Francis J. Magilligan
The Frank J. Reagan '09 Chair of Policy Studies
Professor of Geography
Adjunct Professor of Earth Sciences
My teaching and research interests focus primarily on fluvial geomorphology and surface water hydrology. In particular, my research addresses stream channel and watershed response to environmental change – whether the change is generated by natural (e.g. climate change) or anthropogenic (e.g. agriculture, grazing, or logging) causes. For example, I have worked on the geomorphic impacts of catastrophic floods in the Upper Mississippi River as well as glacial outburst floods in Iceland. At a more local level, I have been analyzing the geomorphic impacts of Hurricane Irene that ravaged eastern Vermont in late summer 2011. Currently, I am focusing on the links between channel processes and riparian ecology, especially the role of flow regulation by dams on aquatic and floodplain ecology. This work was recently highlighted in a National Science Foundation online newsletter and PBS.
- B.A. Boston University
- M.S. University of Wisconsin
- Ph.D. University of Wisconsin
Magilligan, F.J., James, L.A., Lecce, S., Dietrich, J.T., and Kupfer, J.A., 2018, Geomorphic responses to extreme rainfall, catastrophic flooding, and dam failures across an urban to rural landscape, Annals American Association of Geographers, doi.org/10.1080/24694452.2018.1507814.
Magilligan, F.J., Sneddon, C.S., and Fox, C.A., 2018, The socio-geomorphology of river restoration: dam removal and the politics of place, In (eds.): M. Werner, J. Peck, R. Lave, B. Christophers, Doreen Massey: Critical Dialogues, Columbia University Press, pp. 112 – 120.
Partridge, T.F., Winter, J.M., Osterberg, E.C., Hyndman, D.W., Kendall, A.D., and Magilligan, F.J., 2018, Spatially distinct seasonal patterns and forcings of the U.S. Warming Hole, Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1002/2017GL076463.
Wohl E., Brierley, G., Cadol, T., Coulthard, T., Covino, T., Fryirs, K., Grant, G., Hilton, T., Lane, Magilligan, F., Meitzen, K., Passalacqua, P., Pöppl, R., Rathburn, S., Sklar, L., 2018, Connectivity as an emergent property of geomorphic systems, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, doi.org/10.1002/esp.4434.