Gund Postdoctoral Fellow, Vermont EPSCoR program

Scott Hamshaw is a postdoctoral associate with the Vermont EPSCoR program at University of Vermont. His research focuses on applying advanced computational methods to characterize sediment transport in river systems. He hopes to develop tools that help organizations better utilize and understand both existing environmental data and data from new technologies and sensors. These tools can be used to inform decision-making in watersheds and guide protection and management strategies.

In addition to his research, Scott remains active in environmental community service through involvement in The Watershed Center and Vermont Family Forests, and his international development work in Honduras initiated as an undergraduate. Prior to graduate studies, Scott completed a dual-degree bachelor program at University of Vermont and St. Michael's College, and subsequently worked for three years as a consulting civil engineer before returning to pursue M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering at the University of Vermont. The latter was made possible via a NSF Graduate Fellowship and Switzer Environmental Fellowship. Scott is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Vermont.

Dissertation title: Fluvial Processes in Motion: Measuring Bank Erosion and Suspended Sediment Flux using Advanced Geomatics and Machine Learning

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Artificial neural networks and machine learning; watershed erosion and sediment transport processes; water quality sensors; unmanned aircraft system (UAS); terrestrial laser scanning (lidar)



  • PhD, Civil & Environmental Engineering, UVM
  • MS, Civil & Environmental Engineering, UVM
  • BS, Civil Engineering, UVM
  • BA, Engineering, St. Michael's College


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