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Bruce L Rhoads


I have worked on the fluvial dynamics of streams in the Midwest for over 30 years.  My research interests range from investigations aimed at improving our basic scientific understanding of the geomorphology of rivers to studies focusing on issues of importance for river management and policy.   Much of my work emphasizes field measurements of process-form interactions, but through collaborations with colleagues at Illinois I also participate in projects that involve laboratory experiments and numerical modeling.


  • Ph.D., Arizona State University
  • M.A., Michigan State University
  • B.A., Shippensburg University

Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor, Geography and Geographic Information Science
Department Affiliate, Geology
Professor, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Department Affiliate, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor, Center for Global Studies

Recent Publications

Shukla, T., Lewis, Q. W., & Rhoads, B. L. (2023). Spatial patterns of transport-effective flow at three small confluences: Relation to channel morphology. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 48(5), 1011-1033.

Sukhodolov, A. N., Shumilova, O. O., Constantinescu, G. S., Lewis, Q. W., & Rhoads, B. L. (2023). Mixing dynamics at river confluences governed by intermodal behaviour. Nature Geoscience, 16(1), 89-93.

Byard, G., Rhoads, B., Schmidt, A., Hudson, R., Sangwan, N., Cullen, C., Mannix, D., Kelly, W., Meem, T., Gardner, M., Fouts, L., Gross, H., & Zavalza, A. (2022). Watershed-Specific Release Rate Analysis Phase III: Cook County, Illinois. (ISWS Contract Report; No. 2022-03). Prairie Research Institute.

Peimer, A. W., Rhoads, B. L., & Bassett, T. J. (2022). Standardizing No Net Loss Stream Mitigation Assessment Methods: Tradeoffs between Expediency and River Science. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 58(6), 1407-1420.

Salas, C. R., & Rhoads, B. L. (2022). Big Pine Creek Ditch revisited: Planform recovery to channelization and the timescale of river meandering. Geomorphology, 403, Article 108140.

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