Martin W Doyle

Martin Doyle

Professor in the Environmental Sciences and Policy Division

Martin Doyle is a Professor at Duke University focused on the science and policy of rivers and water in the US.  His work ranges from fluid mechanics and sediment transport to infrastructure finance and federal water policy. His first book, The Source (WW Norton, February, 2018), is a history of America’s rivers.  In addition to his role as a professor, Doyle has had several stints in government: in 2015-2016, he moved to the Department of Interior, where he helped establish the Natural Resources Investment Center, an initiative of the Obama Administration to push forward private investment in water infrastructure, enable water marketing, and increase the use of markets and conservation banks for species conservation.  Prior to that, in 2009-2010, he was the inaugural Frederick J. Clarke Scholar at the US Army Corps of Engineers.  During this time, he was located at the Institute for Water Resources and tasked with assisting the Corps with regulatory policy particularly focused on mitigation banking and jurisdiction of ‘waters of the US.’

Over the past 20 years, Doyle’s research has ranged from aging infrastructure and dam removal to emerging environmental markets and impact investing in water.  He is also the director for water policy at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, where is a co-organizer and leader of the annual Aspen-Nicholas Water Forum, which brings together some of the world’s foremost thought leaders each year around the future of water.

He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Early Career Award from the National Science Foundation, and recognized as a Kavli Fellow for the Frontiers of Science from the US National Academy of Sciences.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor in the Environmental Sciences and Policy Division
  • Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 317A LSRC, Box 90328, Durham, NC 27708-0328
  • Office Phone: (919) 613-8026
  • Email Address: martin.doyle@duke.edu

Education

  • Ph.D. Purdue University, 2002

Research Interests

River processes (hydraulics, hydrology, sediment transport, ecology) River policy (Clean Water Act, hydropower relicensing, large river management)

Specialties

geomorphology
ecology
environmental policy
hydrology

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Fellowship. John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. 2009

Courses Taught

  • ENERGY 811: Business and Environment
  • ENVIRON 393: Research Independent Study
  • ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects
  • ENVIRON 621: Water Resources, Finance and Planning
  • ENVIRON 626: River Processes
  • ENVIRON 740: Water Resources Planning and Management
  • ENVIRON 811: Business and Environment
  • ENVIRON 898: Program Area Seminar
  • ENVIRON 899: Master's Project

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Doyle, MW; Singh, J; Lave, R; Robertson, MM, The morphology of streams restored for market and nonmarket purposes: Insights from a mixed natural-social science approach, Water Resources Research, vol 51 no. 7 (2015), pp. 5603-5622 [10.1002/2015WR017030] [abs].
  • Doyle, MW; Von Windheim, J, Environmental management strategy: four forces analysis., Environmental Management, vol 55 no. 1 (2015), pp. 6-18 [10.1007/s00267-014-0389-5] [abs].
  • Doyle, MW; Patterson, LA; Chen, Y; Schnier, KE; Yates, AJ, Optimizing the scale of markets for water quality trading, Water Resources Research, vol 50 no. 9 (2014), pp. 7231-7244 [10.1002/2014WR015395] [abs].
  • Robertson, M; BenDor, TK; Lave, R; Riggsbee, A; Ruhl, JB; Doyle, M, Stacking ecosystem services, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, vol 12 no. 3 (2014), pp. 186-193 [10.1890/110292] [abs].
  • Doyle, MW; Von Windheim, J, Environmental Management Strategy: Four Forces Analysis, Environmental Management, vol 55 no. 1 (2014), pp. 6-18 [10.1007/s00267-014-0389-5] [abs].
  • Doyle, MW; Lave, R; Robertson, MM; Ferguson, J, River Federalism, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, vol 103 no. 2 (2013), pp. 290-298 [10.1080/00045608.2013.754686] [abs].
  • Doyle, MW, Compensatory mitigation for streams under the Clean Water Act, J Amer Water Resources Assoc, vol 48 (2012), pp. 494-509 [abs].
  • Doyle, MW, America's Rivers and the American Experiment, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, vol 48 no. 4 (2012), pp. 820-837 [10.1111/j.1752-1688.2012.00652.x] [abs].
  • Doyle, MW; Shields, FD, Compensatory Mitigation for Streams Under the Clean Water Act: Reassessing Science and Redirecting Policy, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, vol 48 no. 3 (2012), pp. 494-509 [10.1111/j.1752-1688.2011.00631.x] [abs].
  • Womble, P; Doyle, M, The geography of trading ecosystem services: A case study of wetland and stream compensatory mitigation markets, The Harvard environmental law review : HELR, vol 36 no. 1 (2012), pp. 229-296 [abs].
  • Doyle, MW; Bernhardt, ES, What is a stream?, Environmental Science & Technology, vol 45 no. 2 (2011), pp. 354-359 [10.1021/es101273f] [abs].
  • Doyle, MW; Ensign, SH, Alternative reference frames in river system science, BioScience (BioOne), vol 59 no. 6 (2009), pp. 499-510 [10.1525/bio.2009.59.6.8] [abs].

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