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Dr. Rhian Thomas

Department / group: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
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Research interests:

The development and evaluation of a cellular model to simulate braided river dynamics. This research formed the basis for my Ph.D. The fieldwork for this research was carried out in the Harper-Avoca catchment in the South Island of New Zealand.

Utilisation of off-river habitats by lowland river fishes. This research involves hydrological modelling and monitoring of river and floodplain flows, and the development of predictive ecological models.

Geomorphological and hydrological assessment of the River Kerry, Special Area of Conservation. The river was designated a SAC as it represents one of the best stretches of river in the UK for the endangered freshwater pearl mussel.

Ecohydraulics with particular emphasis on freshwater pearl mussels

Career history:

Present: Lecturer (Geography), University of Glasgow

Active research projects:

Thomas, R. and Hoey, T.B. (2005). Geomorphological assessment of the River Kerry, Special Area of Conservation, Wester Ross. (Scottish Natural Heritage)

Thomas, R. 2006-2008. Evaluation of the potential of using a cellular modelling approach in Ecohydraulics. Nuffield Foundation.

Thomas, R. 2006. Examining the association between the endangered freshwater pearl mussel and a damped flow regime. John Robertson Bequest.

Thomas, R. (2006). Development and application of a new cellular model to simulate ecohydraulics in the River Kerry, Scotland (BGRG)

Recent publications:

Thomas, R. (2007) Cellular modelling as a tool for interpreting historic braided river eveolution. Geomorphology, 90(03-Apr), pp. 32-317.

Thomas, R. (2002) Simulation of braided river flow using a new cellular routing scheme. Geomorphology, 43(03-Apr), pp. 179-195.

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