L. Allan James, Ph.D.
October, 2013

photo Department of Geography 

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University of South Carolina (803) 777-6117
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Email: ajames@sc.edu 
Home Page: http://people.cas.sc.edu/ajames/

  Professional Experience 
  Awards, Honors & Elected Positions

         Refereed Publications
         Book Chapters
Field Guides
          Book Reviews & Other Publications

         Unpublished Books, Reports, & other Documents
         Invited Paper Presentations
         Other Paper Presentations
        Posters and Panels Discussions
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Editorial Boards of Refereed Professional Journals
Advisory/Review Panels and Consulting
Professional Societies

University South Carolina

Field Trips Led

Ph.D. in Geography and Geology (held jointly), Univ.Wisconsin, Madison, 1988. Dissertation: "Historical transport and storage of hydraulic mining sediment in the Bear River, California."
M.S. in Geography, Univ. Wisconsin, Madison, 1983. Thesis: "Post-flood channel adjustments in the upper Kickapoo River, Southwest Wisconsin."
M.S. in Water Resources Management, Univ. Wisconsin, Madison, 1981.
B.A.  in Geography, Univ. California, Berkeley, 1978.


Courses Taught: 


Externally Funded Research Grants
Externally Funded Education Enhancement and Travel Grants
Internally Funded Grants



  • James, L.A., C. Harden, and J. Clague (eds.) (2013).  Geomorphology of Climate Change, Human Impacts, and Natural Hazards.  Vol.13 Treatise on Geomorphology, J. Shroder (Chief Editor); Elsevier.  Introduction
  • James, L. Allan. 2012.  Landform Geography: Laboratory Exercises. Kendall-Hunt, Publishing Co.

  • James, L. A., S. Walsh, and M. P. Bishop (eds.) 2012.  Geomorphic Mapping and Spatial Analysis.  Proc. 41st Internat. Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium. Preface

  • James, L. A.  S. Rathburn, and R. Whittecar (eds.)  2009.  Management and Restoration of Fluvial Systems with Broad Historical Changes and Human Impacts.  Geological Soc. Amer. Special Paper 451.  Proceedings of Topical Session held in October, 2007; Denver.
  • James, L.A. and W.A. Marcus (Eds.).  2006.  The Human Role in Changing Fluvial Systems.  Proc. Binghamton Geomorphology Symp., Oct. 20-22, 2006, Columbia, SC.   Elsevier. 362 pp.  Preface .
  • Platt, R.H., James, L.A., et al.   1995.  Flood Risk Management and the American River Basin: An Evaluation.  National Research Council, Committee on Flood Control Alternatives in the American River Basin.  Wash., D.C.: National Academy Press.  236 pp.



  • James, L.A. (in press for 2013) Impacts of Early Agriculture and Deforestation on Geomorphic Systems. In: Shroder, J., Jr., James, L.A., C. Harden, J. Clague (Eds.), Treatise on Geomorphology. Academic Press, San Diego, CA, vol. 13, pp. xx–xx.
  • James, L.A., S. Lecce. (in press for 2013) Impacts of Land-Use and Land-Cover Change on River Systems. In: Shroder, J., Jr., Wohl, E. (Eds.), Treatise on Geomorphology. Academic Press, San Diego, CA, vol. 9, pp. xx–xx.
  • Mossa, J., L.A. James (in press for 2013). Impacts of Mining on Geomorphic Systems. In: Shroder, J., Jr., James, L.A., C. Harden, J. Clague (Eds.), Treatise on Geomorphology. Academic Press, San Diego, CA, vol. 13, pp. xx–xx.
  • James, L.A., M. B. Singer,  S. Ghoshal, M. Megison.  2009.  Sedimentation in the lower Yuba and Feather Rivers, California: Long-term effects of contrasting river-management strategies, in James, L.A., Rathburn, S.L., and Whittecar, G.R., eds.  Management and Restoration of Fluvial Systems with Broad Historical Changes and Human Impacts: Geological Society of America Special Paper 451, doi: 10.1130/2009.2451(04).
  • James, L.A.  2004. Decreasing sediment yields in northern California: Vestiges of hydraulic gold-mining and reservoir trapping. In, pp. 235-244; Golosov, V., P.J. Wallbrink & D.E. Walling (eds.), Sediment Transfer through the Fluvial System. Proc. Internat. Symp., Aug. 2-6, 2004.  Moscow, Russia.  Internat. Assn. Hydrological Sci. Publ. 288 (Red Book). Proc. Symp. August, 2004 meeting in Moscow. 
  • Shankman, D.; James, L.A. 2001. Mountain environments - Appalachia and the Eastern Cordillera, pp. 291-306, in Antony Orme (Ed.), The Physical Geography of North America; N.Y. & London: Oxford Univ. Press. 576 pp.
  • James, L.A. 1994.  Channel changes wrought by gold mining: Northern Sierra Nevada, California.  In, pp. 629-638, Marston, R. and V. Hasfurther  (eds.), Effects of Human-Induced Changes on Hydrologic Systems, Amer. Water Resources Assn.  



    • Mossa, J. and L.A. James (in press).  Changing fluvial systems.  Introduction to special issue of Physical Geography. 

    • Brown, A. G., F. Petit and L. A. James.  (in press).  Archaeology and Human Artifacts.  In, H. Piégay, and G. M. Kondolf (eds.), Tools in Fluvial Geomorphology; 2d Ed.  Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press

    • James, L.A., C. Harden, J. Clague (in press)  Geomorphology of Human Disturbances, Climate Change, and Hazards.  In: Shroder, J., Jr., James, L.A., C. Harden, J. Clague (Eds.), Treatise on Geomorphology.  Academic Press, San Diego, CA, vol. 13, pp. xx–xx.
    • James, L.A., S. Walsh, M.P. Bishop. 2012. Geospatial technologies and geomorphological mapping. Geomorphology 137: 1-4.
    • James, L.A., S.A. Lecce, L. Davis. 2010. Fluvial processes in small Southeastern watersheds; Introduction. Southeastern Geographer 50(4): 393-396.
    • James, L.A., S.L. Rathburn, G.R. Whittecar. 2009. Managing Rivers with Broad Historical Changes and Human Impacts. In, Management and Restoration of Fluvial Systems with Broad Historical Changes and Human Impacts: Geological Society of America Special Paper 451, doi: 10.1130/2009.2451(00). 

    •   James, L.A. (2004).  Non-Point Sources: Historical Sedimentation and 20th Century Geography. In, pp. 405-410, Warf, B., D. Janelle, and K. Hansen (eds.)  WorldMinds: Geographical Perspectives on 100 Problems.  N.Y.: Kluwer Pub. Co 

    • Brown, A.G., F. Petit, L.A. James.  2003.   Archaeology and Human Artefacts. In, pp.59-75, H. Piegay and M. Kondolf (eds.), Tools in Fluvial Geomorphology. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press.

    • James, L. A., M. Singer, and R. Aalto.  2007.  Field Trip Guide and Road Log: Tracking Hydraulic Mining sediment in the Sierra Foothills and Sacramento Valley.  Ann. Mtg. Assn. Amer. Geographers, SF, April 15-17, 2007.  55 pp.

    • James, L.A.,  2003.  Late Pleistocene Glaciations in the Northwestern Sierra NevadaField Trip Guide and Road Log. (pdf 2.5 Mb) XVI INQUA Congress, International Quaternary Association; from Reno, Nevada, July 27, 2003. 
    •   James, L.A. and Davis J.D. 1994. Glaciation and Hydraulic Gold-Mining Sediment in the Bear and South Yuba Rivers, California.  Field Trip Guide, April 1-3, 1994, Assoc. Amer. Geographers National Meeting, San Francisco. 108 pp.


    • James, L.A., 2012. Restructuring space in the Earth sciences. Op-Ed. Assoc. Amer. Geographers Newsletter 47(10): 16.

    • _____, 2011. Water resources as a model of opportunities, challenges, and strategies for Geographers. Assoc. Amer. Geographers Newsletter 46(7): 9-10.

    • _____, 2003.  Non-point source pollution and the Clean Water Act: Policy problems and professional prospects.  Water Resources Update 126: 60-67.  (Invited paper).

    • James, L.A. and C. Lant.  2003. Water-Resources Issues for the New Millennium: Geographic Perspectives.  Water Resources Update  126: 1-5.  (Introduction to special issue as invited guest editor.
    • James, L.A. 2001. Book Review: Virtual Rivers: Lessons from the Mountain Rivers of the Colorado Front Range, Ellen E. Wohl, Yale University Press, New Haven, xiv+210 pp., EOS, Transactions American Geophysical Union, p.459, Oct. 2, 2001.
    • _____, Book Review. 1999Glaciers of California: Modern Glaciers, Ice Age Glaciers, Origin of Yosemite Valley, and a Glacier Tour in the Sierra Nevada, by Bill Guyton. Univ. Calif. Press (1998). 197 p. Geotimes 44(12): 26.
    • _____, 1998. Book Review: Geomorphology from Space, CDROM. Short and Blair. In press, Professional Geographer, 50(3): 400.
    • James, L.A. and Colman, S. 1996. Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology. Annual summary, Geotimes, Feb., 1996.
    • James, L.A. 1996. Four brief articles: Sierra Madre, Paricutin, Mt. Rainier, and Niagara Escarpment. In Microsoft Encarta [multimedia encyclopedia], Redmond, WA: Microsoft Corp.
    • _____, 1992. Conference Report: "International Union for Quaternary Research" in Professional Geographer, V.44: 99.


    • Haselback, L. and L. A. James. 2008. Review of Practices for Ditch Vegetation Management and Summary Recommendations for Richland County; for Richland County Stormwater Management Division, Department of Public Works. Submitted as the final report for Environmental Assessment of Spraying of Stormwater Infrastructure Project, July 2, 2008. 155 pp. with Appendices. 

    • James, L.A. nd. Fluvial Geomorphology: Flood Hydrology and Riverine Landforms; unpub. course supplement for Geography 547; 180pp. This supplement was revised and reprinted almost every year from 1989 to 2000.

    • nd. Geographic Techniques for Landform Analysis; Unpub. Lab. Manual for Introductory Physical Geography; 147 pp. This supplement has been revised and reprinted almost every year from 1989 to present.
    • Carbone, G.; James, A.; Cheng, Y.; Holt, P.; and Lin, H. 1991. Carolina Climatic and Hydrologic Data Spatial Analysis System. Southeast Regional Climate Center, RP121091.
    • Carbone, G.; James, A. 1991. Use of a Geographic Information System in Climate Analysis. Southeast Regional Climate Center, Research Paper Series: RP120191.
    • Carbone, G.J.; James, L.A.; and Holt, P.R. 1991. Application of GIS technology to climate data in the Carolinas; GIS/LIS '91: Proceedings, Vol.2; Oct.28-Nov.1, 1991.
    • James, L.A. 1988. Historical transport and storage of hydraulic mining sediment in the Bear River, California; Ph.D. Dissertation. Madison: Univ. Wisconsin, 284 pp.
    • _____, 1983. Post-Flood Channel Adjustments in the Upper Kickapoo River, Southwest Wisconsin. M.S. Thesis. Madison: Univ. Wisconsin, 247 pp.
    • Anderson, K, James, L.A.; et al. 1982. Upper Koshkonong Creek: A Watershed Management Study. Inst. Environmental Studies, Rpt. 116. Madison: Univ. Wisconsin, 187 pp.
    • Massie, L.; James, L.A.; et al. (1982). Upper Koshkonong Creek:  A Watershed Management Study. Paper No. 82-2544. Am. Soc. Agric. Engrs. Proc., Nat. Mtg., Chicago, IL, 1982.
    • James, L. A., M. B. Singer, and R. Aalto. 2008. Legacy morphologies: Channel avulsions and historical engineering structures drive form and process in the lower Yuba and Feather Rivers, California. Amer. Geophys. Union, San Francisco; Dec., 2008. (1st author invited)

    • James, L. A., 2008. Legacy sediment and secular channel changes: lower Yuba and Feather Rivers, California. Humans and Environmental Change, Exeter Lecture Series, Nov. 21st, School of Geography, Univ. Exeter, U. K.

    • _____, 2006. Sustained storage and remobilization of hydraulic mining sediment in the Yuba, Bear, and American Rivers. Presentation to the U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, July 14, 2006.

    • _____,. 2006. Using Airborne Laser Scanning (ALS or Lidar) Data to Map Gullies and Headwater Streams under Thick Canopy in South Carolina. Invited colloquium presentation, Dept. Geosciences, Florida Atlantic Univ., West Palm Beach, Feb. 24, 2006.

    • _____,  2005.  Mapping Late Pleistocene Glaciations: Northwest Sierra Nevada, California. Invited colloquium presentation, Geography Dept., Appalachian State Univ., Feb., 2005. 
    • _____,  2005.  The Need for Integrated Watershed & Water Resources Management: An example from the Yuba River, California.  Invited colloquium presentation, Program in Science, Technology and International Affairs, Georgetown University.  January, 2005.
    • _____,  2005.  Hydraulic Myopia and the Fluvial Sediment Wave: Localized River-Channel Perspectives Overlook Gilbert's Watershed Vision.  Invited colloquium presentation, Earth Systems and GeoInformation Sciences program, School of Computational Sciences, George Mason Univ., January, 2005.
    • _____,  2004. Mining the Gold:  Episodic sedimentation from California mining and Southern Piedmont tobacco & cotton farming.  Colloquium presentation, Geography Dept., Univ. Georgia, Athens.  Feb. 6, 2004.
    • _____, 2001. Glacial Erosion and Geomorphology in the Northwest Sierra Nevada, California," Oct. 20-21, 2001; Internat. Binghamton Geomorphology Symp., Univ. North Carolina - Chapel Hill. 
    • _____,  2001. "Mercury and other Toxins in Hydraulic Gold-Mining, Calif." So. Carolina Geologic Professionals; Nov., 2001. 
    • _____,  2001. "Environmental Impacts of Hydraulic Gold Mining, Calif." South Carolina Auduban Society, Oct., 2001.
    • _____,  2001. Glacial geomorphology in the Sierra Nevada, California: Mapping and Stratigraphy. Geography Dept. Colloquium; Sept., '01.
    • _____,  2001. Glaciation in the Tahoe National Forest: Evidence and Implications. Presented to U.S. Forest Service personnel at the Tahoe N.F. District Office, Nevada City, CA; Sept., '01.
    • _____, 1999. Geomorphic Responses to Episodic Hydraulic Gold-mining Sedimentation. Theme session on Impacts of Hydraulic Mining and Placer Gold Processing, Organized by M. Hunerlach and C. Alpers, USGS. Geol. Soc. Amer., Cordilleran Div. mtg., Berkeley, CA. 
    • _____,. 1998. Hydraulic Gold-Mining Sediment and Channel Responses in the northwestern Sierra Nevada, California. Colloquium, Geography Dept., Univ. Calif., Berkeley, Oct. 14, '98.
    • _____, 2001. Glacial Erosion and Geomorphology in the Northwest Sierra Nevada, California, Mountain Geomorphology - Integrating Earth Systems; Proc. 2001 International Binghamton Geomorphology Symp., Oct. 20 & 21, 2001, Univ. No. Carolina - Chapel Hill. 
    • _____, 1998. Green and Gold: California's Environments; Memories and Visions. Conference Sponsored by Univ. California and Calif. Council for the Humanities July 30 - August 2, 1998, College Eight, Univ. California, Santa Cruz.
    • McKellar, H., James, A. et al. 1998. "Mill Creek Watershed Project: Stream Hydrology and Water Quality." What We've Learned So Far -- Non-Point Source Information Exchange. S.C. Dept. Health and Env. Control and S.C. Dept. Natural Resources. Columbia, SC. April 21-22. Read by James and McKellar.
    • James, L. A., 1996. Production, storage, and transport of hydraulic mining sediment in northern California. Society of Environmental Toxicity and Chemistry (SETAC) sixth annual meeting: Environmental Fate of Contaminants. June 24, 1996, Sacramento, Calif.
    • _____, 1996. Environmental impact of California's historic hydraulic gold-mining in the Sierra Nevada. Sierra Club, South Carolina Chapter.
    • _____, 1993. Diversion of the Upper Bear River: A Case for Late Quaternary Sierra Nevada Glacial Transfluence. 1993 Fall Mtg., S.F. Am. Geophys. Union, EOS Sup., Oct., 1993. pp.292-93.
    • _____, 1988. Responses of sediment loads to climate change in the southeastern United States. 19th Ann. South Carolina Water Conference, Oct. 20, 1988, Columbia, SC.

    (Read by first author unless otherwise noted)
    • James, L.A., M. E. Hodgson; S. Ghoshal; M. Megison Latiolais.  Geomorphic change detection using historic maps and DEM differencing: The temporal dimension of geospatial analysis. Binghamton Geomorphology Symp., Columbia, SC.  April 15, 2010.

    • Bishop, M., L. A. James, J. Shroder, S. Walsh. Geospatial Technologies and Digital Geomorphological Mapping: Concepts, Issues and Research.  Geomorphology, special issue for Binghamton Geomorphology Symp.  Oct. 15, 2010.

    • L. A. James, S. Ghoshal, M.B. Singer, and R. Aalto.  2010.  Channel and floodplain metamorphosis following an aggradation-degradation episode.  April 15, 2010.  Assn. Amer. Geographers annual mtg., Wash., D.C.

    • Subhajit Ghoshal and Allan James (read by Ghoshal).  Planimetric and Volumetric Analysis of Channel Change in the Post- Hydraulic Mining Period: Central Valley, California.  April 15, 2010.  Assn. Amer. Geographers annual meeting, Wash., D.C.

    • L. A. James and K. J. Hunt.  2009.  Analyzing small watersheds with high-resolution topographic data:  The LiDAR-side of mapping headwater streams.  Paper read at Southeastern Division, Assn. Amer. Geographers annual mtg., Knoxville, Tenn. Nov., 2009.

    • James, L.A. and M.B. Singer. 2009. Secular human impacts on river channels: Spatial patterns of change along the Yuba and Feather Rivers, California. Paper read at Assn. Amer. Geographers (AAG) annual mtg., March, 2009. Las Vegas, NV.

    • Megison, M. and L. A. James (read by James). 2008. Quantifying channel change with historical maps and high-resolution topographic data: Lower Feather River, CA, 1909-1999. Topical Session 13. Sediment in Fluvial Systems: Production, Transport, and Storage at the Watershed Scale. Geological Soc. Amer. (GSA) annual meeting, Oct. 5, 2008. Houston, TX.

    • James, L. A. 2008. A tale of two rivers: contrasting styles of episodic hydraulic mining sedimentation and recovery. Paper read at AAG annual mtg., Boston.

    • Megison, M. and L. A. James. 2008. A century of human impacts: Quantifying channel volumetric changes from 1909 to 1999, the Feather River, CA. Paper read at AAG annual mtg., Boston.

    • Ghoshal, S. and L. A. James. 2008. Planimetric and volumetric change analysis estimating lateral channel migration and associated timing and magnitude of sediment erosion in the post-hydraulic mining period in lower Yuba River, California.  Paper read at AAG annual mtg., Boston.

    • James, L. A., M. B. Singer, R. Aalto, and S. Ghoshal. 2007. Floodplain and channel evolution following catastrophic sedimentation: early and on-going river-management in the West. Paper read at GSA annual mtg., Denver.

    • James, L. A. 2007. Geomorphic and historic underpinnings of flood hazards in the Sacramento Valley, California.  Paper read at AAG annual mtg., San Francisco.

    • James, L.A. and S. Ghoshal.  2006.   "Responses to Episodic Floodplain Aggradation: Hydraulic Mining Sediment in the Sacramento Valley."  Amer. Geophysical Union.  Dec.; San Francisco, CA. 
    • James, L. A. and D. G. Watson.  2006.  "LIDAR Map Data for Delineating Channel Headwater Networks but Not for Sediment Budgets."  Assn. Amer. Geographers, March, 2006.
    • James, L. A., D. G. Watson, and W. F. Hansen.  2005.  "Using Lidar imagery for geomorphic studies of gullies under thick canopy: South Carolina, USA."  6th Internat. Assn. Geomorphology Conf., Zaragoza, Spain, Sept. 11, 2005.
    • James, L.A.  2005.  "Increasing Fluvial Heterogeneity with Recovery from Episodic Sedimentation: Implications to River Restoration."  Assn. Amer. Geographers, April 9; Denver, CO. 
    • ____ 2004.   "Long-term At-a-Station Channel Morphological and Hydraulic Changes in Response to Decreased Sediment Supplies."  Amer. Geophysical Union.  Dec. 17; San Francisco, CA.  
    • ____ 2004.  "A Watershed Perspective of Dam Impacts on Hydraulic Mining Sediment in California."  Geological Soc. Amer.,  Nov 7; Denver, CO.  
    • ____ 2002.  "Hydrogeomorphic Considerations to Alterations or Removal of Englebright Dam."  Dams and Geomorphology, 2002 Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. 
    • _____, 2002.  "Evidence and Implications of Pleistocene Alpine Glaciation in the Northwestern Sierra Nevada." Assn. Amer. Geogs. (AAG), Annual Mtg., Los Angeles, CA. March, '02.
    • _____,  2000.  "Extent and Timing of Late Quaternary Glaciations in the Northwestern Sierra Nevada, California." Geological Soc. Amer. Annual Mtg., Reno, NV. Oct., '00. 
    • James, A. and Carbone, G. 1999.  "Streamflow in paired Southeastern Sandhills watersheds before and during an El Niño rainfall event."  AAG Ann. Mtg., Honolulu, HI. 
    • Greenwell, R.A., Bartholomew, M.J., James, L.A.  1999.  "Segmentation of the Red Rock fault, southwestern Montana, from new geomorphic evidence."  Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, V.31, No.4, p.A-14.
    • Curtis, J.A., Kelsey, H.M., and James, L.A., 1998.  "Quantification of historical channel changes due to the influx of hydraulic mining debris, Steephollow Creek, Nevada Co.,California."  Abstract 51255; Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology I: Fluvial and Hillslope Geomorphology: Channel Erosion, Sediment Transport and Paleoenvironmental Studies; Geol. Soc. Amer. Ann. Mtg., Toronto, Ont., Canada, Oct. 28, 1998. 
    • McKellar, H., James, A. et al. 1998.  "Mill Creek Watershed Project: Stream Hydrology and Water Quality."  What We've Learned So Far -- Non-Point Source Information Exchange.  S.C. Dept. Health and Env. Control and S.C. Dept. Natural Resources. Columbia, SC. April 21-22. [Read by James and McKellar].
    • James, A.; Carbone, G.; McKellar, H.; Dean, J.; Atkins, J.; and others. 1997. "Measuring stormflow from urban vs. rural areas: Sandhills region, Fort Jackson, South Carolina." Southeastern Div. AAG (SEDAAG) Ann. Mtg. Birmingham, AL.
    • Harbor, J., James, L.A. et al., 1997.  "Reconstructing spatial patterns of erosion: New approaches using cosmogenic radionuclides," AAG Ann. Mtg., Fort Worth , TX.
    • James, L.A., 1996.  "Hydraulic mining sediment in the American River Basin and its impact on flood hazards in Sacramento, California.Geological Society Am., Denver, CO.
    • Curley, P. and L.A. James. 1996.  "Linking the family of Universal Soil Loss Equation Models to a GIS." American Water Resources Association, Symp. on GIS for Water Resources Modeling, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
    • James, L.A. 1996.  "Channel Responses to Hydraulic Mining Sediment in the American River Basin, California.Abstracts: 92nd Ann. Mtg., AAG, Charlotte, NC.
    • _____, 1995.  "Stratigraphic Evidence of Quaternary Deep Valley Incision and Drainage Diversion: Northern Sierra Nevada, California."  Geological Society Am., Cordilleran Div., Fairbanks, AK.
    • _____, 1995.  "Channel morphological responses to historical sediment in the American River and flood hazard implications." Abstracts: 91st Ann. Mtg., AAG, Chicago, IL.
    • Magilligan, F.J., Gomez, B., Phillips, J.D., James, L.A., and Mertes, L.A.K., 1995, "Where's the Silt: Impacts of the '93 Mississippi River Flood", Read by Magilligan, Abstracts: 91st Ann. Mtg., AAG, Chicago, IL.
    • James, L.A. 1994.  "Channel changes wrought by gold mining: Northern Sierra Nevada, California."  Am. Water Resources Ass., Ann. Summer Mtg., Jackson Hole, WY.
    • Magilligan, F.J., Gomez, B., Phillips, J.D., and James, L.A., 1994, "Anatomy of a Levee Break". Read by Magilligan, Abstracts: 90th Ann. Mtg., AAG, 1994. S.F., CA.
    • James, L.A. 1993.  "Late Quaternary Stream Capture: Sierra Nevada, California."  Third International Geomorphology Conference. Hamilton, Ontario.
    • _____, 1993.  "Mining-induced channel change documented by repeat photography: 1858 to present."  In Ass. Am. Geogs., Abstracts: 89th Ann. Mtg., 6-10 April, 1993, Atlanta, GA: p.112.
    • _____, 1992.  "Hydraulic Gold-Mine Tailings in the Sierra Nevada."  27th Internat. Geographic Congress, Tech. Program Abstracts, Wash., D.C.: p.284-85.
    • _____, 1992.  "Longitudinal changes in an episodically aggraded channel system."  San Diego, AAG, 88th Ann. Mtg. Abstracts: p.112.
    • Cordova, A.J. and James, L.A. 1991.  "Erosion and sedimentation of an urbanizing catchment."  In AAG, Asheville, NC; p.5 [Read by James].
    • Carbone, G.; James, L.A.; and Holt, P.R. 1991.  "Application of GIS technology to regional climate data in the Carolinas."  In GIS/LIS '91 Proc., V.2. GIS/LIS Ann. Conf. and Exposition, Atlanta. 
    • James, L.A. 1991.  "Sediment storage potential and stream power." In AAG, 1991 Ann. Mtg. Abstracts, Miami, FL, April 13-17, P.94.
    • _____, 1991.  "Late Quaternary Stream Capture: Sierra Nevada, California."  In Abstracts: Int. Union Quaternary Research (INQUA), XIII Int. Congr., Aug.2-9, 1991; Beijing, PRC. p.148.
    • _____, 1990.  "Late Quaternary Stream Capture, Northern Sierra Nevada."  Fluvial Geomorphology Spec. Sess., p. 115, 1990 AAG, Ann. Mtg., Program and Abstracts, Toronto. 
    • _____, 1990.  "Sediment Storage Potential: An example of two dissimilar California Basins."  In Abstracts, 45th Mtg., AAG, Div., Columbia, SC: p.14.
    • _____, 1989.  "Contrasting styles of sediment storage and transport: Hydraulic mining sediment in the South Yuba vs. Bear rivers."  Erosion and Sedimentation Committee; Trans., Am. Geophysical Union, Ann. Fall Mtg., S.F.; Dec., 1989: pp.1123-24.
    • _____, 1989.  "Sustained reworking of hydraulic mining sediment in California: G.K. Gilbert's sediment wave model reconsidered.Second Internat. Conference on Geomorphology: Geomorphology and Geoecology, Frankfurt, am Main, F.R. Germany. Sept.: pp.136-37.
    • _____, 1989.  "Hydraulic Gold mining sediment remaining in the Bear River, California."  In AAG, Program and Abstracts, Nystrom Award Spec. Sess., Balt., MD. p.95.
    • _____, 1988.  "Hydrologic evidence of conditions conducive to sediment storage in the Southern Coastal Plain."  Geomorphic Hazards and Sedimentation Special Session, SEDAAG, Ann. Mtg., Nov.20-22, Mobile, AL.
    • _____, 1988.  "Contemporaneous and recent channel morphological responses to hydraulic mining sediment production." Abstracts with Programs, Geol. Soc. Am., Denver, CO: p. A362.
    • _____, 1988.  "Quartz concentration as an index of alluvial mixing of hydraulic mine tailings with other sediment in the Sierra Nevada, California."  Fluvial Geomorphology Special Session. In 1988 Ass. Am.Geogs., Ann. Mtg., Program and Abstracts, Phoenix, AZ, p.87. 
    • _____, 1987.  "Rates of organic carbon accumulation in young soils in front of the Burroughs Glacier, Glacier Bay, Alaska."  In Abtracts, SEDAAG, Charlotte, NC; p.20.
    • _____, 1987.  "Sustained storage of hydraulic mining sediment: Bear River, Sierra Nevada, California."  Fluvial Geomorph. spec. session. In 1987 AAG, Ann. Mtg., Program and Abstracts. Portland, OR, p.47.
    • _____, 1986.  "Hydraulic mining debris in Bear River, northern Sierra Nevada, California: Delivery, storage, and transport of episodically introduced sediment."  Fluvial Geomorphology Spec. Sess. In AAG, Abstracts. Nat. Mtg., Minneapolis: Paper No. 81.
    • _____, 1985.  "Timing of channel incision into hydraulic mining debris: Bear River, Calif."  In AAG, Program Abstracts. Nat. Mtg., Detroit: Ppr.No. 193.
    • James, L.A. 1984.  "Hydraulic mining debris along the Bear River, California."  Fluvial Geomorphology Special Session. In AAG, Program Abstracts, 1984, p.143. Nat.Mtg., Wash., DC.
    • _____, 1981.  "Channel Response to Moderate Magnitude Floods Following an Extreme Event: Kickapoo River, Southwest Wisc."   p.149, Program Abstracts, AAG Nat. Mtg., Los Angeles.

    • Ghoshal, S. and L.A. James.  2010.  Poster: Floodplain and channel change analysis using DEM differencing: Lower Yuba River, California.  Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium, Columbia, SC.

    • Panelist: South Carolina Hydrographic Data Users Group.  South Carolina Water Resources Conference, Oct., 2010.   

    • Panelist: Multi-scale assessments in water resources: Basic challenges in current research.  Assn. American Geographers (AAG), annual meeting, Washington, D.C., April 16, 2010.

    • Panelist: South Carolina Hydrographic Data Users Group. South Carolina Arc GIS Conference; Jan. 25, 2010.

    • Panel: "The State of SEDAAG: A forum on the future of the regional division." Southeastern Div. AAG (SEDAAG), Greensboro, N.C., Nov., 24, 2008.

    • James, L. A. and M. Megison. 2008. Channel Changes on the Lower Feather River. Poster presented at Workshop on High Resolution Topographic Data. Boulder, CO. June 16, 2008.

    • James, L. A., S. Ghoshal, M. Megison, M. Singer, R. Aalto. 2007. Legacy sediments and channel morphology in the Feather and Yuba Rivers, California. Poster presented at the American Geophysical Union ann. mtg., San Francisco.

    • Ghoshal, S. and L. A. James. 2007. Channel morphological changes in the Yuba River, California, in the post-hydraulic mining period. Poster presented at the American Geophysical Union ann. mtg., San Francisco.

    • Ghoshal, S., L. A. James, M. B. Singer, R. E. Aalto. 2006. Erosion of hydraulic mining sediment and channel change: Sacramento Valley, California. Poster presented at Binghamton Geomorphology Symp., The Human Role in Changing Fluvial Systems; Columbia, SC; Oct., 2006.  

    • James, L.A.  2004.  “Learning to Publish: The Rules, Risks, and Rewards,” Invited Panelist; SEDAAG, Nov., 2004; Biloxi, MS.
    • _____,  2003.  Glacially Eroded Landforms in the Northwestern Sierra Nevada, California.  Poster.  16th Internat. Quaternary Commission (INQUA) Congress, Reno, Nevada. 
    • Organizer and Panel Discussant:  "Geographic Perspectives on the International Year of Fresh Water."  Assn. Amer. Geogs. (AAG) Ann. Mtg., New Orleans, March, 2003.
    • James, L.A. Poster: 2001. "Glaciation in the Northwest Sierra Nevada, California," Internat. Binghamton Geomorph. Symp., Oct. 20 & 21, 2001, Univ. No. Carolina - Chapel Hill; 2001. 
    • James, L.A. and Carbone, G., 2001. Illustrated Paper: Rainfall-runoff relations in a paired watershed study: Exploding the Urban-Rural Dichotomy Myth., Assn. Amer. Geogs. (AAG) Ann. Mtg., New York City; Feb.27-March 3, 2001.
    • Carbone, G. and James, L.A. 2001. Illustrated Paper: Spatial and temporal character of precipitation and hydrologic response in a small watershed. AAG Ann. Mtg., New York City; Feb.27-March 3, '01.
    • James, L.A., Harbor, J., Fabel, D., and Dahms, D., 2000. "Late Quaternary Glacial Advances in Northwestern Sierra Nevada, California." April, '00, AAG ann. mtg., Pittsburgh, PA.
    • Harbor, J., Fabel, D., Dahms, D., and James, L.A., "Spatial Patterns of Glacial Erosion at a Valley Scale from Cosmogenic Radionuclide Concentrations." April, '00, AAG nat. mtg., Pittsburgh, PA.
    • Dahms, D., Harbor, J., Fabel, D., and James, L. 2000. Glacial Stratigraphy and Geomorphology of Two Alpine Valleys in Wyoming: Results of 10Be and 26Al Exposure Ages. April, '00, AAG nat. mtg., Pittsburgh, PA
    • James, A. 1999. Panel Discussant: "Status of Physical Geography in the Southeast", SEDAAG ann. mtg., Tampa, FL, Nov., '99.
    • James, A.; Harbor, J.; Fabel, D.; Dahms, D.; and Elmore, D. 1998. Poster: "Glacial mapping in the northwestern Sierra Nevada: Preliminary cosmogenic readionuclide dates." AAG Ann. Mtg., Boston, March, 1998.
    • James, L.A. 1998. Panel Discussion: "Teaching water Resources Management in Geography", Sponsored by Water Resources and Geomorph. Specialty Groups, AAG Ann. Mtg., Boston, March, 1998.
    • _____, 1997. Panel Discussion: "Hydrology in Geography -- Barriers and Bridges", Sponsored by Friends of Hydrology Group and Water Resources Specialty Group, AAG Ann. Mtg., Fort Worth , TX.
    • Phillips, J.D., Gomez, B., Magilligan, F.J., and James, L.A., 1994. Poster: "Where's the silt?" 25th Binghamton Symp. in Geomorphology, Sept. 24-25.
    • James, L.A. 1993. Glacial valley cross-section morphology: Polynomial functions as a robust alternative to the parabolic model. Poster; 3rd Int. Geomorphology Conf. Hamilton, Ontario.
    • _____, 1992. Drainage basin and channel network exercise. American Water Resources Assoc., 28th Ann. Conf. and Symp., Reno, NV. Poster; presented in absentia.


    • American Geographical Society, 1990 to present
    • American Geophysical Union, *L 1989 to present
    • American Quaternary Association, 1983 to present
    • American Water Resources Association, 1993 to 1910
    • Association of American Geographers, *L 1978 to present
      • Geomorphology Specialty Group, 1978 to present
      • Water Resources Spec. Group, 1985 to present
      • Mountain Spec. Group, 1999 to present
      • GIS Specialty Group, 1991 to 1999
    • British Geomorphological Research Group, 2003 to present
    • Geological Society of America, 1983 to present
      • Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division, 1983 to present
      • Engineering Geology Division, 1990 to present
      • Geology and Society, 2003 to present
    • International Association of Geomorphologists, 1989 to present
    • International Association Hydrological Sciences, 1993 to present
    • South Carolina Geographic Alliance, 1991 to present
    • Southeastern Division A.A.G., 1988 to present
    • Union of Concerned Scientists, 1990 to present
    • American Society for Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing, 1990-1995
    *L: lifetime member


    Editorial Boards of Refereed Professional Journals:

    • Geomorphology - 2004 to present
    • Southeastern Geographer - 2003 to present
    • Royale Geographic Society (with Inst. British Geographers), Advancing Geography and Geographical Learning, book series, editorial board – 2008 to present.

    • Professional Geographer - 1998 to 2000. 

      Professional Societies:

    Association American Geographers (AAG):

    • Committee on the Status of Women in Geography, 2010 to present. 

    • Elected AAG National Councilor, 2009 to present. 

    • Elected AAG Honors Committee, 2006 to 2008.

    • Past President, Water Resource Spec. Group, AAG, 2004 to 2005.

    • Chair (elected), Water Resource Specialty Group (AAG), 2002-04.
    • Co-Chair, Nystrom Awards Committee, AAG, Annual Mtg., NYC; 2001.
    • Secretary-Treasurer (elected), Water Resource Spec. Group (AAG), 2000-02.
    • Web Editor, Water Resource Spec. Group (AAG), 1999 to 2006.
    • Web Editor, Geomorphology Specialty Group (AAG), 1996 to 2006.
    • Board of Directors (elected), Water Resources Spec. Grp. (AAG), 1996-98.
    • Board of Advisors (elected), Geomorphology Spec. Grp. (AAG), 1996-present.
    • Chair (elected), Geomorphology Specialty Group, 1995-96.
    • Secretary/Treasurer (elected), Geomorphology Specialty Group, 1994-95.
    • Led 2½-day field trip to Sierra Nevada with Jerry Davis; AAG, April 1-3, 1994, S.F.
    • Organized; four fluvial geomorphology Spec. Sessions; AAG; 1993, Atlanta, GA.
    • Organized; four fluvial geomorphology Spec. Sessions (23 papers); AAG; 1992, San Diego.
    • Co-organized bus. mtg: Phoenix Group (young PhDs) w/Susan Hanson, AAG; 1991, Miami.
    • Organized panel and led discussion: Changing Role of Geography in Academe and Society; AAG nat. mtg.; 1990, Toronto.

    Geological Society of America (GSA)

    • Panelist (elected), Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology (QG&G) Division, GSA.  2005-2007.
    • Member International Geomorphology Conference Host Search Committee, ad hoc committee charged with locating a local committee to host 2009 conference in western USA; 2004 to 2005.  Joint with GSA and AAG.
    • Member Committee on Fluvial Geomorphology, ad hoc committee charged with producing policy statement for importance of university training in river restoration; 2003 to 2005.  Joint with GSA and AAG.

    Southeastern Division Assoc. American Geographers (SEDAAG)

    • Program Committee Co-Chair 2004
    • Program Committee Chair 2002 & 2003
    • Vice President (elected), 2002-2004.
    • Secretary-newsletter editor (elected), 1998-2000.
    • Honors Committee: 1998.
    • State representative (elected): 1996 to 1998.
    • State representative (elected): 1990 & 1991.
    American Water Resources Association:
    • Session Chair: Modeling Water Resources Systems. Ft. Lauderdale, 1996.
    University South Carolina

    Founding Director, BioGeomorphology Research Laboratory, 1989 to present.  

    M.S. Theses Advised:

    • Mary Megison, 2008. Using LiDAR and historic maps and air photos to reconstruct channel change; Feather River, CA.

    • John Wooten, 2008. A watershed approach to managing Rocky Branch Creek, Columbia, SC. (MEERM) program. Wooten received a MEERM outstanding graduate student in research award.

    • Duke Brantley,  2006.  M.S.  Alternative ecological assessments on the 303 (d) Listed Bush River Watershed.  (MEERM).

    • Cindy Kolomechuk, 2001. M.S. Gully erosion in Spartanburg County, Southern Piedmont, SC., June, '01.

    • Randall Wheeler, 2000. M.S. Masters in Earth & Environmental Mgt. (MEERM) program, Soil erosion and sediment yields in Mill Creek basin, Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
    • Alexander Shepherd, 1999. M.S. Accuracy of Interpolations for Geologic Mapping Made from 3-D Seismic Models Using a Geographic Information System.
    • Jamilla, Sonja, 1999. M.S. Spatial Variability of Steady State Soil Infiltration Rates: The Effect of Soil Type, Land Cover, and Topography.
    • Leigh Ann Morgan, 1998. M.S. Post-Flood Analysis of the Benefits of Floodplain Regulations in Beaufort County, North Carolina.
    • David Alexander, 1997. M.S. Channel Morphological Adjustment to Soil Erosion and Sedimentation at the Chicken-Strong Creek Confluence.
    • Rose Fletcher, 1996. M.S., Development and application of historical digital orthoimage mosaic for the Savannah River Site.
    • Martin Roberge, 1995. M.S. Topographic modeling of Lake Bonneville through the Late Pleistocene.
    • Pat Curley, 1994. M.S. Non-point source pollution risk assessment classification: Identifying critical erosion areas in small watersheds, South Carolina.
    • Andrew Cordova, 1991. M.S. Effectiveness of a Sediment and Erosion Control Ordinance: Richland County, South Carolina.

    Theses & Dissertation Committee Reader (selected):
    Ph.D.Laura Stroup (2008); Phillip Yates (Statistics, 2006); Preston Helms (2002, Civil & Environmental Engineering); Jeannie Eidson (2000; Env. Health Sciences); Jonathon Jonathon Byron (1999); Eric Dobson & Francois Smith (1998); Ron Marple (Geology, 1994); Cheryll Hallum (1993); Drew Decker (1991)
    M.S.: Bates Rambow (2008); Tammy Ryan (2007, MEERM); Kimberly Mierdas (2006); Douglas Mayes (2006); Joe Dickerson (2005); Kristi Suggs (2005, MEERM); Laura Stroup (2004); Shawn Lowe (2004, CEE); Tom Toland (2003); Mary Kosko (2002; Anthropology); Diane Zehrfuhs (2001, Geology); Melinda Young and Jaquline Luders (2000); Judith Berglund & Barret Stone (Dept. Env. Health Sci.) (1999); Jeniifer Curtis (Geology, Calif. State Univ., Humboldt) & Charmel Menzel (1998); Renee Greenwell (School of Environment) & James McCallion (1997); Katie Laddish (Geology, U. Calif., Davis; 1996); Rick Collins, Shan Burkhalter, Peter Bramante, & Michael Burdette (1994); Paul Holt & Chris Keithly (1991); David Wigle (1990).
    Non-thesis: Mat Sposato (1995), Francoise Smith (1994), Theresa Martin (1993




    • Field expedition to Sacramento Valley; led four students (1 undergrad, two MS, and a PhD) as part of NSF grant: Tracking hydraulic mining sediment... two to eight weeks. Drove to California, river rafting, sediment sampling, topographic surveying, and collection of ground-control points. Summer, 2007.

    • Tracking Hydraulic Mining Sediment, three-day excursion to Sierra foothills and Sacramento Valley from San Francisco, Assn. Amer. Geographers, National meeting. Sunday to Tuesday, March 15 - 17, 2007. Co-led with Michael Singer and Rolf Aalto.

    • Field expedition to Sacramento Valley; led five students as part of NSF grant: Tracking hydraulic mining sediment... six weeks. Drove to California, established apartment ‘field base’. Sediment sampling, topographic surveying, and some river rafting. Summer, 2006.

    • Glaciation in the Northwest Sierra Nevada, one-day excursion. International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA), Reno, Nevada. (July, 2003).

    • Field Camp in Rattlesnake Canyon, northern Sierra Nevada; led one M.S. student. 1999.

    • Field Camp in Rattlesnake Canyon, northern Sierra Nevada; led one student and two PhDs as part of NSF grant: Reconstructing spatial patterns of glacial erosion: A new approach using cosmogenic nuclides. two weeks, Summer, 1997.
    • Field Camp on Grouse Ridge, northern Sierra Nevada; led five students and post doc as part of NSF grant: Reconstructing spatial patterns of glacial erosion: A new approach using cosmogenic nuclides. two weeks, Summer, 1996.
    • Geology Field Camp on Six-Mile Meadow, northern Sierra Nevada; led 12 students and 2 teaching assistants; Glacial mapping and fluvial-environmental field techniques; Dept. Geology, Univ. Calif., Davis; two weeks, summer, 1996.
    • Northern Sierra Nevada, Calif., Ass. Am. Geogs. 1994 Nat. Mtgs. in S.F. 2½ days, Glaciation and Hydraulic Mining Sediment in the Bear and So. Yuba Rivers. Organized with Jerry Davis.
    • Oregon Coast. Geomorphology course Univ. Oregon. Unpub. road log. Summer 1987.
    • Baraboo Hills, Wisconsin. Repeated by request of regular professor. Spring, 1986.
    • Baraboo Hills, Wisconsin. Introductory physical geography Univ. Wisconsin, Rock Co. Unpub. road log. Spring 1985.
    • One- or Two-day field excursions with physical geography courses: 1978-present.