Professor Fank Magilligan studies river flooding. (photo by Joseph Mehling ’69)
A flood is bad news, isn’t it? For people living close to rivers, like those Upper Valley residents who suffered when Hurricane Irene hit the area, the answer is often yes.
For many plants and animals, however, the answer is definitely no. As Dartmouth Geography Professor Frank Magilligan told the Valley News, “Floods are an important ecological agent, as well as an important geomorphic agent. A lot of ecosystems have some demand for disturbance.”
Read the full story, published by the Valley News on 09/10/11.