Christopher R DeRolph

Christopher R DeRolph

Geospatial Scientist


Chris DeRolph is a Geospatial Scientist in the Environmental Sciences Division at ORNL.  He joined ORNL in 2014 to perform and support research aimed at balancing and optimizing energy security and environmental and social sustainability in a rapidly changing world.  The majority of his work focuses on using spatial analysis and modeling techniques to assess energy-water interpendencies in built and natural environments.  He obtained a BS from Ohio State University in 2001 and an MS from NC State University in 2010.  Prior to joining ORNL, he worked in the private and public sectors as well as in academia.

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Outstanding Research Support Award, Environmental Sciences Division, 2016. The Award recognizes critical contributions to science in areas of laboratory, field, and data support.


Pracheil, B.M., R.A. McManamay, M.S. Bevelhimer, C.R. DeRolph, and G.F. Cada. 2016. A Traits-based approach for prioritizing species for monitoring and surrogacy selection. Endangered Species Research 31: 243-258.

DeRolph, C.R., M.P. Schramm, and M.S. Bevelhimer. 2016. Predicting Environmental Mitigation Requirements for Hydropower Projects through the Integration of Biophysical and Socio-Political Geographies. Science of the Total Environment 566: 888-918.

Schramm, M.P., M.S. Bevelhimer, and C.R. DeRolph. 2016. A synthesis of environmental and recreational mitigation requirements at hydropower projects in the United States. Environmental Science and Policy 61: 87-96.

Pracheil, B.M., C.R. DeRolph, M.S. Bevelhimer, and M.P. Schramm. 2016. A fish-eye view of riverine hydropower systems: understanding the biological response to turbine passage. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 26: 153-167.

DeRolph, C.R., S.A. Nelson, T.J. Kwak, and E.F. Hain. 2015. Predicting Fine-Scale Distributions of Peripheral Aquatic Species in Headwater Streams. Ecology and Evolution 5: 152-163.