Dr. Bruce MacVicar

P. Eng., Assistant Professor

Research Interests:

  • River engineering, hydraulics and fluvial geomorphology.
  • Research objectives relate to the mechanics of river processes, such as sediment transport, flow turbulence and the transport of wood, and the emergence of large scale properties of rivers such as riffle-pool bedforms, meanders, and floodplains.
  • Practical benefits of the research include urban stormwater management, stream restoration, and the maintenance of critical habitats in rivers.

Current Sources of Research Funding:

  • ORF
  • City of Toronto
  • Toronto Region and Conservation Authority
  • Hatch

Selected Publications:

  1. MacVicar, B.J. and J. Best (2013) A flume experiment on the effect of channel width on the perturbation and recovery of flow in straight pools and riffles with smooth boundaries, Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface, 118 (3), 1850-1863, doi: 10.1002/jgrf.20133.
  2. MacVicar, B.J. (2013) Local head loss coefficients of riffle-pools in gravel bed rivers, Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 139 (11), 1193-1198, doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)HY.1943-7900.0000787.
  3. MacVicar, B.J., L. Obach, and J. Best (2013), Large-scale turbulent flow structures in alluvial pools, Coherent Flow Structures in Geophysical Flows at Earth’s Surface, edited by J.G. Venditti, J.L. Best, M. Church, and R.J. Hardy, Wiley, Chichester, UK, pp. 243-259.
  4. MacVicar, B. J., and H. Piégay (2012), Implementation and validation of video monitoring for wood budgeting in a wandering piedmont river, the Ain River (France), Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 37(12), 1272–1289, doi: 10.1002/esp3240.
  5. MacVicar, B. J., and C. D. Rennie (2012), Flow and turbulence redistribution in a straight artificial pool, Water Resources Research, 48(2), W02503, doi: 10.1029/2010wr009374.

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Courses Taught:

  • 381 – Hydraulics
  • 214/280 – Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences
  • 486 – Hydrology
  • 682 – Free Surface Hydraulics
University of Waterloo
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