Recent Earth Surface Systems Faculty Publications (2013-)


Bemis, S.P., R.J. Weldon, G.A. Carver, 2015. Slip partitioning along a continuously curved fault: Quaternary geologic controls on Denali fault system slip partitioning, growth of the Alaska Range, and the tectonics of south-central Alaska. Lithosphere 7(3): 235-246.

Bemis, S.P., S. Micklethwaite, D. Turner, M.R. James, S. Akciz, S.T. Thiele, H.A. Bangash, 2014. Ground-based and UAV-based photogrammetry: A multi-scale, high-resolution mapping tool for structural geology and paleoseismology. J. of Structural Geology 59: 163-178.

Bartholdy, J., Bartholdy, A.T., Kim, D. & Pedersen, J.T.P., 2014. On autochthonous organic production and its implication for the consolidation of temperate salt marshes. Marine Geology 351: 53–57.

Cohen, A.S., M.M. McGlue, G.S. Ellis, P.W. Swarzenski, H. Zani, M.L. Assine, A. Silva, 2014. Lake formation and evolution in orogenic systems: A view from the modern Andes orogeny and its associated basins, in P.G. DeCelles, M.N. Ducea, B. Carrapa, and P. Kapp (eds.) Geodynamics of a Cordilleran orogenic system: The central Andes of Argentina and northern Chile, Geological Society of America Memoir 212.

Assine, M.L., F.A. Corradini, F.N. Pupim, M.M. McGlue, 2014. Channel arrangements and depositional styles in the Sao Lourenco fluvial megafan, Brazilian Pantanal. Sedimentary Geology 301: 172-184.

Marion, D.A., Phillips, J.D., Yocum, C., Mehlhope, S.H., 2014. Stream channel responses and soil loss at off-highway vehicle stream crossings in the Ouachita National Forest. Geomorphology 216: 40-52.

Phillips, J.D., 2015.  Landforms as extended composite phenotypes. Earth Surface Processes & Landforms DOI: 10.1002/esp.3764

Heckmann, T., Schwanghart, W., Phillips, J.D., 2015. Graph theory—recent developments and its application in geomorphology. Geomorphology 243, 130-146.

Phillips, J.D., 2015. Badass geomorphology. Earth Surface Processes & Landforms 40, 22-33.

Phillips, J.D., Marion, D.A.,Yocum, C., Mehlhope, S.H., Olson, J.W. 2015. Geomorphological impacts of a tornado disturbance in a subtropical forest. Catena 125, 111-119.

Phillips, J.D., 2014.  Anastamosing channels in the lower Neches River valley, Texas. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 39:1888-1899

Phillips, J.D., 2014. Thresholds, mode-switching and emergent equilibrium in geomorphic systems. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 39: 71-79.

Phillips, J.D., 2014. State transitions in geomorphic responses to environmental change. Geomorphology 204: 208-216. 

Phillips, J.D., 2013. Watershed fragmentation in coastal plain rivers. Physical Geography 34: 273-292.

Wu, W., K.M. Yeager, M.S. Peterson, R.S. Fulford, 2015. Neutral models as a way to evaluate the Sea Level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM). Ecological Modelling 303: 55-69.

Cline, M.D., R.A. Feagin, K.M. Yeager, 2014. Modeling salt marsh cover response to relative water level: Local fault motion vs. global eustatic rise. J. of Coastal Research 30(5): 1,045-1,054.

Feagin, R.A., K.M. Yeager, C.A. Brunner, J.G. Paine, 2013. Active fault motion in a coastal wetland: Matagorda, Texas. Geomorphology - Special Issue: Coastal Geomorphology and Restoration 199: 150-159.


Environmental Geology

Briggs, K.B., V.A. Hartmann, K.M. Yeager, S. Shivarudrappa, R.J. Diaz, L.E. Osterman, A.H. Reed, 2015. Influence of hypoxia on biogenic structure in sediments on the Louisiana continental shelf. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 164: 147-160.

Huo, S., J. Zhang, K.M. Yeager, B. Xi, Y. Qin, Z. He, F. Wu, 2015. Mobility and sulfidization of heavy metals in sediments of a shallow eutrophic lake, Lake Taihu, China. J. of Environmental Sciences 31: 1-11.

Bera, G., K.M. Yeager, M-J. Shim, A.M. Shiller, 2015. Anthropogenic stable cesium in water and sediment of a shallow estuary, St. Louis Bay, Mississippi. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 157: 32-41.

Chanton, J.P., T. Zhao, B.E. Rosenheim, S. Joye, S. Bosman, C. Brunner, K.M. Yeager, A.R. Diercks, D. Hollander, 2015. Using natural abundance radiocarbon to trace the flux of petrocarbon to the seafloor following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Environmental Science and Technology 49: 847-854.

Huo, S., J. Zhang, K.M. Yeager, B. Xi, J. Wang, Z. He, F. Wu, 2014. High-resolution profiles of dissolved reactive phosphorus in overlying water and porewater of Lake Taihu, China. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 21(22): 12,989-12,999.

Huo, S.-L., B.D. Xi, F.Y. Zan, X.J. Yu, G.C. Zhao, J. Su, K.M. Yeager, 2014. Assessment of distribution characteristics and contamination with heavy metals in surface sediments of Lake Chaohu, China. Environmental Engineering and Management J. 13(3): 669-680.

Brunner, C.A., K.M. Yeager, R. Hatch, S. Simpson, J. Keim, K.B. Briggs, P. Louchouarn, 2013. Effects of oil from the Macondo Well blowout on marsh Foraminifera of Mississippi and Louisiana, USA. Environmental Science and Technology 47: 9,115-9,123.


Hydrology / Hydrogeology

Fryar, A.E., 2013. History of the development of hydrogeology in the United States, 2nd edition. Ground Water 51(6): 813-814.

Phillips, J.D. 2013.  Geomorphic responses to changes in instream flows: the flow-channel fitness model. River Research and Applications 29: 1175-1194.

Phillips, J.D. 2013. Hydrological connectivity of abandoned channel water bodies on a coastal plain river. River Research and Applications 29: 149-160.

Phillips, J.D., 2015. Hydrologic and geomorphic flow thresholds in the lower Brazos River, Texas, USA. Hydrological Sciences Journal DOI:10.1080/02626667.2014.943670


Landscape Ecology

Kim, D. & Campbell, J.J.N., In press. Effects of tree size, shade-tolerance, and spatial pattern on the mortality of woody plants in a semi-natural urban woodlot, central Kentucky, USA. The Professional Geographer.

Kim, D. & Arthur, M.A., 2014. Changes in community structure and species–landform relationship after repeated fire disturbance in an oak-dominated temperate forest. Ecological Research 29: 661–671.

Liang, L., and Fei, S. 2014.  Divergence of the potential invasion range of emerald ash borer and its host distribution in North America under climate change. Climatic Change 122:735-746

Liang, L., Clark, J.T., Kong, N., Rieske, L.K., and Fei, S. 2014 Spatial analysis facilitates invasive species risk assessment.  Forest Ecology and Management 315:22-29

Liang, L., Fei, S., Ripy, J. B., Blandford, B. L., and Grossardt, T. 2013 Stream habitat modelling for conserving a threatened headwater fish in the Upper Cumberland River, Kentucky. River Research and Applications 29: 1207–1214

Shouse, M., Liang, L., and Fei, S. 2013 Identification of understory invasive exotic plants with remote sensing in urban forests, International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 21:525-534

Kulawardhana, R.W., R.A. Feagin, S.C. Popescu, T.W. Boutton, K.M. Yeager, T.S. Bianchi, 2015. The role of elevation, relative sea-level history, and vegetation transition in determining carbon distribution in Spartina alterniflora dominated salt marshes. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 154: 48-57.

Peterson, M.S., J.-M. Havrylkoff, P.O. Grammer, P.F. Mickle, W.T. Slack, K.M. Yeager, 2013. Macro-benthic prey and physical habitat characteristics in a western Gulf sturgeon population: Differential estuarine habitat use patterns. Endangered Species Research 22: 159-174.


Landscape Geochemistry

McGlue, M.M., G.S. Ellis, A.S. Cohen, 2015. Modern muds of Laguna Mar Chiquita (Argentina): Particle size and organic matter geochemical trends from a large saline lake in the “broken” Andean foreland, in S. Egenoff, N. Fishman, and D. Larsen (eds.) Paying attention to mudrocks – priceless! Geological Society of America Special Paper 515.

Wang, S., K.M. Yeager, G. Wan, C.-Q. Liu, F. Liu, Y. Lü, 2015. Dynamics of CO2 in a karst catchment in the southwestern plateau, China. Environmental Earth Sciences 73(5): 2,415-2,427.

Xu, H., J. Lan, B. Liu, E. Sheng, K.M. Yeager, 2013. Modern carbon burial in Lake Qinghai, China. Applied Geochemistry 39: 150-155.



Corenblit, D., Baas, A., Balke, T., Bouma, T., Fromard, F., Garófano-Gómez, V., González, E., Gurnell, A.M., Hortobágyi, B., Julien, F., Kim, D., Lambs, L., Stallins, J.A., Steiger, J., Tabacchi, E. & Walcker, R., In press. Engineer pioneer plants respond to and affect geomorphic constraints similarly along water-terrestrial interfaces worldwide. Global Ecology and Biogeography.

Kim, D., 2014. Rates of vegetation dynamics along elevation gradients in a backbarrier salt marsh of the Danish Wadden Sea. Estuaries and Coasts 37: 610–620.

Kim, D., Cairns, D.M. & Bartholdy, J., 2013. Tidal creek morphology and sediment type influence spatial trends in salt marsh vegetation. The Professional Geographer 65: 544–560.

Kim, D., Grant, W.E., Cairns, D.M. & Bartholdy, J., 2013. Effects of the North Atlantic Oscillation and wind waves on salt marsh dynamics: A quantitative model as proof of concept. Geo-Marine Letters 33: 253–261.

Kim, D. & Phillips, J.D., 2013. Predicting the structure and mode of vegetation dynamics: An application of graph theory to state-and-transition models. Ecological Modelling 265: 64–73.

Fei, S., Phillips, J.D., Shouse, M.A., 2014. Biogeomorphic impacts of invasive species. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 45: 69-87.

Stallins, J.A., Mast, J., and Parker, 2015 A. Resilience theory and Thomas Vale's Plants and People: A partial consilience of ecological and geographic concepts of succession. Professional Geographer 67(1): 28–40.

Smith, M., Stallins, J.A., Maxwell, J., and Van Dyke, C. 2013. The complex nature of hydrological shifts and tree growth responses to river modification along the Apalachicola River, Florida. Physical Geography 34(6): 491-511.


Climatology / Paleoclimatology

Liu, L.L., Liu, L.Y., Liang, L., Donnelly, A., Schwartz, M.D., and Park, I. 2014 Effects of elevation on temperature sensitivity of spring phenology in Tibetan Plateau grasslands. Chinese Science Bulletin 59:4856-4863

Liang, L., and Schwartz, M.D. 2014 Testing a growth efficiency hypothesis with continental-scale phenological variations of common and cloned plants. International Journal of Biometeorology 58:1789-1797

Schwartz, M.D., Hanes, J., and Liang, L. 2014 Separating temperature from other factors in phenological measurements. International Journal of Biometeorology 58:1699-1704

Gosling, S.M., Bryce, E.K., Dixon, P.G., Gabriel, K., Gosling, E.Y., Hanes, J., Hondula, D.M., Liang, L., Mac-Lean, P. A.B., Muthers, S., Nascimento, S.T., Petralli, M., Vanos, J.K., and Wanka, E.R. 2014 A glossary for biometeorology. International Journal of Biometeorology 58:277-308

Schwartz, M.D., Hanes, J., and Liang, L. 2013 Comparing carbon flux and high-resolution spring phenological measurements in a northern mixed forest. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 169:136-147

McGlue, M.M., A. Silva, M. Assine, J.C. Stevaux, F. Pupim, 2015. Paleolimnology in the Pantanal: Using lake sediment archives to track late Quaternary environmental change in the world’s largest neotropical wetland. Handbook of Environmental Chemistry Series, Spring-Verlag.

Ivory, S.J., M.M. McGlue, G.S. Ellis, A.-M. Lezine, A. Vincens, A.S. Cohen, 2014. Vegetation controls on weathering intensity during the last deglacial transition in southeast Africa. PLoS One 9(11): E112855.

Xu, H., X. Zhou, J. Lan, B. Liu, E. Sheng, K. Yu, P. Cheng, F. Wu, B. Hong, K.M. Yeager, S. Xu, 2015. Late Holocene Indian summer monsoon variations recorded at Lake Erhai, southwestern China. Quaternary Research 83(2): 307-314.

Xu, H., K.M. Yeager, J. Lan, B. Liu, E. Sheng, X. Zhou, K. Yu, S. Che, P. Cheng, X. Qiang, Z., An, 2015. Abrupt Holocene Indian summer monsoon failures: A primary response to solar activity. The Holocene 25(4): 677-685.



Kim, D., 2013. Incorporation of multi-scale spatial autocorrelation in soil moisture–landscape modeling. Physical Geography 34: 441–455.

Lorz, C., Frühauf, M., Mailänder, R., Phillips, J.D., Kleber, A., 2013. Influence of cover beds on soils.  In Kleber, A., Terhorst, B., eds., Mid-Latitude Slope Deposits (Cover Beds), Developments in Sedimentology vol. 66. Amsterdam: Elsevier, p. 95-125.

Phillips, J.D., 2013. Sources of spatial complexity in two coastal plain soil landscapes. Catena 111: 98-103.

Phillips, J.D., 2013. Evaluating taxonomic adjacency as a source of soil map uncertainty. European Journal of Soil Science 64: 391-400.

Phillips, J.D., 2013. Nonlinear dynamics, divergent evolution, and pedodiversity. Pedodiversity (Ibanez, J.J., Bockheim, J., eds). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, p. 59-82.


Environmental Management



Geoscience Theory, Methods, Techniques

Kim, D., DeWitt, T.J., Costa, C.S.B., Kupfer, J.A., McEwan, R.W. & Stallins, J.A., 2015. Beyond bivariate correlations: Three-block partial least squares illustrated with vegetation, soil, and topography. Ecosphere 6: Article #135.

Liu, L.L., Liang, L., Schwartz, M.D., Donnelly, A., Wang, Z., Schaaf, C.B., and Liu, L.Y. 2015 Evaluating the potential of MODIS satellite data to track temporal dynamics of autumn phenology in a temperate mixed forest. Remote Sensing of Environment 160:156-165

Liang, L., Schwartz M.D., Wang Z, Gao F, Schaaf C.B., Tan B, Morisette J.T., and Zhang, X. 2014 A cross comparison of spatiotemporally enhanced springtime phenological measurements from satellites and ground in a northern U.S. mixed forest. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 52:7513-7526

Phillips, J.D., Schwanghart, W., Heckmann, T., 2015. Graph theory in the geosciences. Earth-Science Reviews 143: 147-160.

Phillips, J.D., 2015. The robustness of chronosequences. Ecological Modelling 298: 16-23. 

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