ESA is pleased to announce that Dr. Colin Thorne has joined our Portland Office as Senior River Scientist. Colin will work with our team of environmental hydrologists, biologists, landscape architects, and engineers to develop enduring wetland, estuary, and riverine habitat restoration solutions.
“Colin is an internationally recognized river scientist with particular expertise in fluvial geomorphology, sediment and flood risk management,” said ESA's Ken Vigil, PE, LEED AP. “We are thrilled to have someone of his caliber as part of our growing team as we partner with Pacific Northwest clients to tackle the complex challenges associated with climate change, sea level rise, flood management, and aquatic habitat restoration.”
Colin brings 40 years of experience in environmental sciences, civil engineering and physical geography. He has authored 5 books, edited a further 8, and published over 130 journal papers and book chapters. He has held academic posts at University of East Anglia, the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Sedimentation Laboratory, Colorado State University, London University, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Waterways Experiment Station, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, National Marine Fisheries Service and the University of Nottingham. He is also a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, an Affiliate Professor at Colorado State University and a Faculty Affiliate at Portland State University.
Recently in the River Restoration Northwest Speaker Series, Colin shared his experiences working on international rivers including the: Rio Salado, Argentina; Brahmaputra River, Bangladesh; Thames, United Kingdom; Awash, Ethiopia; and the Mississippi. In the Pacific Northwest, Colin has worked on rivers large and small, from the Columbia to Johnson Creek. He has been working with the Cascades Volcano Observatory, United States Geological Survey and the Portland District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the impacts of the 1980 Mount St Helens eruption on the North Fork of the Toutle River and how sediment management strategies affect flood risks on the Cowlitz River. Colin holds bachelors and doctoral degrees in Environmental Sciences from the University of East Anglia. He is an active member of the British Society for Geomorphology; and currently advises the British Government, Mekong River Commission and World Bank on sustainable river and flood risk management.