Rhett Jackson, Professor of Hydrology

Rhett Jackson

Research Emphasis:

Effects of land use activities, specifically forestry, agriculture, and urbanization, on water quality and aquatic habitat. Effectiveness of silvicultural and agricultural BMPs in reducing nonpoint pollution. Sediment mobilization and transport. Fluvial geomorphology. Hillslope and wetland hydrology.

CWT Committees:

CWT Science Advisory Committee

Contact Information:

Primary Organization:  University of Georgia

Mailing Address:

C. Rhett Jackson
Office 4-114
180 E Green Street
Athens, GA 30602

Office Phone:  706-542-1772

E-Mail:  rjackson@warnell.uga.edu

Web Page:  https://www.warnell.uga.edu/people/faculty/dr-c-rhett-jackson

CWT Data Sets:

3038 (Water Level and Water Temperature Measurements from Lower Jones Creek, Macon County, NC.)

3037 (Water Level, Water Temperature, and Flow Measurements from the Ball Creek weir house #9, Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory, Otto, NC.)

4067 (Hydrogeology, Geochemistry, and Groundwater Study within the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory, 2006-2010)

3036 (Hourly water quality measurements from 21 sites in the Little Tennessee River watershed, Macon County, NC)

3030 (Stage, flow, and suspended sediment data from the 9 "intensive" Coweeta-LTER watershed study sites from August 2010 to October 2011)

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CWT Publications and Presentations: (custom bibliography)

Journal Articles

Cecala, K. K., J. C. Maerz, B. J. Halstead, J. R. Frisch, T. L. Gragson, J. Hepinstall-Cymerman, D. S. Leigh, C. R. Jackson, J. T. Peterson, and C. M. Pringle. 2018. Multiple drivers, scales, and interactions influence southern Appalachian stream salamander occupancy. Ecosphere 9(3):e02150. 10.1002/ecs2.2150

Klaus, J., & Jackson, C. R. (2018). Interflow is not binary: A continuous shallow perched layer does not imply continuous connectivity. Water Resources Research, 54. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018WR022920

McDonald, J.M., D.S. Leigh, and C.R. Jackson. 2018. Continental-, Watershed-, and Local-Scale Influences on Winter Stormflow Characteristics in the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. Journal of Hydrology 563:643-656. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2018.06.013

McDonnell JJ, J. Evaristo, K. Bladon, J. Buttle, I. Creed, S. Dymond, G. Grant, A. Iroume, C.R Jackson, J. Jones, T. Maness, K. McGuire, D. Scott, C. Segura, R. Sidle, and C. Tague. 2018. Water sustainability and watershed storage, Commentary. Nature Sustainability 1:378-379. doi:10.1038/s41893-018-0099-8

Webster, Jackson R, Stewart, Rebecca M., Knoepp, Jennifer D., Jackson, C. Rhett (2018). Effects of instream processes, discharge, and land cover on nitrogen export from southern Appalachian Mountain catchments. Hydrological Processes. 10.1002/hyp.13325.

Jackson CR, Webster JR, Knoepp JD, et al. Unexpected ecological advances made possible by long-term data: A Coweeta example. WIREs Water. 2018;e1273. https://doi.org/10.1002/wat2.1273

Jackson, C. Rhett, Robert A. Bahn, and Jackson R. Webster, 2017. Water Quality Signals from Rural Land Use and Exurbanization in a Mountain Landscape: What’s Clear and What’s Confounded? Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) 53(5):1212-1228. https://doi.org/10.1111/1752-1688.12567

Frisch, John R., Peterson, James T., Cecala, Kristen K., Maerz, John C., Jackson, C. Rhett, Gragson, Ted L., and Pringle, Catherine M. 2016. Patch occupancy of stream fauna across a land cover gradient in the southern Appalachians, USA. Hydrobiologia. 773:163-175. doi:10.1007/s10750-016-2695-9.

Jackson, C. R., Leigh, D. S., Scarbrough, S. L., and Chamblee, J. F. 2015. Herbaceous Versus Forested Riparian Vegetation: Narrow and Simple Versus Wide, Woody and Diverse Stream Habitat. River Res. Applic., 31: 847-857. doi: 10.1002/rra.2783.

Booth, D. B., Kraseski, K. A. and Rhett Jackson, C. (2014), Local-scale and watershed-scale determinants of summertime urban stream temperatures. Hydrol. Process., 28: 2427-2438. doi: 10.1002/hyp.9810

Jackson, C.R., Bitew, M. and Du, E. 2014. When interflow also percolates: Downslope travel distances and hillslope process zones. Hydrological Processes. 28:3195-3200. (DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10158)

Jensen, C. K., et al. (2014). Scales and arrangements of large wood in first- through fifth-order streams of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Physical Geography 35(6): 532-560.

Lynsey Long, S. and Rhett Jackson, C. (2014), Variation of stream temperature among mesoscale habitats within stream reaches: southern Appalachians. Hydrol. Process., 28: 3041-3052. doi: 10.1002/hyp.9818

Li G., C.R. Jackson, and K.A. Kraseski. 2012. Published online. Modeled riparian stream shading: Agreement with field measurements and sensitivity to riparian conditions. Journal of Hydrology 428-429:142-151.

Negussie H. Tedela, Steven C. McCutcheon, Todd C. Rasmussen, Richard H. Hawkins, Wayne T. Swank, John L. Campbell, Mary Beth Adams, C. Rhett Jackson, and Ernest W. Tollner, 2011. Runoff Curve Numbers for Ten, Small Forested Watersheds in the Mountains of the Eastern U.S. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering. Published online May 21, 2011.

Price K., C.R. Jackson, A.J. Parker, T. Reitan, J. Dowd, and M. Cyterski. 2011. Effects of watershed land use and geomorphology on stream low flows during severe drought conditions in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains, Georgia and North Carolina, USA. Water Resources Research, 47 (W02516).

Jackson, C. R. and C. M. Pringle. Ecological Benefits of Reduced Hydrologic Connectivity in Intensively Developed Landscapes. BioScience, 60(1): 37-46

Price, K. Jackson, C.R. Parker, A.J. 2010. Variation of surficial soil hydraulic properties across land uses in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA. Journal of Hydrology, 383: 256-268.

Carter, T., C.R. Jackson, A. Rosemond, C. Pringle, D. Radcliffe, W. Tollner, J. Maerz, D. Leigh. A. Trice. 2009. Beyond the urban gradient: barriers and opportunities for timely studies of urbanization effects on aquatic ecosystems. Journal of the North American Benthological Society, 28(4):1038-1050

Wenger, S.J., A.H. Roy, C.R. Jackson, E.S. Bernhardt, T.L. Carter, S. Filoso, C.A. Gibson, N.B. Grimm, W.C. Hession, S.S. Kaushal, E. Marti, J.L. Meyer, M.A. Palmer, M.J. Paul, A.H. Purcell, A. Ramirez, A.D. Rosemond, K.A. Schofield, T.R. Schueler, E.B. Sudduth, and C.J. Walsh. 2009. Twenty-six key research questions in urban stream ecology: an assessment of the state of the science. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 28(4):1080-1098.

Freeman, M.C., Pringle, C.M., Jackson, C.R. 2007. Hydrologic Connectivity and the Contribution of Stream Headwaters to Ecological integrity at Regional Scales. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 43(1): 5-14.

Jackson, C.R., W.T. Swank, and R. Olszeewski. 2005. John D. Hewlett (1992-2004). Transaction AGU. 8612: 124.

Rivenbark, B.L., and C.R. Jackson. 2004. Average discharge, perennial flow initiation, and channel initiation-small southern Appalachian basins. Journal of the American Water Resources Association. 40(3): 630-646.

Books and Book Sections

Webster, J.R., Benfield, E.F., Cecala, K.K., Chamblee, J.F., Dehring, C.A., Gragson, T.L., Cymerman, J.H., Jackson, C.R., Knoepp, J.D., Leigh, D.S., Maerz, J.C., Pringle, C., Valett, H.M., 2012. Water Quality and Exurbanization in Southern Appalachian Streams. In River Conservation and Management (Chapter on Catchment Conservation, Ecosystem Integrity and Threats to River Systems). P.J. Boon and P.J. Raven, eds. Published 2012 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., p. 91-107

Jackson, C.R., G. Sun, D. Amatya, W.T. Swank, M. Riedel, J. Patric, T. Williams, J.M. Vose, C. Trettin, W.M. Aust, R.S. Beasley, H. Williston, and G.G. Ice. 2004. Chapter 3: Fifty years of forest hydrology in the southeast, pp. 33-112. In Ice, G.G., and J.D. Stednick (eds.), A Century of Forest and Wildland Watershed Lessons. Society of American Foresters, Bethesda, MD.

Sun, G., M. Riedel, R. Jackson, R. Kolka, D. Amatya, and J. Shepard. 2004. Chapter 19: Influences of management of southern forests on water quantity and quality, pp. 195-224. In Rauscher, H.M., and K. Johnsen (eds.), Southern forest science: past present, and future. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-075. USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Asheville, NC.

Conference Proceedings (Published Papers and Abstracts)

Webster, J. and C.R. Jackson. 2018. Chemistry of small streams in the Upper Little Tennessee Basin: A complex story of biology, geology, and land use. Rain, Rivers, Fish and Faucets, Mainsprings Land Trust and Forward Franklin, June 16, Franklin, NC.

Jackson, C. R., Coats, W. A. (2017), Can riparian forest cover cool streams that have warmed in the sun?, AEES 17th Annual Meeting, Athens, GA

Jackson, C.R. and W.A. Coats. (2017), Do open-canopy mountain streams cool down after returning to forested conditions? Georgia Water Resources Conference, April 19-20, University of Georgia

Jackson, R. (2017), Shallow subsurface stormflow (interflow): Functioning to extend variable source areas upslope, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology Water Lectures Seminar, Belval, Luxembourg

Jackson, C.R. (2016), Conceptual, theoretical, and philosophical considerations in water quality modeling. Invited seminar. Tianjin University of Science and Technology, December 9, Tianjin, China

Jackson, C.R. and W.A. Coats. (2016), Riparian Canopy Gaps: within-gap heating and downstream cooling. POSTER. American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting, December 12-16, San Francisco, CA.

Conference Posters and Presentations

Dudley, M.P, S.Wenger, R. Jackson, K.J. Elliott, C.F. Miniat, and C.M. Pringle. 2018. Stream basal resources exhibit short-term resilience following reach-scale removal of a dominant riparian shrub. Society for Freshwater Science Annual Meeting, May 20-24, Detroit, MI.

Jackson, C.R., J.R. Webster, K.K. Cecala, J.R. Frisch, J.E. Kirsch, J.C. Maerz, D.S. Leigh, J.T. Peterson, C.M. Pringle, and J.D. Knoepp. 2018. Hydrologic, Morphologic, and Water Quality Effects of Rural Development in Streams of the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains. Society for Freshwater Science Annual Meeting, May 20-24, Detroit, MI.

Jackson, C.R., P. Caldwell, K. Elliott, T. Hwang, J. Knoepp, C. Miniat, C. Oishi, J. Webster, and N. Wurzburger. 2018. Coweeta (CWT) and forest mesophication of the temperate montane deciduous forest of the Southern Appalachians: A response to species loss, BNF, climate change, and/or fire exclusion? NSF LTER All Scientists Meeting, September 30-October 4, Asilomar, CA.

Novick, K, C.R. Jackson, C. Oishi, and J. Knoepp. 2018. Organic Matter – CWT lightning presentation. NSF LTER Science Council Meeting, May 16-18, Madison, WI.

Jackson, C.R., J.R. Webster, J.D. Knoepp, K.J. Elliott, R.E. Emanuel, C.F. Miniat. 2017. Long-term stream discharge and chemistry observations reveal unexpected dynamics: Coweeta Watershed 7 clearcut manipulation. Hydrology H026, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, 11-15 December 2017, New Orleans, LA.

Stringer, Christina E.; Krauss, Ken W.; Latimer, James S., eds. 2016. RESTORATION OF SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN RIPARIAN FORESTS AFFECTED BY EASTERN HEMLOCK MORTALITY, Headwaters to estuaries: advances in watershed science and management—Proceedings of the Fifth Interagency Conference on Research in the Watersheds. March 2-5, 2015, North Charleston, South Carolina. e-Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-211. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 302 p.


2017 Coweeta LTER Annual Report. Manuscript on file. Coweeta LTER, University of Georgia.

2012 CWT LTER Science Advisory Committee Meeting Notes, 27 June 2012. Manuscript on File, University of Georgia.


Examining long-term southern Appalachian ecosystem dynamics through interactions and indirect effects: Renewal proposal to the National Science Foundation. 2016. Manuscript on file. Coweeta LTER, University of Georgia.