Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

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Three of Dr. Hawley’s recent papers are featured in a special issue of Freshwater Science titled Urbanization and stream ecology: Diverse mechanisms of change

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Ecological resistance in urban streams »

The urban disturbance regime »

Urban stream renovation »


Hawley R.J., Goodrich, J.A., Korth, N.L., Rust, C.J., Fet, E.V., Frye, C., MacMannis, K.R., Wooten, M.S., Jacobs, M., and Sinha, R. 2017. Detention outlet retrofit device improves the functionality of existing detention basins by reducing erosive flows in receiving channels. Journal of the American Water Resources Association DOI:10.1111/1752-1688.12548 Read article »


Hawley R.J. and G.J. Vietz. 2016. Addressing the urban stream disturbance regime. Freshwater Science, 35(1): 278-292. Read article »

Hawley R.J., Wooten, M.S., MacMannis, K.R., and E.V. Fet. 2016. When do macroinvertebrate communities of reference streams resemble urban streams? The biological relevance of Q critical. Freshwater Science, 35(3): 778-794. Read article »

Smith, R.F., Hawley, R.J., Neale, M.W., Vietz, G.J., Diaz-Pascacio, E., Herrmann, J., Lovell, A.C., Prescott, C., Rios-Touma, B., Smith, B. and R.M. Utz. 2016. Urban stream renovation: incorporating societal objectives to achieve ecological improvements. Freshwater Science, 35(1): 364-379. Read article »

Utz, R.M., Hopkins, K., Beesley, L., Booth, D., Hawley, R.J., Baker, M., Freeman, M.C., and K. Jones. 2016. Ecological resistance in urban streams: the role of natural and legacy attributes. Freshwater Science, 35(1): 380-397. Read article »


Hawley, R.J. and B.P. Bledsoe. 2013. Channel enlargement in semi-arid suburbanizing watersheds: A Southern California case study. Journal of Hydrology, 496: 17-30.
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Hawley R.J., MacMannis, K.R., and M.S. Wooten. 2013. Bed coarsening, riffle shortening, and channel enlargement in urbanizing watersheds, northern Kentucky, USA. Geomorphology 201: 111-126. Read article »


Bledsoe, B.P., Stein, E.D., Hawley, R.J., and D.B. Booth. 2012. Framework and tool for rapid assessment of stream susceptibility to hydromodification. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 48(4): 788-808. Read article »

Hawley, R.J., Bledsoe, B.P., Stein, E.D., and B.E. Haines. 2012. Channel evolution model of semiarid stream response to urban-induced hydromodification. Journal of the American Water Resources Association., 48(4): 722-744. Read article »

Hawley, R.J., Wooten, M.S., Vatter, B.C., Onderak, E., Lachniet, M .J., Schade, T., Grant, G., Groh, B., and J. DelVerne. 2012. Integrating stormwater controls designed for channel protection, water quality, and inflow/infiltration mitigation in two pilot watersheds to restore a more natural flow regime in urban streams. Watershed Science Bulletin. 3(1), 25-37. Read article »


Hawley, R.J. and B.P. Bledsoe. 2011. How do flow peaks and durations change in suburbanizing semi-arid watersheds? A southern California case study. Journal of Hydrology 405 (1-2), 69-82. Read article »