Associate Head of Graduate Program
University of British Columbia, 1995, BSc, Honours
McGill University, 1999, MSc
University of British Columbia, 2004, PhD


I am a fluvial geomorphologist interested in how rivers respond to landuse and 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.


TAMMINGA, A., HUGENHOLTZ, C., EATON, B. and LAPOINTE, M. 2015 ‘Hyperspatial Remote Sensing of Channel Reach Morphology and Hydraulic Fish Habitat Using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)’ River Res. Applic. 31, 379-391



WHITEHEAD, K., HUGENHOLTZ, C.H., MYSHAK, S., BROWN, O., LECLAIR, A., TAMMINGA, A. and EATON, B.C. 2014 ‘Remote sensing of the environment with small unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), part 2: scientific and commercial applications’ Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems 2(3), 86-102

TAMMINGA, A., HUGENHOLTZ, C., EATON, B.C. and LAPOINTE, M.F. 2014 ‘Hyperspatial remote sensing of channel reach morphology and hydraulic fish habitat using and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV): a first assessment in the context of river research and management’ River Research and Applications DOI 10.1002/rra.2743



EATON, B.C. and HASSAN, M.A. 2013 ‘Scale-dependent interactions between wood and channel dynamics: modelling jam formation and sediment storage in gravel-bed streams’ Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface 118, 2500-2508

DAVIDSON, S.L. and EATON, B.C. (30%) 2013 ‘Modeling channel morphodynamic response to variations in large wood: implications for stream rehabilitation in degraded watersheds’ Geomorphology 202, 59-73

OWENS, P.N., GILES, T.R., PETTICREW, E.L., LEGGAT, M., MOORE, R.D. and EATON, B.C. (10%) 2013 ‘Muted responses of streamflow and suspended sediment flux in a wildfire-affected watershed’ Geomorphology 2020, 128-139



EATON, B.C. (70%), HASSAN, M.A. and DAVIDSON, S.L. 2012 ‘Modelling Wood Dynamics, Jam Formation and Sediment Storage in a Gravel-Bed Stream’ Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface 117 (F00A05) DOI 10.1029/2012JF002385

EATON, B.C. (80%, concept development, analysis, writing) and CHURCH, M. 2012 ‘A rational dimensionless scaling relation based on dimensionless stream power’ Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 36(7), 901-910



EATON, B.C. (70%), MOORE, R.D. and GILES, T.R. 2010 ‘Forest fire, bank strength and channel instability: the “unusual” response of Fishtrap Creek, British Columbia’ Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 35(1), 1167-1183

EATON, B.C. (60%), MILLAR, R.G. and DAVIDSON, S. 2010 ‘Channel patterns: braided, anabranching and single-thread’ Geomorphology 120, 353-364

EATON, B.C. (90%), ANDREWS, C.A.E., GILES, T.R. and PHILLIPS, J.C. 2010 ‘Wildfire, morphologic change and bed material transport at Fishtrap Creek, British Columbia’ Geomorphology 118, 409-424

Winter 2018

GEOB206 Geomorphic Processes and Hazards Sections

Earth surface processes shaping the landscape; identification of hazards and hazardous areas associated with these processes; introduction to techniques for measurement and analysis at various spatial and time scales; field trips are required.

Winter 2018

GEOB500 Contemporary Research Trends in Physical Geography Sections