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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Robert R. Wells (Rob)

Research Hydraulic Engineer


Publications (Clicking on the reprint icon Reprint Icon will take you to the publication reprint.)
Soil erosion on upland areas by rainfall and overland flow - (Book / Chapter) - (08-Sep-14)
Geophysical methods for the assessment of earthen dams - (Book / Chapter) - (08-Sep-14)
Spatial characterization of riparian buffer effects on sediment loads from watershed systems Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Momm, H.G., Bingner, R.L., Yuan, Y., Locke, M.A., Wells, R.R. 2014. Spatial characterization of riparian buffer effects on sediment loads from watershed systems. Journal of Environmental Quality. 43:1736–1753.
Effect of topographic characteristics on compound topographic index for identification of gully channel initiation locations Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Momm, H.G., Bingner, R.L., Wells, R.R., Rigby Jr, J.R., Dabney, S.M. 2013. Effect of topographic characteristics on compound topographic index for identification of gully channel initiation locations. Transactions of the ASABE. 56(2):523-537.
Effect of terrestrial LiDAR point sampling density in ephemeral gully characterization - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Momm, H.G., Bingner, R.L., Wells, R.R., Dabney, S.M., Frees, L.D. 2013. Effect of terrestrial LiDAR point sampling density in ephemeral gully characterization. Open Journal of Modern Hydrology. 3:38-49.
An empirical investigation of gully widening rates in upland concentrated flows - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Wells, R.R., Momm, H.G., Rigby Jr, J.R., Bennett, S.J., Bingner, R.L., Dabney, S.M. 2013. An empirical investigation of gully widening rates in upland concentrated flows. Catena. 101(2013):114-121.
An empirical investigation of gully widening rates in upland concentrated flows - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Wells, R.R., Momm, H.G., Rigby Jr, J.R., Bennett, S.J., Bingner, R.L., Dabney, S.M. 2013. An empirical investigation of gully widening rates in upland concentrated flows. Catena. 101:114-121.
Response of a soil-mantled experimental landscape to exogenic forcing Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Gordon, L.M., Bennett, S.J., Wells, R.R. 2012. Response of a soil-mantled experimental landscape to exogenic forcing. Water Resources Research. 48:W10514, doi: 10.1029/2012WR012283.
Above ground plots at the MAFES-Holly Springs Experiment Station for studying impacts of seepage on erosion - (Government Publication)
Wilson, G.V., Wells, R.R., Dabney, S.M., Momm, H.G., Hudspeth, J.A., Gregory, E.A., Saunders, R. 2012. Above ground plots at the MAFES-Holly Springs Experiment Station for studying impacts of seepage on erosion. Laboratory Publication. pp. 1-83.
AnnAGNPS GIS-based tool for watershed-scale identification and mapping of cropland potential ephemeral gullies Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Momm, H.G., Bingner, R.L., Wells, R.R., Wilcox, D.L. 2012. AnnAGNPS GIS-based tool for watershed-scale identification and mapping of cropland potential ephemeral gullies. Applied Engineering in Agriculture. 28(1):17-29.
Analysis of topographic attributes for identification of ephemeral gully channel initiation in agricultural watersheds - (Proceedings)
Momm, H.G., Bingner, R.L., Wells, R.R., Dabney, S.M. 2011. Analysis of topographic attributes for identification of ephemeral gully channel initiation in agricultural watersheds. Proceedings of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers International (ASABE), Louisville,, KY, 7-10 August 2011. 3042-3055.
An experimental study of gully sidewall expansion - (Proceedings)
Wells, R.R., Momm, H.G., Bennett, S.J., Bingner, R.L., Dabney, S.M. 2011. An experimental study of gully sidewall expansion. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Erosion and Landscape Evolution, 18-21 Sept 2011. Anchorage, AK. pp. 333-341.
Gully evolution in agricultural fields using ground-based LiDar - (Proceedings)
Momm, H.G., Wells, R.R., Bingner, R.L., Dabney, S.M. 2011. Gully evolution in agricultural fields using ground-based LiDAR. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Erosion and Landscape Evolution. 18-21 Sept. 2011. Anchorage, AK. published on CD. pp. 342-349.
Methods for gully characterization in agricultural croplands using ground-based light detection and ranging - (Book / Chapter)
Momm, H.G., Bingner, R.L., Wells, R.R., Dabney, S.M. 2011. Methods for gully characterization in agricultural croplands using ground-based light detection and ranging. In: Sediment Transport - Flow and Morphological Processes, Faruk Bhuiyan (Ed.), ISBN: 978-953-307-374-3, InTech, p.101-124.
Application of ground-based LIDAR for gully investigation in agricultural landscapes - (Proceedings)
Momm, H.G., Bingner, R.L., Wells, R.R., Dabney, S.M., Frees, L.D. 2011. Application of ground-based LIDAR for gully investigation in agricultural landscapes. American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Proceedings. May 1-45, 2011, Milwaukee, WI. 331-340.
Coupled effects of solution chemistry and hydrodynamics on the mobility and transport of quantum dot nanomaterials in the Vadose Zone Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Uyusur, B., Darnault, C.J., Snee, P.T., Wells, R.R. 2010. Coupled effects of solution chemistry and hydrodynamics on the mobility and transport of quantum dot nanomaterials in the Vadose Zone. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology. 118:184-198, doi: 10.1016/j.jconhyd.2010.09.013.
Modulation of headcut soil erosion in rills due to upstream sediment loads - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Wells, R.R., Bennett, S.J., Alonso, C.V. 2010. Modulation of headcut soil erosion in rills due to upstream sediment loads. Water Resources Research. 46:W12531, doi:10.1029/2010WR009433.
Development and Application of Gully Erosion Components within the USDA AnnAGNPS Watershed Model for Precision Conservation - (Proceedings)
Bingner, R.L., Wells, R.R., Momm, H.G., Theurer, F.D., Frees, L. 2010. Development and Application of Gully Erosion Components within the USDA AnnAGNPS Watershed Model for Precision Conservation. In: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Precision Agriculture, July 18-21, 2010, Denver, Colorado. 2010 CDROM.
Automated Mapping of the Potential for Ephemeral Gully Formation in Agricultural Watersheds - (Proceedings)
Parker, C., Bingner, R.L., Thorne, C., Wells, R.R. 2010. Automated Mapping of the Potential for Ephemeral Gully Formation in Agricultural Watersheds. In: Proceedings of the 2010 Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conference, June 27-July 1, 2010. Las Vegas, Nevada. 2010 CDROM.
Scaling a representative storm sequence to estimate ephemeral gully erosion with RUSLE2 - (Proceedings)
Dabney, S.M., Yoder, D.C., Vieira, D.A., Bingner, R.L., Wells, R.R. 2010. Scaling a representative storm sequence to estimate ephemeral gully erosion with RUSLE2. In: Proceedings of the Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conference, June 27-July 1, Las Vegas, Nevada. 2010 CDROM.
Soil erodibility evaluation under different management practices - (Abstract Only)
Wells, R.R., Bingner, R.L., Wilson, G.V., Hanson, G.J. 2010. Soil erodibility evaluation under different management practices [abstract]. Proceedings of the Joint Federal Interagency Sedimentation and Hydrologic Modeling Conference, June 27 - July 1, 2010, Las Vegas, Nevada. CD-ROM.
Ephemeral gully erosion: Impacts on physical soil quality and crop yield - (Proceedings)
Wilson, G.V., Wells, R.R., Dabney, S.M. 2010. Ephemeral gully erosion: impacts on physical soil quality and crop yield. Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conference Proceedings. June 27-July 1, 2010. Las Vegas, Nevada. CD-ROM
Rill development, headcut migration, and sediment efflux from an evolving experimental landscape - (Proceedings)
Gordon, L.M., Bennett, S.J., Wells, R.R. 2010. Rill development, headcut migration, and sediment efflux from an evolving experimental landscape. In: Proceedings of the 9th Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conference, June 27-July 1, 2010, Las Vegas, NV. CDROM.
Ephemeral Gully Erosion – A Natural Resource Concern - (Government Publication)
Bernard, J., Bingner, R.L., Dabney, S.M., Langendoen, E.J., Lemunyon, J., Merkel, W., Theurer, F., Wells, R.R., Widman, N., Wilson, G.V. 2010. Ephemeral Gully Erosion – A Natural Resource Concern. Laboratory Publication. Report No. 69. US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, National Sedimentation Laboratory, Oxford, MS.
Evolution of rill networks on soil-mantled experimental landscapes driven by rainfall and baselevel adjustments - (Proceedings)
Gordon, L.M., Bennett, S.J., Wells, R.R. 2010. Evolution of rill networks on soil-mantled experimental landscapes driven by rainfall and baselevel adjustments. Human Imipact on Gully Erosion, Proceedings of the V International Symposium on Gully Erosion. April 19-24, 2010, Lublin Poland, Wojciech Zglobicki (ed.). Maria Curie-Sklodowska University. pp 38-40.
Effect of Upstream Sediment Inflow on the Morphodynamics of Headcuts - (Proceedings)
Wells, R.R., Bennett, S.J., Alonso, C.V. 2010. Effect of upstream sediment inflow on the morphodynamics of headcuts. Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conference Proceedings. CD ROM 2010.
Effect of upstream sediment load on headcut morphodynamics - (Proceedings)
Wells, R.R., Bennett, S.J., Alonso, C.V. 2009. Effect of upstream sediment load on headcut morphodynamics. 33rd Congress of International Association for Hydraulic Research Proceedings -- Water Engineering for a Sustainable Environment. pp 6375-6382.
Effect of soil texture, tailwater height, and pore-water pressure on the morphodynamics of migrating headcuts in upland concentrated flows - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Wells, R.R., Bennet, S.J., Alonso, C.V. 2009. Effect of soil texture, tailwater height, and pore-water pressure on the morphodynamics of migrating headcuts in upland concentrated flows. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. 34:1867-1877.
Impact of upstream sediment inflow on headcut morphodynamics - (Proceedings)
Wells, R.R., Bennett, S.J., Alonso, C.V. 2010. Impact of upstream sediment inflow on headcut morphodynamics. International Symposium on Gully Erosion. pp 124-126.
Modeling the Evolution of Incised Streams: III. Model Application - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Langendoen, E.J., Wells, R.R., Thomas, R.E., Simon, A., Bingner, R.L. 2009. Modeling the Evolution of Incised Streams: III. Model Application. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering. 135(6): 476-486.
Morphodynamics of headcut development and soil erosion in upland concentrated flows - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Wells, R.R., Alonso, C.V., Bennett, S.J. 2009. Morphodynamics of headcut development and soil erosion in upland concentrated flows. Soil Science Society of America Journal. 73(2), 521-530.
Modeling Flow and Vegetation Effects in a Curved Channel - (Proceedings)
Jia, Y., Alonso, C.V., Simon, A., Wells, R.R., Wang, S. 2008. Modeling Flow and Vegetation Effects in a Curved Channel. Environmental and Water Resources Institute World Congress Proceedings. pp 1-13 (doi 10.1061/40976(316)472).
Goodwin Creek Experimental Watershed: Bendway Model Data Report - (Government Publication)
Wells, R.R., Simon, A., Alonso, C.V. 2007. Goodwin Creek Experimental Watershed: Bendway Model Data Report. USDA-ARS National Sedimentation Laboratory Research Report. No. 57. 102 pp.
Influence of Soil Structure, Pore-Water Pressure, and Tailwater Height on Headcut Migration in Upland Concentrated Flows - (Proceedings)
Wells, R.R., Alonso, C.V., Bennett, S.J. 2007. Influence of Soil Structure, Pore-Water Pressure, and Tailwater Height on Headcut Migration in Upland Concentrated Flows. Proceedings of the IV International Symposium on Gully Erosion. September 17-19, 2007, Pamplona, Spain, J. Casali and R. Gimenez (eds.). Public University of Navarre. pp. 132-133.
Automated Mapping of Potential for Ephemeral Gully Formation in Agricultural Watersheds - (Government Publication)
Parker, C., Thorne, C., Bingner, R.L., Wells, R.R., Wilcox, D.L. 2007. Automated Mapping of Potential for Ephemeral Gully Formation in Agricultural Watersheds. USDA-ARS National Sedimentation Laboratory Research Report. No. 56. US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, National Sedimentation Laboratory, Oxford, MS.
Ephemeral Gully Headcut Development and Migration in Stratified Soils - (Proceedings)
Gordon, L.M., Bennett, S.J., Wells, R.R., Alonso, C.V. 2007. Ephemeral Gully Headcut Development and Migration in Stratified Soils. Proceedings of the IV International Symposium on Gully Erosion. September 17-19, 2007, Pamplona, Spain, J. Casali and R. Gimenez (eds.). Public University of Navarre. p. 52-53.
Effect of Soil Stratification on the Development and Migration of Headcuts in Upland Concentrated Flows - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Gordon, L.M., Bennett, S.J., Wells, R.R., Alonso, C.V. 2007. Effect of Soil Stratification on the Development and Migration of Headcuts in Upland Concentrated Flows. Water Resources Research, Vol. 43, W07412, 13 pp.
Sedimentation in three small erosion control reservoirs in northern Mississippi - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Wren, D.G., Wells, R.R., Wilson, C.G., Cooper, C.M., Smith Jr, S. 2007. Sedimentation in three small erosion control reservoirs in northern Mississippi. Journal of Soil and Water Quality. 62(3): 137-144.
A Simple Technique for Measuring Wetting Front Depths for Selected Soils - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Wells, R.R., Romkens, M.J., Parlange, J., Dicarlo, D.A., Steenhuis, T.S., Prasad, S.N. 2007. A simple technique for measuring wetting front depths for selected soils. Soil Science Society of America Journal 71(3): 669-673.
Soil Deformation and Its Spectral Signature Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Wells, R.R., Prasad, S.N., Romkens, M.J. 2007. Soil deformation and its spectral signature. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. 32(5):786-793.
Determination of Watershed Sediment Sources Using USDA Watershed and Channel Models - (Proceedings)
Yuan, Y., Bingner, R.L., Langendoen, E.J., Wells, R.R., Simon, A., Alonso, C.V. 2006. Determination of watershed sediment sources using USDA watershed and channel models. American Society for Agricultural Engineers. Paper No. 062048, St. Joseph, Michigan, 17 pp.
Impact of Non-Erodible Layer on Ephemeral Gully Development - (Proceedings)
Wells, R.R., Gordon, L., Bennett, S.J., Alonso, C.V. 2006. Impact of non-erodible layer on ephemeral gully development. In: Proceedings of the 8th Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conference, April 2-6, 2006, Reno, Nevada. CDROM.
Study of the Effects of Lateral Seepage Forces on Tension-Crack Development, Bank-Failure Dimensions and Migration of Edge of Field Gullies - (Proceedings)
Simon, A., Wells, R.R. 2006. Study of the effects of lateral seepage forces on tension-crack development, bank-failure dimensions and migration of edge of field gullies. In: Proceedings of the 8th Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conference, April 2-6, 2006, Reno, Nevada, CDROM.
Sedimentation in Three Small Erosion Control Reservoirs in North Mississippi - (Proceedings)
Wren, D.G., Wells, R.R., Wilson, C.G., Cooper, C.M., Leary, D., Hickey, C.J. 2006. Sedimentation in three small erosion control reservoirs in north Mississippi. In: Proceedings of the 8th Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conference, April 2-6, 2006, Reno, Nevada. CDROM.
Numerical Simulation of Channel Adjustment of the Kalamazoo River Following the Removal of Two Low-Head Dams Between Otsego and Plainwell, Michigan - (Proceedings)
Langendoen, E.J., Wells, R.R. 2006. Numerical simulation of channel adjustment of the kalamazoo river following the removal of two low-head dams between Otsego and Plainwell, Michigan. In: Proceedings of the 8th Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conference, April 2-6, 2006, Reno, Nevada. CDROM.
Numerical Simulation of Pot Dam Removal Sediment Dynamics Along the Kalamazoo River Between Otsego and Plainwell, Michigan - (Proceedings)
Langendoen, E.J., Wells, R.R., Simon, A. 2005. Numerical simulation of post dam removal sediment dynamics along the Kalamazoo River between Otsego and Plainwell, Michigan. Proceedings of the American Society of Civil Engineers. 2005 Watershed Management Conference, July 19-22, 2005, Williamsburg, Virginia. 2005 CDROM.
Gully Study Revisited - (Proceedings)
Wells, R.R., Alonso, C.V., Simon, A. 2005. Gully study revisited. Environmental and Water Resources Institute World Congress Proceedings. Available: http://ascelibrary.org/2005conferences/ASCECP000173040792.
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