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Bruce Macvicar, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Associate Professor
University of Waterloo
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3G1
(519) 888-4567 x38897
bmacvicar@uwaterloo.ca

Employment

Associate Professor (2016 - present) Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo.

Assistant Professor (2009-2016) Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo.

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2008-2009), Sediment transport in non-uniform flow and the role of the wall in the generation of bed-forms, directed by Dr. Jim Best, Department of Geology and the Ven Te Chow Hydrosystems Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2006-2008), Spatial and temporal dynamics of wood in European rivers, directed by Dr. Hervé Piégay, National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) UMR5600, Lyon, France. Funding from European program: Environmental Risks to the Continental Ecosphere.

Water Resource Engineer (full-time 1999-2001, contract basis 2001-2006), Water Resources Department, Marshall Macklin Monaghan Ltd., Toronto, Canada

Education

Ph.D. (2006), On Turbulence and the Formation of Riffle-Pools in Gravel-Bed Rivers, supervised by Dr. André Roy, Department of Geography, University of Montreal.

M.A.Sc. (1999), Application of a Rational Model of Stream Equilibrium to Predict Channel Adjustments, supervised by Dr. Rob Millar, Department of Civil Engineering, University of British Columbia.

B.Sc. (Eng) (1996), Water Resources Engineering, University of Guelph.

Graduate Student Supervision

Current

Fatemeh Montakhab, Ph.D. (2016 – present) Unsteady flow in urban rivers.

Sayed Abedin, Ph.D. (2018 – present) Planning for uncertainty in urban flood and erosion modelling.

Matthew Ianetta, M.A.Sc. (2018 – present) Sediment transport tracking in an agricultural headwater stream

Completed

Sarah Peirce, Post-Doctoral Fellow (2018), Alluvial Cover Dynamics in Fixed-Bed Channels with Irregular Meanders

Margot Chapuis, Post-Doctoral Fellow (2012–2014) Assessment stability and sediment dynamics of riffle-pool restoration in an urban creek, co-supervised with André Roy, Faculty of Environment.

Elli Papangelakis, Ph.D. (2015 – 2019) Bedload sediment transport regimes of urban gravel-bed rivers under different management scenarios.

Hamed Dashtpeyma, Ph.D. (2014 - 2019), Turbulent structures in isolated pool-riffle units.

Andrew Clow, M.A.Sc. (2018 – 2020) Characterizing sediment transport and stability in remote river systems.

Aryn Cain, M.A.Sc. (2017 – 2019) High-precision Sediment Tracking for Characterization of Sediment Transport of a Rural Stream in Southern Ontario Conditioned by Glacial Legacy Deposits.

Christopher Muirhead, M.A.Sc. (2016 – 2018) Advances in River Bedload Tracking Technology: Self-righting Radio Frequency Identification Tracers and an In-stream Automated Station.

Thomas Raso, M.A.Sc. (2015 – 2017) The Impacts of Stormwater Management on Hydromodification and Bedload Sediment Transport in a Gravel-Bed Stream.

Kimisha Ghunowa, M.A.Sc. (2015 – 2017) Spatial Decision Support for Urban Streams.

John Hufnagel, M.A.Sc. (2012-2016), Flume construction and RFID tracking techniques for fluvial sediment transport studies.

Sannan Mansoor, M.A.Sc. (2014-2015), Sediment Transport and Metals Modeling in an Urban Stream: The Don River in Toronto. Co-supervised with Philippe van Cappellen, Faculty of Science.

Scott Dilling, M.A.Sc. (2012-2014), Despiking Velocimetric Data with 2D ARMA Models and the Role of Impulse in Sediment Movement with Variable Bed Slopes.

Vernon Bevan, M.A.Sc. (2012-2014), The effect of urbanization on sediment supply and transport: a field study of Wilket Creek in Toronto. NSERC IPS sponsored by the Toronto Region Conservation Authority.

Christina Bright, M.A.Sc. (2010-2014), Development of an RFID Approach for Monitoring Bedload Sediment Transport and a Field Case Study, NSERC IPS sponsored by Water’s Edge Environmental Solutions.

Lana Obach, M.A.Sc. (2009-2011), The Hydrodynamics of Pool-Riffle Sequences with Changing Bedform Length.

Kimisha Ghunowa, Research Associate (2018 – 2019) Erosion Risk in a Risk and Return on Investment Tool for Urban Land Development, Industry support from Risk Sciences International and Credit Valley Conservation Authority.

Julian Krick, Research Associate (2015 – 2016) Establishment of four long-term field sites for assessing the impact of urbanization, stormwater management, and stream restoration on stream sediment dynamics.

Research Contributions

Journal Articles

Papangelakis, E., B.J. MacVicar (2020) Process-based assessment of success and failure in a riffle-pool river restoration project, River Research and Applications, DOI: 10.1002/rra.3636.

Ghaffarian, H., H. Piégay, D. Lopez, E. Mignot, B. MacVicar, A. Antonio, and N. Rivière (2020) Video-monitoring of wood discharge: first inter-basin comparison and recommendations to install cameras, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, DOI: 10.1002/esp.4875.

MacVicar, B.J., A. Clow, C. Muirhead, R. Al-Hammoud, J. Craig (2020) Design, Construction, and Destruction in the Classroom: Experiential learning with Earthen Dams, Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 146(6), 04020037, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)HY.1943-7900.0001745.

Papangelakis, E., B.J. MacVicar, P. Ashmore (2019) Bedload sediment transport regimes of semi-alluvial rivers conditioned by watershed urbanization and stormwater management, Water Resources Research, 55 (12), 10565-10587, DOI: 10.1029/2019WR025126.

Papangelakis, E., C. Muirhead, A. Schneider, B.J. MacVicar (2019) A new synthetic Radio Frequency Identification tracer stone with a weighted inner ball for burial depth estimation, Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 145(12), 06019014, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)HY.1943-7900.0001650. *Editor’s Choice, December 2019.

Sangsefidi, Y., B.J. MacVicar, M. Ghodsian, M. Mehraein, M. Torabi, and B.M. Savage (2019) Evaluation of flow characteristics in labyrinth weirs using response surface methodology, Flow Measurement and Instrumentation, 69 (10), 101617, DOI: 10.1016/j.flowmeasinst.2019.101617.

MacVicar, B.J., A. N. Sukhodolov (2019), Sampling strategies to improve scaling parameter estimates in rivers, Journal of Hydraulic Research, 57(6), 10.1080/00221686.2018.1522379.

Mansoor, S.Z., S. Louie, A.T. Lima, P. Van Cappellen, B.J. MacVicar (2018), The spatial and temporal distribution of metals in an urban stream: A case study of the Don River in Toronto, Canada, Journal of Great Lakes Research, 44(6), 1314-1326, 10.1016/j.jglr.2018.08.010.

Bevan, V., B.J. MacVicar, M. Chapuis, K. Ghunowa, E. Papangelakis, J. Parish, W.Snodgrass (2018), Enlargement and evolution of a semi-alluvial creek in response to urbanization, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 43 (11), 2295-2312, DOI:10.1002/esp.4391.

 

Hufnagel, J., B.J. MacVicar (2018) Design and performance of a Radio Frequency Identification scanning system for sediment tracking in a purpose-built experimental channel, Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 144(2), 06017028, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)HY.1943-7900.0001412.

Dilling, S., and B.J. MacVicar (2017), Cleaning high-frequency velocity profile data with autoregressive moving average (ARMA) models, Flow Measurement and Instrumentation, 54, 68-81, doi: 10.1016/j.flowmeasinst.2016.12.005.

MacVicar, B.J., M. Chapuis, E. Buckrell, and A.G. Roy (2015), Assessing the performance of in-stream restoration projects using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) transponders, Water, 7, 5566-5591, doi: 10.3390/w7105566.

MacVicar, B.J., L. Obach, (2015), Shear stress and hydrodynamic recovery over bedforms of different length in a straight channel, Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 141(11), 04015025, doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)HY.1943-7900.0001043

MacVicar, B.J., S. Dilling, and J. Lacey (2014), Multi-Instrument Turbulence Toolbox (MITT): Opensource MATLAB algorithms for the analysis of turbulent flow time series, Computers and Geosciences, 73, 88-98, doi: 10.1016/j.cageo.2014.09.002.

Chapuis, M., C. Bright, J. Hufnagel, and B.J. MacVicar (2014), Detection ranges and uncertainty of passive Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) transponders for sediment tracking in rivers and coastal environments, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 39(15), 2109-2120, doi: 10.1002/esp.3620.

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.

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.

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.

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.

MacVicar, B.J., and A.G. Roy (2011), Sediment mobility in a forced riffle-pool, Geomorphology, 125, 445-456, doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2010.10.031.

MacVicar, B. J., C.D. Rennie, and A.G. Roy (2010), Discussion of “Unifying criterion for the velocity reversal hypothesis in gravel-bed rivers” by D. Caamano, J. M. Buffington, J. C.P. Liou, and S. Daley-Laursen, Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 136, 550-552, doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)HY.19437900.0000120.

MacVicar, B.J., H. Piégay, A. Anderson, C. Oberlin, F. Comiti, and E. Pecorari (2009), Quantifying the temporal dynamics of wood in large rivers: new techniques for wood tracking, monitoring, surveying, and dating, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 34, 2031–2046, doi: 10.1002/esp.1888.

Rollet, A. J., B.J. MacVicar, H. Piégay, A. Roy (2008), A comparative study on the use of Passive Integrated Transponders to estimate sediment transport: first results, La Houille Blanche, 4, 87-93.

MacVicar, B.J., and A. G. Roy (2007), Hydrodynamics of a forced riffle pool in a gravel bed river: 1. Mean velocity and turbulence intensity, Water Resources Research, 43, W12401, doi:10.1029/2006WR005272.

MacVicar, B.J., and A. G. Roy (2007), Hydrodynamics of a forced riffle pool in a gravel bed river: 2. Scale and structure of coherent turbulent events, Water Resources Research, 43, W12402, doi:10.1029/2006WR005274.

MacVicar, B.J., E. Beaulieu, V. Champagne, and A.G. Roy (2007), Measuring water velocity in highly turbulent flows: Field tests of an Acoustic Doppler Velocimeter (ADV) and an Electromagnetic Current Meter (ECM), Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 32, 14121432, doi:10.1002/esp.1497.

MacVicar, B.J., L. Parrott, and A.G. Roy (2006), A 2-D discrete particle model of gravel-bed river systems, Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface, 111, F03009, doi:10.1029/2005JF000316.

Lamarre, H., B.J. MacVicar, and A.G. Roy (2005), Using passive integrated transponder (PIT) tags to investigate sediment transport in gravel-bed rivers, Journal of Sedimentary Research, 75, 736-741, doi: 10.2110/jsr.2005.059.

D.H. de Boer K., M.A. Hassan, B.J. MacVicar, and M. Stone (2005), Recent (1999-2003) Canadian research on contemporary processes of river erosion and sedimentation, and river mechanics, Hydrological Processes, 19, 265-283.

Book Chapters

Thompson, D. and B.J. MacVicar (accepted) Pool-Riffles, Treatise on Geomorphology, Volume 9: Fluvial Geomorphology, accepted October 11, 2019.

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.

MacVicar, B.J. (2012), Secondary flows in rivers: The effect of complex geometry, in Gravel Bed Rivers: processes, tools, environments, edited by M. Church, P. Biron, and A.G. Roy, Wiley, Chichester, UK, pp. 23-30. ISBN 978-0-470-68890-8.

MacVicar, B. J., A. Hauet, N. E. Bergeron, L. Tougne, and I. Ali (2012), River monitoring with groundbased videography, in Fluvial Remote Sensing for Science and Management, edited by P. Carbonneau and H. Piégay, Wiley, Chichester, UK, pp. 367-383.

Discussions

MacVicar, B.J. (2013), Interactive comment on “The mass distribution of coarse particulate organic matter exported from an alpine headwater stream” by J. M. Turowski et al., Earth Surface Dynamics Discussions, C1-6.

MacVicar, B.J. (2012), Discussion of “The geomorphic response of gravel-bed rivers to dams: Perspectives and prospects” by G.E. Grant, in Gravel Bed Rivers: processes, tools, environments, edited by M. Church, P. Biron, and A.G. Roy, Wiley, Chichester, UK, pp. 181.

MacVicar, B.J. (2012), Discussion of “River restoration: Widening perspectives” by N.J. Clifford, in Gravel Bed Rivers: processes, tools, environments, edited by M. Church, P. Biron, and A.G. Roy, Wiley, Chichester, UK, pp. 158.

MacVicar, B.J. (2010), Interactive comment on “A flume experiment on the effect of constriction shape on the formation of forced pools” by D.M. Thompson and C.R. McCarrick, Hydrology and Earth Systems Science Discussions, 7, C709-713.

Articles in refereed conference proceedings

A. Cain, M. Iannetta, C. Muirhead, E. Papangelakis, T. Raso, P. Ashmore & B.J. MacVicar (2020) Bedload tracking in urban semi-alluvial creeks: technological improvements and comparisons of the mean annual particle velocity, RiverFlow, International Association of Hydraulic Research, Delft, Netherlands, July 2020.

Muirhead, C., R. Al-Hammoud, J. Craig, B.J. MacVicar (2018) Linking academic courses with practical hands-on experience for civil, environmental and geological engineering students, Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA-ACEG18) Conference, Vancouver, BC.

Dashtpeyma, H., B.J. MacVicar (2018) Vortex-Resistance Hypothesis: Large Eddy Simulation of Turbulent Flow in Isolated Pool-Riffle Units, RiverFlow, International Association of Hydraulic Research, Lyon, France.

Papangelakis, E., B.J. MacVicar, F.A. Montakhab, P. Ashmore (2018) Hydromodification and bedload sediment transport in urban streams in Southern Ontario, Canada, RiverFlow, International Association of Hydraulic Research, Lyon, France.

Alencar, P., D. Cowan, D. Mulholland, B. MacVicar, S. Courtenay, S. Murphy, F. McGarry (2017) iEnvironment: A Software Platform for Integrated Environmental Monitoring and Modeling of Surface Water, IEEE Conference on Big Data, Boston, Massachusetts.

Duguay, J., J. Lacey, A.E. Benchikh Lehocine, B. MacVicar (2017) Comparison of velocity and turbulence statistics obtained using a Nortek Vectrino Profiler and stereo particle image velocimetry, Hydraulic Measurement and Experimental Methods, International Association of Hydraulic Research, July 9-12, Durham, New Hampshire.

Hufnagel, J., E. Papangelakis, B.J. MacVicar (2017) Advances in Sediment Tracking using Radio Frequency Identification Transponders: A purpose-built flume and gyroscopic tags, Hydraulic Measurement and Experimental Methods, International Association of Hydraulic Research, July 9-12, Durham, New Hampshire. 

Dilling, S., and B.J. MacVicar (2016) Good, bad, and the ugly: Seasonal Filtering and Autoregressive Moving Average (ARMA) models for detecting and replacing spikes in velocity profile data, RiverFlow, International Association of Hydraulic Research, St. Louis, Missouri.

Chapuis, M.*, V. Bevan, B. MacVicar, and A. Roy (2014), Sediment transport and continuity in a urbanized river: issues and assessment of sediment fluxes, RiverFlow, International Association of Hydraulic Research, 2119-2126, Lausanne, Switzerland.

MacVicar, B.J., S. Dilling, J. Lacey, and K. Hipel (2014), A quality analysis of the Vectrino II instrument using a new open-source MATLAB toolbox and 2D ARMA models to detect and replace spikes, RiverFlow, International Association of Hydraulic Research, 1951-1959, Lausanne, Switzerland.

MacVicar, B.J. and H. Piégay (2012), Validation of video monitoring technique to measure wood transport in a river, RiverFlow, International Association of Hydraulic Research, 735-740, San Jose, Costa Rica. 

MacVicar, B.J., L. Obach, S. Kara, T. Stoesser, and J. Best (2011), Shear flow in a mildly sloped rifflepool sequence, 7th International Symposium on Turbulence and Shear Flow Phenomena (TSFP-7), 6 pp., Ottawa ON.

Stoesser, T., B.J. MacVicar and J. Best (2010), Turbulence Structures over a mildly sloped pool-riffle sequence, RiverFlow, International Association of Hydraulic Research, 409-417, Braunschweig, Germany.

Invited Talks

MacVicar, B.J. (2018) Urban Rivers are a Drag!,  World Wetland Day, University of Waterloo, Waterloo.

MacVicar, B.J. (2017) Enlargement and evolution of a semi-alluvial creek in response to urbanization, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Lyon.

MacVicar, B.J. (2017) Methods in Analysis of Turbulent Flow Measurements, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, Lyon.

MacVicar, B.J. (2016) River Hydraulics Research Group, Engineering Faculty Council, University of Waterloo.

MacVicar, B.J. (2015) Using sediment transport as an indicator of resilience and the success of restoration outcomes in urban streams, Water Institute Research Symposium, University of Waterloo.

MacVicar, B.J. (2013), Recent progress in wood flux monitoring using a streamside video camera, Yellow Seminar Series, Laboratory of Hydraulics, Hydrology, and Glaciology (VAW), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich.

MacVicar, B.J. (2012), Eco-hydraulics research at UW: Understanding the mechanics of natural and unnatural rivers, Internal Seminar Series, Eco-hydrology Research Group, UW.

MacVicar, B.J. (2008), Wood in Rivers: Where does it come from? Where does it go?, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Ottawa

Conferences

Turecek, J., S. Murphy, B.J. MacVicar (2020) Unifying Ecology, Hydrology and Geomorphology in River Research via Eco-hydromorphology, 5th Symposium on Urbanization and Stream Ecology, February 12-15, 2020, Austin, TX.

MacVicar, B., H. Dashtpeyma, C.D. Rennie, J.G. Venditti (2019) Large-Eddy Simulations of Plunging Flow in Alluvial and Bedrock Rivers, AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, USA.

Montakhab, F., B. MacVicar (2019) Rating Curve Modelling for Unsteady Open-Channel Flows in Urban and Rural Watersheds, AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, USA.

Papangelakis, E., B. MacVicar, P. Ashmore (2019) Bedload transport dynamics in rivers conditioned by urbanization and stormwater management, AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, USA.

Ghunowa, K., B. MacVicar, P. Ashmore (2019) Stream Power Index for Networks (SPIN) Tool for Erosion Risk Assessment, AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, USA.

H. Piégay, H. Ghaffarian, P. Lemaire, Z. Zhang, M. Boivin, A. Senter, A. Antonio, T. Buffin-Bélanger, D. Lopez, B. MacVicar, K. Michel, E Mignot, G. Pasternack, N. Riviere, L Tougne, L. Vaudor (2019) Video-monitoring of wood flux: recent advances and next steps, 4th international conference in Wood in World Rivers, Valdivia, Chile.

MacVicar, B.J., E. Papangelakis , K. Ghunowa, P. Ashmore (2019) Urban Rivers: Linking stream network process models to robust data management systems for the purpose of land-use decision support, Global Water Futures 2nd Annual Open Science Meeting, Saskatoon, SK, May 15-17 2019.

Papangelakis, E., F. Montakhab, B.J. MacVicar, P. Ashmore (2018) Predicting Bedload Sediment Transport in Urban Rivers, AGU Fall Meeting, Washington DC, Dec 10-14.

D. Cowan, P. Alencar, D. Mulholland, B. MacVicar, S. Murphy, S. Courtenay, P. Ashmore, L. Stanfield, F. McGarry (2018) A Software Platform for Integrated Monitoring and Modelling of Stream Restoration Projects, 6th Conference on Natural Channel Systems, Guelph.

Muirhead, C., B. MacVicar (2018) An In-Flood Monitoring System for Bedload Sediment in a Restored Riffle-Pool Morphology, 6th Conference on Natural Channel Systems, Guelph.

Papangelakis, E., B.J. MacVicar (2018) Linking urban hydromodification to bedload sediment transport, 6th Conference on Natural Channel Systems, Guelph.

M. Welber, P. Ashmore, B.J. MacVicar (2017) Sediment dynamics in semi-alluvial urban streams , Canadian Geophysical Union, Vancouver.

K. Ghunowa, B.J. MacVicar, P. Ashmore (2017) Spatial decision support tool for cumulative stream power modeling, Canadian Geophysical Union, Vancouver.

Papangelakis, E., V. Bevan, K. Ghunowa, B.J. MacVicar (2017) 60 years of evolution in a suburban semi-alluvial creek: Wilket Creek in Toronto, Canadian Geophysical Union, Vancouver.

Dashtpeyma, H., and B.J. MacVicar (2017) Surface, corner and ramp rollers: Numerical analysis of flow patterns in isolated pool-riffle units, Canadian Geophysical Union, Vancouver.

Papangelakis, E., T. Raso, J. Krick, P. Ashmore, A. Roy, B.J. MacVicar (2016) Bedload transport in Urbanized Creeks with and without Stormwater Management, 5th international Conference on Natural Channel Systems, September 26-27, Niagara Falls, Canada.

MacVicar, B.J., M. Chapuis, J. Krick, E. Papangelakis, T. Raso, P. Ashmore, A. Roy (2016) Assessment of the performance of a riffle-pool restoration project over two years of floods using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tracking, 5th international Conference on Natural Channel Systems, September 26-27, Niagara Falls, Canada.

MacVicar, B.J. (2015) Experiments on simplified pool and riffle structures in flumes: What have we learned? 46th Annual Binghampton Geomorphology Symposium: Laboratory Experiments in Geomorphology, University at Buffalo (poster).

Dashtpeyma, H., and B.J. MacVicar (2015) Detached Eddy Simulation (DES) of Turbulent Flow in Isolated Pool-Riffle Bedforms, American Geophysical Union, Montreal.

MacVicar, B.J., M. Chapuis, V. Bevan, E. Buckrell, A. Roy, J. Parish, R. Ness, and W. Snodgrass (2015) Urbanization, Channel Adjustment, and Restoration of a Suburban Semi-Alluvial Creek: the Case Study of Wilket Creek in Toronto, American Geophysical Union, Montreal.

Piégay H., Benacchio V., Boivin M., Lemaire P., MacVicar B., Moulin B., Ruiz-Villanueva V., BuffinBélanger T., Michel K., Stoffel M., Tougne L, (2015), Wood is good but it moves! Associated problems and research issues, Third International Conference on Wood in Rivers, Padova, Italy.

Buckrell, E., M. Chapuis, V. Bevan, C. Bright, B. MacVicar, and A. Roy (2014), RFID tracking as an urban restoration metric, CWRA 2014 Canada Water Resources Conference, Hamilton, Ontario.

MacVicar, B.J. and H. Dashtpeyma (2014), Perturbation and recovery of flow over 2D bedforms: experiments on bedform scale and LES simulations of vorticity, 17th U.S. National Congress on Theoretical & Applied Mechanics, Michigan State University, Lansing, Michigan.

Piegay H., Lemaire P., MacVicar B., Mouquet-Noppe C., and L. Tougne (2014), Automatically monitoring driftwood in large rivers: preliminary results, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Piégay H., MacVicar B., Benacchio V., Boivin M., Buffin-Bélanger T., Lemaire P., Michel K., RuizVillanueva V., Stoffel M., Tougne L.  (2014), Wood mobility in rivers, XII International Association of Engineering Geology (IAEG) Congress, Torino, Italy.

Chapuis, M., S. Dufour, B. MacVicar, A. Roy, and B. Couvert (2013), Sediment transport and morphodynamics of two dynamic, highly modified rivers: Valley management issues and keys for river stakeholders, 8th IAG International Conference on Geomorphology, Paris (poster).

Pasternack, G. and B.J. MacVicar (2013), Gold-standard performance for 2D hydrodynamic modeling, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco.

Bright, C., and B.J. MacVicar (2012), Getting the most out of RFID technology for bed-load transport monitoring: sandbox experiments and an improved field method, CWRA/CGU Annual General Meeting, Banff, AB.

MacVicar, B.J. and H. Piégay (2012), Toppled trees, jams, and wood-floodplain interactions: Interpreting the in-flood variability of fluvial wood transport from streamside video records, CWRA/CGU Annual General Meeting, Banff, AB.

Piégay H., Alber A., Arnaud F., Béal D., Boivin M., Buffin-Bélanger T., Fantino G., MacVicar B, Michel K. (2012), Nouveaux outils et nouvelles pratiques pour appréhender l’espace-temps fluvial. 80e Congrès de l’Association francophone pour le savoir, Montréal, QC.

MacVicar, B.J. (2012), Design à partir de la turbulence: la restauration des ruisseaux urbains, 80e Congrès de l’Association francophone pour le savoir, Montréal, QC.

MacVicar, B.J., L. Obach, C. Rennie, and J. Best (2011), Large-scale turbulent flow structures in pools, Coherent Flow Structures in Geophysical Flows at Earth’s Surface, Burnaby BC.

Obach, L., B.J. MacVicar, and J. Best (2011), Riffle-pool hydrodynamics and coherent flow structures:

the influence of pool and riffle length (poster), Coherent Flow Structures in Geophysical Flows at Earth’s Surface, Burnaby BC.

MacVicar, B.J. (2010), Secondary flows in rivers: The effect of complex geometry, Gravel Bed Rivers VII, Tadoussac, Quebec.  

Obach, L., B.J. MacVicar, and J. Best (2010), Searching for scale: the effect of channel width and bedform length on riffle-pool hydrodynamics (poster), Gravel-Bed Rivers VII, Tadoussac, Quebec. 

MacVicar, B.J. and J. Best (2009), The effect of channel width on large-scale flow structure over a macro-bedform (poster), American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco.

MacVicar, B.J., I. Ali, L. Tougne, and H. Piégay (2009), Video monitoring of wood transport in a freemeandering piedmont river, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco.

Lamarre, H., G. Marquis, A.G. Roy, T. Buffin-Bélanger, J. Thérien, J. Lacey, and B. MacVicar (2009), Channel bed adjustments following a major debris flow in a mountain stream, 9th International Conference on Fluvial Sedimentology, Argentina. 

MacVicar, B.J., and C.D. Rennie (2009), Lateral distribution of turbulence and secondary currents in non-uniform open channel flow, International Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research 33rd Congress, Vancouver, Canada

MacVicar, B.J., and A. Roy (2007), A field experiment to remove the forcing element from a rifflepool (poster), International Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research 32nd Congress, Venice, Italy.

Lamarre, H. Thérien, J., MacVicar, B. and Roy, A.G. (2007), The displacement of individual clasts in gravel-bed rivers. Canadian Quaternary Association-The Canadian Geomorphology research group, Ottawa, Canada. 

Rollet, A. J., B.J. MacVicar, H. Piégay, A. Roy (2007), A comparative study of the effect of river size on the use of Passive Integrated Transponders to estimate sediment transport, Transports solides et gestion des sédiments, Société Hydrotechnique de France, Lyon, France.

MacVicar, B.J., and A. Roy (2005), Turbulence and partial transport in a forced riffle-pool, International Conference on Fluvial Sedimentology, Delft, Netherlands. 

MacVicar, B.J., and A. Roy (2005), The interaction of velocity, turbulence, and form in pool-riffle sequences (poster), Gravel-Bed Rivers VI, Lienz, Austria.

Lamarre, H., B.J. MacVicar, and A. Roy (2004), Using PIT tags to investigate sediment transport in a step-pool channel, American Association of Geographers 100th Annual General Meeting, Philadelphia, U.S.A.

MacVicar, B.J., L. Parrott, and A. Roy (2003), A discrete particle model to simulate sediment transport and bedform development (poster), Canadian Geophysical Union 29th Annual General Meeting, Banff.

MacVicar, B.J., L. Parrott, and A. Roy (2003), ROQ-B: A river-bed simulation model, American Association of Geographers 99th Annual General Meeting, New Orleans, U.S.A.

MacVicar, B.J., L. Alexander, and A. Rexe (2001), Rapid change in the Don River Watershed: a geomorphic investigation into the impact of urbanization, Canadian Water Resource Association 54th Annual Conference, Guelph.

MacVicar, B.J., and R.G. Millar (1998), Abilities, limits and potential in stream restoration. Proceedings, Mountains to Sea: Canadian Water Resource Association 54th Annual Conference; Y. Alila (Ed.), Victoria, 294-299.

Millar, R.G., and B.J. MacVicar (1998), An analytical method for natural channel design Proceedings, Wetlands Engineering and River Restoration Conference: American Society of Civil Engineering, Denver U.S.A., 379-385.

Other Publications

MacVicar, B.J. (2003), My First Matlab Workbook, University of Montreal, 49pp.

 

Saini, S., A. Tariq, H. Ashworth, E. Harnett, K. Ghunowa, B. MacVicar, and C. Zimmer (2018) Risk and Return on Investment Tool v1.0; Technical Manual, Published by Credit Valley Conservation, 86 pp.

Software

MacVicar, B.J., S. Dilling, and R.W.J. Lacey (2014, 2017), Multi-Instrument Turbulence Toolbox (MITT), github.com/macvicab/MITT.

Patents

MacVicar, B.J., C. Muirhead (patent pending) Self-Righting Radio Tracking Tags for Measuring Flows, United States Provisional Patent Application No. 62/801,277, filed Feb 5, 2019, MT Ref: 0232921.0002.

Media

CTV National News, April 24, 2019, Canadian Communities Struggling against Rising Floodwaters, Television Interview, https://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1667529.

MacVicar, B.J., P. Van Cappellen (2019) Linking models to assess the spatial and temporal distribution of metals in an urban stream, Highlighted Research Article in Water Research at the Water Institute, University of Waterloo.

Data

MacVicar, B (2019) "Survey Data for Earth Dam Design Days MacVicar et al JHE Special Issue Submitted May 2019", https://doi.org/10.5683/SP2/L4MZTI , Scholars Portal Dataverse, DRAFT VERSION.

 

Software

MacVicar, B.J., S. Dilling, and R.W.J. Lacey (2014, 2017), Multi-Instrument Turbulence Toolbox (MITT), github.com/macvicab/MITT.

Other Academic Experience

 

Program Director (2016-2017) Collaborative Water Program, University of Waterloo.

Lead Organizer (2019) Student Symposium, Ontario and Quebec Hydraulic Research Association Project (OQHRA), University of Waterloo.

Committee Member (2019-2021) Discovery Grant Review Panel, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Associate Editor (2013-2018) Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface, American Geophysical Union.

Lead Organizer (2016) Workshop entitled “Linking stream network process models to robust adaptive data management systems for the development of decision support tools that model cumulative effects in watersheds”, Water Institute, University of Waterloo.

Reviewer (2007-present): Journal of Hydraulic Engineering; Journal of Hydraulic Research; Water Resources Research; Earth Surface Processes and Landforms; Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface; Environmental Fluid Dynamics; Flow Measurement and Instrumentation; Geomorphology; Advances in Water Resources; Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering;  Ecological Processes; Coral Reefs; Hydrology and Earth System Science; Earth Systems Dynamics Discussions; NSERC; NSF (United States).

Fellowships and Awards

 

Collaborative Research and Development Grant (2018) Erosion cost module to support flood risk analysis tool, NSERC, $92,000 Partner: Risk Sciences International.

Direct funding (2019) Addition of Culvert Erosion Analysis to Erosion Module, $12,000, Credit Valley Conservation Authority.

ENGAGE + Accelerate Fellowship (2019) Assessing the Effects of Low Impact Development on the Receiving Headwater Streams of the Northeast Pickering Land Development, NSERC and MITACS, $81,000, Partner: Dorsay Development Corporation.

Accelerate Fellowship (2018) Evaluating the Risk of Climate Change and Hydraulic Processes to Linear Infrastructure, MITACs, $40,000, Partner: SNC Lavalin.

ENGAGE (2018) Hydraulic and morphologic risk assessment for rivers at bridges and pipeline crossings, NSERC, $25,000, Partner: SNC Lavalin.

Accelerate (2019) At-a-station measurement and prediction of flow and sediment, MITACs, $15,000, Partner: Beacon Environmental.

Strategic Project Grant (2018-2020) Assessing risks of eutrophication by urban stormwater runoff under climate change, NSERC, $676,569, Partners: Environment and Climate Change Canada, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change and 5 others (P. Van Cappellen – lead researcher, MacVicar and 5 others - co-applicants)

ENGAGE (2018) Hydraulic and morphologic risk assessment for rivers at bridges and pipeline crossings, NSERC, $25,000, Industrial partner: SNC Lavalin, University of Waterloo.

 

Global Water Futures Project Grant (2017-2020) Linking stream network process models to robust data management systems for the purpose of land-use decision support, NSERC CFREF, $260,000, University of Waterloo (PI, 4 co-applicants).

Evolution of Existing Research Software to Support New Disciplines Award (2017-2020) iEnvironment: A software platform for integrated environmental monitoring and modelling of surface water, CANARIE (Private NGO), $439,723, University of Waterloo (Don Cowan PI, 4 co-applicants)

Senior Scientist Fellowship (2017) Automatic measurement of wood in transport on rivers, ENS - Lyon, $6,000, University of Waterloo.

Water Institute Seed Grant (2016) Linking stream network process models to robust adaptive data management systems for the development of decision support tools that model cumulative effects in watersheds, $14,000 (B. MacVicar – lead researcher, 2 co-applicants)

Discovery Grant (2016-2020) Smart Rivers: Instrumenting watercourses to measure transport processes and assess risk, NSERC, $150,000, University of Waterloo.

Senior Scientist Fellowship (2016-2017) Wood deposition and incipient island formation, Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries -Berlin (IGB), $21,900, University of Waterloo.

Water Institute Seed Grant (2015) Comparative indicators of socioecological resilience and restoration of aquatic ecosystems, $12,000 (S. Murphy – lead researcher, 4 co-applicants)

ENGAGE (2015) Within-flood tracking of the performance of a stream restoration project, NSERC and OCE, $25,000, Industrial partner: Stantec Inc., University of Waterloo.

Voucher for Innovation 1 (2015) Phase 2 design of retrofit self-adjusting gate for hydraulic control on stop-log dams, Ontario Centers of Excellence, $25,000, Industrial partner: HATCH, University of Waterloo.

ENGAGE (2015) Polymer mixing control with an in-line viscometer, NSERC, $25,000, Industrial partner: ProMinent Fluid Controls Ltd., University of Waterloo.

Strategic Project Grant (2014-2017) Assessing and restoring the resilience of urban stream networks, NSERC, $571,142, Industrial partners: Parish Geomorphic, Toronto Region Conservation Authority, and City of Toronto (B. MacVicar – lead researcher, 3 co-applicants)

ENGAGE (2012) Using riffle-pools to arrest the degradation of streams in urban areas: the problem of Wilket Creek in Toronto, NSERC, $25,000, Industrial partner: Parish Geomorphic, University of Waterloo

ENGAGE (2012) Design and computer model of self-adjusting mechanical gate for hydraulic control structure, NSERC, $25,000, Industrial partner: HATCH, University of Waterloo

International Research Partnership Grant Program (2012), Strategic Workshop on Integrated Water Management in the Three Gorges Reservoir Basin, $15,000, University of Waterloo, (Phillippe van Cappellen - lead researcher, 18 co-applicants).

Infrastructure Operating Fund (2012-2017) Experimental channel for river hydraulics, Canadian Foundation for Innovation, $15,000, University of Waterloo. 

Leaders Opportunity Fund (2011-2015) Experimental channel for river hydraulics, Canadian Foundation for Innovation, $125,000, University of Waterloo. 

Discovery Grant (2011-2015) Turbulence and sediment transport in complex open channels, NSERC, $115,000, University of Waterloo.

Post-doctoral fellowship (2008), NSERC, $80,000, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.  Nominated by committee as the top application from the Engineering A committee for the Howard Alper prize. 

Post-doctoral fellowship (2006-2008) Quebec Foundation for the Research of Nature and Technology (FQRNT), $60,000, CNRS, Lyon, France.

Best Student Paper (2003) American Association of Geographers, 99th Annual General Meeting Geomorphology Specialty Group, New Orleans, US.

Post Graduate Scholarship-A (1996-98) NSERC, University of British Columbia.

Governor General's Scholarship in Environmental Engineering (1995), University of Guelph.

Canada Scholar (1991-96), University of Guelph.