Bryce Finch

Bryce Finch
University of Lausanne | UNIL · Faculty of Geosciences and Environment (GSE)

Master of Science in Environmental Science
PhD Candidate

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Introduction
My research is currently focused on applying graph theory to construct a network for wood recruitment in river channels. Currently, I'm working with the following materials to achieve my work: Geographic information systems (GIS), graph theory (GT), mass movement process modeling, network analysis, ecorisQ tools, iGraph, and R. In the past, I have applied the BANCS model to predict streambank erosion rates in Northwest Florida, USA.
Additional affiliations
May 2018 - August 2018
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Position
  • Internship
Description
  • I reviewed submitted clean up reports by environmental firms on local restoration projects. I was then responsible for communicating the decisions we would like for them to make to the environmental firm following coordination with the department of environmental protection managers. In addition, I was exposed to air regulatory practices for concrete batching, local air quality monitoring systems, petroleum holding station inspections, and waste/recycling operations.
August 2017 - June 2020
University of West Florida
Position
  • Master's Student
Description
  • During my master's, I served as a teaching and research assistant. The research assistant position involved a stream habitat research project that was undertaken by a previous master's student in Spanish Fort, Alabama. Additionally, my teaching assistantship involved working with students in GIS and environmental studies. My thesis project was focused on applying the BANCS model to Northwest Florida for predicting bank erosion rates, which can be applied to a watershed to assess sediment output.
August 2013 - June 2017
North Carolina State University
Position
  • Bachelor Student
Description
  • At NC State, I pursued a BS in Geology while additionally obtaining minor degrees in both Spanish and Business Administration. During my senior year, I became a lab technician as I analyzed sediment and emulsion samples on a laser particle size analyzer. Before graduating, I attended a two-week geology field camp in New Mexico where we practiced geological mapping in several field sites, conducted stratigraphy analysis along roadcuts, and performed a geophysical study at a native american site.
Education
August 2017 - June 2020
University of West Florida
Field of study
  • Environmental Science
August 2013 - June 2017
North Carolina State University
Field of study
  • Geology

Publications

Publications (3)
Conference Paper
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Large wood (LW) has earned increased attention as a component of fluvial systems as its ecological and physical benefits, as well as its contributions to damages during flood events, have been realized. As LW found in river networks had originated from outside of the channel corridor, significant efforts have been made to identify recruitment proce...
Poster
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This work was completed prior to my first year review at UNIL. It features preliminary findings and the general workflow to how the project plans to be completed.
Thesis
Full-text available
A previous study performed in the Northwest Florida Panhandle found the bank assessment of non-point source consequences of sediment (BANCS) model to be a relatively poor predictor of streambank erosion rates. Concern for whether these errors were related to how the project was constructed prompted the need for additional research. Some of the pres...

Projects

Project (1)
Project
Construct a network which represents connections between the river network and potential wood recruitment areas to provide a means to spatially relate seperate recruitment event of the same or different recruitment type throughtout a watershed. Analysis is performed based on physical process modeling for related wood recruitment processes (landslides, debris flows, bank erosion), geographic information systems (GIS) analysis, and iGraph (code package in R for graph theory applications).