Anne Lightbody

ESCI Graduate Coordinator
Phone: (603) 862-0711
Office: Earth Sciences, James Hall Rm 236, Durham, NH 03824
Anne Lightbody

My research focuses on flow and transport within surface water systems, including rivers, streams, lakes, fresh-water wetlands, and salt-water marshes. I am particularly interested in coupling improved understanding of small-scale physical processes pertaining to turbulent boundary layers and aquatic canopies to larger scale modeling and prediction. This work is fundamental yet also has clear applications, reaching into real-world management issues including stream restoration, constructed treatment wetland design, aquaculture, and suspended sediment pollution control. In addition, it is at the interface of hydrology and a wide variety of other disciplines, including fluid mechanics, geomorphology, ecology, water resources, and oceanography.


  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • M.S., Biology, Yale University
  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • B.S., Biology, Yale University

Research Interests

  • Biogeochemistry
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Geomorphology
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Hydrology
  • Rivers/Streams
  • Sediment
  • Water Quality
  • Water Supply
  • Watershed

Courses Taught

  • ESCI 654: Fate Transport in Environment
  • ESCI 705: Principles of Hydrology
  • ESCI 796: Top/Water in the Western US
  • ESCI 896: Top/Water in the Western US
  • ESCI 906: Advanced Fate and Transport
  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/Earth Science
  • INCO 790: Adv Rsrch Exp/Earth Sciences

Selected Publications

Diehl, R. M., Wilcox, A. C., Stella, J. C., Kui, L., Sklar, L. S., & Lightbody, A. (2017). Fluvial sediment supply and pioneer woody seedlings as a control on bar-surface topography. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 42(5), 724-734.

Bywater-Reyes, S., Wilcox, A. C., Stella, J. C., & Lightbody, A. F. (2015). Flow and scour constraints on uprooting of pioneer woody seedlings. Water Resources Research, 51(11), 9190-9206. doi:10.1002/2014wr016641

Manners, R. B., Wilcox, A. C., Kui, L., Lightbody, A. F., Stella, J. C., & Sklar, L. S. (2015). When do plants modify fluvial processes? Plant-hydraulic interactions under variable flow and sediment supply rates. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 120(2), 325-345. doi:10.1002/2014jf003265

Nowinski, J. D., Cardenas, M. B., Lightbody, A. F., Swanson, T. E., & Sawyer, A. H. (2012). Hydraulic and thermal response of groundwater–surface water exchange to flooding in an experimental aquifer. Journal of Hydrology, 472-473, 184-192. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2012.09.018

Nowinski, J. D., Cardenas, M. B., & Lightbody, A. F. (2011). Evolution of hydraulic conductivity in the floodplain of a meandering river due to hyporheic transport of fine materials. Geophysical Research Letters, 38(1), n/a. doi:10.1029/2010gl045819

Rominger, J. T., Lightbody, A. F., & Nepf, H. M. (2010). Effects of Added Vegetation on Sand Bar Stability and Stream Hydrodynamics. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 136(12), 994-1002. doi:10.1061/(asce)hy.1943-7900.0000215

Radspinner, R. R., Diplas, P., Lightbody, A. F., & Sotiropoulos, F. (2010). River Training and Ecological Enhancement Potential Using In-Stream Structures. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 136(12), 967-980. doi:10.1061/(asce)hy.1943-7900.0000260

Lightbody, A. F., Avener, M. E., & Nepf, H. M. (2008). Observations of short-circuiting flow paths within a free-surface wetland in Augusta, Georgia, U.S.A.. Limnology and Oceanography, 53(3), 1040-1053. doi:10.4319/lo.2008.53.3.1040

Lightbody, A. F., & Nepf, H. M. (2006). Prediction of near-field shear dispersion in an emergent canopy with heterogeneous morphology. Environmental Fluid Mechanics, 6(5), 477-488. doi:10.1007/s10652-006-9002-7

Lightbody, A. F., & Nepf, H. M. (2006). Prediction of velocity profiles and longitudinal dispersion in salt marsh vegetation. Limnology and Oceanography, 51(1), 218-228. doi:10.4319/lo.2006.51.1.0218

Most Cited Publications