MSc, University of Calgary
BSc, University of Victoria
Dr. Burge is currently the chair of the
department of Geography & Earth and Environmental Science at Okanagan College. He came to Okanagan
College in 2005 after completing a
postdoctoral fellowship at the University
of Toronto. While in Toronto he worked on a large NSERC funded
project investigating river channel erosion due to urbanization. He completed his PhD in 2003 in the
department of geography at McGill
University where his
thesis investigated the form and processes of multiple channel rivers. His
master’s thesis investigated sand bedded river deposits. He has been working on river based
problems for 11 years and has worked in a number of environments throughout
He has applied a number of numerical
techniques to better understand complex river problems. His work has taken him across Canada
and has allowed him to collaborate with university, industry and government
scientists. His postdoctoral work
involved the University of Toronto, University
of Guelph, University
of Western Ontario, the City
Parish Geomorphic Consultants, and the Toronto Regional Conservation
Authority. His NSERC funded PhD
project allowed him to work with a number of top scientists at McGill University
and the University
of Montreal where he
gained analysis skills. Dr. Derald Smith from the University of Calgary
instilled curiosity and love for scientific inquiry that has remained.
Dr. Burge is active in research and has
given a number of presentations for local conservation groups,
universities, and at conferences. He
has published a number of well received papers in international journals. For example, Burge and Lapointe (2005)
was the 9th most downloaded paper for all of Wiley’s 41
Earth and Environmental Sciences journals for September 2005, and Burge
(2004) was the 24th most downloaded paper for the journal
Geomorphology in 2005.
His research interests center on river
stability, habitat and sediments.
His research into river stability began with understanding how the
pattern of channels within multiple channel rivers remains stable through
time. His interest evolved into
investigating stream channel erosion in unstable rivers due to
urbanization. This research has lead
to the hypothesis that periodic or recurrent features on riverbeds affect
river stability. River stability
impacts fish habitat and river management will be improved by understanding
the causes of river instability. He is currently interested in employing
cutting edge mathematical techniques to interrogate the theory related to
riverbed stability and the factors that influence river channels.
Burge, L.M., (In review), Anabranching
River, New Brunswick.
Shugar, D., Kostaschuk, R., Ashmore, P., Desloges,
D., and Burge, L.M. (In review)
In-situ Jet-Testing of the Erosional
Resistance of Cohesive Streambeds, Canadian
Journal of Civil Engineering.
Burge, L.M., (2006), Wandering river island head diffluences (bifurcations): morphology and surface
grain size patterns, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. 31
10, pp. 1211-1226.
Burge, L.M., 2005,
Wandering Miramichi rivers, New Brunswick. Canada, Geomorphology. 69,
Burge, L.M. and Lapointe,
M.F., 2005, Understanding the temporal dynamics of the wandering Renous River,
New Brunswick, Canada.
Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. 30 10, pp. 1227-1250.
Burge, L.M., 2004,
Testing links between river patterns and in-channel characteristics using
MRPP and ANOVA. Geomorphology. 63 3-4, pp. 115-130.
Henry, K.A., Burge, L.M.
and Nguyen, D., 2003, Testing differences between point patterns using GIS
and bootstrapping. In: Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 2669.
Springer-Verlag Heidelberg. pp. 33-42.
Burge, L.M. and Smith,
D.G., 1999, Confined meandering river eddy accretions: sedimentology,
channel geometry and depositional processes. In: N.D. Smith and J. Rogers
(Editors), Fluvial Sedimentology VI, Special Publication of the
International Association of Sedimentologists. 28.
Blackwell Science. pp. 113-130.
Burge, L.M., 2000,
Assessment of side-channel habitat and fish community structure, Little
Southwest Miramichi River, New Brunswick. A progress report for the Atlantic Salmon
Federation. 13 pp.