Rebecca Collins


PhD Student

Research Degree Students

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Rebecca is a part-time PhD student in the School of Science and the Environment at the University of Worcester. 

Rebecca’s main research interest is in how rivers move within their landscape, and the processes that cause. Her PhD research concerns the effect of ‘form roughness’ on the rate of river bank erosion. She is using Terrestrial Laser Scanning to create very high-resolution 3D models of her study banks over 3 years in order to track changes in the position of the bank, and its roughness. She is also collecting data on air temperature, rainfall, and water level in order to identify the conditions that contribute to most significant changes.

Her supervisors are Professor Ian Maddock and Dr Fleur Visser.

Prior to commencing her PhD, Rebecca spent 3 years working as a Flood and Coastal Risk Management Officer for the Environment Agency, working particularly with GIS based mapping of properties at risk of flooding, as well as aiding in feasibility studies into flood risk management strategies and designs for local communities within her area of Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire.

Rebecca is also a member of staff at the University of Worcester.


BSc (Hons) Water and Environmental Management, 2012, University of Worcester

PGCert River Science, 2015, University of Worcester