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L. Allan James

Title: Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Department: Geography; Earth, Ocean and Environment
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-6117
Office: Callcott, Room 206
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf] 
My Website 
Department of Geography
School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment

Allan James


Fluvial geomorphology
Erosion and sedimentation
Water resources
Flood hydrology
Quaternary science


GEOG 201: Introduction to Landforms
GEOG 547: Fluvial Geomorphology
GEOG 549: Water and Watersheds
GEOG 747: Seminar in Physical Geography (topics vary)

Representative Publications 

James, L.A., Phillips, J.D., Lecce, S.A. In press. A centennial tribute to G.K. Gilbert's Hydraulic-Mining Débris in the Sierra Nevada.” Geomorphology. doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2017.04.004

James, L.A. 2017. Arrested geomorphic trajectories and the long-term hidden potential for change. Journal of Environmental Management 202: 412-423. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.02.011

Brown A.B., Petit, F., and James, L.A. 2016. Archaeology and human artefacts. In, Ch.3,Tools in Fluvial Geomorphology, Second Edition. G. Mathias Kondolf and Hervé Piégay (Eds.), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

James, L.A. 2015. Designing Forward with an Eye to the Past: Morphogenesis of the lower Yuba River. Geomorphology 251: 31-49. Doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2015.07.009

James, L.A. 2013. Legacy sediment: Definitions and processes of episodically produced anthropogenic sediment. Anthropocene 2: 16-26,

James, L.A. 2013. Impacts of Early Agriculture and Deforestation on Geomorphic Systems. In, Geomorphology of Human Disturbances, Climate Change, and Natural Hazards, James, L.A., C. Harden, J. Clague (Eds.), Vol.13, Treatise on Geomorphology, Shroder, J., Jr., (Ed. in Chief). Academic Press, San Diego, CA, vol. 13, pp.48-77.

James, L.A., C. Harden, and J. Clague (eds.) 2013. Geomorphology of Human Impacts, Climate Change, and Natural Hazards.Volume 13 of Treatise on Geomorphology, J. Shroder (Chief Editor); Elsevier.

James, L.A. and S. Lecce. 2013. Impacts of Land-Use and Land-Cover Change on River Systems. In, Fluvial Geomorphology, Wohl, E. (Ed.), Vol. 9, Treatise on Geomorphology; Shroder, J., Jr., (Ed. in Chief). Academic Press, San Diego, CA, pp. 768-793.

Singer, M.B., R. Aalto, L.A. James, N.E. Kilham, J.L. Higson, and S. Ghoshal. 2013. Enduring legacy of a toxic fan via episodic redistribution of California gold mining debris. Proceedings National Academy of Sciences 110(46): 18436-18441. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1302295110

Bishop, M., L.A. James, J. Shroder, S. Walsh. 2012. Geospatial technologies and digital geomorphological mapping: Concepts, issues and research. Geomorphology 137: 5-26.

James, L.A., M.E. Hodgson, S. Ghoshal, M. Megison Latiolais. 2012. Geomorphic change detection using historic maps and DEM differencing: The temporal dimension of geospatial analysis. Geomorphology 137: 181-198.

James, L.A., S. Walsh, and M.P. Bishop (eds.) 2012. Geomorphic Mapping and Spatial Analysis. Proc. 41st Annual Binghamton Geomorphology Symp.; Columbia, SC, Oct. 15-17, 2010. New York: Elsevier; 198 pp.

Perveen, S., and L.A. James. 2012. Changes in correlation coefficients with spatial scale and implications for water resources and vulnerability data. Professional Geographer 64(3):389-400.

James, L.A. 2011. Contrasting geomorphic impacts of pre- and post-Columbian land-use changes in Anglo America. Physical Geography 32(5): 399-422; doi10.2747/0272-3646.32.5.399.

James, L.A. 2010. Sediment waves, bed waves, legacy sediment, and hydraulic myopia. Geography Compass 4/6: 576-598. doi: 10.1111/j.1749-8198.2010.00324.x

James, L. A., Rathburn, S. L., and Whittecar, G. R. (Eds.) 2009. Management and Restoration of Fluvial Systems with Broad Historical Changes and Human Impacts: Geological Society of America Special Paper 451; Boulder, CO: Geol. Soc. Amer.; 244pp.

James, L.A., D.G. Watson, and W.F. Hansen. 2007. Using Lidar to map gullies and headwater streams under forest canopy: South Carolina, USA. Catena 71: 132-144.

James, L.A. 2006. Bed waves at the basin scale: implications to river management and restoration. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 31: 1692-1706.

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