Faculty Profile

Andrew C. Wilcox

Andrew C. Wilcox

Ph.D., Colorado State University, 2005

Email: andrew.wilcox@umontana.edu
Office: CHCB 357
Personal Website
Curriculum Vitae

Current Position

Associate Professor


Process Geomorphology

Fluvial Geomorphology

Surface Processes

The Food-Energy-Water Nexus

Fundamentals of Graduate Research

Advanced Topics in Geomorphology


Ph.D., Geosciences, Colorado State University, 2005

M.S., Energy and Resources Group, University of California, Berkeley, 1996

B.A., History, Stanford University, 1992

Field of Study

Geomorphology, Hydrology, River Restoration and Management

Selected Publications




Bywater-Reyes, S., A.C. Wilcox, R.M. Diehl. 2017. “Multi-scale influence of riparian trees on fluvial topography quantified with ground-based and airborne LiDAR.” Journal of Geophysical Research-Earth Surface. 122: 1218-1235, doi: 10.1002/2016JF004058.

Diehl, R.M., D. Merritt, A.C. Wilcox, and M. Scott. 2017. “Applying functional traits to eco-geomorphic processes within riparian ecosystems.” BioScience, 67(8): 729-743, doi:10.1093/biosci/bix080.

Diehl, R.M., A.C. Wilcox, J.C. Stella, L. Kui, L. Sklar, A. Lightbody. 2017. “Fluvial sediment supply and pioneer woody seedlings as a control on bar-surface topography.” Earth Surface Processes & Landforms, 42(5): 724–734, doi: 10.1002/esp.4017.

Foley, M.M. et al. (22 co-authors, including ACW). 2017. “Dam removal—Listening in.” Water Resources Research. 53, 5229–5246, doi: 10.1002/2017WR020457.

Kui, L., J. Stella, P. Shafroth, P.K. House, A.C. Wilcox. 2017. “The long-term legacy of geomorphic and riparian vegetation feedbacks on the dammed Bill Williams River, USA.” Ecohydrology, 10:e1839, doi: 10.1002/eco.1839.

Major, J.J., A.E. East, J.E. O’Connor, G.E. Grant, A.C. Wilcox, C.S. Magirl, M.J. Collins, and D.D. Tullos. 2017. “Geomorphic responses to U.S. dam removal—A two-decade perspective.” In J. Laronne and D. Tsutsumi, eds. Gravel-Bed Rivers 8: Rivers and Disasters. Wiley and Sons, pp. 355-383.

Wilcox, A.C. 2017. “Effects of Dams on Rivers.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Environmental Science. E. Wohl, ed. New York: Oxford University Press. (www.oxfordbibliographies.com)

Hyde, K., A.C. Wilcox, K. Jencso, and S. Woods. 2016. "The influence of vegetation disturbance on hydrogeomorphic response following wildfire.” Hydrological Processes 30(7): 1131-1148, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10691.

Imhoff, K.S. and A.C. Wilcox. 2016. “Coarse bedload routing and dispersion through tributary confluences.”  Earth Surface Dynamics. 4(3): 591-605, doi: 10.5194/esurf-4-591-2016.

Tullos, D., M.J. Collins, R. Bellmore, J.A. Bountry, P.J. Connolly, P.B. Shafroth, A.C. Wilcox. 2016. “Synthesis of common management concerns associated with dam removal.” Journal of the American Water Resources Association. 1-28. doi: 10.1111/1752-1688.12450.

Wilcox, A.C., C. Escauriaza, R. Agredano, E. Mignot, V. Zuazo, S. Otarola, L. Castro, J. Gironas, R. Cienfuegos, L. Mao. 2016. “An integrated analysis of the March 2015 Atacama floods.”  Geophysical Research Letters. 43, doi:10.1002/2016GL069751.

Bywater-Reyes, S., A.C. Wilcox, J.C. Stella, and A.F. Lightbody. 2015. “Flow and scour constraints on uprooting of pioneer woody seedlings.” Water Resources Research 51, doi:10.1002/2014WR016641.

Manners, R., A.C. Wilcox, L. Kui, A. Lightbody, J. Stella, and L. Sklar. 2015. “When do plants modify fluvial processes? Plant-hydraulic interactions under variable flow and sediment supply rates.” Journal of Geophysical Research-Earth Surface 120:325-345, doi: 10.1002/2014JF003265.

Wohl, E., S.N. Lane, and A.C. Wilcox. 2015. “The science and practice of river restoration.” Water Resources Research 51: 5947-5997, doi:10.1002/2014WR016874.

Wohl, E., B. Bledsoe, R. B. Jacobson, N. L. Poff, S.L. Rathburn, D. Walters, A.C. Wilcox. 2015. “The natural sediment regime in rivers: Broadening the foundation for ecosystem management.” Bioscience 65(4): 358-371, doi:10.1093/biosci/biv002.

Bean, J.R., A.C. Wilcox, W. Woessner, and C. Muhlfeld. 2015. “Multi-scale hydrogeomorphic influences on bull trout spawning habitat in snowmelt-dominated headwater streams.” Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 72(4): 514-526, doi: 10.1139/cjfas-2013-0534.

Kui, L., J. Stella, A. Lightbody, and A.C. Wilcox. 2014. “Ecogeomorphic feedbacks and flood loss of riparian tree seedlings in meandering channel experiments.” Water Resources Research 50: 9366–9384, doi: 10.1002/2014WR015719.

Peckarsky, B.L., A.R. McIntosh, S.C. Horn, K. McHugh, D.J. Booker, A.C. Wilcox, W. Brown, M. Alvarez. 2014. “Characterizing disturbance regimes of mountain streams.” Freshwater Science 33(3): 716-730, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/677215.

Wilcox, A.C., J. Major, and J. O’Connor. 2014. “Rapid reservoir erosion, hyperconcentrated flow, and downstream deposition triggered by breaching of 38 m tall Condit Dam, White Salmon River, Washington.” Journal of Geophysical Research-Earth Surface 119, doi: 10.1002/2013JF003073.

Wilcox, A.C., A.A. Wade and E.G. Evans. 2014. “Drainage events from a glacier-dammed lake, Bear Glacier, Alaska: Remote sensing and field observations.” Geomorphology 220: 41–49, doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2014.05.025.

Hyde, K., A.C. Wilcox, K. Jencso, S. Woods. 2014. “Effects of vegetation disturbance by fire on channel initiation thresholds.” Geomorphology 214:84-96, doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2014.03.013

Evans, E. and A. C. Wilcox. 2014. “Fine-sediment infiltration dynamics in a gravel-bed river following a sediment pulse.” River Research and Applications 30(3): 372-384, doi: 10.1002/rra.2647.

Wilcox, A.C. and P. B. Shafroth. 2013. “Coupled hydrogeomorphic and woody-seedling responses to controlled flood releases in a dryland river.” Water Resources Research 49, 2843–2860, doi:10.1002/wrcr.20256.

Woelfle-Erskine, C., A. C. Wilcox, and J. N. Moore. 2012. “Combining historical and process perspectives to infer ranges of geomorphic variability and inform river restoration in a wandering gravel-bed river.” Earth Surface Processes & Landforms doi: 10.1002/esp.3276.

Moore, J.N., A.S. Arrigoni and A.C. Wilcox. 2012. “Impacts of dams on annual flow regimes in three headwater sub-basins of the Columbia River Basin, USA. Journal of the American Water Resources Association doi: 10.1111/j.1752-1688.2012.00660.x.

Wilcox, A. C., F. Comiti, E. E. Wohl, and L. Mao. 2011. “Hydraulics, morphology and energy dissipation in steep step-pool streams .” Water Resources Research 47: W07514, doi:10.1029/2010WR010192.

Fuller, B. M., L. S. Sklar, Z. G. Compson, K. J. Adams, J. C. Marks, and A.C. Wilcox. 2011. “Ecogeomorphic feedbacks in regrowth of travertine step-pool morphology after dam decommissioning, Fossil Creek, Arizona.” Geomorphology 126:314-332, doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2010.05.010.

Shafroth, P. B., A.C. Wilcox, D.A. Lytle, J. T. Hickey, D. C. Andersen, V.B. Beauchamp, A. Hautzinger, , L. McMullen, and A. Warner. 2010. “Ecosystem effects of environmental flows: modeling and experimental floods in a dryland river.” Freshwater Biology 55:68-85, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2427.2009.02271.x.

Wilcox, A. C., B. L. Peckarsky, B. W. Taylor, and A. C. Encalada. 2008. “Hydraulic and geomorphic effects on mayfly drift in high-gradient streams at moderate discharges.” Ecohydrology 1:176-186.

Cui, Y. and A. C. Wilcox.  2008.  “Development and application of numerical modeling of sediment transport associated with dam removal.” In M. Garcia, ed. Sedimentation Engineering: Theory, Measurements, Modeling and Practice (ASCE Manuals and Reports on Engineering Practice No. 110). American Society of Civil Engineers.  pp. 995–1020.

Wilcox, A. C. and E. E. Wohl.  2007.  “Field measurements of three-dimensional hydraulics in a step-pool channel.”  Geomorphology 83:215–231.

Comiti, F., L. Mao, A. Wilcox, E. E. Wohl, and M. A. Lenzi.  2007.  “Field-derived relationships for flow velocity and resistance in step-pool streams.”  Journal of Hydrology 340:48–62.

Wilcox, A. C. and E. E. Wohl.  2006.  “Flow resistance dynamics in step-pool channels: 1. Large woody debris and controls on total resistance.”  Water Resources Research 42: W05418, doi:10.1029/2005WR004277.

Wilcox, A. C., J. M. Nelson, and E. E. Wohl.  2006.  “Flow resistance dynamics in step-pool channels: 2. Partitioning between grain, spill, and woody debris resistance.”  Water Resources Research 42: W05419, doi:10.1029/2005WR004278.

Wohl, E. E. and A. Wilcox.  2005. “Channel geometry of mountain streams in New Zealand.”  Journal of Hydrology 300:252–256.

Wilcox, A. and J. Harte. 1997. “Ecosystem services in a modern economy: Gunnison County, Colorado.” In G. Daily, ed. Nature’s Services: Societal Dependence on Natural Ecosystems.  Island Press, Washington, D.C. pp. 311–328.

Food Energy Water Focus

Fluvial geomorphology; hydrology; river restoration

UM Bridges Department

UM Geosciences


Director, University of Montana Center for Riverine Science and Stream Renaturalization

Associate Director, Montana Water Center