Currently I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Earth Science at Rice University, Houston, Texas, U.S.A
The broad aim of my research is evaluating how the physical processes of rivers and deltas shape the surface of Earth. I am motivated by my interest in the responses of rivers and deltas to external forces, including human effects operating on timescales of decades to millennia, and geological processes, operating on timescales spanning from millennia to millions of years.
Knowledge of rivers and deltas is beneficial because these systems have significant societal values, including facilitating economic trade and supporting ecological systems. Factors like global sea level rise cause river-delta coastlines to recede landward, thereby further exposing major ports and highly populated coastal cities to significant damage during hurricanes and floods. Therefore, it is critical to understand the processes behind these systems to facilitate effective policymaking, to inform infrastructure designs, and eventually to improve the sustainability of these landscapes.
Below is one of my favorite paragraphs that perfectly describes the similarities and differences between engineers and geoscientists who study rivers by J. Hoover Mackin (1948):
“The engineer is necessarily concerned chiefly with short-term and quantitative aspects of the reaction of a graded stream to changes in control, while the attention of the geologist is usually focused on the long-term and genetic aspects of the stream’s response to changes. But the basic problems are the same, and a pooling of ideas and data may enable the engineer to improve his long range planning of river control measures and permit the geologist to interpret, in quantitative terms, the deposits of ancient streams.“