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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 1500G - Introduction to Physical Geography and Earth Systems Science
ESC/GEG 3020 - Natural Disasters: Causes and Effects
GEG/GEL 3420 - Principles of Geomorphology
ESC 3550 - Surface Water: Processes and Resources
GEG 3875 - Field Methods
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


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.

Riley, J.D., Rhoads, B.L., Parsons, D.R. and Johnson, K.K., 2014. 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. doi: 10.1002/esp.3624

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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