Areas of expertise
Robert's background lies in quantitative aquatic ecology. He received a BSc in Biology (Illinois Wesleyan University) and an MSc in Marine Biology (University of Maine - Orono). His interests in benthic ecology and biological-physical interactions led him to the field of fluvial geomorphology and a PhD investigating fine sediment transport processes in vegetated chalk streams (Queen Mary, University of London).
Prior to joining Cranfield, Robert was a Research Fellow on the EU-funded project REFORM (REstoring rivers FOR effective catchment Management), where he helped develop an open-ended, pan-European framework to assess and monitor river hydromophology in line with the Water Framework Directive.
Robert is a fluvial geomorphologist, and as such is interested in how the flow of water and sediment within a catchment affects the form and behaviour of rivers. His current research investigates:
- Sediment transport dynamics in rivers - the deposition, consolidation, storage and erosion of fine sediment (i.e. silt) within lowland rivers channels and its impact on water quality, aquatic ecology and flood hazard.
- Mechanics of cohesive sediment erosion - the role of biological, chemical and geophysical sediment properties on the erodibility (e.g. erosion thresholds and rates) of cohesive sediment deposits
- Interactions between aquatic and riparian ecology and fluvial geomorphological forms and processes
- Multi-scale assessment of hydromorphology to characterise the current condition of a river, quantify rates of geomorphic processes and channel adjustment, identify underlying causes of change, and predict future evolutionary trajectories to support the development of integrated, sustainable solutions to river management and restoration.
- Affinity Water
- Canal and River Trust
- Environment Agency
- Leeds City Council / Arup
- NERC (Advanced Training Short Course)
European Commission (Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN)
Articles In Journals
- Janes VJ, Grabowski R, Mant J, Allen D, Morse JL & Hayes H (2017) The impacts of natural flood management approaches on in-channel sediment quality, River Research and Applications, 33 (1) 89-101.
- Vercruysse K, Grabowski RC & Rickson RJ (2017) Suspended sediment transport dynamics in rivers: multi-scale drivers of temporal variation, Earth-Science Reviews, 166 (March) 38-52.
- Marcinkowski P, Grabowski R & Okruszko T (2017) Controls on anastomosis in lowland river systems: Towards process-based solutions to habitat conservation, Science of the Total Environment, 609 1544-1555.
- Camenen B, Grabowski RC, Latapie A, Paquier A, Solari L & Rodrigues S (2016) On the estimation of the bed-material transport and budget along a river segment: application to the Middle Loire River, France, Aquatic Sciences - Research Across Boundaries, 78 (1) 71-81.
- Grabowski RC & Gurnell AM (2016) Hydrogeomorphology-ecology interactions in river systems, River Research and Applications, 32 (2) 139-141.
- Grabowski RC & Gurnell AM (2015) Diagnosing problems of fine sediment delivery and transfer in a lowland catchment, Aquatic Sciences - Research Across Boundaries, 78 (1) 1-12.
- Gurnell AM, Rinaldi M, Belletti B, Bizzi S, Blamauer B, Braca G, Buijse AD, Bussettini M, Camenen B, Comiti F, Demarchi L, Garcia de Jalon D, Gonzalez del Tanago M, Grabowski RC, Gunn IDM, Habersack H, Hendriks D, Henshaw AJ, Klosch M, Lastoria B, Latapie A, Marcinkowski P, Martinez-Fernandez V, Mosselman E, Mountford JO, Nardi L, Okruszko T, O’Hare MT, Palma M, Percopo C, Surian N, van de Bund W, Weissteiner C & Ziliani L (2015) A multi-scale hierarchical framework for developing understanding of river behaviour to support river management, Aquatic Sciences - Research Across Boundaries, 78 (1).
- Bizzi S, Demarchi L, Grabowski RC, Weissteiner CJ & Van de Bund W (2015) The use of remote sensing to characterise hydromorphological properties of European rivers, Aquatic Sciences - Research Across Boundaries, 78 (1) 1-14.
- Summers MF, Holman IP & Grabowski RC (2015) Adaptive management of river flows in Europe: A transferable framework for implementation, Journal of Hydrology, 531 (3) 696-705.
- Gurnell AM, Corenblit D, Garcia de Jalon D, Gonzalez del Tanago M, Grabowski RC, O'Hare MT & Szewczyk M (2015) A conceptual model of vegetation-hydrogeomorphology interactions within river corridors, River Research and Applications, 32 (2).
- Gurnell AM & Grabowski RC (2015) Vegetation-hydrogeomorphology interactions in a low-energy, human-impacted river, River Research and Applications, 32 (2).
- Grabowski RC, Surian N & Gurnell AM (2014) Characterizing geomorphological change to support sustainable river restoration and management, Wiley Interdiscipliary Reviews: Water, 1 (5) 483-512.
- Grabowski RC, Wharton G, Davies GR & Droppo IG (2012) Spatial and temporal variations in the erosion threshold of fine riverbed sediments, Journal of Soils and Sediments, 12 (7) 1174-1188.
- Grabowski RC, Droppo IG & Wharton G (2011) Erodibility of cohesive sediment: The importance of sediment properties, Earth-Science Reviews, 105 (3-4) 101-120.
- Grabowski RC, Droppo IG & Wharton G (2010) Estimation of critical shear stress from cohesive strength meter-derived erosion thresholds, Limnology and Oceanography: Methods, 8 678-685.
- Grabowski RC, Windholz T & Chen Y (2005) Estimating exploitable stock biomass for the Maine green sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis) fishery using a spatial statistics approach, Fishery Bulletin, 103 (2) 320-330.
- Grabowski R & Chen Y (2004) Incorporating uncertainty into the estimation of the biological reference points F0.1 and Fmax for the Maine green sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis) fishery, Fisheries Research, 68 (1-3) 367-371.
- Grabowski RC & Gurnell AM (2016) Using historical data in fluvial geomorphology. In: Tools in fluvial geomorphology. G.M. Kondolf and H. Piegay (ed.), Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, p. 56-75.
- Gurnell AM, Gonzalez del Tanago M, Rinaldi M, Grabowski R, Henshaw A, O’Hare M, Belletti B & Bujise AD (2014) Development and application of a multi-scale process-based framework for the hydromorphological assessment of European rivers. In: Engineering Geology for Society and Territory, Springer International Publishing Switzerland, p. 339-342.
- Grabowski RC (2014) Measuring the shear strength of cohesive sediment in the field. In: Geomorphological techniques. Lucy Clarke and Jo Nield (ed.), Oxford: British Society for Geomorphology, ed. Online.