Taylor Rowley


Taylor Rowley is a hydrologist at the U.S. Geological Survey. Her career in water started with an internship conducting aquatic habitat surveys in Oklahoma rivers where she realized her passion for tracking the movement of sand in channels. She pursued this passion through research in fluvial geomorphology, high-resolution field monitoring techniques (i.e., multibeam sonar, lidar, UAVs, ADCP), geospatial analysis, and water quality. 

Taylor received her undergraduate degree in Geography from the University of Oklahoma in 2012. She received her master’s degree in Water Management and Hydrologic Sciences from Texas A&M University in 2016. She completed her PhD in Geography from the Louisiana State University in 2020. She started as a pathways student at U.S. Geological Survey in 2018.


Ph.D. 2020, Geography, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

Dissertation: Field Investigation on Point Bar Dynamics and Planform Evolution in Meandering Rivers

M.S. 2016, Water Management and Hydrological Sciences, Texas A&M Universality, College Station, TX

Thesis: Evaluating Channel Migration of the Lower Guadalupe River: Seguin, TX to the San Antonio River Confluence

B.S. 2012, Geography, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK


2020 – Present, Hydrologist, South Atlantic Water Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Raleigh, NC

2018 – 2020, Pathways Student, Lower Mississippi Gulf Water Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Baton Rouge, LA

2016 – 2018, Research Assistant, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

2015 – 2016, Research Assistant, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

2015 – Jacobs Engineering, GIS Technician, Fort Worth, TX

2014 – Amnis Opes Institute, Stream Geomorphologist, Bend, OR

2014 – Texas Water Resources Institute, GIS Technician, College Station, TX

2011 – 2014 Oklahoma Water Resources Board, Environmental Specialist, Oklahoma City, OK


Rowley, T., Ursic, M., Konsoer, K., Langendoen, E., Mutschler, M., Sampey, J., Pocwiardowski, P. 2020. A Comparison of Terrestrial LiDAR, SfM, and MBES Resolution and Accuracy for River Geomorphic Analysis. Geomorphology. DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2020.107056

Rowley, T., Konsoer, K., Ursic, M., Langendoen, E. 2019. The relationship of point-bar architecture to channel planform on a reach of the Wabash River near Grayville, Illinois. SEDHYD 2019, Reno, NV, June 24-28, Proceedings.

Rhodes, K., Proffitt, T., Rowley, T., Knappett, P., Montiel, D., Dimova, N., Tebo, D, Miller, G. 2017. The Importance of Bank Storage in Supplying Baseflow to Rivers Flowing Through Compartmentalized, Alluvial Aquifers. Water Resources Research. DOI: 10.1002/2017WR021619

Giardino, J. and Rowley, T. 2016. Identifying Channel Migration of the Lower Guadalupe River: Seguin, TX to the San Antonio River Confluence. Texas Water Development Board. Report num. 1548311790

Rowley, T., Giardino, J, Granados-Aguilar, R., Vitek, J. 2015. Periglacial Processes and Landforms in the Critical Zone. In: Giardino, J., Houser, C. Principles and Dynamics of the Critical Zone, (19). ISBN: 978-0-444-63369-9