Tim Stephens

PhD Student


Originally from southeast Tennessee, Tim has spent a good portion of his life plying the abundant waters of the south making for a natural segue into working with aquatic resources as a profession. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in Civil Engineering. He then received a Master’s degree from Colorado State University studying river mechanics, hydraulic engineering, and stream restoration with Dr. Brian Bledsoe (now at UGA). While at CSU, Tim conducted research investigating the impacts of hydraulics on fish passage. He then went on to work in stream and wetland restoration encompassing projects in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama. Tim then realized the growing necessity and benefits from integrative engineering incorporating societal demands and ecological function. This made joining Dr. Bledsoe’s team at the University of Georgia a natural fit. Currently, Tim is interested in the dynamics of urban flooding, resilient infrastructure, biodiversity, and enhancing human well-being under a changing climate, urbanization, and population growth. When not studying rivers, you will still usually find him standing in one. He enjoys fly fishing for anything that swims.