Illinois State Hydrologist; Fluvial Geomorphologist; Head of Watershed Science Section – Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MS, Fluvial Geomorphology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006
Fluvial geomorphology as related to erosion and sedimentation processes; hydrology, hydraulics, and sediment transport (channel erosion processes). Current research focuses on documenting and evaluating stream channel adjustment responses to watershed and channel disturbances in various physiographic regions of Illinois.
The C-biogeochemistry of a Midwestern USA agricultural impoundment in context: Lake Decatur in the intensively managed landscape critical zone observatory. Blair, N.E., Leithold, E.L., Papanicolaou, A.N., Wilson, C.G., Keefer, L., Kirton, E., Vinson, D., Schnoebelen, D., Rhoads, B., Yu, M., and Lewis, Q. (2018): Biogeochemistry
The Intensively Managed Landscape Critical Zone Observatory: A Scientific Testbed for Understanding Critical Zone Processes in Agroecosystems. Wilson, C.G., Abban, B., Keefer, L.L., Wacha, K., Dermisis, D., Giannopoulos, C., Zhou, S., Goodwell, A.E., Woo, D.K., Yan, Q., Ghadiri, M., Stumpf, A., Pitcel, M., Lin, Y-F, Marini, L., Storsved, B., Goff, K., Vogelgesang, J., Dere, A., Schilling, K.E., Muste, M., Blair, N.E., Rhoads, B., Bettis, A., Pai, H., Kratt, C., Sladek, C., Wing, M., Selker, J., Tyler, S., Lin, H., Kumar, P., and Papanicolaou, A.N. (2018): Vadose Zone Journal
Microbial diversity in an intensively managed landscape is structured by landscape connectivity . Griffin, J.S., Lu, N., Sangwan, N., Li, A., Dsouza, M., Stumpf, A.J., Sevilla, T., Culotti, A., Keefer, L.L., Kelly, J.J., Gilbert, J.A., Wells, G.F., and Packman, A.I. (2017): FEMS Microbiology Ecology
Papers and books that explicitly acknowledge a CZO grant are highlighted in PALE ORANGE.
Upper Sangamon River watershed monitoring data for the USEPA targeted watershed study: 2005–2008. Keefer, L.L. and Bauer, E. (2011): Illinois State Water Survey, Contract Report 2011-03
Hydrologic and nutrient monitoring of the Lake Decatur Watershed: Final Report 1993–2008. Keefer, L.L., Bauer, E., and Markus, M. (2010): Illinois State Water Survey, Contract Report in Review 2010
28 Oct 2018 - Laura Keefer, head of the Watershed Science Section at the Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS), has been named Illinois state hydrologist.