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At Southampton University, the engineering properties and characteristics of beaver dams are being investigated to assess their role in natural river systems, and to develop nature-based solutions for river restoration. In this talk, we are going to look at beaver dams from the engineer’s point of view. This includes the analysis of their strength and construction methods allowing nature-based solutions for appropriate streams to be designed.
Dr. Gerald Muller is an associate professor within the Engineering and Environment Faculty at the University of Southampton. He currently teaches hydraulics and coastal engineering modules, and holds a particular interest in the field of low head hydropower as a source of renewable energy. Dr Muller is currently developing a restoration strategy for the upper reach of the Mattole River in Humboldt County / Northern California, based on his work on beaver dams.