Hongbo Ma

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Limaye)

Hongbo Ma received his B.S. in Hydraulic Engineering and Computer Science (‘09) and PhD in Hydraulic Engineering (’14) from Tsinghua University, China. He then joined Prof. Jeffrey Nittrouer’s Sedimentology group (‘14-‘19) at Rice University as a postdoc to study the fine-grained sediment transport and morphodynamics of river deltas that are massively impacted by anthropic activities where his research was highlighted by Scientific American and New York Time. He continued to research on the mechanism of the growth of river-dominated deltas at Univ of Arkansas with Prof. John Shaw (’20). Hongbo is now experimentally investigating the evolution of river belts impacted by sea level change, tectonic activities and climate in the Limaye lab. He is broadly interested in mechanistically understanding how water, landscape and society interact with each other to better design strategies for geo-hazards preventions and sustainability of fluvio-coastal communities.

Hongbo's Google Scholar Link

Publication samples:

Ma, H. B., Nittrouer, J., Wu B. S., Lamb, M., Zhang, Y. F., Mohrig, D., Wang Y. J., Fu, X. D., Moodie, A., Naito, K., Wang, G., Hu, C., and Parker, G. Universal relation with regime transition for sediment transport in fine-grained rivers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA, 2020, 117(1), 171-176. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1911225116

Ma, H. B., Nittrouer, J., Naito, K., Fu, X. D., Zhang, Y. F., Moodie, A., Wang Y. J., Wu B. S., and Parker, G. The exceptional sediment load of fine-grained dispersal systems: example of the Yellow River, China. Science Advances, 2017, 3: e1603114. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1603114

Ma, H. B., Heyman, J., Fu, X. D., Mettra, F., Ancey, C. and Parker, G. Bedload transport over a broad range of time scales: determination of three regimes of fluctuations. Journal of Geophysical Research-Earth Surface, 2014, 119(12): 2653-2673. DOI: 10.1002/2014JF003308

The report from Scientific American:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vd10Brhv220&t=1s