Dr Ryan Kromer

Dr Ryan Kromer


I am a Geological Engineer with both professional and research experience. I have a passion for better understanding the mechanics and behaviour of landslides using remote sensing technologies. I obtained my PhD from Queen’s University, Canada and spent 1.5 years of this time as a visiting PhD student at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. My PhD research consisted of studying the prefailure behaviour of rock slopes along a railway network in western Canada using remote sensing techniques. This included the development of automated methodologies to monitor rock slope and landside deformation at high temporal rates using both terrestrial lidar and time-lapse photogrammetry. I was a post-doctoral researcher at the Colorado School of Mines where I studied geohazards affecting the highway network in the Rocky Mountains.  My professional work included conducting geohazard management activities for pipelines, railways, and highways.

Research interests

My main areas of research interest include: 

  • Use of new technologies to better monitor and understand geohazards 
  • Automatic remote sensing workflows 
  • High temporal geohazard monitoring 
  • Using machine learning to identify geohazards 
  • Studying the prefailure phase of rock slope failures 
  • Low-cost monitoring solutions 
  • Geohazard forecasting 
<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • BASc Queen's University
  • PhD Queen's University
  • Professional Engineer (Ontario)

Professional memberships

  • Professional Engineers Ontario
  • Canadian Geotechnical Society

Student education

  • Contributing to the MSc Engineering Geology Program 
  • Teaching Undergraduate Geology and Applied Geoscience 
  • Student project supervision 

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Applied Geoscience
  • Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics