Francis Rengers


  • Ph.D., Geology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. 2014. The Influence of Transient Perturbations on Landscape Evolution: Exploring Gully Erosion and Post-Wildfire Erosion.
  • M. S., Geology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. 2005.  Grain Size Trends of Gravel Bars on the Rio Chagres, Panama
  • B. S., Geology, Summa Cum Laude, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. 2003. Spatial Analysis of Landforms on Reclaimed Surface Mines of Monongalia County 
  • B. A., French, Summa Cum Laude, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. 2003



Ebel, B. A., F. K. Rengers, and
G. E. Tucker. 2016. Observed and simulated hydrologic response for a first-order catchment during extreme rainfall 3 years after wildfire disturbance, Water Resources Research, 52, doi:10.1002/2016WR019110.

Kean, J. W., L. A. McGuire, F. K. Rengers, J. B. Smith, and D. M. Staley. 2016. Amplification of postwildfire peak flow by debris, Geophysical Research Letters, 43, 8545–8553, doi:10.1002/2016GL069661.

Rengers, F., L. McGuire, J. Coe, J. Kean, R. Baum, D. Staley, J. Godt.  2016. The influence of vegetation on debris-flow initiation during extreme rainfall in the northern Colorado Front Range.  Geology. doi:10.1130/G38096.1

McGuire, L., F. Rengers,  J. Coe, B. Mirus, J. Kean, R. Baum, J. Godt.   2016. Elucidating the role of vegetation in the initiation of rainfall-induced shallow landslides: Insights from an extreme rainfall event in the Colorado Front Range. Geophysical Research Letters. 43, doi:10.1002/2016GL070741. 

Rengers, F., L. McGuire, J. Kean, D. Staley,  D. Hobley. 2016.  Model Simulations of Flood and Debris Flow Timing in Steep Catchments after Wildfire. Water Resources Research. doi: 10.1002/2015WR018176

Rengers, F., Tucker, G., Moody, J. Ebel, B. 2016. Illuminating Wildfire Erosion and Deposition Patterns with Repeat Terrestrial LiDAR. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface. doi: 10.1002/2015JF003600

Rengers, F., Tucker, G., and Mahan, S. 2016. Episodic bedrock erosion by gully-head migration, Colorado High Plains, USA. Earth Surfaces Processes and Landforms. doi: 10.1002/esp.3929

Rengers, F., Lunacek, M., and Tucker, G. 2016. Application of an Evolutionary Algorithm for Parameter Optimization in a Gully Erosion Model, Environmental Modelling & Software. 80, 297-305. doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2016.02.033

Rengers, F. and Tucker G. 2015. The evolution of gully headcut morphology: a case study using terrestrial laser scanning and hydrological monitoring. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. doi: 10.1002/esp.3721

Ebel, B., Rengers, F., Tucker, G. 2015. Aspect-dependent soil saturation and insight into debris-flow initiation during extreme rainfall in the Colorado Front Range. Geology. 43, 8, p. 659-652. doi: 10.1130/G36741.1

Rengers, F. and Tucker, G. 2014. Analysis and modeling of gully headcut dynamics, North American high plains. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface. 119, doi:10.1002/2013JF002962.

Rengers, F. and Tucker, G. 2013. Processes and rates of headcut migration in eastern Colorado gullies: West Bijou Creek field trip guide. Geological Society of America Field Guide 33. [Link]

Rengers, F. and Wohl, E. 2006. Trends of grain sizes on gravel bars in the Rio Chagres, Panama. Geomorphology. 83, 3-4, p. 282-293.