Educational Background

  • Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin, 1980
  • M.S. Southern Illinois University, 1977
  • A.B. Franklin & Marshall College, 1975


  • GEOL 106 Environmental Geology
  • FOUN xxx Susquehanna Natural History
  • FOUN xxx Control of Nature
  • GEOL 210 Geomorphology
  • GEOL 207 Environmental GeoHazards
  • GEOL 310 Applied Environmental Geomorphology
  • GEOL 298 - UNIV 298 Stream Restoration
  • GEOL 299 - UNIV 299 Watershed Systems Science
  • Semester on the Susquehanna
  • CAPS xxx Cosmology & Ecology
  • ALASKA - SUMMER Field Course
  • CAPS xxx Planetary Landscapes

Research Interests

  • Appalachian debris fans
  • coarse colluvium on Appalachian hillslopes
  • Virgina Barrier Islands
  • Anza-Borrego Desert, Southern CA
  • Northern California floods
  • Montandon alluvial aquifer
  • jokuhlaups - ice-dam breakout floods in Central PA
  • geomorphology of Mars
  • floods and paleofloods in Texas
  • paleofloods in the lower gorge of the Susquehanna River, PA
  • impact of land use on channel morhology and water quality in Buffalo Creek, PA
  • evaluation of stream restoration projects in North Carolina and Virginia

Selected Publications

Kochel, R. C., and Trop, J.M., 2008, "Earth analog for high-latitude landforms and recent flows on Mars: Icy debris fans in the Wrangell volcanic field, Alaska". Icarus, v. 196, p. 63-77.

Ritter,D.F., Kochel, R.C., and Miller, J.R., 2006, Process Geomorphology 4th edition: Long Grove, IL, Waveland Press, 546p.

Kochel, R.C., and Miller, J.R., 1997, editors, Geomorphic Effects of Minor Climate Changes: Geomorphology (special issue), v. 19, p. 171-368.


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