Research group

I work with a group of graduate students, undergraduate research assistants and post-doctoral fellows. We collaborate with other research groups on campus, including Brett Eaton's Fluvial Geomorphology Research Group and John Richardson's Stream and Riparian Research Laboratory, based in the UBC Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences, as well as collaborators in other universities, government agencies, and the private sector.

Base weather station at South Creek -- Bridge Glacier in background summer 2017

Post-doctoral fellows and Research Associates



J. Garvelmann Forest meteorology (visiting from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
Joe Shea Snow and glacier hydroclimatology (currently Research Scientist at ICIMOD, Nepal)
Georg Jost (RA) Hydrologic modelling with transient land cover(currently Senior Hydrologic Modeller, BC Hydro)
M. Chuang (PDF) Hydrogeomorphology of forested catchments (currently Assistant Professor, Taiwan)

Graduate students



J. Exler (PhD) Hydrology of Burns Bog
A. Dufficy (MSc) Energy budget modelling of water temperature for steep mountain streams
S. Gronsdahl (MSc) Forestry and environmental flow needs in snow-dominated catchments
A. Szeitz (MSc) Stream evaporation

Since 2010

G. Li (MSc) Time-series approach to land-cover change detection from Landsat imagery (completed June 2018)
D. van der Kamp (PhD) Forest fire hydrometeorology (thesis defended Aug. 2017)
A. McMahon (MSc) Albedo of steep mountain streams (thesis completed Aug. 2016)
C. Hunter (MSc) Evaluation of NARR precipitation in a mountainous region (co-supervised with I. McKendry) (thesis completed Aug. 2016)
M. Mahrlein (MSc, Freiburg) Streamflow response to wildfire and salvage logging (thesis completed Jul. 2016)
J. Trubilowicz (PhD) Snow hydrology in mountain catchments (thesis completed Feb. 2016)
J. Exler (MSc) Groundwater hydrology of Burns Bog
M. Richardson (MSc) Refinement of dilution approaches for stream gauging (thesis completed Sept. 2015)
A. Moyer (MSc) Hydrology of a calving glacier (thesis completed Aug. 2015)
J. Leach (PhD) Winter stream temperature in the rain-on-snow zone (thesis defended Nov. 2014)
C. Moro (MSc, SUFANOMA) Impacts of flow regulation on channel dynamics, Alouette River (thesis defended Sept. 2014)
L. Bird (MSc) Hydrology and thermal regime of proglacial Bridge Lake (thesis completed Aug. 2014)
D. West (MSc) Stream temperature processes and management for a regulated river (thesis completed Aug. 2014)
J. Knudson (MSc) Stream temperature dynamics in glacier-fed streams (thesis completed Nov. 2012)
N. Cowie (MSc) Pro-glacial hydrogeomorphology (thesis completed Oct. 2011)
R. Smith (PhD) Snowmelt runoff processes (thesis defended Sept. 2011)
R. McCleary (PhD) Hydrogeomorphology of the Rocky Mountain foothills (thesis defended Feb. 2011)
P. Szeftel (PhD) Scaling hydrologic processes at Cotton Creek (thesis defended Oct. 2010)
Y. Asadian (MSc) Rainfall interception by urban forest (thesis defended Apr. 2010)


J. Carss

Undergraduate students




A. Szeitz Large-scale modelling of snow density
H. Jerreat-Poole Water balance of Burns Bog
C. Chestnutt Evapotranspiration modelling at Burns Bog


G. Jost BC Hydro
B. Menounos UNBC
S. Hamilton Aquatic Informatics
D. Hutchinson Environment Canada
P. Whitfield University of Saskatchewan
R. Winkler Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
R. McCleary Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
D. Allen Simon Fraser University
K. Stahl University of Freiburg