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. 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 »