Gund Fellow, Professor, Department of Geography

Wemple's research focuses on the dynamics of hydrologic and geomorphic processes in upland, forested watersheds. Her work examines the influence of land use practices on geophysical processes with a particular interest in using basic theoretical tools and simulation modeling, in conjunction with empirical field studies, to understand how management of the mountain landscape alters the processes of runoff generation and sediment production in steep, headwater catchments.

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.



  • Mohammed, I. N.‡, A. Bomblies, and B. C. Wemple, 2015. The use of CMIP5 data to simulate climate change impacts on flow regime within the Lake Champlain Basin, Journal of Hydrology Regional Studies, 3, 160-186, doi:10.1016/j.ejrh.2015.01.002.
  • Pechenick, A.†, D. M. Rizzo, L. A. Morrissey, K. Garvey†, K. Underwood† and B. C. Wemple, 2014. A multi-scale statistical approach to assess the effects of hydrological connectivity of road and stream networks on geomorphic channel condition. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. DOI: 10.1002/esp.3611
  • Penn, C. A.†, B. C. Wemple, and J. L. Campbell, 2012. Forest influences on snow accumulation and snowmelt at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, New Hampshire, USA. Hydrological Processes, 26, 2524–2534, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.9450.
  • Ross, D. S., J. B. B. Shanley, J. L. Campbell, G. B. Lawrence, S. W. Bailey, G. E. Likens, B. Wemple, G. Fredriksen†, and A. E. Jamison†, 2011. Spatial patterns of soil nitrification and nitrate export from forested headwaters in the northeastern USA. Journal of Geophysical Research, doi:10.1029/2011JG001740.
  • Ross, D. S. and B. C. Wemple, 2011. Soil nitrification in a large forested watershed, Ranch Brook (Vermont) mirrors patterns in smaller northeastern USA catchments. Forest Ecology and Management, 262: 1084-1093.
  • Pearce, A. R. †, P.R. Bierman, G.K. Druschel, C. Massey, D.M. Rizzo, M.C. Watzin, and B.C. Wemple, 2010. Pitfalls and successes of developing an interdisciplinary watershed field camp. Journal of Geoscience Education, 58(3): 213-220.
  • Jones, J.A., G.L. Achterman, L.A. Augustine, I.F. Creed, P.F. Ffolliott, L. MacDonald, B.C. Wemple, 2009. Hydrologic effects of a changing forested landscape –challenges for the hydrological sciences. Hydrological Processes, 23: 2699-2704. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.7404.
  • Shanley, J. B. and B. Wemple, 2009. Water Quality and Quantity in the Mountain Environment, in J. E. Milne, J. LeMense, and R. A. Virginia (eds.), Mountain Resorts: Ecology and the Law, Surrey, U.K., Ashgate Publishing Ltd.
  • Ross, D. S., B. C. Wemple, A E. Jamison†, G. Fredriksen†, J. B. Shanley, G. B. Lawrence, S. W. Bailey, J. L. Campbell, 2009. A Cross-Site Comparison of Factors Influencing Soil Nitrification Rates in Northeastern USA Forested Watersheds. Ecosystems, 12(1): 158-178.
  • National Research Council (B. Wemple, committee member and co-author), 2008. Hydrologic Effects of a Changing Forest Landscape. Committee on Hydrologic Impacts of Forest Management, Water Science and Technology Board, Division on Earth and Life Studies. 168 pp.; ISBN 0-309-12108-6.
  • Ambers, R. K. R., and B. C. Wemple, 2008. Reservoir Sedimentation Dynamics: Interplay and Implications of Human and Geologic Processes. Northeastern Geology and Environmental Science, 30(1):49-60.
  • Wemple, B. C., J. Shanley, J. Denner, D. Ross, and K. Mills†. 2007. Hydrology and water quality in two mountain basins of the northeastern US: assessing baseline conditions and effects of ski area development. Hydrological Processes, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.6700.

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Water resources, geomorphology, GIS, spatial modeling, human-environment interactions, mountain environments


  • PhD, Forest Ecology, Oregon State University
  • MS, Physical Geography, Oregon State University
  • BA, Economics and German, University of Richmond


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