Covington Research Group

Department of Geosciences, University of Arkansas
Matt Covington
Assistant Professor
Department of Geosciences
University of Arkansas
216 Gearhart Hall
Fayetteville, AR 72701
work: +1 479-575-3876
fax: +1 479-575-3469
mcoving at

(photo: Marcin Gala and Kasia Biernacka)
Google Scholar Profile


Covington, M.D. and K.A. Vaughn, "Carbon dioxide and dissolution rate dynamics within a karst underflow-overflow system, Savoy Experimental Watershed, Arkansas, USA," in review, Chemical Geology.

Knierim, K.J., Pollock, E.D., Covington, M.D., Hays, P.D., and K.R. Brye, "Carbon cycling in the mantled karst of the Ozark Plateaus, central United States, 2017, Geoderma Regional, 10, 64-76.

Perne, M., Covington, M.D., Thaler, E.A., and Joseph Myre, "Steady state, erosional continuity, and the topography of landscapes developed in layered rocks," 2017, Earth Surface Dynamics, 5, 1, 85-100, doi:10.5194/esurf-5-85-2017.

Mankoff, K.D., Gulley, J.D., Tulaczyk, S.M., Covington, M.D., Liu, X., Chen, Y., Benn, D.I., and P.S. Głowacki, "Roughness of a subglacial conduit under Hansbreen, Svalbard," 2017, Journal of Glaciology, 63, 239, 423-435.

Brookfield, A.E., Macpherson, G.L., and M.D. Covington, "Effects of changing meteoric precipitation patterns on groundwater temperature in karst environments," 2017, Groundwater, 55, 2, 227-236.

Thaler, E.A. and M.D. Covington, "The influence of sandstone caprock material on bedrock channel steepness within a tectonically passive setting: Buffalo National River Basin, Arkansas, USA," 2016, Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface, 121, 9, 1635-1650.

Covington, M.D., "The importance of advection for CO2 dynamics in the karst Critical Zone: an approach from dimensional analysis," 2016, GSA Special Papers 516: Caves and Karst Across Time, edited by J. M. Feinberg, Y. Gao, and E. Calvin Alexander Jr. (preprint)

Covington, M.D. and M. Perne, "Consider a cylindrical cave: A physicist's view of cave and karst science," 2015, Acta Carsologica, 44, 3, 363-380.

Covington, M.D., Gulley, J.D., and F. Gabrovšek, "Natural variations in calcite dissolution rates in streams: Controls, implications, and open questions," 2015, Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, 8, 2836-2843, doi: 10.1002/2015GL063044.

Luhmann, A.J., Covington, M.D., Myre, J.M., Perne, M., Jones, S.W., Alexander, E.C., and M.O. Saar, "Thermal damping and retardation in karst conduits," 2015, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 137-157, doi:10.5194/hess-19-137-2015.

Perne, M., Covington, M.D., and F. Gabrovšek, "Evolution of karst conduit networks in transition from pressurised flow to free surface flow," 2014, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 4617-4633, doi:10.5194/hessd-18-4617-2014.

Covington, M.D., "Calcite dissolution under turbulent flow conditions: a remaining conundrum," 2014, Acta Carsologica, 43, 1, 195-202.

Gulley, J., Spellman, P., Covington, M.D., Martin, J.B., Benn, D. and J. Catania, "Large values of hydraulic roughness in subglacial conduits during conduit enlargement: implications for modeling," 2014, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 39, 3, 296-310, doi:10.1002/esp.3447.

Covington, M.D., Prelovšek, M., and Gabrovšek, F., "Influence of CO2 dynamics on the longitudinal variation of incision rates in soluble bedrock channels: feedback mechanisms," 2013, Geomorphology, 186, 85-95, doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2012.12.025.

Luhmann, A.J., Covington, M.D., Alexander, S.C., Chai, S.Y., Schwartz, B.F., Groten, B.S., and Alexander, E.C. Jr., "Comparing conservative and nonconservative tracers in karst and using them to estimate flow path geometry," 2012, Journal of Hydrology, 448-449, 201-211, doi:10.1016/j.hydrol.2012.04.044.

Covington, M.D., Luhmann, A.J., Wicks, C.M., and M. Saar, "Process length scales and longitudinal damping in karst conduits," 2012, Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface, 117, F01025, doi:10.1029/2011JF002212.

Covington, M.D., Banwell, A.J., Gulley, J., Saar, M.O., Willis, I., and Wicks, C.M., "Quantifying the effects of glacier conduit geometry and recharge on proglacial hydrograph form," 2012, Journal of Hydrology, 414-415, 59-71, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2011.10.027.

Covington, M.D., Luhmann, A.J., Gabrovšek, F., Saar, M.O., and Wicks, C.M., "Mechanisms of heat exchange between water and rock in karst conduits," 2011, Water Resources Research, 47, W10514, doi:10.1029/2011WR010683,

Luhmann, A., Covington, M., Peters, A., Alexander, S., Cale, A., Green, J., and Alexander, E., "Classification of Thermal Patterns at Karst Springs and Cave Streams," 2011, Ground Water, 49, 3, 324-335, DOI: 10.1111/j.1745-6584.2010.00737.x

Covington, M.D., Wicks, C.M., and Saar, M.O., "A Dimensionless Number Describing the Effects of Recharge and Geometry on Discharge from Simple Karstic Aquifers," 2009, Water Resources Research, 45, W11410, doi:10.1029/2009WR008004.


Porter, L.A., Somerville, R.S., Primack, J.R., Croton, D.J., Covington, M.D., Graves, G.J., and S.M. Faber, "Modeling the Ages and Metallicities of Early-Type Galaxies in Fundamental Plane Space," 2014, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 445, 3092-3104.

Covington, M.D., Primack, J.R., Porter, L.A., Croton, D., Somerville, R. and A. Dekel, "The Role of Dissipation in the Scaling Relations of Cosmological Merger Remnants," 2011, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 415, 4, 3135-3152.

Covington, M., Kassin, S., Dutton, A., Weiner, B., Cox, T. J., Primack, J., Faber, S., and Koo, D., "Evolution of the Stellar-Mass Tully-Fisher Relation in Disk Galaxy Merger Simulations," 2010, Astrophysical Journal, 710, 1, 279-288.

Covington, M., Cox, T. J., Jonsson, P., Primack, J., & Dekel, A. "Predicting the Properties of the Remnants of Dissipative Galaxy Mergers," 2008, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 384, 1, 94-106.

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