Rosalinde Nicholls

University of Leicester


Adjustment of bed surface grain size and structure in coarse-grained alluvial rivers


Dr Mark Powell and Dr Mick Whelan

PhD Summary

Although it is known that rivers can adjust their bed structure when adapting to change, relatively little is known about the processes governing the adjustment of bed surface grain size and structure in gravel-bed rivers. This research project will aim to provide a better understanding of the dynamics of bed surface grain size adjustments and the development of bed sediment structures in coarse-grained alluvial rivers.

What inspires you?

Growing up on a farm, the environment around me has always been significant. From an early age, I realised that whether it is explaining why rain infiltrates or ponds on the surface, or how the environment around us evolves, geography provides the answer. This sparked my interest in discovering more about the naturalworld.

Previous Activity

Before beginning my PhD I studied for a BSc Geography degree and then an MPhil which researched the storage of fine-grained sediment in streams.

Why did you choose Docotoral Research?

I decided to undertake Doctoral Research because it will allow me to contribute to the field of geographical research, as well as continue to help me develop my geographical curiosity and explore the world around me.

Why did you choose a CENTA Studentship?

The combination of being able to pursue geographical research, being provided with training and the opportunity to meet other students studying in my field interested me in applying for a CENTA studentship.

What are your future plans

My future plans are to pursue a career in research. I think that studying for a PhD will help to equip me with the necessary skills to pursue a research career, as well as provide me with the opportunity to network and develop connections with other people who have similar research interests to me.