Professor Emeritus
University of Toronto, BA
Durham University, 2008, DSc

 

My research interests focus on the morphodynamics of rivers at all scales from steepland streams to large rivers. I am engaged in long-term studies of sediment transport and stability in Fraser River. Sediment transport is also studied in an experimental program conducted in our environmental hydraulics laboratory. In addition, I am interested in fluvial landscape evolution over intermediate time scales (order 10,000 years) and in the history and methodology of geomorphology.

 

Honours: Fellow of The Royal Society of Canada; Fellow of the American Geophysical Union

2015

VENDITTI, J.G., DOMARAD, N., CHURCH, M. and RENNIE, C. 2015 ‘The gravel-sand transition: sediment dynamics in a diffuse extension’ Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface DOI 10.1002/2014JF003328

CHURCH, M. and FERGUSON, R. 2015 ‘Morphodynamics: rivers beyond steady state’ Water Resources Research 51(4), 1883-1897 DOI 10.1002/2014WR016862

JAKOB, M., CLAGUE, J. and CHURCH, M. 2015 ‘Rare and dangerous: recognizing extra-ordinary events in stream channels’ Canadian Water Resources Journal DOI 10.1080/07011784.2015.1028451

REID, D. and CHURCH, M. 2015 ‘Geomorphic and ecological consequences of riprap placement in river systems’ Journal of the American Water Resources Association DOI 10.1111/jawr.12279

STRICKLAND, L. and CHURCH, M. 2015 ‘Leibniz’s Observations on Hydrology: An Unpublished Letter on the Great Lombardy Flood of 1705’ Annals of Science DOI 10.1080/00033790.2014.989542

 

2014

VENDITTI, J.G. and CHURCH, M. 2014 ‘Morphology and controls on the position of a gravel-sand transition: Fraser River, British Columbia’ Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface 119, 1959-1976 DOI 10.1002/2014JF003147

VENDITTI, J.G., RENNIE, C.D., BOMHOF, J., BRADLEY, R.W., LITTLE, M. and CHURCH, M. 2014 ‘Flow in a bedrock canyon’ Nature 513, 534-537 + 5pp SOM. DOI 10.1038/nature13779

DUDILL, A., FREY, P. and CHURCH, M. 2014 ‘Experimental investigations on vertical size sorting using spherical glass beads’ in River Flow 2014 ed A.J. Schleiss, G. de Cesare, M.J. Franca and M. Pfister (London: CRC Press) 779-784

HAUGHT, D.W., VENDITTI, J. and CHURCH, M. 2014 ‘Acoustic sediment flux observations on the Fraser River, Canada’ in River Flow 2014 ed A.J. Schleiss, G. de Cesare, M.J. Franca and M. Pfister (London: CRC Press) 1943-1950

JAKOB, M., HOLM, K., LAZARTE, E. and CHURCH, M. 2014 ‘A flood risk assessment for the City of Chilliwack on Fraser River, British Columbia’ International Journal of River Basin Management. DOI 10.1080/15715124.2014.903259

ATTARD, M.E., VENDITTI, J.G. and CHURCH, M. ‘Suspended Sediment Transport in Fraser River at Mission, British Columbia: new observations and comparison to historical records’ Canadian Water Resources Journal 39(3), 356-371 DOI 10.1080/07011784.2014.942105

BLACK, M., CARBONNEAU, P., CHURCH, M. and WARBURTON, J. 2014 ‘Mapping sub-pixel fluvial grain sizes with hyperspatial imagery’ Sedimentology 61, 691-711 DOI 10.1111/sed.12072

 

2013

VENDITTI, J.G., HARDY, R.J., CHURCH, M. and BEST, J.L. 2013 ‘What is a coherent flow structure in geophysical flows?’ in Coherent Flow Structures in Geophysical Flows at Earth’s Surface ed J.G. Venditti, J.L. Best, M. Church and R.J. Hardy (Chichester: John Wiley and Sons) DOI 10.1002/9781118527221.ch1

BRADLEY, R.W., VENDITTI, J.G., KOSTASCHUCK, R.A., HENDERSHOT, M., CHURCH, M. and ALLISON, M.A. 2013 ‘Flow and sediment suspension events over low-angle dunes, Fraser estuary, Canada’ Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface 118 DOI 10.1002/jgrf20118

CHURCH, M. 2013 ‘Refocusing geomorphology: field work in four acts’ Geomorphology 200, 184-192 DOI 10.1016/j.geomorph.2013.01.014

CREYTS, T.T., CLARKE, G.K.C. and CHURCH, M. 2013 ‘Glaciofluvial sediment redistribution across basal overdeepenings and the relation to glaciohydraulic supercooling’ Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface 118 DOI 10.1002/jgrf.20033: 423-446

 

2012

TUNNICLIFFE, J., CHURCH, M., CLAGUE, J.J. and FEATHERS, J.K. 2012 ‘Postglacial sediment budget of Chilliwack Valley, British Columbia’ Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 37, 1243-1262 DOI 10.1002?esp.3229

HAM, D.G. and CHURCH, M. 2012 ‘Morphodynamics of an extended bar complex, Fraser River, British Columbia’ Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 37, 1074-1089 DOI 10.1002/esp.3231

NELSON, A.D. and CHURCH, M. 2012 ‘Placer mining along Fraser River, British Columbia: the geomorphic impact’ Geological Society of America Bulletin 124, 1212-1228 DOI 10.1130/B30575.1

BRARDINONI, F., CHURCH, M., SIMON, A. and MACCONI, P. 2012 ‘Lithologic and glacially-conditioned controls on regional, debris-flow sediment dynamics’ Geology 40, 455-458 DOI 10.1130/G33106.1

RECKING, A.J., LEDUC, P., LIEBAULT, F. and CHURCH, M. 2012 ‘A field investigation of the influence of sediment supply on step-pool morphology and stability’ Geomorphology 139-40, 53-66 DOI 10.1016/j.geomorph.2011.09.024

TUNNICLIFFE, J., CHURCH, M. and ENKIN, R.J. 2012 ‘Postglacial sediment yield to Chilliwack Lake, British Columbia’ Boreas 41, 84-101 DOI 10.1011/j.1502-3885.2011.00219.x

 

2011

CHURCH, M. 2011 ‘Observations and experiments’ in Handbook of Geomorphology ed K.J. Gregory and A.S. Goudie (London: Sage) 121-141

FERGUSON, R.I., BLOOMER, D.L. and CHURCH, M. 2011 ‘Evolution of an advancing gravel front: observations from Vedder Canal, British Columbia’ Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 36, 1172-1182 DOI 10.1002/exp.2142

HASSAN, M., CHURCH, M., YAN, Y., SLAYMAKER, O. and XU, J. 2011 ‘Suspended sediment balance for the mainstem of Changjiang (Yangtze River) for the period 1964-1985’ Hydrological Processes 25, 2339-2353 DOI 10.1002/hyp.7996

CHURCH, M. 2011 ‘Immanuel Kant and the emergence of modern geography’ in Reading Kant’s Geography ed S. Elden and E. Mendieta (Albany: State University of New York Press) 19-46

EATON, B.C. and CHURCH, M. 2011 ‘A rational sediment transport scaling relation based on dimensionless stream power’ Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 36, 901-910 DOI 10.1002/esp.2120

FREY, P.H. and CHURCH, M. 2011 ‘Bedload: a granular phenomenon’ Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 36, 58-69 DOI 10.1002/esp.2103

TUNNICLIFFE, J. and CHURCH, M. 2011 ‘Scale Variation of Post Glacial Sediment Yield in Chilliwack Valley, British Columbia’ Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 36, 229-243 DOI 10.1002/esp2093

 

2010

CHURCH, M. and RYDER, J.M. 2010 ‘The physiography of British Columbia’ Chapter 2 in Pike, R.G., Redding, T.E., Moore, R.D., Winkler, R.D. and Bladon, K.D., editors, Compendium of Forest Hydrology and Geomorphology in British Columbia. British Columbia Ministry of Forests and Range, Land Management Handbook 66, 17-45

HASSAN, M., CHURCH, M., YAN, Y. and SLAYMAKER, O. 2010 ‘Spatial and temporal variation of in-reach fine sediment dynamics along the mainstem of Changjiang (Yangtze River), China’ Water Resources Research 46, W11551 DOI 10.1029/2010WR009228

RENNIE, C.D. and CHURCH, M. 2010 ‘Mapping spatial distributions and uncertainty of water and sediment flux in a large gravel-bed river reach using an acoustic Doppler current profiler’  Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface 115(F3) F03035 DOI 10.1029/2009JF001556

CHURCH, M. 2010 ‘The trajectory of geomorphology’ Progress in Physical Geography 34, 265-286 DOI 10.1177/0309133310363992

CHURCH, M. 2010 ‘Gravel-bed rivers’ in The sediment cascade ed T. Burt and R. Allison (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell) 242-269

CHURCH, M. 2010 ‘Mountains and montane channels’ in The sediment cascade ed T. Burt and R. Allison (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell) 17-53

ZIMMERMANN, A.E., CHURCH, M. and HASSAN, M.A. 2010 ‘Step-pool stability: testing the jammed state hypothesis’ Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface 115 F02008 DOI 10.1029/2009JF001365

RICE, S.P. and CHURCH, M. 2010 ‘Grain-size sorting within bars in relation to downstream fining along a wandering channel’ Sedimentology 57, 232-251 DOI 10.1111/j.1365-3091.2009.01108.x

 

2009

FREY, P. and CHURCH, M. 2009 ‘How river beds move’ Science 325, 1509-1510 DOI 10.1126/science.1178516

FERGUSON, R.I. and CHURCH, M. 2009 ‘A critical perspective on 1D modeling of river processes: gravel load and aggradation in lower Fraser River’ Water Resources Research 45, W11424 DOI 10.1029/2009WR007740

CHURCH, M. and RICE, S.P. 2009 ‘Form and growth of bars in a wandering gravel-bed river’ Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 34, 1422-1432 DOI 10.1002/esp.1831

CHURCH, M., BURT, T.P., GALAY, V.J. and KONDOLF, G.M. 2009 ‘Rivers’ in Landscape change in the 21st century ed O. Slaymaker, T. Spencer and C. Embleton-Hamann (Cambridge: University Press) 98-129

KASHIWAYA, K., SLAYMAKER, O. and CHURCH, M. 2009 ‘Lakes’ in Landscape change in the 21st century ed O. Slaymaker, T. Spencer and C. Embleton-Hamann (Cambridge: University Press) 71-97

HASSAN, M.A., CHURCH, M., REMPEL, J. and ENKIN, R.J. 2009 ‘Promise, performance and current limitations of a Magnetic Bed Load Movement Detector’ Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 34, 1022-1032 DOI 10.1002./esp.1797

CHURCH, M. 2009 ‘Relevance: the application of physical geographical knowledge’ in Key Concepts in Geography ed N.J. Clifford, S.L. Holloway, S.P. Rice and G. Valentine (London: Sage) 438-457

EATON, B.C. and CHURCH, M. 2009 ‘Channel stability in bedload-dominated streams with non-erodible banks: inferences from experiments in a sinuous flume’ Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface 114 F01024 DOI 10.1029/2007JF000902

REMPEL, L.L. and CHURCH, M. 2009 ‘Physical and ecological response to disturbance by gravel mining in a large alluvial river’ Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 66, 52-71 DOI 10.1139/F08-184

RICE, S.P., CHURCH, M., WOOLDRIDGE, C.L. and HICKIN, E.J. 2009 ‘Morphology and evolution of bars in a wandering gravel-bed river: lower Fraser River, British Columbia, Canada’ Sedimentology 55, 709-736 DOI 10.1111/j.1365-3091.2008.00994.x