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.
Fields, J., Renshaw, C.E., Magilligan, F. J., Dethier, E.N. and Rossi, R., 2021, A mechanistic understanding of channel evolution following dam removal, Geomorphology, doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2021.107971
Magilligan, F.J., Nislow, K.H., Dietrich, J.T., Doyle, H. and Kynard, B., 2021, Transient versus sustained biophysical responses to dam removal, Geomorphology. doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2021.107836
Sneddon, C.S., Magilligan, F.J., and Fox, C., 2021, River restoration and the contradictions of state power, Annals American Association of Geographers. doi.org/10.1080/24694452.2021.1913089
Drapier, L., Germaine, M., Lezpez, L., Magilligan, F., and Sneddon, C., 2021., Networks, coalitions, and the contestation of dam removal across political and institutional scales. Geographical Review, doi.org/10.1080/00167428.2021.1953382