PhD School of Geography, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK. Advised by Gerd Masselink and Mark Davidson (School of Marine Science and Engineering). Thesis: Morphodynamics, Sediment Dynamics and Sedimentation of a Gravel Beach. Graduated 2008.
BSc (Hons) Bowland College, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK
Major: Physical Geography; Minors: Environmental Science & Biological Science
First class, with honours. Graduated 2003.
- NAU Assistant Research Professor. School of Earth Science & Environmental Sustainability Nov. 2016–Present
- U.S. Geological Survey Research Geologist. 2012– Nov. 2016 Grand Canyon Monitoring & Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey. Supervised by Dr Paul Grams.
- UoP Marine Science NERC post-doctoral fellowship. 2009–2012 Department of Marine Science & Engineering, University of Plymouth, UK. Supervised by Dr Daniel Conley & Dr Alex Nimmo-Smith.
- UCSC Marine Science Postdoctoral Researcher, U.S. Geological Survey 2008–2009 & Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, University of California Santa Cruz. Supervised by Dr David Rubin & Dr Jessica Lacy.
- UoP Marine Ecology Computer Programming Contractor. 2008–2011 Marine Biology & Ecology Research Centre, University of Plymouth, UK. Supervised by Dr Kerry Howell.
- UoP BARDEX Research Assistant, School of Geography, University of Plymouth, UK. 2008 BARDEX (Barrier Dynamics Experiment), an EU Hydralab III-funded laboratory wave flume project. Supervised by Prof. Jon Williams & Prof. Gerhard Masselink.
- UoP WHISSP Research Assistant, School of Marine Science & Engineering, University of Plymouth, UK. 2007–2008 WHISSP (Wave Hub Impacts on Seabed and Shoreline Processes), an EU-funded field-based project studying the effects of marine renewable energy devices on the shoreline. Supervised by Prof. Jon Williams & Prof. Gerhard Masselink.
- UoP Geography Associate Lecturer and Demonstrator (part-time). 2004–2008 School of Geography, University of Plymouth, UK.
- FSC Assistant tutor. Field Studies Council, Castle Head, Grange-over-Sands, UK.
- EES 680 Earth & Environmental Data Analysis University of Northern Arizona Spring 2017
- EES 698-1 Topics in Fluvial Geomorphology Fall 2015 guest lecturer – University of Northern Arizona
- EES 529 Applied Remote Sensing guest lecturer – University of Northern Arizona Fall 2014–2016
- OS204 Waves, Tides and Coastal Dynamics guest lecturer – University of Plymouth 2010 – 2012
- OS311 Modelling Ocean Processes guest lecturer – University of Plymouth 2010 – 2012
- Geography Introductory statistics, Glacial Geomorphology, Coastal Geomorphology 2004–2008 teaching assistant – University of Plymouth
- FSC Field- and classroom-based ecology, geology, environmental sciences teaching assistant – Field Studies Council Castle Head
- Journal Reviewer Arctic; Continental Shelf Research; Earth Surface Processes & Landforms; Geo-Marine Letters; Geophysical Research Letters; Journal of Hydraulic Engineering; Journal of Marine Science & Engineering; Journal of Mountain Science; Journal of Sedimentary Research; Marine Geology; Sedimentology; Sedimentary Geology; Water Resources Research.
- Software Carpentry Lead organizer for this 3 day-long, 30-person workshop at U.S. Geological Survey.
- 2016 MBES in Rivers Lead organizer for 2nd Multibeam in Rivers Workshop, a 3 day-long, 30-person workshop at U.S. Geological Survey.
- Co-convener of the session, EP010. Fluvial sediment budgets: Can we do better? American 2013 Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 2013 AGU
- Co-convener of the session, H60: Linking sediment supply, bed-sediment particle size, sediment transport, and bed morphology in fluvial, marine, and aeolian settings. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 2007
- YCSEC On the organising committee for the Young Coastal Scientist and Engineers Conference, 2007 hosted by the School of Geography at the University of Plymouth 19-21 April 2007.
- QRA On the organising committee for the Quaternary Research Association’s 4th International Post-graduate Symposium, hosted by the School of Geography at the University of Plymouth 31st August - 2nd September 2005.
- Andrew Platt MS, Northern Arizona University School of Earth Sciences & Environmental Sustainability. 2016-Present. Co-supervised with Dr Ryan Porter.
- Ryan Lima PhD, Northern Arizona University School of Earth Sciences & Environmental Sustainability. Co-supervised with Dr Temuulen Sankey. 2016-Present
- Daniel Hamill MS, Utah State University Department of Watershed Sciences. 2015-Present Co-supervised with Dr Joseph Wheaton.
- Rebecca Rossi MS, Utah State University Department of Watershed Sciences. 2014-Present Co-supervised with Dr Joseph Wheaton.
- Thomas Ashley PhD, School of Geology and Geophysics, University of Wyoming. 2014-Present Co-supervised with Dr Brandon McElroy.
- Martin Meoli MSc Applied Marine Science, School of Marine Science & Engineering, University of Plymouth. 2011–2012 Co-supervised with Dr Alex Nimmo-Smith.
- James Sawyer MSc Applied Marine Science, School of Marine Science & Engineering, University of Plymouth. 2011–2012 Co-supervised with Dr Daniel Conley.
Major Grants, Awards & Honours
Awards and Honours
2017 Best Technical Note Award from the Environmental & Water Resources Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers, for Buscombe et al. (2015) "Automated Riverbed Sediment Classification Using Low-Cost Sidescan Sonar" Journal of Hydraulic Engineering
USGS "What’s the Big Idea?" Research featured in the video "What’s the Big Idea? —Using Sound to Remotely Sense the Riverbed" on the YouTube channel of the U.S. Geological Survey. March 2016
American Geophysical Research Spotlight. Research featured in the article "Using Sound Waves to Study Grand Canyon Sediment" in EOS Earth and Space Science News Spotlight. July 2015
Elsevier "Excellence in Peer Review". Elsevier journal, Sedimentary Geology. 2015
JGR-Oceans Editor’s Highlight. Research featured in the article "Novel observations of currents and drag generated by a tsunami" published in the Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans. September 2012
USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program $350,000 Co-Investigator (multiple PIs, J. Warrick and others), (2017 - 2018) Remote Sensing Coastal Change
U.S. National Park Service $450,000 Co-Investigator (multiple PIs, P.E. Grams and others), (2017 - 2020) Geomorphology and Sediment Transport on the Green and Colorado Rivers in Canyonlands National Park.
USGS Mendenhall post-doctoral fellowship $200,000 Co-investigator: T. Sankey (PI), P. Grams, A. East, D. Buscombe., T. Sankey, (2015 – 2017). The fluvial-aeolian- hillslope continuum: measurement and modeling of topography and vegetation to inform landscape-scale connectivity for sediment in river valley ecosystems
USGS Center for Data Integration $46,417 Principal-Investigator (2015 - 2016). The digital grain size web and mobile computing application
USGS Innovation Fund $48,994 Principal-Investigator (2015 - 2016). LOBOS (Limnological and Oceanographic Benthic Observation System): The next generation dual-scale submersible benthic imaging system. Jointly funded by the USGS Innovation Fund ($16,497), the Innovation Center for Earth Science Di-
rector’s Fund ($17,497) and the USGS Southwest Biological Science Center ($15,000)
Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center Triennial Work Plan $4,253,400 Co-Investigator (multiple PIs – J. Schmidt and others), (2015 - 2017). Sandbars and sediment
storage dynamics: long-term monitoring and research at the site, research and ecosystem scales.
National Park Service $232,016 Co-Investigator (multiple PIs – P.E. Grams and others), (2014 - 2017). Geomorphic Processes and Relations Among Flow Regime, Sediment Flux and Resource Conditions on the Green River in Canyonlands National Park
Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center Biennial Work Plan $2,911,400 Co-Investigator (multiple PIs – J. Schmidt and others), (2013 - 2014). Sandbars and sediment storage dynamics: long-term monitoring and research at the site, research and ecosystem scales.
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, UK EPSRC EP/K000306/1. £240,000 Co-Investigator; G. Masselink (PI), D.C. Conley, D. Buscombe., (2012 - 2014). Proto-type Experiment and Numerical Modelling of Energetic Sediment Transport under Waves (PESTS).
International Association for Mathematical Geology $2000 Principal-Investigator (2008). Grant to develop and trial algorithms for quantification of granular properties and coarse-grain sediment transport from images of the sea bed