Richard McDonald

Biography

Richard McDonald is a hydrologist with 25 years of experience working on general water resources, flow and
sediment transport dynamics and eco-hydrology. He has extensive experience performing field, laboratory and computational research on river flow and sediment transport associated with regulated and unregulated rivers related to instream flow requirements, physical habitat, and evaluation of channel restoration designs. He is the principal developer of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Multi-Dimensional Surface Water Modeling System (MD_SWMS) and co-developer of the iRIC modeling system (www.i-ric.org).

 

 

 

Publications

Stogner, Robert W., Sr.; Nelson, Jonathan M.; McDonald, Richard R.; Kinzel, Paul J.; Mau, David P., 2013. Prediction of suspended-sediment concentrations at selected sites in the Fountain Creek watershed, Colorado, 2008-09. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2012-5102, vii, 36 p.

Nelson, J.M., McDonald, R.R., Kinzel, P.J., and Shimizu, Y., 2012, Using Computational Modeling of River Flow with Remotely Sensed Data to Infer Channel Bathymetry, River Flow 2012, Proceedings of the International Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics, September 5-7, 2012, San Jose, Costa Rica, 8p.

Nelson, J.M., McDonald, R.R., Kinzel, P.J., and Legleiter, C.J., 2011, Using computational models to improve remotely sensed estimates of river bathymetry, Proceedings of the 2011 River, Coastal and Estuarine Morphodynamics Meeting, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.

Legleiter, C.J., Kyriakidis, P.C., McDonald, R.R., and Nelson, J.M., 2011, Effects of uncertain topographic input data on two-dimensional flow modeling in a gravel-bed river: Water Resources Research, v. 47, W03518

Elliott, J.G., Schaffrath, K.R., McDonald, R.R., Williams, C.A., and Davis, K.C., 2011, Simulation of hydraulic conditions and observed and potential geomorphic changes in a reconfigured reach of Muddy Creek, north-central Colorado, 2001–2008: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010–5183, 43 p.

Logan, B.L., McDonald, R.R., Nelson, J.M., Kinzel, P.J., and Barton, G.J., 2011, Use of multidimensional modeling to evaluate a channel restoration design for the Kootenai River, Idaho: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010-5213, 74 p.

Nelson, J.M., Kinzel, P.J.,Thanh, M.D., Toan, D.D., Shimizu, Y. and McDonald, R.R., 2011, Mechanics of flow and sediment transport in delta distributary channels: Proceedings of The 1st EIT International Conference on Water Resources Engineering, Engineering  Institute of Thailand, Bangkok, p. 8-14.

Topping, DJ, Rubin, DM, Grams, PE, Griffiths, RE, Sabol, TA, Voichick, N, Tusso, RB, Vanaman, KM, and McDonald, RR, 2010, Sediment transport during three controlled-flood experiments on the Colorado River downstream from Glen Canyon Dam, with implications for eddy-sandbar deposition in Grand Canyon National Park: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1128, 111 p.

Barton, G. Hoffman, G., McDonald, R., and Nelson, J., 2010, Kootenai River white sturgeon critical habitat with free flowing and backwater conditions, Boundary County, Idaho: Evaluation of water depth and flow velocity during 2006-09 spaning seasons: Proceedings of the 4th Federal Interagency Hydrologic Modeling Conference and of the 9th Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conference, 12 p.

Kinzel, P., Nelson, J., McDonald, R., and Logan, B., 2010, Topographic evolution of sandbars: Flume emperiment and computational modeling: Proceedings of the 4th Federal Interagency Hydrologic Modeling Conference and of the 9th Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conference, 8 p.

Kinzel, P.J., Nelson, J.M., McDonald, R.R., and Logan, B.L. 2010. Science supporting management of water and ecological resources in the Central Platte River, USA: Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the Asia and Pacific Division of the International Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research, February 22-24, 2010, Auckland, New Zealand, Digital Media, 8 p.

Logan, B., Nelson, J., McDonald, R., and Wright, S., 2010, Mechanics and modeling of flow, sediment transport and morpholoigc change in riverine lateral separation zones:: Proceedings of the 4th Federal Interagency Hydrologic Modeling Conference and of the 9th Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conference, 12 p.

McDonald, R., Nelson, J., Paragamian, V., and Barton, G., 2010, Modeling the effect of flow and sediment transport on white sturgeon spawning habitat in the Kootenai River, Idaho: Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, v. 136 no. 12, p. 1077-1092.

McDonald, R.R., Nelson, J.M., Paragamian, V.L., and Barton, G., 2010, A method for evaluating the effects of flow magnitude and duration on the management of spawning habitat, in Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the Asia and Pacific Division of the International Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research, February 22-24, 2010, Auckland, New Zealand, Digital Media, 8 p.

Nelson, J.M., Shimizu, Y., Giri, S., and McDonald, R.R., 2010, Computational modeling of bedform evolution in rivers with implications for predictions of flood stage and bed evolution: Proceedings of the 4th Federal Interagency Hydrologic Modeling Conference and of the 9th Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conference, 9 p.

Nelson, J.M., Shimizu, Y., Takebayashi, H., and McDonald, R.R., 2010, The International River Interface Coopoerative: Public Domain Software for River Modeling: Proceedings of the 4th Federal Interagency Hydrologic Modeling Conference and of the 9th Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conference, 9 p.

Griffiths, R.E., Topping, D.J., McDonald, R.R., and Sabol, T, A., 2010, The Use of the Multi-Dimensional Surface-Water Modeling System (MD_SWMS) in Calculating Discharge and Sediment Transport in Remote Ephemeral Streams: Proceedings of the 4th Federal Interagency Hydrologic Modeling Conference and of the 9th Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conference, 9 p.

Barton, G.J., McDonald, R.R., and Nelson, J.M., 2007, Simulation of Flow Using a Multidimensional Flow Model for White Sturgeon Habitat, Kootenai River near Bonners Ferry, Idaho-A Supplement to Scientific Investigations Report 2005-5230.

Benson, L.V., Madole, R., Kubik, P., McDonald, R.R., 2007, Surface-exposure ages of Front Range moraines that may have formed during the Younger Dryas, 8.2 cal ka, and Little Ice Age events: Quaternary Science Reviews, v. 26, p.1,638-1,649.

McDonald, R.R., Barton, G.J., Nelson, J.M., and Paragamian, V., 2006, Modeling hydraulic and sediment transport processes in white sturgeon spawning habitat on the Kootenai River: proceeding in the Joint 8th Federal Interagency Sedimentation and 3rd Federal Interagency hydrologic modeling conference, 8 p.

Barton, G.J., McDonald, R.R., Nelson, J.M., Berenbrock, C., Donato, M., VanMetre, P., and Mahler, B.,  2006, Altered dynamics of the Kootenai River white sturgeon spawning habitat and flow modeling: Proceedings of the 8th Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conference, April 2-6, 2006, Reno, Nev: Subcommittee on Sedimentation, CD_ROM, 8 p

Nelson, J.M., McDonald, R.R., and Kinzel, P.J., 2006, Morphologic evolution in the USGS surface-water modeling system: Proceedings of the 8th Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conference, April 2-6, 2006, Reno, Nev: Subcommittee on Sedimentation, CD_ROM, 8 p.

McDonald, R.R., Nelson, J.M., and Bennett, J.P., 2005, Multi-dimensional surface-water modeling system user’s guide: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods, book 6, chap. B2.McDonald, R.R., Nelson, J.M., Kinzel, P.J., Conaway, J., 2005, Modeling surface-water flow and sediment mobility with the Multi-Dimensional Surface Water Modeling System (MD_SWMS): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2005-3078.

Barton, G.J., McDonald, R.R., Nelson, J.M., and Dinehart, R.L., 2005, Simulation of flow and sediment mobility using a multidimensional flow model for the white sturgeon critical-habitat reach, Kootenai River near Bonners Ferry, Idaho: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2005-5230, 64 p.

Simões, F.J., and McDonald, R.R., 2004, A modeling system for 2D flow in surface waters: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Hydroscience and Hydroengineering, Brisbane, Austrailia, May 31-June3, 2004. (published on CD-ROM)

McDonald, R.R., Bennett, J.P., and Nelson, J.M., 2001, The USGS multi-dimensional surface water modeling system: Proceedings of the Seventh Interagency Sedimentation Conference, March 25 to 29, 2001, Reno, NV, v. 1, p. I-161- I-167.

Kempton, J., D. Swanson, M. Bennett, R. McDonald, and W. Locke, 1997. Application of Probabilistic Acid/Base Accounting to Minimize Waste-Rock Handling in Semi-arid Climates. In: Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Acid Rock Drainage. Volume 2, pages 873-888.

Nelson, J.M., and McDonald, R.R., 1996, Mechanics and Modeling of Flow and Bed Evolution in Lateral Separation Eddies: Report to Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center, Flagstaff, Arizona.http://www.gcmrc.gov/library/reports/GCES/Physical/hydrology/Nelson1996.pdf

McDonald, R.R., and Nelson, J.M., 1996, Field Measurements of flow ion Lateral Separation Eddies in the Colorado River in Grand Canyon: Report to Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center, Flagstaff, Arizona. http://www.gcmrc.gov/library/reports/GCES/Physical/hydrology/McDonald1996.pdf

McDonald, R.R. and Anderson, R.S., 1996, Constraints on eolian grain flow dynamics through laboratory experiments on sand slopes, Journal of Sedimentary Reasearch, Vol. 66, No. 3, pp. 642-653

McDonald, R.R. and Anderson, R.S., 1995, Experimental verification of aeolian saltation and lee side deposition models.  Sedimentology, 42, pp. 39-56.

Rubin, D.M., and McDonald, R.R., 1995, Nonperiodic eddy pulsations: Water Resources Research, v. 31, p. 1595-1605.

Rubin, D.M., Schmidt, J.C., Anima, R.A., Brown, Kristin, M., Hunter, R.E., Ikeda, Hiroshi, Jaffe, B.E., McDonald, R., Nelson, J.M., Reiss, T.E., Sanders, R., and Stanley, R.G., 1994,
Internal structure of bars in Grand Canyon and evaluation of proposed flow alternatives for Glen Canyon Dam: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 94-594, 56 p.

McDonald, R.R. and Anderson, R.S., 1992, The Morphology and dynamics of natural and laboratory grainflows: In Engineering Mechanics: Proceedings of the 9th Conference (Ed. By L.D. Lutes and J.M. Niedzwecki), pp 748-751. A.S.C.E., New York.