Somewhere on the beach, Beaufort, NC 


River Retreat Ground Rules:

The goal of the River Retreat is to think.  If you attend, you are expected to read all the papers thoroughly.  If you are in charge of a session (name listed with a session), you are expected to lead or co-lead the discussion, and provide provocative ideas to dig deeply into the papers, and the underlying theory and concepts of those papers.  There are such things as stupid questions, and participants are encouraged to point out stupid questions and stupid comments with appropriate levels of sarcasm, scrutiny, and humor.  Remember, always, that the goal is ideas and concepts.


As we continue our wide ranging wandering through all topics riverine, we’ve landed on the topics of networks for a year.  River networks are often viewed as such, yet there is vast research on networks elsewhere in the physical sciences and especially in the social sciences.

Our goal is to discuss networks, and those networks with which we work directly – river, waterflow, food webs – as well as those that are divergent and tangential, such as social, economic, and others.  The ultimate goal is to broaden our thinking of rivers.  More critical or more conceptual thinking of networks may help (it also may hinder).


 Links to Readings: These are the readings; if you are attending the retreat, then send Chuck an email and he will also send to you a link to a dropbox site that has the readings as well. 

1. Background on Networks, (Martin, Dean)

a. Hayes, B., 2000a&b. Graph theory in practice: Parts I & II. American Scientist 88, 9–13, 104-109.

b. Borgatti, S.P., 2005. Centrality and network flow. Social Networks 27, 55–71.



c. Newman, M.E.J., 2003. The Structure and Function of Complex Networks. SIAM Review 45, 167–256.

2. Riverscape and landscape networks: scales and dimensions of structural and functional connectivity (Kimberly, Tim, Erin, Jai)

a. Tischendorf, L. and Fahrig, L., 2000. On the usage and measurement of landscape connectivity. Oikos 90: 7-19.

b. Amoros, C. and Bornette, G. 2002. Connectivity and biocomplexity in waterbodies of riverine floodplains. Freshwater Biology 47: 761-776.

c. Larsen, G.L., Choi, L., Nungesser, M.K., and Harvey, J.W. 2012. Directional Connectivity in Hydrology and Ecology. Ecological Applications 22(8): 2201-2220.

3. Ecological Networks: Models, Connections, and Cycles, (Matts, Chris)

a. Ings, T. C., J. M. Montoya, J. Bascompte, N. Blüthgen, L. Brown, C. F. Dormann, F. Edwards, D. Figueroa, U. Jacob, J. I. Jones, R. B. Lauridsen, M. E. Ledger, H. M. Lewis, J. M. Olesen, F. J. F. Van Veen, P. H. Warren, and G. Woodward. 2009. Review: Ecological networks – beyond food webs. Journal of Animal Ecology 78:253-269.

b. Milns, I., C. M. Beale, and V. A. Smith. 2010. Revealing ecological networks using Bayesian network inference algorithms. Ecology 91:1892-1899.


4. Man-made water networks: Social-, economic-, political-, and religious-based plumbing (Chuck, Lauren)

a. Jackson, R.H., Soffer, A., 1986. Irrigation in sub-humid environments: a comparison of three cultures. Geoforum 17, 383–401.

b. Palmer, R.N., Characklis, G.W., 2009. Reducing the costs of meeting regional water demand through risk-based transfer agreements. Journal of Environmental Management 90, 1703–14.


5. Synthesis and broader context, or including networks in river systems science (Jeff, Scott, Jon)

a. Benda, L., Poff, N.L., Miller, D., Dunne, T., Reeves, G., Pess, G., and Pollock, M., 2004. The network dynamics hypothesis: how channel networks structure riverine habitats. BioScience 54(5):413-427.

b. Fisher, S., 1997. Creativity, idea generation, and the functional morphology of streams. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 16(2):305-318.



Saturday January 19

Depart Durham 9:00

Early-afternoon Arrive;

3:00-4:30 SESSION 1

4:30 – 6:00 The first annual Fluvial Feud  

6:00 Dinner prep and dinner: Jeff cooks; the rest of us stand around and watch

8:00 – 9:30 Dessert and Pop ups (Half the crowd this session; anyone who has been to retreat before is up for this session)

Rules for popups: You have 3 slides (max) to describe your research. As usual, alternative methods of research description is accepted and encouraged.  Finger puppets may be appropriate depending on subject. Poetry is encouraged when appropriate; music is acceptable (except by Jeff); interpretive dance is never appropriate (except by Jeff).  Be sure to be seated and attentive if Allison gets out a guitar…

Sunday January 20

8:30 – 10:00 SESSION 2

10:00 – 10:30 Break


10:30 – 12:00 SESSION 3

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch Break (and pack for hike or whatever)


1:00 – 4:30:  Break (Scott Ensign is in charge of group outing)

4:30 – 6:00 SESSION 4

6:00 – 8:00 Dinner prep and olympic


8:00 – 9:30: Dessert and the rest of the Popups



Monday January 21

 Session 5:


10:00 – 11:00 Pack up

11:00 Closing and look to the future

Group photo…11:30: GO HOME