Dr. Wemple's research focuses on the dynamics of hydrologic, geomorphic, and biogeochemical processes in mountainous, forested landscapes. Her work examines the influence of environmental change on geophysical processes with a particular interest in using basic theoretical tools and simulation modeling, in conjunction with empirical field studies. She has particular interests in watershed and community resilience to change and in the contributions of natural infrastructure (forests, wetlands, floodplains) to system resilience. Much of her work has been co-produced with partners in state and federal agencies, conservation organizations, and rural communities.
Dr. Wemple's teaching reflects her interests in both physical geography and in geographic techniques. She teaches an introductory course in physical geography, which covers aspects of weather and climate, geomorphology, and biogeography. At the intermediate level, she teaches a field-based course in watershed processes (hydrology, geomorphology, and aquatic ecology) and a topics-based course in water resources management. Her advanced seminar class focuses on topics in human-environment interactions. She also teaches a course in Geographic Information Systems and an advanced course on Spatial Analysis.