UNCG Geography

Dan Royall 

Associate Professor


Geomorphology, fluvial processes and landforms, lacustrine sedimentation, soil science, water resources, environmental magnetism. My research interests include watershed- and channel-reach-scale sediment budgets, watershed process records preserved in lakes, channel adjustments to chronic watershed disturbance, evaluation of hydraulic habitat in streams, and soil erosion . I also have a research background in Quaternary paleoecology and geology.


Department of Geography

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Greensboro, NC  27412

Phone: (336) 256 1415

email:  pdroyall@uncg.edu




Ph.D. 1997, Geography, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dissertation: Lake-Sediment-Based Evaluation of Sediment Yield  and Dynamics, Crooked Run Drainage Basin, Virginia.


M.S. 1988, Geology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Thesis: Late Quaternary  Paleoecology and Paleoenvironments of  the Western Lowlands, Southeast Missouri.


B.S. 1986, Geology, North Carolina State University.  Honors Program in Geology. Honors Thesis: Geomorphic History of  Cooks Valley Cave, Northeast Tennessee.





(Journal Articles)


Sorrells, R., and Royall, D., 2014. Channel Bifurcation and Adjustment on the Upper Yadkin River, North Carolina (USA). Geomorphology 223, 33-44.


Royall, D. 2013. Land use impacts on the hydrogeomorphology of small watersheds.”  In: Shroder, J. (Editor in Chief), James, L.A., Harden, C.P., Clague, J.J. (Eds.), Treatise on Geomorphology. Academic Press, San Diego, CA, vol. 13, Geomorphology of Human Disturbances, Climate Change, and Natural Hazards, pp. 28–47.              


Hunt, K., and Royall, D., 2012 online (2013 hardcopy). A LiDAR-Based Analysis of Stream Channel Cross Section Change Across an Urban–Rural Land-Use Boundary . The Professional Geographer, Volume 65, Issue 2 pp. 296-311 | DOI: 10.1080/00330124.2012.681517.  http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/fs6KnpuUIuw3GZRZTzZr/full


Royall, D., Davis, L., and Kimbrow, D.R., 2010. In-channel benches in small watersheds: Examples from the southern  Piedmont. Southeastern Geographer 50(4), 445-467.


Shoffner, D.S. and Royall, D., 2008. Hydraulic habitat composition and diversity in rural and urban stream reaches of the North Carolina Piedmont (USA).  River Research and Applications 24, 1082-1103;  DOI: 10.1002/rra.1097.


Royall, D.,2007. A comparison of mineral-magnetic and distributed RUSLE modeling in the assessment  of soil loss on a southeastern U.S. cropland. Catena 69, 170-180.


Landgraf, C., and Royall, D., 2006. Spatial patterns of surface soil magnetism and soil redistribution across a fallow  field, northern Alabama. Southeastern Geographer 46(1), 1-22.


Royall, D. and Han, L., 2005. Surface Soil Magnetism and the Spectral Characteristics of Agricultural Soils, Gilbert  Farm, Alabama (USA). Advances in Environmental Monitoring and Modelling, 2 (1), 16-38.


Royall, D., 2004. Particle-size and analytical considerations in the mineral magnetic interpretation of soil loss from  cultivated landscapes. Catena  57, 189-207.


Royall, D., 2003. A 50-year record of sediment yield and sources from Wolf Branch, North Carolina., Professional

Geographer 55(3), 356-371.


Royall, D., 2001. Use of mineral magnetic measurements to investigate soil erosion and sediment delivery in a small

agricultural catchment in limestone terrain. Catena 46, 15-34.


Royall, D., 2000. Dendroecological evidence of flooding along a small Appalachian Stream. Southeastern Geographer Vol. XXXXI (2), 151-167.


Royall, D., 2000. Lake-sediment-based evaluation of recent sediment yield from a small Appalachian watershed,  Thompson Lake, Virginia. Physical Geography 21, 1, 68-88.


Clark, J.S. and Royall, P.D. 1996. Local and regional sediment charcoal evidence for fire regimes in presettlement north-eastern North America. Journal of Ecology  84, 365-382.


Clark, J.S., Royall, P.D., and Chumbley, C. 1996. The Role of Fire During Climate Change in an Eastern North American Forest at Devil's Bathtub, New York. Ecology  77, 2148-2166.


Clark, J.S., Hussey, T., and Royall, P.D. 1996. Presettlement Analogs for Quaternary Fire Regimes in Eastern North

America. Paleolimnology 16, 79-96.


Clark, J.S. and Royall, P.D. 1995. Particle-Size Evidence for Source Areas of Charcoal Accumulation in Late Holocene

Sediments of Eastern North American Lakes. Quaternary Research  43, 80-89.


Clark, J.S. and Royall, P.D. 1995. Transformation of a Northern Hardwood Forest by Aboriginal (Iroquois) Fire: Charcoal Evidence from Crawford Lake, Ontario, Canada. The Holocene  5/1, 1-9.


Clark, J.S. and Royall, P.D. 1994. Pre-Industrial Particulate Emissions and Carbon Sequestration from Biomass Burning in North America. Biogeochemistry  23, 35-51.


Royall, P.D., Delcourt, P.A., and Delcourt, H.R. 1991. Late Quaternary Paleoecology and Paleoenvironments of the  Central Mississippi Alluvial Valley. Geological Society of America Bulletin  103, 157-170.


(Book chapters)


Royall, D., "Watersheds". Wiley-AAG International Encyclopedia of Geography. (in press)


Delcourt, H.R., Delcourt, P.A. and Royall, P.D. 1997. Late-Quaternary Vegetational History of the Western Lowlands. in Morse, D.F. (ed. and author), Sloan: A Paleoindian Dalton Cemetery in Arkansas. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington.


(Book reviews)


(2003)    Silver, T., “Mount Mitchell and the Black Mountains: An Environmental History of the Highest Peaks in Eastern North  America.” UNC Press (2003). Review by Dan Royall in: Southeastern Geographer XXXXIII (2), 309-312.


(Extended abstracts)


Royall, P.D.., 1996. Application of Magnetic Susceptibility and Radionuclide Analyses of Lake Sediment to Sediment Yield Studies in a Small Appalachian Catchment. Extended Abstract from Proceedings of the 6th Tennessee Water Resources Symposium, Sediment Yield Issues, Nashville, Tennessee.


(Solicited Popular Articles)


Royall, D. 2000. A Brief History of the (Vertical) World: Appalachian Geology for Rock Climbers, PART 1. Boulderdash (Appalachian Climbing Quarterly), 26, 15-17.


2000 Royall, D. "A Brief History of the (Vertical) World: Appalachian Geology for Rock Climbers, PART 2."    Boulderdash  (Appalachian Climbing Quarterly), 27, 26-27.




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