Nathaniel Bergman

PhD Student


Contact Information

Office: Room 2404, SSC

Research Supervisor (s):

Marco Van De Weil
Steve Hicock


Courses Taught(labs)

Courses Taught

Research Interests

My research interests focus on modern riverine landscapes but also on using paleoflood sedimentary and hydrologic techniques at explaining current landscape evolution. My current research on Medway Creek explores glacial till erosion, channel alluviation and bedform morphology of semi-alluvial channels that are typical to the Great Lakes region but also to other formerly glaciated terrains.    

  • Quaternary geology and geomorphology
  • Sediment transport in gravel-bed streams
  • Hydro-ecology
  • Using water resources in conjunction with natural requirements
  • Stream restoration
  • Wetland hydrology and sedimentology
  • Catastrophic flooding and paleofloods as tools for predicting future flood hazards and climate change
  • Anthropogenic effect on the riverine environment


Journal Peer Reviewed Papers

Bergman, N. Sholker, O. Roskin, Y. Greenbaum, N. (2014). The Nahal Oz Reservoir dambreak flood: Geomorphic impact on a small ephemeral loess-channel, Negev Desert, Israel. Geomorphology, 210, 83-97.

Roskin, J. Bergman, N. (2013). Comment-Discussion on “Zianelfdeen, U. and Aish, A., 2012. Geology, Geomorphology and Hydrology of the Wadi Gaza Catchment, Gaza Strip, Palestine: JAES 76, 1-7”. Journal of African Earth Sciences 80, 74-75.

ASCE Task Committee on Dam/Levee Break Fluvial Processes. Environmental and Water Resources Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers (2011). Earthen Embankment Breaching. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering 137, 1549-1564.

Greenbaum, N. Schwartz U. and Bergman, N. (2010). Extreme floods and short-term hydro-climatological fluctuations in the hyper-arid Dead Sea region, Israel. Global and Planetary Change 70, 125-137.

Alexandrov, Y. Balaban, N. Bergman, N. Chocron, M., Krispil, S. Powell, M.P. Reid, I. Wener-Frank, I. Laronne, J.B. (2008). Suspended sediment transport in upland basins of the Besor Catchment. Israel Journal of Earth Sciences 57, 177-188.

Bergman, N. Laronne, J.B. and Reid, I. (2007). Technical communication: Benefits of design modifications for the Birkbeck bedload sampler, illustrated by flash-floods in an ephemeral gravel-bed channel. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 32: 317-328

Greenbaum, N. and Bergman, N. (2006). Formation and evacuation of a large gravel-bar deposited during a major flood in a Mediterranean ephemeral stream, Nahal Me’arot, NW Israel. Geomorphology 77, 169-186.

Laronne, J.B. Alexandrov, J. Bergman, N. Cohen, H. Garcia, C. Habersack, H. Powell, D.M. and Reid, I. (2003). The continuous monitoring of bedload flux in various fluvial environments. In: Bogen, J. Fergus, T. and Walling, D.E. (eds.) Erosion and Sediment Transport Measurement in Rivers: Technological and Methodological Advances, Proc. of the Oslo Workshop, June 2002. IAHS Publ. 283, 134-145.


  • 12-13 October 2012 – CAGONT (Canadian Association of Geographers Ontario Division) Annual meeting, University of Toronto Scarborough Campus. I presented a lecture: Empirical observations of till-bed river morphology and erosion with Peter Ashmore as coauthor.
  • 16-21 September 2012 – ASDSO (The Association of State Dam Safety Officials) Dam Safety 2012 National Conference, Denver Colorado. I presented a posters: The Nahal Oz Reservoir dambreak flood: Geomorphic impact and channel hydraulics in a small ephemeral loess channel, Negev Desert, Israel with Ofer Sholker, Joel Roskin and Noam Greenbaum as coauthors. Winner of the conference Best Poster Award.
  • 13 April 2012 - 9th Annual Earth Day Conference, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario. I presented a poster: The Nahal Oz Reservoir dambreak flood: geomorphic impact on a small ephemeral loess-channel, Negev Desert, Israel with Ofer Sholker, Yoel Roskin, and Noam Greenbaum as coauthors.
  • 15 April 2011 – 8th Annual Earth Day Conference, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario. I presented a lecture: Extreme floods and short-term hydroclimatological fluctuations in the hyperarid Dead Sea region, Israel with Noam Greenbaum and Uri Schwartz as coauthors.
  • 20-21 April 2010 – Spring Runoff Conference, Utah State University, Logan, Utah. "The sedimentary characteristics of a coarse gravel-bed river choked with fine sediment, West Walker River, California" with Jack Schmidt and Peter Wilcock.
  • 14-18 December 2009 – AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco. " The creation and evacuation of a large-volume sediment bar in a coastal ephemeral stream, NW Israel" with Noam Greenbaum.
  • October 26-29, 2009 – Terminus Lake International Symposium, University of Nevada, Reno. “The Dead Sea – is it being killed again?”
  • 15-19 December 2008 – AGU Fall meeting in San Francisco. "Multi-scale fault imaging in the Hula basin, Northern Israel" (coauthor).
  • June 24-30, 2007 - 4th International Paleoflood Workshop, Crete, Greece. “The geomorphic impact of the Nahal Oz Reservoir dambreak flood on a small ephemeral loess-channel in the NW Negev Desert, Israel” and "The impact of an extreme rainstorm on the assessment of floods in the arid Dead Sea Region, Israel" (coauthor).
  • September 5-9, 2005 - 6th Gravel Bed Rivers Workshop, Lienz, Austria. "Hysteresis in the bedload-water discharge relation during flood events - essential differences between ephemeral and perennial gravel-bed rivers" (coauthor)
  • August 1-7, 2003 – 3rd international Paleoflood Workshop, Hood River, Oregon USA. "Hydroclimatology, sedimentology and consequential damages of a large flood event in a small ephemeral Mediterranean channel” with Noam Greenbaum.
  • June 19-21, 2002 – IAHS Erosion and Sediment Transport Measurement in Rivers: Technological and Methodological Advances, Oslo, Norway. “The continuous monitoring of bedload flux in various fluvial environments” (coauthor).
  • September 21-23, 2001 - British Geomorphological Research Group (BGRG) annual conference, University of Nottingham, U.K. “Bedload flux in gravel-bed ephemeral rivers: Is there hysteresis between rising and falling flood stage?” with Jonathan Laronne and Ian Reid. 

Why Western

I chose to continue my graduate education in Geography at UWO because of the unique semi-alluvial channels surrounding the campus and allow continuous observations at a walking distance. In addition, my supervisor has a state of the art wide flume that allow to conduct small scale experiments and modeling that cannot be done in the field.