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William L. Graf

USC Educational Foundation Endowed Professor
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1974

Department of Geography
Callcott, Room 230
Columbia, SC 29208
Phone: (803) 777-4437   Fax: (803) 777-4972

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Current CV

Areas of Interest
Fluvial Geomorphology
Riparian Ecology
Science and Policy for Public Land and Water

Recent Publications

Saboa, J. L., Tushar Sinha, Laura C. Bowling, Gerrit H. W. Schoups, Wesley W. Wallenderd, Michael E. Campana, Keith A. Cherkauer, Pam L. Fuller, William L. Graf, Jan W. Hopmans, John S. Kominoskij, Carissa Taylork, Stanley W. Trimble, Robert H. Webb, and Ellen E. Wohl, 2010.  Reclaiming Freshwater Sustainability in the Cadillac Desert, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI:10.1073/pnas.1009734108, 8 p.

Graf, W. L., Ellen E.Wohl, T. Sinha, and John L. Sabo, 2010.  Sedimentation and Sustainability of Western American Reservoirs, Water Resources Research, 46, W12535, doi:10.1029/2009WR008836, 13 p.

Graf, W.L., Diamond, M., and Kronvang, B., 2008. Nature and Significance of Uncertainty in River Restoration, in River Restoration: Managing the Uncertainty in Restoring Physical Habitats, ed. by S. Darby and D. Sear. Chichester, John Wiley and Sons, p. 3-9.

Doyle, M.W., Emily H. Stanley, E.H., Havlick,D.G., Kaiser, M.J., Steinbach,G., Graf, W.L., Galloway, G.E., and Riggsbee, J.A., 2008. Aging infrastructure and ecosystem restoration, Science 319:286-287.

Graf, W.L., 2005. "Platte River: Water for People and Wildlife." In Encyclopedia of Water Science, ed. by B.A. Stewart and T. A. Howell (New York: Marcel Dekker), p. 45-453. Also published on line at

Graf, W.L., 2005. "Physical Integrity of Rivers." In Encyclopedia of Geomorphology, ed. by A. S. Goudie (London: Routledge Ltd.), p. 779-781.

Kuby, M. J., Fagan, W. F., ReVelle, C. S., and Graf, W.L., 2005. "A muliobjective optimization model for dam removal: an example trading off salmon passage with hydropower and water storage in the Willamette Basin." Advances in Water Resources 28 (8):845-855.

National Research Council (Graf as committee member and one of group of authors), 2005. Re-Engineering Water Storage in the Everglades: Risks and Opportunities . (Washington D.C., National Academy Press), 125 p.

Graf, W.L., 2005. "Geomorphology and American Dams: The Scientific, Social, and Economic Context." Geomorphology 71: 3-26.

Graf, W.L., 2004. "In the Critical Zone: Geography at the U.S. Geological Survey," Professional Geographer 56:100-108.

Graf, W.L., 2003. "Geography and the Restoration of Rivers for Wildlife," Directions Magazine [on line publication],

Graf, W.L., 2003. "The Changing Role of Dams in Water Resources Management," Water Resources Update 126:1-10.

Graf, W.L., 2003. "Dam Removal Research," In Dam Removal Research: Status and Prospects, ed. by W. L. Graf. Washington, D.C.: Heinz Center, 1-22.

Graf, W.L., 2003. "Downstream Geomorphic Impacts of Large American Dams," Complex Environmental Systems, Synthesis for Earth, Life, and Society in the 21st Century. Washington, D.C.: National Science Foundation, p. 21.

Graf, W.L., 2003. Testimony in Support of the Congaree National Park Act of 2003, U.S. Senate, 5 p., included with bill materials.

Heinz Center (Graf, W.L. as committee chair and major author). 2002. Dam Removal: Science and Decision Making, Washington, D.C.: Heinz Center, 277 p.

Heinz Center (Graf, W.L. as committee chair and major author). 2002. Research Opportunities in Geography at the U.S. Geological Survey, Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press, 130 p.

Graf, W.L., Buttenfield, B.P., Harden, C.P, Jensen, J.R., Malanson, G.P., McDowell, P.F., McLafferty, S., Palm, R.I., Psuty, N.P., and H.J. Vaux. 2002. Geography in the Critical Zone: Research Opportunities for the U. S. Geological Survey, Washington: National Academy of Sciences National Research Council, 130 p.

Cutter, S.L., Golledge, R. and Graf, W.L.. 2002. "The Big Questions in Geography", The Professional Geographer, 54(3): 305-317.

Graf, W.L., Stromberg, J., and B. Valentine. 2002. "Rivers, Dams, and Willow Flycatchers: A Summary of their Science and Policy Connections", Geomorphology, 47:169-188.

Graf, W.L.. 2002. "Downstream Impacts of Large Dams on American Rivers", Complex Environmental Systems: Synthesis for Earth, Life, and Society in the 21st Century, Washington, D.C.: National Science Foundation, p. 21.

Graf, W.L., Gober, P., and A.J. Brazel. 2002. In Memorium, Melvin G. Marcus, 1929-1997, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 91:724-733.

Graf, W.L.. 2001. "Damage Control: Dams and the Physical Integrity of America's Rivers." Annals of the Association of American Geographers 91: 1-27.

Graf, W.L.. 2001. "Fluvial Hydrology of Regulated Rivers in the Range of the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher." Recovery Plan, Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 2, Albuquerque, New Mexico, pp. J1-J31.

Graf, W.L.. 2000. "Physical integrity of managed rivers." In Review of Flood Protection Needs and Alternatives on the Lower Tempisque River Basin, Costa Rica, Filadelfia, Costa Rica. Office of Tropical Studies and the Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment, Washington, D.C., pp. 35-39.

Graf, W.L., J. Stromberg, and B. Valentine. 2000. "The Physical Context for the Recovery of the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher: Hydrology, Geomorphology, and River Management." Recovery Plan, Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 2, Albuquerque, New Mexico, pp. I1-I35.

Graf, W.L.. 2000. "Locational Probability for a Dammed, Urban Stream: Salt River, Arizona." Environmental Management 25: 321-335.

Graf, W.L.. 1999. "Dam Nation: A Geographic Census of Large American Dams and Their Hydrologic Impacts." Water Resources Research 35: 1305-1311.

National Research Council. 1999. Strategies for America's Watersheds. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press, 311 p. (Graf as principal author and committee chair of the originating Committee on Watershed Management of the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council).

Graf, W.L.. (with sidebars by K. K. Hirschboeck, R. A. Marston, J. Pitlick, and J. C. Schmidt) 1997. "Geomorphology for Western Water Policy." In Aquatic Ecosystems Symposium, A Report to the President's Western Water Policy Review Commission (W. L. Minckley, ed.), p. 1-13.

Graf, W.L.. 1996. "Fluvial Geomorphic Analysis of Plutonium-Contaminated Sediment Transport and Deposition in Los Alamos Canyon, New Mexico." Geological Society of America Bulletin 108: 1342-1355.

Graf, W.L.. 1996. "Geomorphology and Policy for Restoration of Impounded Rivers." In The Scientific Nature of Geomorphology, (B. L. Rhoads and C. R. Thorn, eds.), New York: John Wiley and Sons, pp. 443-473.

John Wesley Powell Award, U.S. Geological Survey. 2005. Awarded in recognition of contributions to the US Geological Survey in the geographical sciences.

Founder's Medal of the Royal Geographical Society, Her Majesty, Queen of Great Britain and the Royal Geographical Society. 2001. Awarded in recognition of research on rivers and contributions to the use of environmental science in public policy.

David Linton Research Award, British Geomorphological Research Group. 2000. Awarded in recognition of geomorphology and environmental change research.

Kirk Bryan Award, Geological Society of America. 1999. Given in recognition of distinguished contributions to the science of geomorphology.

Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship, Council for the International Exchange of Scholars, U.S. Agency for International Development, and the New Zealand/United States Educational Foundation. 1999. Awarded for research and lecturing on water resources and river processes.

Graduate Mentor Award, Arizona State University. 1998. Awarded in recognition of contributions to graduate training through mentoring and career preparation of graduate students.

Contemproary Approaches to Geography
Fluvial Geomorphology
Introduction to Physical Geography
Seminar in Geography (Capstone)
Seminar, Regional Geography