Dr. James E. Evans


  • Position: Professor Emeritus of Geology
  • Phone: 419-372-2414
  • Email: evansje@bgsu.edu
  • Address: Room 255, Overman Hall

Education & Experience:

Ph.D. in Geological Sciences, 1988, University of Washington, Seattle.
M.S. in Hydrogeology & Ecology, 1980, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
B.A. in Geology, magma cum laude, 1976, Carleton College, Minnesota.
Professor of Geology, Bowling Green State University, 2001-2019

Visiting Professor, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, U.K., 2004-2005
Faculty Research Associate, BGSU Center for Policy Analysis & Public Service, 1999-2003
Associate Professor of Geology, Bowling Green State University, 1994-2001
Assistant Professor of Geology, Bowling Green State University, 1988-1994
Legislative Assistant for the Honorable Michael Lowry, 7th District of  Washington State, United States House of Representatives, 1987-1988  

Specialty Areas of Interest:

Sedimentary Geology: interpretation of depositional environments, facies analysis, stratigraphy, interpretation of sedimentary structures, tectonics and sedimentation.

Surface water hydrology: sediment transport, physical flow conditions, removals of dams, river restoration, contaminated sediment, public policy.

Environmental geology: geological hazards such as coastal erosion, mass wasting, flooding; geological resource analysis, human impacts on soil erosion and reservoir sedimentation rates.

Paleoclimatic analysis: interpretation of paleosols, tufas and travertines, loessites.

Continuing Education or Service Activities:

  • Contract & Grievance Officer, Bowling Green State University-Faculty Association (2013-2014).
  • Negotiating Team for the Collective Bargaining Unit, Bowling Green State University-Faculty Association (2011-2014).
  • Search Committee, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences (2013-2014).
  • Promotion-Tenure Committee, School of Earth, Environment, and Society (2009-2014).
  • American Geophysical Union, Task Force on Public Policy Statements (2012-2017).
  • American Geophysical Union, Task Force on Congressional Science Fellows (2012-2017).
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Review Panel for Congressional Science Fellows (2007-2020).
  • Geological Society of America, Book Editor (2010-2013).
  • Geological Society of America, Committee on Research Grants (2008-2011).
  • Expert Witness in Ongoing Court Cases elated to contaminant sediment transport.
  • Grant Reviewer: 25.
  • Journal Article Reviewer: 55.
  • Book Reviewer: 4.

Recent and Current Research or Grants:

  • Mass transport complexes in Devonian rocks in southwestern U.K.
  • Incised valley sequences in Devonian rocks in southwestern Colorado.
  • Devonian high-energy rocky coastline deposits in southwestern Colorado.
  • Long-distance transport of eolian dust found in Pennsylvanian paleokarst in southwestern Colorado.
  • Carbonate hardgrounds in Pennsylvanian rocks in the Paradox basin, southwestern Colorado.
  • Historical changes in river systems in the Midwest due to land-use change.
  • Contaminant stratigraphy of reservoir sediments and sediment transport of adsorbed contaminants.
  • Dam removals and river restoration.
  • Channel pattern development in partially bedrock-controlled stream systems.
  • Subsurface facies analysis of Paleozoic rocks in Ohio.

Recent Peer Reviewed Publications and Submissions:

Recent Peer Reviewed Publications and Submissions:

Evans, J.E. and C.S. Holm-Denoma, 2020 (in submission). Far traveled, eolian dust signature in Mississippian paleocave sediments (Leadville, Madison, and Pahasapa formations), western North America. Geology.

Evans, J.E., 2020 (under review).  Sedimentary mélange and synsedimentary slump folds in the Early Devonian Whitsand Bay Formation (Dartmouth Group), southwest Devon, U.K.: Evidence of a shelf-edge deltaic complex.  Sedimentology.

Evans, J.E., J. Maurer*, and C.S. Holm-Denoma, 2019.  Recognition and significance of Late Devonian fluvial, estuarine, and mixed siliciclastic-carbonate nearshore marine facies in the San Juan Mountains (southwestern Colorado, U.S.A.): Multiple incised valleys backfilled by lowstand and transgressive system tracts.  Geosphere, 15: 1-29, doi: 10.1130/GE02085.1.

Bellmore, J.R., G.R. Pess, J.J. Duda, J.E. O’Connor, A. E. East, M.M. Foley, A.C. Wilcox, J.J. Major, P.B. Shafroth, S.S. Morley, C.S. Magirl, C.W. Anderson, J.E. Evans, C.E. Torgersen, L.S. Craig, 2019.  Conceptualizing ecological responses to dam removal: If you remove it, what’s to come? BioScience, 69(1): 26-39, doi: 10.1093/biosci/biy152.

Evans, J.E. and C.S. Holm-Denoma, 2018.  Processes and facies relationships in an Early(?) Devonian rocky shoreline depositional environment, East Lime Creek Conglomerate, south-western Colorado, U.S.A.  The Depositional Record, 4(1), 133-156, doi: 10.1002/dep2.41.

Foley, M.M., J.R. Bellmore, J.E. O’Connor, J.J. Duda, A.E. East, G.E. Grant, C.W. Anderson, J.A. Bountry, M.J. Collins, P.J. Connolly, L.S. Craig, J.E. Evans, S.L. Greene, F.J. Magilligan, C.S. Magirl, J.J. Major, G.R. Pess, T.J. Randle, P.B. Shafroth, C.E. Torgersen, D. Tullos, and A.C. Wilcox, 2017.  Dam removal—Listening in.  Water Resources Research, 53: 5229-5246, doi: 10.1002/2017WR020457.

Foley, M.M., F.J. Magilligan, C.E. Torgersen, J.J. Major, C.W. Anderson, P.J. Connolly, D. Wieferich, P.B. Shafroth, J.E. Evans, D. Infante, and L. Craig, 2017.  Landscape context and the biophysical response of rivers to dam removal in the United States.  PLoS One, 12(7), 24 p., doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0180107.

Note: * means student co-author.

Updated: 11/21/2022 11:20AM