Daniel Buscombe

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After completing my undergraduate studies in Physical Geography at Lancaster University, UK, I took a year off before returning to academia. In that year I worked as an outdoor educator with the Field Studies Council in the Lake District. I began my doctoral studies at the University of Plymouth, UK in 2004, finishing in 2008, after which I had two post-doc appointments, at the University of California Santa Cruz, and the University of Plymouth, before joining the U.S. Geological Survey in 2012. When not working on my research, I enjoy swimming in the sea, reading, travelling, and live music.

I was awarded my PhD in Nearshore Oceanography from the University of Plymouth, UK, in 2008. My doctoral research was on the mechanics of gravel transport under energetic water waves and gravel beach morphodynamics. Since then, I have worked in various marine and riverine environments, studying the complex inter-relations between fluid flows, geomorphology, sediment transport and sedimentology. I have investigated these processes by developing novel field-deployed optical and acoustic imaging systems, and computational algorithms for small-scale sediment hydroacoustics, in-situ particle and bed imaging and flow-field/turbulence measurements. As part of this work, I have developed extensive experience with field data collection and laboratory experimentation, numerical methods and stochastic modeling techniques, community software development, instrument design and fabrication and fundamental research in sediment transport. In recent years, I have developed an interest in the role sediment heterogeneity and transport in the dynamics of aquatic ecosystems.