William Brian Dade

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of Earth Sciences

I enjoy learning about Earth surface processes and forms, especially the dynamics and deposits of rivers and the sea, and of gravity-driven flows associated with avalanches and volcanic eruptions. The aim of my research is an improved understanding of i) particle and contaminant transport, ii) the sedimentary record, iii) geologic hazards, and iv) the morphology and evolution of natural landscapes.

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203 Fairchild
HB 6105


  • B.S. Pennsylvania State University
  • M.S. Pennsylvania State University
  • Ph.D. University of Washington

Selected Publications

  • Curtis, K. E., C.E. Renshaw, F.J. Magilligan and W.B. Dade. 2010.

  • Temporal and spatial scales of geomorphic adjustments to reduced competency following flow regulation in bedload dominated systems. Geomorphology. ( in press ).Hamm , N., W. B Dade, C. E. Renshaw. 2010.

  • Hamm , N., W. B Dade, C. E. Renshaw. 2010. Deposition of fine particles to an initially-starved bed. Sedimentology 56:1976-1991.

  • Geomorphic evolution of a barrier island reflects history of natural sediment supply and human intervention in Taiwan . J. Coastal Research 26:53-58 .Haehnel, R.B. and W.B Dade. 2009. Physics of particle entrainment under the influence of an impinging jet. Proc. Army Science Conference, Dec 1-4, 2008, Orlando , FL.

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