I am a quantitative geomorphologist who uses a combination of numerical modeling, physical experiments and field work to understand the processes governing the evolution of landscapes. The basic questions I strive to answer are: Why does a certain landscape look the way it does? What small-scale processes explain the large-scale patterns we can observe on Earth’s surface? How do landscapes change over small and large timescales? My current research focuses on the evolution of hillslopes developed in layered rock, primarily using numerical modeling. I also have experience in remote sensing (drone photogrammetry & LiDAR) and aeolian, fluvial, and ecologic fieldwork.

My published models can be found on Github here. I also contribute to the development of Landlab.



  1. Glade, R.C., and Anderson, R.S. (2018) Quasi-steady evolution of hillslopes in layered landscapes: An analytic approachJGR Earth Surface, 10.1002/2017JF004466.
  2. Glade, R.C., Anderson, R.S., and Tucker, G.E. (2017) Block-controlled hillslope form and persistence of topography in rocky landscapesGeology, v. 45, p. 311-314, doi:10.1130/G38665.1.


  1. Foster, M.A., Anderson, R.S., Rindfleisch, P.R., Birkeland, P.W., Redwine, J.R., Pitlick, J., and Glade, R.C., (2016) The 2016 Kirk Bryan field trip: Quaternary landslides, fluvial terraces, and recent geomorphic events along the Colorado Front Range, in Keller, S.M., and Morgan, M.L., eds., Unfolding the Geology of the West: Geological Society of America Field Guide 44, p. 267–289, doi:10.1130/2016.0044(12).
  2. Glade, R.C., Jerolmack, D.J. (2014) Formation and morphology of aeolian coarse-grained ripples at White Sands, New Mexico. University of Pennsylvania Undergraduate Thesis. 

Conference presentations


  1. Co-convener (2016), Session- Heterogeneity in Geomorphic Systems: Driving Forces and Landscape Response: Geological Society of America Meeting (GSA).  


  1. Glade, R.C., Anderson, R.S., Tucker, G.E. (2018) Modeling blocky hillslope evolution in layered landscapes: Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System/Sediment Experimentalists Network (CSDMS-SEN) annual meeting. Invited talk.
  2. Shobe, C.M., Glade, R.C. (2018) Modeling the 2-D evolution of blocky landscapes: River canyons: submitted to CSDMS-SEN annual meeting. Poster Presentation.
  3. Glade, R.C., Shobe, C.M. (2018) Modeling the 2-D evolution of blocky landscapes: Layered hillslopes: submitted to CSDMS-SEN annual meeting. Poster Presentation.
  4. Glade, R.C., Shobe, C.M. (2018) Baselevel signal propagation through a block-controlled landscape: submitted to Coupling of Tectonic and Surface Processes Workshop. Poster Presentation.
  5. Barnhart, K.R., Tucker, G.E., Doty, S., Hill, M.C., Rossi, M.W., Shobe, C.M., and Glade, R.C. (2018) Uncertainty in the prediction of erosion on geologic time scales: submitted to International Environmental Modeling and Software Society annual meeting.
  6. Glade, R.C., Anderson, R.S. (2017) Steady evolution of hillslopes in layered landscapes: self-organization of a numerical hogback: American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting (AGU). Oral Presentation.
  7. Glade, R.C., Anderson, R.S. (2017) Legion of lobes: Self-organization of solifluction features at Niwot Ridge LTER: GSA annual meeting. Oral Presentation.
  8. Tucker, G.E., Barnhart, K.R., Glade, R.C., Shobe, C.M., Doty, S.G., Hill, M.C. (2017) Using a natural experiment in post-glacial landscape evolution as a testbed for comparing alternative geomorphic model formulations: Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI). Oral Presentation.
  9. Glade, R.C., Anderson, R.S. (2016) Hillslope evolution in landscapes dominated by layered rocks: AGU Fall meeting. Oral Presentation.
  10. Glade, R.C., Anderson, R.S. and Tucker, G.E. (2016) Blocks control hillslope evolution in landscapes developed in layered rock: GSA annual meeting. Oral Presentation.
  11. Glade, R.C., Anderson, R.S. and Tucker, G.E. (2016) Blocks control hillslope evolution in layered landscapes:  CSDMS-SEN annual meeting. Poster Presentation.
  12. Glade, R.C. and Anderson, R.S. (2015) Honoring the reality of blocky hillslopes: Case study of a vertical dike at Shiprock, New Mexico: AGU Fall meeting. Poster Presentation.
  13. Glade, R.C., Jerolmack, D.J., and Pelletier, J.D. (2014) Formational mechanisms and morphology of windblown coarse-grained sand ripples at White Sands, New Mexico: AGU Fall meeting. Poster Presentation.
  14. Glade, R.C., Grigsby, S. and Ustin, S.L. (2013) Relationships between topography and leaf area index in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California: AGU Fall meeting. Poster Presentation.