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Dr. Kieran Dunne is an assistant professor in the Rivers, Ports, Waterways, and Dredging Engineering section of the Department of Hydraulic Engineering. His research focuses on how and why riverine landscapes look and behave the way they do, how these vital systems respond to both climatic and anthropogenic forcings, and the engineering challenges associated with managing river systems under changing climatic and land-use regimes.

Kieran holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geophysics and a Master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University, and PhD in Earth and Environmental Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to his PhD, Kieran worked as a geophysical risk analyst in the reinsurance industry in Singapore. Following his PhD and prior to his current position, Kieran worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Rice University and at the California Institute of Technology.



Interested in collaborating? Please get in touch at I am building up a research group and am eager to collaborate with those interested in landscape-shaping processes!

If you are currently a TU Delft BSc or MSc student interested in working together on a thesis project, take a look at the MSc Hydraulic Engineering page on Brightspace for ideas and shoot me an email at


Academic background

Key Publications

Dunne, Kieran BJ, and Douglas J. Jerolmack. "What sets river width?." Science advances 6.41 (2020): eabc1505. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abc1505

Dunne, Kieran BJ, Paulo E. Arratia, and Douglas J. Jerolmack. "A New Method for In Situ Measurement of the Erosion Threshold of River Channels." Water Resources Research 58.8 (2022): e2022WR032407.

Dunne, Kieran BJ, and Douglas J. Jerolmack. "Evidence of, and a proposed explanation for, bimodal transport states in alluvial rivers." Earth Surface Dynamics 6.3 (2018): 583-594.

Dunne, K. B. J., et al. "Examining the impact of emissions scenario on lower Mississippi River flood hazard projections." Environmental Research Communications 4.9 (2022): 091001. DOI: 10.1088/2515-7620/ac8d53


Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate, PhD Earth and Environmental Science, University of Pennsylvania


Master's degree, M.Eng Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University


Bachelor's degree, B.A. Geophysics, Cornell University


External positions

Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute for Technology


Postdoctoral Fellow, Rice University


Geophysical Risk Analyst, Aon



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