Martin Doyle (CV):

Bio: Martin Doyle is Professor of River Science and Policy at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and Director for Water Policy at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.  His research is at the interface of science, economics and policy of river management and restoration.  His background is in hydraulics and sediment transport in rivers, but he also works on river infrastructure, including decommissioning dams and levees, as well as research on financing rehabilitation of aging hydropower dams and the impacts of infrastructure on river ecosystems across the US.  He holds a PhD in Earth Science from Purdue University, and a Masters in Environmental Engineering from Ole Miss. His research has resulted in several awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship (2009), a National Science Foundation Early Career Award (2005), the Nystrom Award from the Association of American Geographers (2004), the Horton Grant from the American Geophysical Union (2001), and the Chorafas Prize from the Chorafas Foundation in Switzerland (2002). He has twice won the W.R. Boggess Award from the American Water Resources Association.  For his work in bridging environmental science and policy, in 2009 was named the inaugural Frederick J Clarke Scholar by the US Army Corps of Engineers. In 2008 Dr Doyle was named an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow by Stanford University, and received a GlaxoSmithKline Faculty Fellowship for Public Policy from the Institute for Emerging Issues.

Current Graduate Students Advised (and a couple representative pubs they wrote as part of their work here)

Katy Hansen (PhD student; joint advised with Megan Mullin): water management, environmental/infrastructure finance policy

Matthew Fuller (PhD student): stream ecology, landscape genetics, river networks, dams and river management

John Gardner (PhD student): biogeochemistry, ecosystem ecology

Matt Ross (PhD, present, joint advised with Emily Bernhardt); landscape design, mountain-top coal mining, designer ecosystems


Previous Students and Post-docs Advised:

Chuck Podolak (post-doc, 2012-2014): western water markets; currently staffer for Senator Jeff Flake

  • Podolak, C., and M.W. Doyle (2014). Conditional water rights in the western United States: introducing uncertainty in prior appropriation. Journal of the American Water Resources Association doi: 10.1111/jawr.12229.

Jeff Muehlbauer (PhD, Ecology-UNC, 2012, foodwebs; riparian to terrestrial subsidies, currently Research Scientist at the Grand Canyon Research Center)

  • Muehlbauer, J.D., S.F. Collins, M.W. Doyle and K. Tockner (2014). Spatial extent of the potential “stream signature” in terrestrial food webs using meta-analysis. Ecology
    95: 44-55.

Lauren Patterson (PhD 2012, currently Policy Associate at Nicholas Institute)

  • Patterson, L., and M.W. Doyle (2009). Assessing effectiveness of national flood policy through spatiotemporal monitoring of socioeconomic exposure. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 45:1-16.
  • Patterson, L., B. Lutz, and M.W. Doyle (in press). Climate and direct human contributions to
    changes in mean annual streamflow in the South Atlantic, U.S. Water Resources Research.

Brian Lutz (post-doc, currently scientist at Monsanto)

  • Lutz, B., A. Lewis, and M.W. Doyle (2013). Generation, transport, and disposal of
    wastewater from natural gas development from the Marcellus shale region. Water Resources Research 49: 647-656.

Kimberly Meitzen (post-doc joint with TNC; environmental flows in the Southeastern US; currently assistant professor at Texas State University in summer, 2013)

Chris Sandt (MS, Env Sci & Engin, 2011; currently Environmental Engineer, DC Water)

  • Sandt, C.J., and M.W. Doyle (2013). The hydrologic and economic feasibility of micro hydropower upfitting and integration of existing low-head dams in the United States. Energy Policy 63: 261-271.

Tim Baird (PhD, Geography, 2012, currently assistant professor at Virginia Tech)

  • Timothy D. Baird and Clark L. Gray (2014) Livelihood Diversification and Shifting Social Networks of Exchange: A Social Network Transition? World Development 60: 14-30.
  • Timothy D. Baird and Paul W. Leslie (2013) Conservation as Disturbance: Upheaval and Livelihood Diversification near Tarangire National Park. Global Environmental Change 23 (5): 1131-1141.

Melanie Small (MA, Geography, 2006)

  • Small, M.J., M.W. Doyle, R. Fuller, and R. Manners (2008). Geomorphic vs hydrologic control on stream ecosystems: example using organic matter. Freshwater Biologydoi:10.1111/j.1365-2427.2008.01999.

Scott Ensign (PhD, Ecology, 2010) ; Mendenhall Post-Doc, USGS, currently founder and principal of AquaCO environmental consulting

  • Ensign, S.H., M. Piehler, and M.W. Doyle. (2009). Riparian zone denitrification affects nitrogen flux through a tidal freshwater river. Biogeochemistry 91: 133-150.
  • Ensign, S.H., and M.W. Doyle (2006). Nutrient spiraling in streams and river networks. Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences, 111, G04009, doi: 10.1029/FG000114.

JR Rigby (post-doc, 2010-2011); currently Research Hydrologist at USDA-National Sedimentation Laboratory

  • Yates, A.J., M.W. Doyle, J.R. Rigby and K.E. Schnier (2013). Market power, private information, and the optimal scale of pollution permit markets for North Carolina’s Neuse River. Resource and Environmental Economics 35: 256-276.
  • K. Schnier, Doyle, M.W., J.R. Rigby, and A.J. Yates (in press). Bilateral oligopoly in pollution permit markets: experimental evidence. Economic Inquiry.

Erich Hester (PhD, Ecology, 2008); currently Assistant Prof, Virginia Tech Univ

  • Hester, E.T., and M.W. Doyle. (2009). The influence of in-stream geomorphic structures on stream temperature via induced hyporheic exchange, Limnology and Oceanography, 54: 355-367.
  • Hester, E.T., and M.W. Doyle (2008). Efficacy of in-channel geomorphic structures for hyporheic exchange. Water Resources Research Vol 44, W03417, doi:10.1028/2006WR005810.

Jason Julian (PhD, Geography, 2007); Currently Associate Professor, Texas State University

  • Julian, J.P., M.W. Doyle and E.H. Stanley (2008). Optical water quality in rivers. Water Resources Research, vol 44, W10411, doi:10.1029/2007WR006457.
  • Julian, J.P., M.W. Doyle, and E.H. Stanley (2008). Empirical modeling of light availability in rivers. Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences, 113, G03022, doi: 1029/2007JG000601.

Adam Riggsbee (PhD, Env Sci and Engin. 2006, UNC): currently: Principal/Owner: Riverbank Ecosystems, Austin TX.

  • Riggsbee, A., C. Orr, D. Leech, M.W. Doyle and R. Wetzel (2008). Suspended sediments in river ecosystems: photochemical sources of dissolved organic carbon, dissolved organic nitrogen and adsorptive removal of dissolved iron. Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences,113, doi:10.1029/2007JG000654.
  • Riggsbee, A., J. Julian, M.W. Doyle and R. Wetzel (2007). Carbon and nitrogen loading during the dam removal process. Water Resources Research, Vol 43, W09414, doi: 101.1029/2006WR005318.

Cailin Orr (Post-doc, 2005-2006, UNC): currently Carleton College

  • Orr, C.H., J.J. Clark, P.R. Wilcock, J.C. Finlay, and M.W. Doyle. Morphological and biologic control of limiting nutrient uptake in a field-scale flume (2009). Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences 114, G02019, doi:10.1029/2008JG000825.

Joel Sholtes (MS, Geography, 2009); current PhD student at Colorado State University (Civil Engineering)

  • Sholtes, J., and M.W. Doyle (2011). Effect of channel restoration on flood wave attenuation. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering 137(2): 196-208

Rebecca Manners (MA, Geography, 2006, UNC): Currently NSF Post-doctoral Fellow, Montana State University.

  • Manners, R., M.W. Doyle, and M.J. Small (2007). Structure and hydraulics of natural woody debris jams. Water Resources Research 43, W06432, doi: 10.1029/2006WR004910.
  • Manners, R., and M.W. Doyle (2008). A mechanistic model of woody debris jam evolution and its application to wood-based restoration and management. River Research and Applications.