Jasper Candel finished a bachelor in Soil, Water and Atmosphere and a master in Earth and Environment with the specialization in Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management, both at Wageningen University. During his studies, Jasper specialized in studying water-flow through palaeo-channels in Idaho (USA) and Alberta (Canada). He currently works as a PhD-candidate at the Soil Geography and Landscape Group, where he continues research on palaeo-channels in lowlands. This research is part of the STW-funded RiverCare project.
In his PhD, Jasper looks at the morphodynamics of regional river systems in order to guide water managers in stream restoration projects. In many stream restoration projects in lowlands, single-thread, sinuous streams are often seen as “natural” and used as a reference. However, it is often unknown when and how the sinuous planform formed and whether streams laterally migrated in the past. Since morphodynamic processes in lowland streams are slow, these processes are studied on a longer time scale in order to make predictions for future morphological stream behaviour. The core of Jasper’s research is reconstructing the channel evolution of lowland streams. Knowledge on the processes that affected the stream planform in the past will help water managers in restoring these processes in future stream restoration to create more self-sufficient streams.