Dawdy Lectures in the Hydrologic Sciences

The Distinguished Dawdy Lecture in Hydrologic Sciences is presented annually. It recognizes lifetime contributions of a senior scientist to the science of hydrology or cooperation in hydrologic research. The award is named to honor the life and work of hydrologist David Dawdy.

The Dawdy Lecture is a part of the Earth & Climate Sciences Distinguished Speaker Series, established in 2009 to commemorate the life and legacy of David Dawdy. Each year, an invited speaker joins past distinguished Dawdy Lecturers as Tom Dunne, Jay Lund, Vijay Gupta, Susan Hubbard, Sally Thompson, and others. This lecture series and travel for speakers is generously supported by Doris and David Dawdy (former USGS Watershed Hydrologist/Geomorphologist).

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Past Dawdy Lectures

October 14, 2008
California's changing hydrologic landscape: dealing with uncertain climate change impacts
Ed Maurer
Santa Clara University, Civil Engineering Department

September 15, 2009
Toward X-Ray Vision: Geophysical Signatures of the Complex Shallow Subsurface
Susan Hubbard
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
***Birdsall Dreiss Distinguished Lecture***

September 28, 2010
California Climate Projections and Uncertainties at Regional and Local Scales
Norman Miller
Berkeley National Laboratory, Earth Science Division

March 8, 2011
Modified Parker Model for Bedload Transport.
Wen Wang
Multech Engineering Consultants, Inc.

November 15, 2011
The evolution of floodplain complexity
Tom Dunne
Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, UC Santa Barbara

April 17, 2012
Flood Prediction in a Changing Climate: State of the Science and Future Challenges

Vijay Gupta
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado at Boulder

November 27, 2012

California’s Water Challenges and Future
Jay Lund
Center for Watershed Sciences, University of California – Davis

April 2, 2013
California’s Water Challenges and Future
Jay Lund, Center for Watershed Sciences, University of California – Davis

November 5, 2013

Gradients of Geomorphic Response of the Muddy River Drainage to the 1980 Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980-2000
Tom Lisle
Senior Fluvial Geomorphologist, Stillwater Sciences

April 8, 2014
Pattern from process: simple strategies for understanding complex dynamics in aquatic landscapes
Laurel Larsen
Department of Geography, UC Berkeley

December 2, 2014

Managing for resilience in California's anadromous salmonids
Stephanie Carlson
Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley

April 14, 2015

Estimating Evapotranspiration from Weather Data: Derivation and Application to Trend Detection and Attribution over the U.S. since 1960
Guido Salvucci, Boston University

October 20, 2015

A, B, Careful! Consequences of scale-invariance in power-law models of streamflow recessions for interpreting hydrological data
Dr. Sally Thompson, Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley

October 11, 2016
Flow Resistance and Longitudinal Elevation Profiles for Rivers: Two Stories about Development Mathematical Models to Understand Observations

Scott Peckham, University of Colorado, Institute of Alpine and Arctic Research

October 24, 2017

Modeling systems for the evaluation of water management alternatives to protect groundwater-dependent ecosystems
Laura Foglia
Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, University of California Davis

March 6, 2018

Finding the soil moisture velocity equation
Fred Ogden

October 22, 2019
Nitrate export regimes in large rivers
Margaret Zimmer
Earth & Planetary Sciences Department, UC Santa Cruz

November 10, 2020

Snow Albedo: How it changes and why you should care
Jeff Dozier, University of California Santa Barbara

September 27, 2021

Distinguished Dawdy Lecture in Hydrological Sciences

Ellen Wohl, Colorado State University

College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Wyoming