Bruce Rhoads

Professor, Department of Geography & GIS

Contact Information
Office: 2038 Natural History Building
1301 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: +1.217.333.1322
Curriculum Vitae



I have worked on the fluvial dynamics of streams in the Midwest for over 25 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.

Research Areas
Rivers, Watersheds, Sedimentary Processes, and Landscapes
Earth Systems Modeling
Natural Hazards
Water in the Earth System

Ph.D., Arizona State University

Awards & Honors
  • John Simon Guggenheim Fellow 2005
  • G.K. Gilbert Award for Excellence in Geomorphic Research, AAG 2011
  • Fellow, National Great River Research and Education Center, 2012-15
  • Distinguished Career Award, Geomorphology Specialty Group, AAG 2014