Director, Institute for the Environment

Voit Gilmore Distinguished Professor, Geography

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Curriculum Vitae


Larry Band is the Voit Gilmore Distinguished Professor of Geography, the director of the Institute for the Environment at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a visiting professor at the Institute for Geography at the Chinese Academy of Science.

Band’s research and teaching is in the ecohydrology of watersheds, including the cycling of water, carbon and nutrients, co-evolution of forest ecological and hydrological systems, and human/environment interactions. His current research focuses in two Long Term Ecological Research sites: the Coweeta LTER in western North Carolina, and the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, with an emphasis in urban ecosystems on the design and analysis of Green Infrastructure. Past research has included projects in the Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountains, China, Canada, and Australia.

In 2010 he was board chair for the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences (, a consortium of more than 100 U.S. and international universities, non-profit institutes, and domestic and foreign water science and management agencies, and was a deputy editor for Water Resources Research.

In 2014 Band was the Geological Science of America Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer, giving more 50 talks in the US, Europe, Australia and China. Band became a Fellow of the Geological Society of America in 2014, and of the American Geophysical Union in 2015. Band has published more than 150 papers, book chapters and technical reports in his career. He has consulted with federal, state and municipal agencies in the U.S. and Canada on watershed protection, forest health, stormwater and ecosystem restoration.


Ph.D., Geography, University of California, Los Angeles, 1983
M.A., Geography, University of California, Los Angeles, 1979
B.A., Geography, S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo, 1977

Selected Publications

LE Band, 1986. Topographic partition of watersheds with digital elevation models. Water resources research 22 (1), 15-24

LE Band, P Patterson, R Nemani, SW Running, 1993. Forest ecosystem processes at the watershed scale: incorporating hillslope hydrology Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 63 (1-2), 93-126

RL Walko, LE Band, J Baron, TGF Kittel, R Lammers, TJ Lee, D Ojima, 2000. Coupled atmosphere-biophysics-hydrology models for environmental modeling Journal of applied meteorology 39 (6), 931-944

T Hwang, L Band, TC Hales, 2009. Ecosystem processes at the watershed scale: Extending optimality theory from plot to catchment. Water Resources Research 45 (11)

B Miles, LE Band, 2015. Green infrastructure stormwater management at the watershed scale: urban variable source area and watershed capacitance Hydrological Processes 29 (9), 2268-2274