Douglas J. Faulkner

Associate Professor of Geography

E-mail:  faulkndj@uwec.edu
Telephone:  (715) 836-5166
Homepage:  http://people.uwec.edu/faulkndj/

Curriculum Vitae

Education
B.A
., Geography, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1980)
B.A., Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, Oxford University (1983) 
M.S., Water Resources Management, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1986) 
M.S., Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1987) 
Ph.D., Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1994) 

Courses Taught at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
GEOG 104: The Physical Environment
GEOG 178: Conservation of the Environment
GEOG 340: Climatology
GEOG 363: Watershed Analysis
GEOG 364: Fluvial Processes and Landforms
GEOG 365: Outdoor Recreation
GEOG 375: Environmental Quality
GEOG 378: International Environmental Problems and Policies
GEOG 401: Capstone Seminar

Research Interests
* recent channel change and Late Quaternary alluvial chronology of the Lower Chippewa River
* Holocene fluvial history of the central Great Plains
* human impacts on fluvial systems
* fluvial adjustments to environmental change 
* watershed sediment delivery 
* floodplain sedimentation

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is the designated Center of Excellence in the UW System for faculty/student research collaboration. I am strongly committed to its mission of promoting undergraduate research.

My research with undergraduates has included work building upon the research I did for my dissertation in the early 1990s, which focused on post Euro-American channel changes and floodplain sedimentation in the lower Buffalo River watershed of west-central Wisconsin.  The primary objective of that research was to quantify recent channel and floodplain changes in order to determine whether channel erosion was a significant source of sediment from the Buffalo River watershed to the Mississippi River. For this research, my undergraduate collaborator, Tobi Rutten (Geography, 2002), received a first-place award for her work at the annual UWEC Student Research Day poster session in 2002.

The main focus of my current collaborative research with students is the Lower Chippewa River Valley in west-central Wisconsin, a fascinating and unique region that was designated a State Natural Area by the Governor and the Natural Resources Board of Wisconsin in 2001.  One of my collaborative research projects aims to reconstruct channel changes that have occurred along the Lower Chippewa over the past century and to identify the factors that control why certain reaches of the river have been more morphologically dynamic than others. Another project seeks to reconstruct the Late Quaternary geomorphic history (both fluvial and eolian) of the Lower Chippewa valley. (Go here for a website on Lower Chippewa research developed by undergraduate researcher Phil Larson (Geography, 2008): http://www.uwec.edu/jolhm/Student_Research/Larson/LowerChippewaRiverStudy.html.)

Another research focus (though presently a latent one) is the Holocene history of sediment delivery in small watersheds in the central Great Plains. The specific focus of my work is on alluvial fans in the Platte River valley of south-central Nebraska and on the buried soils they contain, which provide a means for deciphering chronologies of watershed sediment yield and for determining past changes of the Platte River.  (To view a map of my study area, click here.  In addition, I am interested in the Holocene alluvial history of the Platte River, the largest river in the central Great Plains and the largest tributary of the Missouri River.

Recent Publications
Faulkner, D.J. 2002. "Alluvial Fans as Records of Holocene Sediment Yield in the Central Great Plains of Southwest Nebraska." Physical Geography 23: 343-365.

Faulkner, D.J. 1998. "Spatially Variable Historical Alluviation and Channel Incision in West-Central Wisconsin." Annals, Association of American Geographers 88: 666-685.

Faulkner, D.J. 1996. "Field Guide Brush Creek: Urban Menace or Asset?" In: Papers and Proceeding of the Applied Geography Conferences (Volume 19), F.A. Schoolmaster, ed., pp. 307-316.

Faulkner, D.J., and McIntyre, S.C. 1996. "Persisting Sediment Yields and Sediment Delivery Changes."  The Water Resources Bulletin 32(4): 817-829.

Manuscript in Preparation
Faulkner, D.J. "Evidence of Holocene Vertical Stability Along the Platte River in the Central Great Plains." To be submitted to Geology.