Martin Doyle

Martin Doyle

Professor of River Systems Science and Policy

WRM Program Chair

Martin is on leave from Duke University for 2016 while he serves as Senior Conservation Finance Fellow at the Department of Interior’s Natural Resources Investment Center.

Martin Doyle is Professor of River Science and Policy, and the Director of Water Policy at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.  His work focuses on the science and management of rivers throughout the United States, and he is writing a book on the history of America's rivers.  He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship (2009) and a National Science Foundation Early Career Award (2005), and for bridging environmental science and policy, in 2009 was named the inaugural Frederick J Clarke Scholar by the US Army Corps of Engineers. More information on research program:

In The News


Robertson, M, BenDor, TK, Lave, R, Riggsbee, A, Ruhl, JB, and Doyle, M. "Stacking ecosystem services." Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 12, no. 3 (April 2014): 186-193.
Doyle, MW, Lave, R, Robertson, MM, and Ferguson, J. "River Federalism." Annals of the Association of American Geographers 103, no. 2 (March 2013): 290-298.
Doyle, MW. "Compensatory mitigation for streams under the Clean Water Act." J Amer Water Resources Assoc 48 (July 2012): 494-509. (Academic Article)
Doyle, MW, and Shields, FD. "Compensatory Mitigation for Streams Under the Clean Water Act: Reassessing Science and Redirecting Policy." Journal of the American Water Resources Association 48, no. 3 (2012): 494-509.
Womble, P, and Doyle, M. "The geography of trading ecosystem services: A case study of wetland and stream compensatory mitigation markets." Harvard Environmental Law Review 36, no. 1 (2012): 229-296.
Doyle, MW. "America's Rivers and the American Experiment." Journal of the American Water Resources Association 48, no. 4 (2012): 820-837.
Doyle, MW, and Bernhardt, ES. "What is a stream?." Environmental Science and Technology 45, no. 2 (2011): 354-359.
Doyle, MW, and Ensign, SH. "Alternative reference frames in river system science." BioScience 59, no. 6 (2009): 499-510.
Ross, MRV, Bernhardt, ES, Doyle, MW, and Heffernan, JB. Designer Ecosystems: Incorporating Design Approaches into Applied Ecology. November 4, 2015.
Fuller, MR, Doyle, MW, and Strayer, DL. "Causes and consequences of habitat fragmentation in river networks." Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1355 (October 2015): 31-51. (Review)
Clay, PA, Muehlbauer, JD, and Doyle, MW. "Effect of tributary and braided confluences on aquatic macroinvertebrate communities and geomorphology in an alpine river watershed." Freshwater Science 34, no. 3 (September 2015): 845-856.
Doyle, MW, Singh, J, Lave, R, and Robertson, MM. "The morphology of streams restored for market and nonmarket purposes: Insights from a mixed natural-social science approach." Water Resources Research 51, no. 7 (July 2015): 5603-5622.
Podolak, CJP, and Doyle, MW. "Reservoir Sedimentation and Storage Capacity in the United States: Management Needs for the 21st Century." Journal of Hydraulic Engineering 141, no. 4 (April 2015): 02515001-02515001.


ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects (ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects)
ENVIRON 898: Program Area Seminar (ENVIRON 898: Program Area Seminar)
ENVIRON 899: Master's Project (ENVIRON 899: Master's Project)
ENVIRON 740: Water Resources Planning and Management (ENVIRON 740: Water Resources Planning and Management)
ENVIRON 626: River Processes (ENVIRON 626: River Processes)

Contact Information

317A LSRC, Box 90328
Durham, NC 27708-0328
317A LSRC, Box 90328
Durham, NC 27708-0328


Ph.D., Purdue University (2002)