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Stuart Pearson is an assistant professor in coastal engineering at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in Delft, the Netherlands. He carried out his PhD and Postdoc in Coastal Engineering and Environmental Fluid Mechanics, respectively, at TU Delft. During that period, he worked as a consultant and researcher in the Applied Morphodynamics department of Deltares, also in Delft. Before that, he received his MSc in Coastal and Marine Engineering & Management jointly from TU Delft, the University of Southampton (UK), and the Norwegian University of Science & Technology (NTNU). Originally hailing from Canada, he grew up on the shores of the Great Lakes and completed his BASc in Civil Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He also worked for several years as a coastal engineering consultant at Baird & Associates in Oakville, Ontario. 

How does sediment contribute to the robustness of our coasts and deltas against climate change? In my research we quantify sediment pathways and connectivity for strategic placement of sediment, via numerical modelling and field measurements. As a part of these investigations, we are developing a coastal sediment transport pathway model and visualization tool for predicting and communicating about estuarine sediment dynamics and the fate of sand nourishments (SedTRAILS).  I am also still engaged in research on coral reefs- during my time at Deltares I co-developed an early warning system for wave-induced flooding on low-lying tropical islands (BEWARE).

Interested in collaborating? Please get in touch at s.g.pearson@tudelft.nl

I am building up a research group, and would love to collaborate with other curious coastal enthusiasts. If you are a current TU Delft BSc or MSc student who is interested in working together on a thesis project, check out the MSc Hydraulic Engineering page on Brightspace for ideas and shoot me an email at s.g.pearson@tudelft.nl. Future PhD/postdoc positions will be posted on the Coastal List, Academic Transfer and the TU Delft vacancy page, so keep your eyes peeled!

Find out more!
Stuart regularly writes about his research and other cool things that pique his curiosity on his blog, CoastallyCurious.com. Check it out for more details and recent updates! You can also find him on Google Scholar, ResearchGate or LinkedIn

Updated February 1st, 2023.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate, PhD Coastal Engineering (cum laude), Delft University of Technology

1 Oct 20168 Mar 2022

Award Date: 8 Mar 2022

Master's degree, MSc Coastal & Marine Engineering and Management (cum laude), Delft University of Technology

1 Feb 20151 Jul 2016

Award Date: 1 Jul 2016

Master's degree, MSc Coastal & Marine Engineering and Management (cum laude), University of Southampton

15 Sept 201531 Jan 2016

Award Date: 1 Jul 2016

Master's degree, MSc Coastal & Marine Engineering and Management (cum laude), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

1 Aug 201431 Dec 2014

Award Date: 1 Jul 2016

Bachelor's degree, BASc Civil Engineering (Water Resources) with distinction, University of Waterloo

1 Sept 20079 Jun 2012

Award Date: 9 Jun 2012

External positions

Researcher/Consultant, Deltares

1 Jan 202231 Jan 2023

Jr. Researcher/Consultant, Deltares

1 Oct 201631 Dec 2021


  • TC Hydraulic engineering. Ocean engineering
  • QE Geology
  • GB Physical geography
  • GC Oceanography
  • GE Environmental Sciences
  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)


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