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Richard Mason


KBC-huset, Linnaeus väg 6, Umeå Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

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Postdoctoral fellow (on leave) at Department of Ecology and Environmental Science

I am a fluvial geomorphologist, interested in the interactions between biology and sediment in rivers. My research at Umeå University aims to identify controls on the geomorphology of northern Swedish boulder-bed streams. The study includes field surveys of boulder-bed rivers which have not been cleared for timber floating. This work will provide quantitative data on how to restore rivers back to natural conditions, improving habitat and biodiversity.

I am also interested in the geomorphological significance of animals in rivers. My PhD focused on Caddisfly larvae, small aquatic insects. I used flume and field experiments to study how caddisfly move sediment around in rivers, and use silk (akin to spider silk) to secure sediment to the riverbed. I am particularly interested in how we can use animals, including insects, as tools to inform and improve the restoration of geomorphological processes in rivers. Please get in contact if you wish to discuss my research or have ideas for future studies.

Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface, American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2022, Vol. 127, (2)
Mason, Richard J.; Rice, S.P.; Johnson, M.F.; et al.
Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, John Wiley & Sons 2022, Vol. 47, (14) : 3259-3275
Sanders, Harry; Mason, Richard; Mills, Daniel N.; et al.
WIREs Water, John Wiley & Sons 2021, Vol. 8, (5)
Mason, Richard J.; Sanders, Harry
Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, John Wiley & Sons 2019, Vol. 44, (12) : 2510-2525
Mason, Richard J.; Rice, Stephen P.; Wood, Paul J.; et al.
WIREs Water, John Wiley & Sons 2019, Vol. 6, (2)
Wilkes, Martin A.; Gittins, Joshua R.; Mathers, Kate L.; et al.

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