Fletcher (Doug) D Shields, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, P.H., F. ASCE., F. EWRI Expert Witness
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General Specialties:

Hydrology and Civil Engineering

Keywords/Search Terms:

flood, erosion, dam, river, stream, restoration, hydraulics, streambank, habitat, water quality, levee, channel, riprap, vegetation, sediment, sedimentation, bridge, grade control, storm, stormwater


B.S. Mathematics, Harding University; M.S. Environmental and water resources engineering, Vanderbilt University; Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Colorado State University

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Dr. Doug Shields has 46 years of experience in water resources and environmental engineering, including 12 years working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and 22 years as a Research Hydraulic Engineer at the National Sedimentation Laboratory (NSL) in Oxford, Mississippi. Dr. Shields’ research focused on the response of fluvial systems to human influences and development of environmental design criteria for all types of channel stabilization and modification projects, including streambank erosion controls and management of riverine backwaters. He is a leading authority on stream and river restoration, was a founding member of the ASCE Task Committee on River Restoration, a past chair of the River Restoration committee, and a past chair of the hydraulics and waterways council of the ASCE/EWRI. He has served as an instructor for short courses sponsored by the Corps, ASCE and the State of California. Doug has authored or co-authored more than 310 technical publications and has completed consulting projects dealing with stream restoration, erosion protection of riparian cultural resources sites, streambank erosion, geomorphic assessment, sediment management, large wood design and local flooding. Doug is a certified Professional Hydrologist and is registered as a professional engineer in Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Expert projects have dealt with flooding, stream and river bank erosion, lake sedimentation, stormwater retention and dam spillway erosion impacts.