Dr Robert Thomas

Dr Robert Thomas

Senior Research Fellow in Geomorphology and Flood Risk

Faculty and Department

  • Institutes
  • Energy and Environmental Institute

Qualifications

  • BSc (University of Nottingham)
  • PhD (University of Leeds)

Summary

Rob joined the Energy & Environment Institute as Senior Research Fellow in Geomorphology and Flood Risk in early 2018. After an undergraduate degree in Geography at the University of Nottingham, Rob spent almost two years working as a geomorphologist at the USDA-ARS-National Sedimentation Laboratory, Oxford, Mississippi, before moving back to the UK to undertake a PhD on sand-bedded braided rivers at the University of Leeds. He has since accumulated more than 10 years of post-doctoral experience split between research and technical roles in the UK higher education sector and externally funded projects at the USDA-ARS.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Reply to Discussion on ‘Tectonic and environmental controls on Palaeozoic fluvial environments: Reassessing the impacts of early land plants on sedimentation’ Journal of the Geological Society, London, https://doi.org/10.1144/jgs2016-063

Santos, M. G., Mountney, N. P., Peakall, J., Thomas, R. E., Wignall, P. B., & Hodgson, D. M. (2017). Reply to Discussion on ‘Tectonic and environmental controls on Palaeozoic fluvial environments: Reassessing the impacts of early land plants on sedimentation’ Journal of the Geological Society, London, https://doi.org/10.1144/jgs2016-063. Journal of the Geological Society, 174(5), 950-952. https://doi.org/10.1144/jgs2017-031

Individual-based model of juvenile eel movement parametrized with computational fluid dynamics-derived flow fields informs improved fish pass design

Padgett, T., Thomas, R. E., Borman, D., & Mould, D. (2020). Individual-based model of juvenile eel movement parametrized with computational fluid dynamics-derived flow fields informs improved fish pass design. Royal Society Open Science, 7(1), https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.191505

Dynamics and Deposition of Sediment-Bearing Multi- Pulsed Flows and Geological Implication

Ho, V. L., Dorrell, R. M., Keevil, G. M., Thomas, R. E., Burns, A. D., Baas, J. H., & McCaffrey, W. D. (2019). Dynamics and Deposition of Sediment-Bearing Multi- Pulsed Flows and Geological Implication. Journal of Sedimentary Research, 8(11), 1127-1139. https://doi.org/10.2110/jsr.2019.62

Pulse propagation in gravity currents

Allen, P. A., Dorrell, R. M., Harlen, O. G., Thomas, R. E., & McCaffrey, W. D. (in press). Pulse propagation in gravity currents. Physics of Fluids, 32(1), https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5130576

Influence of Coriolis force upon bottom boundary layers in a large-scale gravity current experiment: Implications for evolution of sinuous deep-water channel systems

Davarpanah Jazi, S., Wells, M., Peakall, J., Dorrell, R., Thomas, R., Keevil, G., …Valran, T. (in press). Influence of Coriolis force upon bottom boundary layers in a large-scale gravity current experiment: Implications for evolution of sinuous deep-water channel systems. Journal of geophysical research. C, Oceans, https://doi.org/10.1029/2019jc015284

Research interests

Rob's research interests encompass both remotely-sensed and directly-obtained field and laboratory observations coupled with numerical modelling to better understand fluvial and colluvial systems and the interactions between biological systems and landscape dynamics. These interactions are critical for understanding of flood risk and optimising management strategies that maintain or enhance ecological value while enhancing human resilience to flooding.