Civil and Environmental EngineeringWestern Engineering


Research Areas

Research Group

Research in Dr. Binns’ group seeks to further the scientific understanding of natural and anthropogenic impacts to fluvial processes and develop and optimize engineering tools and mitigation measures to limit the most serious impacts. Current research includes studies in river morphodynamics, lake hydrodynamics, and urban hydrology.

Current Members

Etta GunsolusEtta Gunsolus, MESc (2013-)

Etta grew up in City of Kawartha Lakes, Ontario. Etta received her BSc in Environmental Science (with a minor in Geographical Information Systems) from McMaster University in 2013. She is currently a Master of Engineering Science Candidate at Western University. Etta is studying the morphodynamic response of laboratory stream beds to unsteady flow events of varying magnitude and duration. Her research analyzes alterations in river bed morphology and sediment transport rates during flash flood-like events.

Jack McKeeJack McKee, MESc (2013-)

Jack is from Oakville, Ontario. He received his BESc in Civil Engineering from Western University in 2013 and is currently pursuing his Master of Engineering Science degree. His research investigates the application of gauge-radar merging schemes in the generation of gridded precipitation for use in hydrological models for near-real time flood forecasting purposes. Check out a video highlighting some of Jack's recent research here.

Tommy KokasTommy Kokas, MESc (2014-)

Tommy graduated from Western University in 2014 with a BESc in Civil Engineering. In the summer of 2013, he had the great opportunity to work with Dr. Jason Gerhard and the RESTORE group on the “Reinvent the Toilet” project where he gained valuable research and hands-on experience. Tommy is now pursuing his Master of Engineering Science degree in water resources engineering. He is researching the effect of urbanization and land-use changes on the spatial extent of flooding and how this can be mitigated by flood control measures.

Emily MartinEmily Martin, MESc (2014-)

Emily is from Fredericton, New Brunswick. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Engineering at the University of New Brunswick in 2014. She is currently a Master of Engineering Science student at Western University. Her research involves the use of a two-dimensional morphodynamic model to investigate the behavior and response of channel adjustments.

Past Group Members:

Jack Brand, MEng (2013-2014): Hydrodynamic area of influence of a cooling water intake structure in Lake Huron

Christopher Howlett, NSERC USRA Summer Research Student (2014): Effect of climate change on river morphodynamics

Opportunities in My Group

If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies in this research area please contact Dr. Binns by email.