*indicates supervised student and/or post-doc paper, †indicates student-led paper


*Wu, C., Nittrouer, J. A., Barefoot, E. J., and K. Burmeister, “Reconstructing backwater hydrodynamics from fluvial-deltaic deposits using stratigraphic inversion: an example from the Tullig Sandstone, Western Irish Namurian Basin, Co. Clare, Ireland”, accepted and in press at Geological Society of America Bulletin

*Dunne, K. B. J., Dee, S. G., Reinders, J., Munoz, S. E., and J. A. Nittrouer, “Enhanced probability of catastrophic Mississippi River floods under high emissions scenarios” (2022), Environmental Research Communications, DOI: 10.1088/2515-7620/ac8d53 Research Article (PDF)

*Ma, H., Nittrouer, J. A., Fu, X., Parker, G. Zhang, Y., Wang, Y., Wang, Y., Lamb, M. P., Cisneros, J., Best, J. L., Parsons, D. R., and B. Wu, “Amplification of downstream flood stage due to damming of fine-grained rivers” (2022), Nature Communications DOI: 10.1038/s41467-022-30730-9 Research Article (PDF) 

*Moodie, A. J., Carlson, B., Foreman, B. Z., Kwang, J., Naito, K., and J. A. Nittrouer (2022) “SedEdu: a suite of sediment-related educational modules.” Journal of Open Source Education, 5(56), 129. DOI: 10.21105.jose.00129 Research Article (PDF)

*Moodie, A. J., and J. A. Nittrouer (2021), “Optimized river diversion scenarios promote sustainability of urbanized deltas”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2101649118 Research Article (PDF)

*Carlson, B. N., Nittrouer, J. A., Swanson, T., Moodie, A. J., Dong, T., Kineke, G. C., Pan, M., and Y. Wang (2021), “Impacts of engineered diversions and natural avulsions on delta-lobe stability”, Geophysical Research Letters, DOI: 10.1029/2021GL092438 Research Article (PDF)

*Moodie, A. J., Nittrouer, J. A., Ma, H., Carlson, B., Lamb, M. P., and G. Parker, (2021) “Suspended-sediment induced stratification inferred from concentration and velocity profile measurements in the flooding lower Yellow River, China” Water Resources Research DOI: 10.1029/2020WR027192 Research Article (PDF)

*Barefoot, E. J., Nittrouer, J. A., Foreman, B. Z., Hajek, E. A., and G. R. Dickens (2021), “Evidence for enhanced lateral mobility and grain-size sorting in floodplain deposits due to precipitation seasonality during the PETM”, Geology DOI: 10.1130/G49149.1 Research Article (PDF)

*Barefoot, E. J., Nittrouer, J. A., and K. M Straub (2021), “Non-monotonic responses to changes in flooding intensity”, Journal of Geophysical Research Earth Surface, DOI: 10.1029/2021JF006210 Research Article (PDF)

Osborn, R., Dillon, B., Tran, D., Abolfazli, E., Dunne, K. B. J., Nittrouer, J. A., and Strom, K. (2021), “FlocARAZI: An In-Situ, Image-Based Profiling Instrument for Sizing Solid and Flocculated Suspended Sediment”, Journal of Geophysical Research Earth Surface, DOI: 10.1029/2021JF006310 Research Article (PDF)

Dubravko, J., Kourafalou, V., Mariottie, G., He, S., Weisberg, R., Adroulidakis, Y., Barker, C., Bracco, A., Dzwonkowski, B., Hu, C., Huang, H., Jacobs, G., Le Henaff, M., Liu, Y., Morey, S., Nittrouer, J., Overton, E., Paris, C., Roberts, B., Rose, K., Valle-Levinson, A., and J. Wiggert (2021), “Transport Processes in the Gulf of Mexico Along the River‑Estuary‑Shelf‑Ocean Continuum: a Review of Research from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative”, Estuaries and Coasts, DOI: 10.1007/s12237-021-01005-1 Research Article (PDF)

*Dong, T. Y., Nittrouer, J. A., McElroy, B., Il’icheva, E., Pavlov, M., Ma, H., and A. Moodie “Predicting water and sediment partitioning in a delta channel network under varying discharge conditions” (2020)  Water Resources Research DOI: 10.1029/2020WR027199 Research Article (PDF)

Wu, X., Bi., N., Syvitski, J., Saito, Y., Xu, J., Nittrouer, J. A., Bianchi, T. S., Yang, Z., and H. Wang, “Can reservoir regulation along Yellow River be a sustainable way to save a sinking delta?” (2020) Earth’s Future DOI: 10.1029/2020EF001587 Research Article (PDF)

*Moodie, A. J., Carlson, B., Foreman, B. Z., Kwang, J., Naito, K., and J. A. Nittrouer “SedEdu: a suite of sediment-related educational modules.” in review at Journal of Open Source Education DOI: 10.21105.jose.00069.

*Wu, C., Nittrouer, J. A., Swanson, T., Ma, H., Barefoot, E., Best, J., and M. Allison, “Dune-scale cross-strata across the fluvial-deltaic backwater regime: preservation potential of an autogenic stratigraphic signature” (2020) Geology DOI: Research Article (PDF)

*Wu, C., Nittrouer, J. A., Muto, T., Naito, K., and G. Parker, “Morphodynamic equilibrium of lowland river systems during autoretreat” (2020)  Geology DOI: Research Article (PDF)

Lamb, M. P., Leeuw, J. D., Fischer, W., Moodie, A. J., Venditti, J. G., Nittrouer, J. A., Haught, D., and G. Parker (2020) “Mud in rivers transported as flocculated, suspended bed material” Nature Geoscience DOI: Research Article (PDF)

†Zhang, L., Li, T., Wang, G., Kwang, J. S., Nittrouer J. A., Fu, X., and G. Parker (2020) “How canyons evolve by incision into bedrock: Rainbow Canyon, Death Valley National Park, USA” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences DOI: https://doi/10.1073/pnas.1911040117 Research Article (PDF)

*Li, Y., Nittrouer, J. A., Bi, N., Wu, X., and B. Carlson (2020) “Modeling the filling process of abandoned fluvial-deltaic distributary channel: An example from the Yellow River delta, China”, Geomorphology DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2020.107204 – Research Article (PDF)

Leeuw, J. D., Lamb, M. P., Parker, G., Moodie, A. J., Haught, D., Venditti, J. G., and J. A. Nittrouer (2020) “Entrainment and suspension of sand and gravel” Earth Surface Dynamics 8, pp. 485–504, DOI: 10.5194/esurf-8-485-2020 – Research Article (PDF)

Dingle, E., Sinclair, H., Venditti, J., Attal, M., Kinnaird, T., Creed, M., Quick, L., Nittrouer, J. A, and D. Gautam (2020) “Sediment dynamics across gravel-sand transitions: Implications for river stability and floodplain recycling”, Geology, doi:10.1130/G46909.1 – Research Article (PDF)

Hoitink, A. J. F., Nittrouer, J. A., Passalacqua, P., Shaw, J. B., Langendoen, E. J., Huismans Y., and D. S. van Maren (2020) “Grasping River Delta Resilience in the Anthropocene,” Journal of Geophysical Research Earth Surface, doi:10.1029/2019JF005201 – Research Article (PDF)

*Carlson, B. N., Nittrouer, J. A., Moodie, A. J., Kineke, G. C., Kumpf, L. L., Ma H., Parsons, D. R., and H. Wang (2020) “Infilling abandoned deltaic channels through tidal sedimentation: a case study from the Huanghe (Yellow River) delta, China,” Journal of Geophysical Research Earth Surface, doi: 10.1029/2019JF005254 – Research Article (PDF)

†Cisneros, J., Best, J., van Dijk, T., Paes de Almeida, R., Amsler, M., Boldt, J., Frietas, B., Galeazzi, C., Huizinga, R., Ianniruberto, M., Ma, H., Nittrouer, J., Oberg, K., Orfeo, O., Parsons, D., Szupiany, R., Wang, P., and Y. Zhang (2020) “The Shape of Dunes in the World’s Big Rivers,” Nature Geoscience, doi:10.1038/s41561-019-0511-7 – Research Article (PDF)

Wu, X., Bi, N., Nittrouer, J. A., Xu, J., Cong, S., Carlson, B., Lu, T., Li, Z., and H. Wang (2020) “Evolution of a tide-dominated abandoned channel: a case of the abandoned Qingshuigou course, Yellow River”, Marine Geology, 422. doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2020.106116.- Research Article (PDF)

*Ma, H., Nittrouer, J. A., Wu, B., Zhang, Y., Mohrig, D., Lamb, M. P., Wang, Y., Fu, X., Moodie, A. J., Naito, K., Wang, G., Hu, C., and G. Parker (2019) “Universal sediment transport relation for fine-bed rivers with phase transition”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1911225116 – Research Article (PDF)

*Moodie, A. J., Nittrouer, J. A., Ma, H., Carlson, B. N., Chadwick, A. J., Lamb, M. P., and G. Parker (2019) “Modeling deltaic lobe-building cycles and avulsions of the Yellow River delta, China”, Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface <em>, 124. Article (PDF)

*Wu, C. & Nittrouer J. A. (2019) “Impacts of backwater hydrodynamics on fluvial–deltaic stratigraphy”, Basin Research, doi: 10.1111/bre.12385 – Research Article (PDF)

Venditti, J. G., Nittrouer, J. A., Allison, M. A., Humphries, R. P., and M. Church (2019) “Supply Limited Bedform Patterns and Scaling through a Gravel-Sand Transition”, Sedimentology, doi: 10.1111/sed.12604 – Research Article (PDF)

†Chadwick, A. J., Lamb, M. P., Moodie, A. J., Parker, G. and J. A. Nittrouer (2019) “Origin of a preferential avulsion node on lowland river deltas”, Geophysical Research Letters,  46, 4267-4277. Research Article (PDF)

†Naito, K., Ma, H., Nittrouer, J. A., Zhang, Y., Wu, B., Wang, Y., Fu., X., and G.Parker (2019) “Extended Engelund-Hansen type sediment transport relation for mixtures based on the sand-silt-bed lower Yellow River, China”, Journal of Hydraulic Research, doi: 10.1080/00221686.2018.1555554. – Research Article (PDF)

*Dong, T. Y., Nittrouer, J. A., Il’icheva, E., Pavlov, M., McElroy, B., Czapiga, M., Ma, H., and G. Parker (2019) “Roles of bank material in setting bankfull hydraulic geometry as informed by the Selenga River delta, Russia”, Water Resources Research, doi: 10.1029/2017WR021985. – Research Article (PDF)

Phillips, J. D., Ewing, R. C., Bowling, R., Weymer, B. A., Barrineau, P., Nittrouer, J. A., and M. E. Everett (2019) “Low-angle eolian deposits formed by protodune migration, and insights into slipface development at White Sands Dune Field, New Mexico”, Aeolian Research, 36, pp. 9-26. – Research Article (PDF)

*Demet, B. P., Nittrouer, J. A., Anderson, J. A, and L. M. Simkins (2018) “Sedimentary processes at ice sheet grounding-zone wedges: examples from Antarctica and Washington State (U.S.A.)”, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, doi: 10.1002/esp.4550.- Research Article (PDF)

Maselli, V., Pellegrini., C., Del Bianco, F., Mercorella, A., Nones, M., Crose, L., Guerrero, M., and J. A. Nittrouer (2018) “River morphodynamic evolution under dam induced backwater: an example from the Po River (Italy), Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 88, pp. 1190-1204. doi: – Research Article (PDF)

†Liu, Z., Dugan, B., Masiello, C. A., Wahab, L. M., Gonermann, H. M., and J. A.Nittrouer (2018) “Effect of freeze-thaw cycling on grain size of biochar”, PLOS One, 13(1): e0191246. – Research Article (PDF)

*Pietron, Nittrouer, J. A., Jarso, J., Chalov, S. R., and T. Y. Dong (2017) “Sedimentation processes in the Selenga River delta: implications for sequestering particle-reactive metals”, Hydrological Processes, doi: 10.1002/hyp.11414 – Research Article (PDF)

*Ma, H., Nittrouer, J.A., Naito, K., Fu. X., Zhang, Y., Moodie, A., Wu, B., and Y. Wang (2017) “The exceptional sediment load of fine-grain dispersal systems”, Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.1603114 – Research Article (PDF)

*Khanna, P., Droxler, A., Nittrouer, J. A., Tunnell, W., and T. C. Shirley (2017) “Coralgal Reef Morphology Records: Evidence of Punctuated Sea-Level Rise Events during Last Mid-Deglaciation”, Nature Communications, 8:1046, 8 pp. doi: 10.1038/s41467-017-00966-x – Research Article (PDF)

*Anarde, K. A., Kameshwar, S., Irza, J. N., Nittrouer, J. A., Lorenzo-Trueba, J., Padgett, J. E., Sebastian, A., and P. B. Bedient (2017) “Infrastructure vulnerability to hurricane storm surge evaluated for an evolving coastal landscape”, Natural Hazards Reviews, doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)NH.1527-6996.0000265 – Research Article (PDF)

Wu, X., Bi, N., Xu, J., Nittrouer, J., Yang, Z., Saito, Y., Wang, H. (2017) “Stepwise morphological evolution of the active Yellow River (Huanghe) delta lobe (1976-2013): Dominant roles of riverine discharge and sediment grain size”, Geomorphology, doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2017.04.042 – Research Article (PDF)

Karthe, D., Abdullaev, I., Boldgiv, B., Borchardt, D., Chalov, S., Jarso, J., Li, L., and J. A. Nittrouer (2017) “Water in Central Asia: An integrated Assessment for Science-Based Management”, Environmental Earth Sciences, 76:690, 15 pp. DOI 10.1007/s12665-017-6994-x – Research Article (PDF)

Wang, H.J., Wu, X., Bi, N., Li, S., Yuan, P., Wang, A., Syvitski, J.P.M., Saito, Y., Yang, Z, Liu, S., and J. A. Nittrouer (2017) “Impacts of the dam-oriented water-sediment regulation scheme on the lower reaches and delta of the Yellow River (Huanghe): A review”, Global and Planetary Change, 157, pp. 93-113. Doi: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2017.08.005 Research Article (PDF)

*Moran, K. E., Nittrouer, J. A., Perillo, M. M., Lorenzo-Trueba, J., and J. B. Anderson (2016) “Morphodynamic modeling of fluvial channel fill and avulsion timescales during the early Holocene transgression, as constrained by the incised valley stratigraphy of the Trinity River, Texas”, Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, doi:10.1002/2015JF003778. Research Article (PDF)

*Dong, T. Y., Nittrouer, J. A., Il’icheva, E., Pavlov, M., McElroy, B., Czapiga, M., Ma, H., and G. Parker (2016) “Controls on gravel termination in seven distributary channels of the Selenga River delta, Baikal Rift basin, Russia” Geological Society of America Bulletin, doi:10.1130/B31427.1 – Research Article (PDF)

Chalov, S., Thorslund, J., Kasimov, N., Aybullatov, D., Ilyicheva, E., Karthe, D., Kositsky, A., Lychagin, M., Nittrouer, J. A., Pavlov, M., Pietron, J., Shinkareva, G., Tasasov, M., Garmaev, E., Akhtman, Y., and J. Jarso (2016) “The Selenga River delta: a geochemical barrier protecting Lake Baikal waters”, Regional Environmental Change, v. 16 (5), 17 pp. doi: 10.1007/s10113-016-0996-1Research Article (PDF)

Czapiga, M. J., Smith, V. B, Nittrouer, J. A., Mohrig, D, and G. Parker (2015) “Internal connectivity of meandering rivers: statistical generalization of channel hydraulic geometry”, Water Resources Research, pp. 7485-7500. doi: 10.1002/2014WR016133 – Research Article (PDF)

Viparelli, E., Nittrouer, J. A. and G. Parker (2015) “Modeling flow and sediment transport dynamics in the lowermost Mississippi River, Louisiana, USA, with an upstream alluvial-bedrock transition and a downstream bedrock-alluvial transition: implications for land-building using engineered diversions”, Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, v. 120, pp. 534-563. doi: 10.1002/2014JF003257– Research Article (PDF)

Nittrouer, J. A. and E. Viparelli (2014) Reply to Nature Geoscience Correspondence. Nature Geoscience, 7, pp. 852. –  Research Article (PDF)

Nittrouer, J. A. and E. Viparelli (2014) “Sand as a stable and sustainable resource for nourishing the Mississippi River delta”, Nature Geoscience, 7, pp. 350-354. 10.1038/ngeo2142. –  Research Article (PDF)

Ganti, V., Zhongxin, C., Lamb, M. P., and J. A. Nittrouer (2014) “Testing morphodynamic controls on the location and frequency of river avulsions on fans and deltas: Huanghe (Yellow River), China”, Geophysical Research Letters. 10.1002/2014GL061918 –  Research Article (PDF)

Nittrouer, J. A. (2013) “Backwater hydrodynamics and sediment transport in the lowermost Mississippi River Delta: Implications for the development of fluvial-deltaic landform in a large lowland river”, Proceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences-IAHS-IAPSO-IASPEI Assembly, Gothenburg, Sweden. IAHS Publication; in press. *Invited review by International Association of Hydraulic Sciences. –  Research Article (PDF)

Kenney, M. A., Hobbs, B. F., Mohrig, D., Huang, H., Nittrouer, J. A., Kim, W., and G. Parker (2013) “Cost analysis of water and sediment diversions to optimize land building in the Mississippi River delta”, Water Resources Research, 46(6), pp. 3388-3405. 10.1002/wrcr.20139 *WRR Editors’ Choice Award Research Article (PDF)

Nittrouer, J. A., Best, J. L., Brantley, C., Czapiga, M., Cash, R. W., Kumar, P., and G. Parker (2012) “Mitigating land loss in coastal Louisiana by controlled diversion of Mississippi River sand”, Nature Geoscience, 5, pp. 534-537. doi. 10.1038/NGEO1525 Research Article (PDF)

Petter, A. L., Steel, R. J., Mohrig, D., and J. A. Nittrouer, “The stratigraphic consequences of long-term river aggradation, part I: the importance of backwater hydraulic conditions for downstream sediment fractionation and changes in fluvial style in the Campanian Lower Castlegate Sandstone of Utah”, accepted for publication at Journal of Sedimentary Research

Nittrouer, J. A., Shaw, J., Lamb, M. P., and D. Mohrig (2012) “Spatial and temporal trends for water-flow velocity and bed-material sediment transport in the lower Mississippi River” Geological Society of America Bulletin, 124, pp. 400-414. doi:10.1130/B30497.1 – Research Article (PDF)

Lamb, M. P., Nittrouer, J. A., Shaw, J., and D. Mohrig (2012) “Backwater and river-plume controls on scour upstream of river mouths: Implications for fluvio-deltaic morphodynamics”, Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 117, doi:10.1029/2011JF002079 – Research Article (PDF)

Chatanantavet, P., Lamb, M. P., and J. A. Nittrouer (2012) “Backwater controls on avulsion locations on deltas”, Geophysical Research Letters, 39, doi:10.1029/2011GL050197 – Research Article (PDF)

Nittrouer, J. A., Mohrig, D., Allison, M. A., and A. B. Peyret (2011), “The Lowermost Mississippi River: A mixed bedrock-alluvial channel”, Sedimentology, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3091.2011.01245.x – Research Article (PDF)

Nittrouer, J. A., Mohrig, D., and M. A. Allison (2011), “Punctuated sand transport in the lowermost Mississippi River”, Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 116, pp. 1914-1934. doi: 10.1029/2011JF002026 – Research Article (PDF)

Venditti, J. G., Humphries, R. P., Allison, M. A., Nittrouer, J. A., and M. Church (2010), “Morphology and dynamics of a gravel-sand transition”, Proceedings of the Joint Federal Interagency Conference 2010. 9th Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conference, June 27-July 1, 2010, Las Vegas, NV. 12 pp. – Research Article (PDF)

Ryan-Mishkin, K., Walsh, J. P., Corbett, D. R., Dail, M. B., and J. A. Nittrouer (2009), “Modern sedimentation in a mixed siliciclastic-carbonate coral reef environment, La Parguera, Puerto Rico”. Caribbean Journal of Science, 45 (2-3), pp. 151-167. doi: 20.18475/cjos.v45i2.a4– Research Article (PDF)

Nittrouer, J. A., Allison, M. A., and R. Campanella (2008) “Bedform transport measurements in the lower Mississippi River”, Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 113, F03004, doi: 10.1029/2007JF000795 – Research Article (PDF)

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