217) 581-3825
Email: jdriley@eiu.edu

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 Courses

ESC/GEG 1120G - The Natural Environment
ESC/GEG 3020 - Natural Disasters
GEG/GEL 3420 - Geomorphology: Surficial Processes and Landforms
ESC 3550 - Surface Water: Processes and Resources
GEG 3875 - Field Methods
EIU 4101G - Spaceship Earth
ESC 4430 - Undergraduate Research in Earth Science
GEG 4430 - Undergraduate Research in Geography
ESC 5033 - The Hydrosphere for Natural Science Teachers
ESC 5035 - Field Methods in Earth Sciences for Natural Science Teachers


Ph.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

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