Derald Smith studying Late Cretaceous deposits in the Alberta Badlands.
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Programme - Keynote Speakers

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Gerald Nanson

University of Wollongong

Theme I

River Dynamics and Change

Gerald's research has touched numerous areas such as meandering river characteristics, formative processes and sedimentology of floodplains and the formation and behaviour of anabranching rivers in diverse environments ranging from northern Canada to the drylands of central Australia. His co-author He-Qing Huang has a background in mechanical engineering with a strong interest in theoretical mechanics.

This collaboration has culminated in their work on an over-arching rational theory based on least action principle demonstrating that alluvial rivers exhibit maximum flow efficiency and tend to evolve towards a stable equilibrium state. His talk will discuss this theory and consider its implications for stratigraphic bias; what type of fluvial stratigraphy is preserved in the sedimentary record, and what is not.

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Sanjeev Gupta

Imperial College London

Theme II

Rivers on the Edge

Sanjeev's work focusses on the evolution of modern and ancient sedimentary systems. Initially his work was confined to Earth with research projects stretching from the Indian subcontinent to the English Channel. Recently he has broadened his horizons as a Co-Investigator on the Mastcam Team and Long Term Planner on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover mission. His keynote will focus on fluvial and related sedimentary systems discovered on Mars, in particular through the Curiosity mission.

Like many of you, Sanjeev has spent much of his life in foreland basins - but hasn't found any yet on Mars!

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Andrew Miall

University of Toronto

Theme III

Fluvial Stratigraphy and Subsurface Resources

Andrew was the Chair of the first ICFS in Calgary in 1977. He is the author of a much-cited body of work on fluvial sedimentology, and has presented many courses on this subject to geologists around the world over the last 40 years.

Andrew has been asked to deliver a keynote address at the forthcoming symposium that will examine developments in fluvial sedimentology over this time period, and evaluate the contributions this specialized subject has made to the evolution of broader themes in Stratigraphy.

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Mike Church

University of British Columbia

Theme IV

Managing Fluvial Landscapes

An original attendee of the first ICFS Mike’s research in river morphodynamics stretches from headwater streams to large rivers. He has been involved in long-term projects investigating sediment transport and stability in large Canadian rivers such as the Fraser, Peace and Mackenzie. Finding approaches to manage the Fraser River in terms flood protection, yet maintain its ecological integrity has been a particular focus of his recent research.

Mike’s keynote will touch on his over 40-years of morphodynamic research and how it can be utilised in striking a balance between natural river processes and human needs.

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