Aaron Tamminga

I'm currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia. I'm interested in fluvial geomorphology and ecohydraulics. My work focuses on gravel-bed streams in western Canada, particularly the Elbow and Kananaskis rivers.


My research focuses on linkages between geomorphology and aquatic habitat. I combine fieldwork, remote sensing, and modeling to characterize rivers in three dimensions and address how changes in a river's physical structure alter flow patterns and habitat configurations.

Specific research topics include:

  • Method development for reach-scale remote sensing with small unmanned aircraft systems (UASs)
  • Effects of large floods and hydropower operations on river morphology
  • Relationships between river morphodynamics and in-stream habitat

My advisor is Brett Eaton.

You can download my CV here.



Tamminga A, Eaton B, and Hugenholtz C. (2015) UAS-based remote sensing of fluvial change following an extreme flood event. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. doi:10.1002/esp.3728

Whitehead K, Hugenholtz C, Myshak S, Brown O, LeClair, A, Tamminga A, Barchyn T, Moorman B, and Eaton B. (2014) Remote sensing of the environment with small unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), Part 2: Scientific and commercial applications. Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems: 2(3) 86-102. doi:10.1139/juvs-2014-0007

Tamminga A, Hugenholtz C, Eaton B, and Lapointe M. (2014) Hyperspatial remote sensing of channel reach morphology and hydraulic fish habitat using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV): A first assessment in the context of river research and management. River Research and Applications: 31(3) 379-391. doi:10.1002/rra.2743

Tamminga A, Scott N, Treitz P, and Woods M. (2014) A biogeochemical examination of Ontario's boreal forest ecosite classification system. Forests: 5(2) 325-346. doi:10.3390/f5020325


Tamminga A, Eaton B, and Hugenholtz C. (2014) Predicting the geomorphic and aquatic habitats of extreme flood events. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. San Francisco, California, December 15-19.

Tamminga A, Hugenholtz C, Eaton B, and Lapointe M. (2014) Remote sensing of channel reach morphology and hydraulic fish habitat using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Canadian Geophysical Union Meeting. Banff, Alberta, May 4-8.

Hugenholtz C, Brown O, Myshak S, Whitehead K, Barchyn T, LeClair A, Riddell K, and Tamminga A. (2014) Remote sensing of the environment with UAVs: Research in support of science and commercial applications. Alberta Centre for Advanced MNT Products Seminar on Unmanned Vehicles. Calgary, Alberta, March 11.

Tamminga A, Buehler H, Winterhalt L, and Eaton B. (2013) Geomorphic controls on physical habitat variability in a hydropeaking system. NSERC HydroNet Symposium. Montreal, Quebec, April 9-11.

Tamminga A, and Largier J. (2011) Depletion of dissolved oxygen in the Russian River estuary, California. 4th Annual Inquiry at Queen’s Undergraduate Research Conference. Kingston, Ontario, March 7-8.

Largier J, Behrens D, and Tamminga A. (2010) Stratification and hypoxia in bar-built estuaries: Russian River studies. California Estuarine Research Society Meeting. San Diego, California, March 10-11.

Contact me


Office 127
Department of Geography
1984 West Mall
Vancouver, British Columba, Canada
V6T 1Z2