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Colin Phillips

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Go toOffice Location: ENGR 234
DialPhone: 435-797-0938

Educational Background

PhD, Earth & Environmental Science, University of Pennsylvania, 2014
BA, Earth & Planetary Science, University of California, 2009


I received my BA in Geology from UC Berkeley and a PhD in Earth & Environmental Science from the University of Pennsylvania. I worked as a postdoctoral fellow for six years within Civil & Environmental Engineering Departments at the University of Minnesota and Northwestern University.

Teaching Interests

Earth surface processes, hydrology, sediment transport, fluid mechanics, sustainability, and data analysis.

Research Interests

My research focuses on water and sediment, with an emphasis on the fundamental processes through which they are transported through the environment and result in the evolution of river corridors, watersheds, and landscapes. My research includes a mix of field and laboratory experiments combined with the synthesis of large environmental data streams. My research is motivated to address problems of water and land sustainability, management, and conservation of natural and human resources over societally relevant timescales.

Publications - Abstracts

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          Publications - Journal Articles

            Academic Journal

          • Preziosi-Ribero, A., Packman, A.I, Escobar-Vargas, A., Phillips, C., Donado, L., Arnon, S., (2020). Fine sediment deposition and filtration under losing and gaining flow conditions: A particle-tracking model approach. Water Resources Research56, doi:
          • Dallmann, J.D, Phillips, C., Teitelbaum, Y., Sund, N., Schumer, R., Arnon, S., Packman, A.I, (2020). Impacts of suspended clay particle deposition on sand-bed morphodynamics. Water Resources Research, 56, doi:
          • Phillips, C., Jerolmack, D.J, (2019). Bankfull transport capacity and the threshold of motion in coarse-grained rivers. Water Resources Research, 55, doi:
          • L., H.M, Rivera, A., Phillips, C., Haug, L.A, Hatch, S.L, Yeager, L., Chang, H., Alvarez, J., Gnaedinger, K.J, Miller, W.M, Packman, A.I, (2019). Characterization of soil profiles and elemental concentrations reveals deposition of heavy metals and phosphorus in a Chicago-area native preserve, Gensburg Markham Prarie. Journal of Soils and Sediments
          • Phillips, C., Dallmann, J.D, Jerolmack, D.J, Packman, A.I, (2019). Fine-particle deposition, retention, and resuspension within a sand-bedded stream are determined by streambed morphodynamics. Water Resources Research, 55, doi:
          • Phillips, C., Hill, K.M, Paola, C., Jerolmack, D.J, (2018). Effect of flood hydrograph duration, magnitude, and shape on bed-load transport dymanics. Geophysical Research Letter, 45, doi: doi:10.1029/2018GL078976
          • Fox, A., Packman, A.I, Boano, F., Phillips, C., Arnon, S., (2018). Interactions between suspended kaolinite deposition and hyporheic exchange flux under losing and gaining flow conditions. Geophysical Research Letters, doi: 10.1029/2018GL077951
          • Phillips, C., Jerolmack, D.J, (2016). Self-organization of river channels as a critical filter on climate signals. Science, 352, 694-697. doi: doi:10.1126/science.aad3348
          • Phillips, C., Jerolmack, D.J, (2014). Dynamics and mechanics of bed-load tracer particles. Earth Surface Dynamics, 2, 513-530. doi: doi10.5194/esurf-2-513-2014
          • Phillips, C., Martin, R.L, Jerolmack, D.J, (2013). Impulse framework for unsteady flows reveals superdiffusive bed load transport. Geophysical Research Letters, 40:7, 1328-1333. doi: doi:10.1002/grl.50323
          • Phillips, C., Scatena, F.N, (2013). Reduced channel morphological response to urbanization in a flood-dominated humid tropical environment. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, doi: doi:10.1002/esp.3345
          • Ewing, C., Falcini, F., Martin, R.L, Masteller, C., Phillips, C., Reitz, M.D, Buynevich, I., (2012). Internal boundary layer model for the evolution of desert dune fields. Nature Geoscience, doi: doi:10.1038/ngeo1381.

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