I am a fluvial geomorphologist with a wide range of interests. I gained my PhD at Keele University in the United Kingdom, investigating the role of meltwater during the deglaciation of the last ice-sheet in Scotland.
After making my first visit to Iceland in August 1996, and then returning in November to witness the glacier outburst flood (jökulhlaup) at Skeiðarársandur, I made annual (sometimes twice annual) research trips to Iceland through to 2004. My research in Iceland aimed to understand the formation of proglacial fluvial landscapes by linking river flows of different discharges with glacier advance and retreat patterns.
In 2001 I left the UK and moved to South Africa, where I spent three years at the University of the Witwatersrand. My time in Africa widened my research interests to include low gradient meandering rivers and their floodplains. Following my time at the University of the Witwatersrand I returned to the UK, and broadened my experience further by gaining a Masters in Hydrology for Environmental Management at Imperial College London and then spending a year working for White Young Green as an environmental consultant. I moved back into academia by taking up a research position at the University of British Columbia, Canada, where I spent a year investigating the impact of the mountain pine beetle on rivers in the central interior of British Columbia. In late 2008 I moved from Canada to Melbourne, where I took up my current position at the University of Melbourne.
Since arriving to Australia, my research has focused on floodplain formation and processes. This includes the role of river regulation in changing geomorphological processes on floodplains, and the role of fluvial geomorphology in controlling floodplain habitats. In particular, I have been focusing on the evolution of the lower Ovens River floodplain, and the way in which geomorpological changes drive the distribution of water across the floodplain, and hence control habitat distribution. Some of my research contributes to the eWater Cooperative Research Centre.
I am interested in supervising research students at all levels from Honours to PhD. Interested students are invited to contact me directly to discuss potential research projects. I am currently interested in supervising projects on a range of topics in fluvial geomorphology, river management and hydrology: feel free to talk to me if you have an idea for a topic not listed below. Specific topics that I am interested in at the moment include:
Flood geomorphology, landscape response to catastrophic flooding, the role of vegetation in controlling the effects of flooding
Proglacial rivers - the effects of glacier retreat (climate change) on proglacial river systems
Fluvial processes and floodplain evolution (both the rate of change of modern floodplain/channel systems, and Quaternary/Holocene development of floodplains
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Bar deposition in glacial outburst floods: scaling, post-flood reworking, and implications..
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Discussion of 'Field evidence and hydraulic modeling of a large Holocene jökulhlaup at Jökulsá á Fjöllum channel, Iceland' by Douglas Howard, Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach and Timothy Beach, 2012
JL Carrivick, FS Tweed, P Carling, P Alho, PM Marren, K Staines, AJ Russell, EL Rushmer, R Duller
Journal article | 2013 | Geomorphology
Discussion of 'Field evidence and hydraulic modeling of a large Holocene jokulhlaup at Jokulsa a Fjollum channel, Iceland' by Douglas Howard, Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach and Timothy Beach, 2012
Jonathan L Carrivick, Fiona S Tweed, Paul Carling, Petteri Alho, Philip M Marren, Kate Staines, Andrew J Russell, E Lucy Rushmer, Robert Duller
Journal article | 2013 | Geomorphology
The origin and development of the Nyl River floodplain wetland, Limpopo Province, South Africa: trunk-tributary river interactions in a dryland setting
Terence S McCarthy, Stephen Tooth, Zenobia Jacobs, Matthew D Rowberry, Mark Thompson, Dion Brandt, P John Hancox, Philip M Marren, Stephan Woodborne, William N Ellery
Journal article | 2011 | South African Geographical Journal
A comparison of mud- and sand-dominated meanders in a downstream coarsening reach of the mixed bedrock-alluvial Klip River, eastern Free State, South Africa
Philip M Marren, Terence S McCarthy, Stephen Tooth, Dion Brandt, Glenn G Stacey, Anita Leong, Beth Spottiswoode
Journal article | 2006 | Sedimentary Geology
Honours, Awards and Fellowships
FRGS - Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society
MASTERS IN SCIENCE
Imperial College London
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONS)
University of Luton