The University of Aberdeen
University of Aberdeen School of Geosciences St Mary's Building, Room 125 Elphinstone Road Aberdeen AB24 3UF United Kingdom
2019- : Senior Lecturer in Hydrology at the Northern Rivers Institute, School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen (leave: August 2019 - May 2020)
2014-2019: Lecturer in Hydrology at the Northern Rivers Institute, School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen (leave: September 2015 - March 2016)
2012-2014: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Northern Rivers Institute, School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen
2008-2012: PhD Degree Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. Thesis title: 'Multiscale impacts of land use/management changes on flood response in the River Hodder catchment, north-west England'
2005-2007: MSc EcoHydrology, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands. Thesis title: 'Changes in soil physical characteristics and hillslope hydrological response associated with forest conversion to pasture - Veracruz, Mexico'
2002-2005: BSc Earth Sciences, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands.
My research is focussed primarily on understanding catchment processes at different scales and how these are affected by (environmental) change, with the ultimate aim to better inform sustainable management of catchments for the future. The main drivers of hydrological processes are sought through the integration of monitoring and modelling of systems. Key research interests include:
Multiscale catchment hydrology
Detection and prediction of water resources and land use/management practices impacts on the catchment hydrological behaviour and aquatic ecology of rivers
Vegetation- and soil–water linkages with respect to water storage, transmission and release
Flood and drought management
These are addressed using field based approaches in conjunction with hydrological modelling at multiple spatial scales, and also include the interpretation of environmental tracers (stable water isotopes), and statistical methods.
Liam Godwin (University of Highlands and Islands, SUPER DTP, co-supervisor)
Emma Hayes (Queens University Belfast, QUADRAT DTP, co-supervisor)
Katya Dimitrova-Petrova (PhD student; lead supervisor)
Bas Buddendorf (PhD student; co-supervisor)
Lucile Verrot (Postdoctoral researcher; line manager)
Research Funding and Grants
2021: 'Establishing the potential influence of beaver activity on the natural functioning of rivers and streams and water resource management in Scotland', Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW), Research Project (£30k), PI
2021-2023: 'Complementary or competitive agroforestry water and nutrient use? – implications for shade tree management in tropical agroforestry' Royal Society International Exchange (£12K), PI
2020-2024: 'The role of place and scale on effectiveness of temporary storage areas for surface runoff attenuation', Scottish Funding Council via Hydronation programme (£100K), PI
2019-2022: 'MIDST-CZ: maximising impact by decision support tools for sustainable soil and water through UK-China critical zone science', NERC (£220k to Aberdeen), Co-I
2019-2022: 'Exploring UAV thermal remote sensing for assesing management implications for stream temperatures', Macaulay Development Trust (£90k), PI
2019-2021: 'Plant water availability and use in coffee agroforestry systems – exploring changes in water use strategies', The Carnegie Trust for Scottish Universities, Research Incentive Grant (£10k), PI
2018-2021: 'Connect4 water resilience: connecting water resources, communities, drought and flood hazards, and governance across 4 countries in the Limpopo basin', NERC/DFIC (£250k), Co-I
2017-2021: 'Evaluating nature based strategies in rural landscapes for managing low flows and stream temperatures', NERC and Chivas Brothers (£90k), PI
2019-2021: 'Plant water use in tea, coffee and cacao agroforestry - benchmarking research challenges and building connections', Pump Priming Research Grant, Scottish Research Council (£15k), PI
2017-2020: 'Integrating novel water storage and flow sensing techniques to improve hydrological models/predictions', Macaulay Development Trust (£70k), PI
2018: 'Water and the circular economy - where is the greatest sustainable economic benefit for resource recovery in the water cycle?' Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW), Research and Development Project (£37k). Co-I in collaboration with Davide Dionisi (Engineering)
2017-2018: 'Extreme rainfall and floods in arid regions: replenishment or contamination of water resources?', NERC Urgency Grant (£70k), Co-I in collaboration with J-C Comte (PI), Botswana International University of Science and Technology (Palapye), the International Water Management Institute (Pretoria) and the Botswana Department of Water Affairs (Gaborone)
2016-2018: 'Red Soil CZ: From natural to anthropogenic evolution of Red Soil and its impact on ecosystem function in the Critical Zone', NERC (£800k), Co-I in collaboration with P Hallett (PI, IBES Aberdeen), J. Smith (IBES Aberdeen), M. Hodson (York) and the Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences
2015-2016: ‘Can novel cosmic ray soil moisture probes be used to address the urgent need for upscaling water storage and flux dynamics in hydrological models?’, Royal Society Research Grant (£15k), PI
2015-2016: ‘Suspended sediment transport dynamics in tropical volcanic landforms’, British Society for Geomorphology, Early Career Researcher Grant (£5k), PI
2015-2016: ‘Integrated approaches to assess multiscale water sources, flow paths and residence times in changing landscapes’, The Carnegie Trust for Scottish Universities, Research Incentive Grant (£7.5k), PI
Multisector collaborative groundwater-surface water modelling approach to improve resilience to hydrological extremes in the Limpopo River Basin
Mustafa, S. M. T., van Loon, A. F., Artur, L., Bharucha, Z. P., Chinyama, A., Chirindja, F., Day, R., Franchi, F., Geris, J., Hussey, S., Nesamvuni, E., Nhacume, A., Petros, A., Roden, H., Rohse, M., Tirivarombo, S., Comte, J.
Advances in Geoethics and Groundwater Management : Theory and Practice for a Sustainable Development. Abrunhosa, M., Chambel, A., Peppoloni, S., Chaminé, H. I. (eds.).  IAH - International Association of Hydrogeologists pp. 397-400.
Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
Coffee and shade trees show complementary use of soil water in a traditional agroforestry ecosystem
Muñoz-Villers, L. E., Geris, J., Alvarado-Barrientos, S., Holwerda, F., Dawson, T. E.
Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, vol. 24, no. 4, pp. 1649–1668