Dr Edwin Baynes

Pronouns: He/him
  • Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography
  • Undergraduate Admissions Tutor (Geography & Environment)

Academic Career

  • 2024 onwards: Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography, Loughborough University
  • 2020-2023: Lecturer in Physical Geography, Loughborough University
  • 2019-2020: Research Fellow, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2016-2018: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellow, CNRS/Université de Rennes 1, France
  • 2016: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Hull
  • 2011 – 2015: PhD, University of Edinburgh


  • 2023: Mike Kirkby Award, British Society for Geomorphology
  • 2018: Dick Chorley Medal, British Society for Geomorphology


  • 2024 – present: Loughborough University point of contact for NERC funded Centre for Doctoral Training for Resilient Flood Futures (FLOOD-CDT)
  • 2024: Host and lead organiser for British Society for Geomorphology Annual Conference
  • 2021 – present: British Society for Geomorphology Committee for Professional Geomorphologists (Academic Rep)
  • 2017-2023: European Geosciences Union (EGU) Geomorphology Division Early Career Scientist committee

Edwin’s research interests cover a broad range of quantitative geomorphology; aiming to understand the physical processes that control the evolution of the Earth’s surface.

He is particularly interested in investigating the role of thresholds and non-linearities in landscape evolution, the preserved morphological legacy and transient response of rivers to tectonic, climatic or anthropogenic pressures, and the environmental impact, dynamics and associated geohazards of high magnitude, low frequency events (e.g. floods/earthquakes).

Edwin is involved in several ongoing research projects including the innovative use of analogue laboratory models of bedrock and braided river channels, and field projects in the UK, Iceland and New Zealand.

Edwin teaches broadly across physical geography, in particular geomorphology and fluvial environments.

Current PhD Students

  • Jamie MacManaway: “Evolution of Emerging Post-glacial Landscapes induced by a Changing Climate” (from 2024)
  • Will Norris: “Waterfalls, hillslopes & sediment: Understanding Critical controls on landscape evolution” (since 2022)
  • David Whitfield: “How does river morphology respond to climate change? How will this influence future UK flood risk?” (since 2021)
  • Symiah Barnett: “At-site microplastic monitoring for rivers and marine environments” (since 2021)
  • Baynes E.R.C., Kincey M.E., Warburton J. (2023) Extreme Flood Sediment Production and Export Controlled by Reach-Scale Morphology. Geophysical Research Letters, 50 (10), e2023GL103042. DOI: 10.1029/2023GL103042
  • Baynes E.R.C., Lague D., Steer P., Davy, P., (2022) Dynamic bedrock channel width during knickpoint retreat enhances undercutting of coupled hillslopes. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 47 (15), 3629-3640. DOI: 10.1002/esp.5477
  • Baynes E.R.C., Lague D., Steer P., Bonnet S., Illien L., (2020) Sediment flux driven channel geometry adjustment of bedrock and mixed gravel‐bedrock rivers. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 45, 3714–3731. DOI: 10.1002/esp.4996
  • Baynes E.R.C., Bardin C., Friedrich H., (2020) Fluvial evacuation of landslide material from bedrock-confined channels under controlled experimental conditions. Geomorphology, 368, 107359 DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2020.107359
  • Baynes E.R.C., van de Lageweg W.I., McLelland S.J., Parsons D.P., Aberle J., Dijkstra J., Henry P-Y., Rice S.P., Thom M., Moulin F. (2018) Beyond equilibrium: Re-evaluating physical modelling of fluvial systems to represent climate changes. Earth-Science Reviews 181, 82-97,  DOI: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2018.04.007
  • Baynes E.R.C., Lague D., Kermarrec J-J. (2018) Supercritical river terraces generated by hydraulic and geomorphic interactions. Geology 46 (6), 499-502, DOI: 10.1130/G40071.1
  • Baynes E.R.C., Lague D., Attal M., Gangloff A., Kirstein L.A., Dugmore A.J. (2018) River self-organisation inhibits discharge control on waterfall migration. Scientific Reports 8, 2444, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-20767-6
  • Baynes E.R.C., Attal M., Niedermann S., Kirstein L.A., Dugmore A.J., Naylor M. (2015) Erosion during extreme flood events dominates Holocene canyon evolution in northeast Iceland. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112 (8), 2355-2360. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1415443112