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Stephanie Shepherd
Assistant Professor

Research Areas: Geomorphology, fluvial geomorphology, landscape evolution, anthropogenic impacts on river systems, GIS applications in geomorphology

Office: 2046C Haley Center

2050 Beard Eaves Coliseum
Auburn, AL 36849

Phone: (334) 844-4926
Fax: (334) 844-4486


Ph.D., University of Arkansas
2010 - 2011
M.S., Geology, University of Arkansas
B.A., English, University of the South

Professional Employment

Assistant Professor, Auburn University
2014 - Present
Assistant Professor, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
2012 - 2014
Visiting Assistant Professor, Franklin and Marshall College
2011 - 2012
Instructor, University of Arkansas
2010 - 2011

Research and Teaching Interests

My research program is focused on processes in fluvial geomorphology and anthropogenic or environmental impacts on riverine landscapes.  I use a combination of field observation, topographic analysis, quantitative techniques and GIS to investigate rivers at a range of scales from individual cross-sections to entire watersheds. I am currently working on an NSF funded project in Buffalo National Scenic River in Arkansas.  In collaboration with colleagues at Desert Research Institute, US Geological Survey, and National Park Service, we are investigating the impact of heterogeneous lithology on fluvial processes and terrace formation.  

Selected Publications

  1. Keen-Zebert, A., Hudson, M, Shepherd, S.L. Thaler, E. 2017, The effect of lithology on valley width, terrace distribution, and bedload provenance in a tectonically stable catchment with flat lying stratigraphy. in Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. Vol. 42, pp. 1573-1587. DOI: 10.1002/esp.4116.
  2. Eckes, S.W., Shepherd, S.L. 2017. Exploring applications of GPR methodology and uses in determining floodplain function of restored streams in the Gulf Coastal Plain, Alabama.  American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting, December 11-15, New Orleans, LA.
  3. Shepherd, S. 2016. Transforming a traditional Geomorphology course to an active learning experience for upper level geoscience students. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, September 25-28, Denver, CO.
  4. Shepherd, S., Dixon, J.C., Davis, R., Feinstein, R. 2011. The effect of land use on channel morphology and sediment distribution in gravel mantled bedrock streams. in River Research and Applications. Vol. 27, pp. 857-866. DOI: 10.1002/rra.1401.
  5. Guccione, M.J., Mueller, K., Champion, J., Shepherd, S., Carlson, S.D., Odhiambo, B., Tate, A. 2002. Stream response to repeated coseismic folding, Tiptonville dome,New Madrid seismic zone in Geomorphology. Vol. 43, pp. 313- 349. DOl:10.1016/S0169-555x(01)00145-3.

Last updated: 10/09/2018