Chair in Hydrology and Landscape Ecology
The Northern Rivers Institute: check for NEWS, people, publications etc
VeWa (funded by European Research Council, ERC, 2013-2018): check for NEWS, people, publications etc
HYDRA project (funded by NERC, 2012-2015)
North-Watch project (funded by the Leverhulme Trust, 2009-2012)
Journal: Hydrological Processes
- 2013 DSc, University of Aberdeen: "Tracing connections between landscapes and riverscapes – conceptualizing the links between catchment hydrology and in-stream ecology"
- 2004 PhD in Hydrology (Dr. rer. Nat.), University of Freiburg, Germany: "Ecologically meaningful hydrological assessment of flow dynamics in urban rivers"
- 1999 MSc in Physical Geography and Landscape Ecology, Department of Physical Geography and Ecology, University of Hanover, Germany; Master thesis at CSIRO Land and Water Townsville, Queensland, Australia
- 1994 BSc in Geography, University of Potsdam, Germany
- From 01.08.2017: Also Professor of Ecohydrology at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany and Head of the Ecohydrology Section, Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin.
- 2010-date: Professor of Hydrology and Landscape Ecology, School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen (maternity leave 06/2011-12/2011)
- 2009-2010: Reader (Associate Professor) in Hydrology, School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen
- 2008: Founding member of the Northern Rivers Institute [Group weblink], School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen
- 2007-2009: Lecturer in Hydrology, School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen
- 2004-2007: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, School of Geoscience, University of Aberdeen (German Research Foundation Fellowship, DFG, German equivalent of NERC Research Fellowship)
- 2000-2004: Research Assistant, Institute of Hydrology, University of Freiburg, Germany
- 1999-2000: Research Assistant, Department of Soil Sciences, University of Hanover, Germany
The basic aim of my research is to understand spatial and temporal variability into how catchments function and behave hydrologically at different scales; hydrological process linkages and the associated landscape controls. Importantly, my work involves the exploration of the inter-linkages between catchment hydrology and hydroecology; and how the variability of hydrological behaviour of catchments and in-stream hydrology influences the structure and function of riverine habitats.
These research objectives are integrated in the following research themes by close linkages:
I. Catchment dynamics and hydrological behaviour: runoff generation and streamflow generation processes, flow paths: catchment inter-comparison; understanding landscape controls on hydrological flow paths and transit times of water in different catchments and across different spatial and temporal scales; conceptualisation of process understanding using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), landscape analysis and interpretation of environmental tracer data; use of tracer studies within modelling frameworks to understand catchment hydrological functioning; transit time proxies.
II. Interfaces between terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems: This part of my research focusses on projecting the effects of environmental change in marginal, northern ecosystems and the interdisciplinary coupling of ecohydrology and biogeochemistry across different scales. For this, I integrate environmenta tracers, novel sensor technologies, geospatial models and GIS analysis with tracer-aided modelling to understand the spatial and temporal dynamics of the coupling between terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems.
III. Riverine ecosystems – ecologically meaningful hydrological/hydraulic assessment:
understanding the hydraulic influences on feeding habitats of juvenile salmon and influence of stream flows on the migratory movement of adult salmon into tributaries used for spawning; exploring utility of the concept of connectivity, showing how it can contribute to a more interdisciplinary understanding of the effects of catchment-scale hydrological processes and the migratory movement of adult salmon (Salmo salar).
Research student supervision
T. Piovano, PhD (start 2016) Advancing spatially distributed hydrological models to understand water storage, flux and age dynamics (Lead supervisor).
A. Neill, PhD (start 2015) Linking small-scale hydrological flow paths, connectivity and microbiological transport to protect remote private water supplies (Lead supervisor).
B. Scheliga, PhD (start 2015) Groundwater dynamics in northern headwater catchments (Lead supervisor).
L. Fabris, PhD (start 2014) Modelling the effects of flows and temperatures on Atlantic salmon; opportunities for Atlantic salmon (Co-supervisor; with Prof Chris Soulsby).
R. Houghton, PhD (start 2013): Barriers to acting now to protect the future: American crayfish invasion of Scotland as a paradigm. (Co-supervisor)
C. Tunaley, PhD (2013-2016): High frequency processes in upland catchments (Lead supervisor)
M. Blumstock, PhD (2013-2016): Connectivity and storage in riparian zones (Lead supervisor)
A. Peralta Tapia, PhD (start 2010-2015) Hydrological transit time in boreal catchments: A foundation for understanding biogeochemical response to climate change in northern regions (Co-supervisor)
C. Lehr, PhD (2012-2016): Regime dynamics of aquatic-terrestrial boundaries and their change (Co-supervisor)
J. Dick, PhD (2011-2014) High frequency data to connect hydrology and biogeochemistry in peatland catchments (Lead supervisor)
S. McGrane, PhD (2009-2012) Effects of climate change on hydrological functioning of upland catchments (Lead supervisor)
C. Mcleman, PhD (2010-2014) Transport in Fractal Networks: Mathematical Modelling of Scaling in River Basins (Co-supervisor)
R. Capell, PhD (2008-2011) Sustaining river flow under climate change – influence of landscape evolution on groundwater resources (Lead supervisor)
M. Speed, PhD (2007-2011) Isotope hydrology of a large river basin (Co-supervisor)
C. Birkel, PhD (2008-2010) Enhancing methodologies to hydrological data collection in a changing environment (Lead supervisor, with Dr. S. Dunn, Macaulay Institute, Aberdeen)
VeWa: Vegetation effects on water flow and mixing in high-latitude ecosystems– Capability of headwater catchments to mediate potential climate change. ERC (European Research Council) Starting Grant, Principal Investigator. Total fEC Cost £1,300,000. 2013-2018.
SIWA: Climate impact on the carbon emission and export from Siberian inland water). NERC, European JPI Climate Joint Call for Transnational Collaborative Research Projects on Artic/ Boreal Systems. Co-investigator.Total fEC Cost £350,000 to Aberdeen. 2015-2018.
ConSIST Collaboratory - CHile Scotland ISotope Collaboratory. Royal Society, Newton Institutional Links grants. UK Principal Investigator. £100,000. 2015-2016.
Linking small-scale hydrological flow paths, connectivity and microbiological transport to protect remote private water supplies.£100,000. Scottish Government, 2015-2019.
PLATO: Plant-water interlinkages in northern uplands.Leverhulme Trust, Principal Investigator. £249,000. 2014-2017.
Permafrost catchments in transition: Hydrological controls on Carbon cycling and greenhouse gas budgets(HYDRA). NERC, Co-Investigator and Principal Investigator in Aberdeen, Total fEC Cost £345,000 Aberdeen (Total £1.1M), 2012-2014.
Using high-resolution LiDAR to elucidate microtopographic controls on the storage and flux of water and carbon in upland catchments. NERC ARSF facility, Total fEC Cost ~£24,000, PI. 2013.
Aqualink - Aquatic Boundaries and Linkages in Changing Environments. Leibniz Society, Germany, Co-Investigator and Principal Investigator in Aberdeen, £70,000 to Aberdeen, 2012-2014.
Large Rivers as Complex Systems, Principal’s Interdisciplinary Fund, Principal Investigator, £3,000, 2011.
Virtual observatory to sustain and improve soil and water. NERC,Co-Investigator and Work-package leader on internationalisation, Total fEC £67,000 Aberdeen (Total £2M), 2010-2012.
Inter-site comparison of hydrological functioning to assess seasonal storage dynamics in different climatic regions. Carnegie Trust, Sole Investigator, £2,200., 2010.
Hydrological transit time in boreal catchments: A foundation for understanding biogeochemical response to climate change in northern regions. The Swedish Research Council, Co-Investigator, £222,000. 2010-2012.
Fellowship in Freshwater Science, Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin, Germany, Principal Investigator, £15,000, 2010.
Northern Watershed Ecosystem Response to Climate Change NORTH-WATCH. Leverhulme Trust, International Collaborative Network. Principal Investigator, £123,000, 2009-2011.
Effects of climate change on hydrological functioning of upland catchments. SAGES PhD studentship, Principal Investigator and Lead Supervisor £36,000. 2009-2012.
How does hydrologically induced environmental change mobilise soil carbon? Use of lead isotopes as a marker for organic matter mobilisation.NERC, Principal Investigator, £14,300, 2008.
Landscape influences on patterns of water movement in a large river basin. Leverhulme Trust, Co-investigator, £198,000, 2007-2010.
Enhancing methodologies for capturing hydrological data in a changing environment. Macaulay Development Trust, Co-Investigator, Lead University supervisor, £69,000, 2007-2010.
Advanced numerical approaches in modelling catchment behaviour. Carnegie Trust, Sole Investigator, £2,500. 2007.
Deforestation and the hydrological behaviour of catchments: identifying the impacts of forest operations on water movement and water quality. Carnegie Trust, Sole Investigator, £2,000. 2006.
Runoff generation processes and their dependence on landscape organization. Principal’s Small Grant Fund, University of Aberdeen, Sole Investigator, £800. 2005.
Spatial and temporal variability of environmental flow indicators – developing the tools for an ecologically meaningful assessment of hydrological change. German Research Foundation (DFG), German equivalent of NERC, Sole Investigator, £45,000. 2004-2006.
Mobility of cadmium in soils – measurement and assessment. Research Fellowship, “Friedrich-Ebert” Trust, Sole Investigator, £10,000. 1999.
“Annual Catchment Science Summer School”; 5-Day shortcourse for Post Graduate students and Post Docs, University of Aberdeen. Every August.
- Further Info
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh FRSE, since 2017.
- Editor-in-Chief, Hydrological Processes (one of the top ranking journals in the ISI Water Resources subject area), since 2015.
- Member, NERC PRC Freshwater Recruitment Panel 2012.
- Adjunct Visiting Scientist Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin Germany. 2010-2017.
- Invited Chair of international initiative on Prediction in Ungauged Basins (PUB) of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS); Theme 2 “Conceptualization of process heterogeneity”, a major initiative to improve prediction in data sparse regions (Invited 2007-2009, Re-invited 2009-2011).
- Elected European Co-Chair of the Gordon Research Conference on Catchment Science, 2009-2011.
- Member, Peer review panel NERC (Natural Environment Research Council), since 2009.
- Editor, Hydrological Processes, 2012-2014.
Editorial Board Member, Ecohydrology; 2013 to present.
- Editorial Board Member, Hydrological Processes, 2010-2012.
- Editor of Hydrology and Water Resources Section, Geography Compass, 2009-2011.
- Guest-editor on Special Issue Hydrological Processes "Catchments in the future North: interdisciplinary science for sustainable management in the 21st Century" (published 2013).
- Guest-editor on Special Issue Hydrological Processes “Measurements and modeling of storage dynamics across scales” (published 2011).
- Guest-editor on Special Issue Hydrological Processes “Catchment Processes and Heterogeneity at Multiple Scales” (published 2010).
Invited Chair of AGU Hydrology Section's Early Career Award Committee; 2015-2016.
- Invited member of AGU Hydrology Section's Early Career Award Committee, 2013-2015.
- Invited Chair of Hydrology Section Surface Water Technical Committee AGU (American Geophysical Union) 2013-2015.
- Invited member of Scientific Advisory Committee PUB (Prediction in Ungauged Basins) Putting PUB into Practice, 2011.
- Invited member of Hydrology Section Surface Water Technical Committee AGU (American Geophysical Union) 2010-2012.
- Invited member Tellers Committee AGU (American Geophysical Union), 2010-2012.
- Invited member of steering committee for US consortium CUAHSI (Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science) Inter-site Comparison 2009-2010.
- Member of Executive Committee EGU (European Geosciences Union) on Catchment Hydrology, since 2007.
- Member of Executive Committee AGU (American Geophysical Union) on Surface Water, 2006-2010.
- Member of Executive Committee EGU (European Geosciences Union) Estuaries, Wetlands and Eco-Hydrology, since 2004.
Membership of professional bodies
- International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS)
- American Geophysical Union (AGU)
- European Geosciences Union (EGU)
- British Hydrological Society (BHS)
- German Hydrological Society (DHG)
- Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI)
Research Proposal Reviewer – international funding councils
- National Science Foundation - Division of Earth Sciences (US)
- NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada)
- Swiss National Science Foundation
- Council for the Earth and Life sciences, Netherland organisation for Scientific Research
- German Research Foundation (DFG)
- Since August 2017: also Professor of Ecohydrology at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany and Head of the Ecohydrology Section, Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin.
- Deputy Head of School of Geosciences, 2015-2017.
- Director of Research, School of Geosciences, 2013-2017.
- Member of College REF Steering Committee - Unit of Assessment 7 Co-Lead, 2010-2017.
- Member of Marine Collaboration Research Forum (MarCRF) Board, 2013-2017.
- Member of EFS (Environment & Food Security) University of Aberdeen Theme Managerial Board, 2012-2017.
- Director of the Northern Rivers Institute, School of Geosciences, 2010-2014.
- Member of College of Physical Sciences, Research and Commercialisation Committee as representative of Geography and Environment Research Unit of Assessment, School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen, 2010-2017.
- Theme Leader of the Environmental Processes and Change Group, School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen, 2010-2017.
Honours and Awards
2009: Visiting Fellowship in Freshwater Science, Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin Germany (the largest centre of excellence for hydroecological research in Germany)
2004: Young Person’s Fellowship, Environment Agency for England and Wales
2004: Young Scientist's Award for Europeans, European Geosciences Union
2003: Young Scientist's Award for Europeans, European Geophysical Society
2002: Young Scientist's Award for Europeans, European Geophysical Society
1999: Research Fellowship “Friedrich-Ebert” Trust, for particularly talented postgraduate students
1994-98: Student scholarship “Friedrich-Ebert” Trust, for particularly talented undergraduate students
International conference / workshop organisation
"Catchments of the future North: creating science for management in 2050“, 2012, Potsdam, Germany
GRC Gordon Research Conference on Catchment Science on “Sentinels of Global Change”, July 2011, Maine, US; The most important conference on integration of hydrological, biogeochemical and biological sciences (European Co-Chair, with Irena Creed)
"Simple models for complex problems - using empirical data and models in a learning framework for prediction in northern catchments”, 2011, Hubbard Brook Experimental Site, US (with K. McGuire, J. Shanley)
“Integration of biophysical and socio-economic models”, 2010, Scotland, UK (with M. Kirkby)
“Hydro-ecological responses to climate change”, 2010, Scotland, UK (with C. Soulsby)
“Hydrological regulation of stream DOC in northern catchments”, 2010, Umea, Sweden (with H. Laudon)
“Climatic drivers, hydrological regime and environmental change”, 2009, Dorset, Canada (with S. Carey)
“From catchment scale process conceptualisation to predictive capability”, 2007, Scotland (with S.M. Dunn, C. Soulsby)
Convener of sessions at major international conferences:
“Runoff Generation Processes in Changing Environments: Integrating Observations and Processes”.American Geophysical Union (AGU), San Francisco (with D Burns, D Or, E Istanbulluoglu); 2015
“Predictions, Models and Hydrological Information: How Much Certainty Should We Expect in an Uncertain World?”.American Geophysical Union (AGU), San Francisco (with J Freer, G Nearing, T Xu); 2015
“Nordic Light”. European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, 2015, Vienna. (with K. Bishop, J. Seibert, I. V Meerveldt)
“Everything, everywhere, all the time: understanding catchment processes using long-term, high-frequency, and widely distributed hydrochemical measurements”. European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, 2011, Vienna. (with J. Kirchner, C. Soulsby, B. Reynolds)
„Hydrologic similarity at the catchment scale“European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, 2011, Vienna (with S. Archfield, T. Wagener, A. Castellarin, R. Vogel)
“Measurements and modeling of storage dynamics across scales”.American Geophysical Union (AGU) – the largest annual gathering of geoscientists in the world, 2010, San Francisco (with S. Carey, J. McNamara)
“Integrating Geomorphic, Hydrologic, and Ecologic Processes for Sustainable Management of River Corridors”.American Geophysical Union (AGU), 2010, San Francisco (with A. Simon, L. Band, T. Beechie)
“Data, Information Systems, Interoperability, Cloud Computing and Community Modeling in Hydrology”.American Geophysical Union (AGU), 2010, San Francisco (with D. Tarboton, J. Freer, R. Hooper)
“Upscaling and Process Emergence: Field Experiments and Predictive Tools to Bridge Temporal and Spatial Scales in Hydrology”.American Geophysical Union (AGU), 2009, San Francisco (with S. Carey, J. McNamara)
“Catchment processes and heterogeneity at multiple scales – benchmarking observations, conceptualisation and prediction”. European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, 2009, Vienna (with H. Laudon, S. Carey, K. McGuire)
“Catchment processes and heterogeneity at multiple scales – benchmarking observations, conceptualisation and prediction”. American Geophysical Union (AGU), 2008, San Francisco (with H. Laudon, S. Carey, K. McGuire, J. McNamara, S. Lyon)
“Riverine systems: new methods, concepts and applications linking hydrology, hydraulics, geomorphology and ecology” European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, 2008, Vienna (with S. Lane)
“Catchment architecture - observations, analysis and modelling of spatial variability in catchment hydrology ” European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, 2008, Vienna (with M. Kirkby, P. Bogaart, J. Skoien)
“Hydrological, chemical and biological processes in rivers and riparian zones” European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, 2007, Vienna (with I. A. Malcolm, S. Krause)
“Catchment structure and connectivity “ European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, 2007, Vienna (with P. Bogaart, M. Kirkby, E. Zehe)
“Environmental flows and river restoration”. European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, 2006, Vienna (with S. White, P. Molnar and G. Lahaa)