I am a fluvial geomorphologist interested in uncovering the physical principles controlling stream channel morphodynamics, and in learning how best to apply these principles to understand the way rivers respond to landuse & environmental changes. My research group is conducting laboratory experiments and field studies as part of a larger effort to improve our understanding of stream channel (in)stability, fish habitat and bed material transport. In particular, we are focussing on the influence of disturbances such as forest fire on channel morphodynamics, the effect of large wood on sediment transport dynamics and the influence of hydropower generation on stream channel processes. I am also interested in the broader set of processes controlling landscape characteristics.
I am currently looking for either an MSc student or a PhD student to join my group to work on modelling reach-scale stream channel dynamics. We have recently established a new hydraulics research facility at UBC and are looking for a student with a good background in physical modelling who can build upon the work we have done on the factors controlling stream channel pattern and/or on the influence of large wood on sediment transport dynamics.
I am also looking for MSc students to contribute to a multidisciplinary study of the effects of hydropower generation on fish habitat, lead by researchers from the Université de Montréal. (the project is called HYDRONET). We are looking for students with good outdoors skills, interest/training in geomorphology and ecology, and hopefully some experience conducting research in remote areas.
I am also looking for BSc or BA students with an interest in summer research assistantships to support our ongoing research in the laboratory and in the field. Canadian students with a first class average (or an average above 80%) are eligible for NSERC USRA awards, which provide funding for an undergraduate position with a research group. Students interested in this opportunity should contact me in person or by email in January or February. Note that these awards are open to students currently enrolled as full-time students at any university, and applications from undergraduates at other institutions is encouraged.
PhD Opportunity In Grenoble and Vancouver: there is an excellent opportunity for a PhD student interested in sediment transport dynamics that involves a collaboration between UBC and Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble, France. More information and contact details are found here.