Erosion and Flooding of Critical Ecosystems along the St. Lawrence River

  • Master
  • Doctorate
  • Summer
  • With scholarship

Project description

The ecosystems on the banks of the St. Lawrence are exposed to a wide range of stressors including river current, flooding, ship waves, human intervention, and ice scouring. Understanding how these hazards interact with the ecosystems as a whole is critical in the design of integrated management plans for deteriorating systems.

The Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) Environmental Hydraulics Laboratory (LHE) is seeking a PhD or Masters student to investigate the complex interactions between these processes at a site of interest along the St. Lawrence. The project will consist of field investigations and numerical modelling of the system to elucidate the main drivers of erosion and flooding along the river.

The Environmental Hydraulics Laboratory (LHE) at INRS was inaugurated in 2011 with funding from INRS, Transport Quebec, and Industry Canada. The centrepiece of the lab is the large wave flume (120 x 5 x 5 m) which is completed by several small-scale wave canals. The lab also partners with the innovative, multidisciplinary CT Scan lab at INRS.

Expected start date

May 2021


Jacob Stolle

Required qualifications

In addition to satisfying the university’s requirements for the graduate program, the student will be expected to:

  1. Assist in the development of a field investigation plan for the project site
  2. Development of a numerical model capturing the main driving processes of erosion at the study site
  3. Collaborate with an interdisciplinary team jointly working on the project site
  4. Contribute to the writing of scientific papers and progress reports to partners
  5. Participate in conferences and workshops relevant to the project

Applicants with knowledge or experience with the respect to some or all of the following areas are encouraged to apply:

  • Masters in Hydraulic Engineering, Coastal Engineering, Coastal Science, Coastal Morphology or similar fields of study
  • Bachelors in Hydraulic Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geography, Physics, or similar fields of study
  • Community engagement related to coastal and river management, conservation, or science
  • Data analysis tools such as Matlab, Python, QGIS, etc.
  • Field investigation or instrument setup
  • Numerical modelling in the coastal or fluvial environment
  • Report writing and publication
  • Demonstrated willingness to collaborate

Study Program

MSc or PhD in Water Science

Student funding: INRS offers funding to its students. Students are still encouraged to apply for external funding resources.

How to Apply

If you are interested in the position, you can apply to Professor Stolle by email ( or by using the online form. Please include a short cover letter indicating your interest (250-500 words) along with a detailed CV.

Project Jacob Stolle - Erosion and Flooding of Critical Ecosystems along the St. Lawrence River

Project title : Erosion and Flooding of Critical Ecosystems along the St. Lawrence River

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