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Dr. Peter Waylen

pete_waylenDr. Peter R. Waylen


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Curriculum Vita

Focus Areas

Areas of Specialization

  • Hydrology
  • Climatology
  • Quantitative Methods

Educational Background

  • PhD in Geography, McMaster University, 1982
  • M.A. in Geography, McMaster University, 1976
  • B.S. in Geography, London School of Economics, 1975

Recent Courses

  • GEO 2200 Physical Geography
  • GEO 3280 Principles of Geographic Hydrology
  • GEO 3930 El Niño Environmental Issues
  • GEO 4285 Models in Geographic Hydrology
  • GEO 6938 Models in Geographic Hydrology

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Recent Graduate Students



In My Own Words

Dr. Peter Waylen is a physical geographer specializing in hydrology, particularly the analysis of spatial variations in the statistics describing interannual and interseasonal variability of hydrometeorological variables. He has published papers on flood and drought frequency, thunder and hail occurrences, cold spells and freezes, and annual and seasonal precipitation totals, in Geographic (e.g. Canadian Geographer, Professional Geographer, Transactions I.B.G.) and related disciplinary journals, in both hydrology (e.g. Water Resources Research, J. of Hydrology) and climatology (e.g. Int. J. of Climatology, J. of Climate, J. of Climate and Applied Meteorology). The research involves a combination of climatology, hydrology and the application of statistical theory, the results of which are applied over regions of interest. Recent research funded by  NSF, NOAA and the Inter-American Institute investigated the influence of El Niño – Southern Oscillation and other macro-climatic indicators on precipitation and stream flow in Central and South America, and Thailand/Cambodia. Dr. Waylen is also a member of, the consortium of faculty at Florida universities interested in the effects of El Niño, the University of Florida’s Center for Latin American Studies, the Land Use Environmental Change Institute, the Inter-disciplinary Program in Hydrosciences and the School of Natural Environment.  He is a Professional Hydrologist, certified by the American Institute of Hydrology.

Recent Publications

J.J. Hernández Ayala, D. Keellings,  P. Waylen & C. Matyas, 2017. Extreme floods and their relationship with tropical cyclones in Puerto Rico, Hydrological Sciences Journal

D. Keellings* and P.R. Waylen, 2012. The Stochastic Properties of High Daily Maximum Temperatures applying Crossing Theory to modeling  high-temperature event variables, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 108 (3-4), 579-590.

A.E. Gaughan* and P.R. Waylen, 2012. Spatial and temporal precipitation variability in the Okavango-Kwando-Zambezi catchment, southern Africa.  Journal of Arid Environments, 82, 19-30.

P.R. Waylen, Keellings, D.* and Y. Qiu. 2012, Climate and Health in Florida: Changes in risks of annual maximum temperatures in the latter half of the Twentieth Century. Applied Geography 33: 73-81.

C. M. Cañas* and P.R. Waylen. 2011, Modeling Production of Migratory Catfish Larvae (Pimelodidae) on the basis of Regional Hydro-climatology features of the Madre de Dios Basin in Southeastern Peru. Hydrological Processes. 27 JUN 2011, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.8192

C.N. Caviedes and P.R. Waylen.  2011, Easter Island: A Climatologically Constrained Island.  Rapa Nui Journal. 25(1): 7 – 22.

A.L. Deane* and P.R. Waylen, 2009.  ENSO related fluctuations of rainfall and their consequences for some rodent populations in Central Chile.  Tiempo y Espacio, (Chile), (23), p.105-120

K. Owusu* and P.R. Waylen, 2009, Climate Change and Variability in Mid-Ghana. Weather.64(5), 115-120.