Dr Josie Geris
Dr Josie Geris

Dr Josie Geris

Senior Lecturer




  • 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. 

Research Overview

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. 



  • Oludare Durodola (lead supervisor) 
  • Eva Loerke (lead supervisor)
  • Martyn Roberts (lead supervisor)
  • Utibe Utin (School of Biological Sciences, co-supervisor)
  • Jessica Brook (School of Biological Sciences, SUPER DTP, co-supervisor)
  • Liam Godwin (University of Highlands and Islands, SUPER DTP, co-supervisor)
  • Emma Hayes (Queens University Belfast, QUADRAT DTP, co-supervisor)

Recently completed:

  • Jessica Fennell (PhD student; lead supervisor)
  • Katya Dimitrova-Petrova (Postdoctoral Researcher, PhD student; lead supervisor)
  • Bas Buddendorf (PhD student; co-supervisor)
  • Lucile Verrot (Postdoctoral researcher; line manager)

Funding and Grants


  • 2022-2024: 'FARM TREE: Balancing farm and landscape-scale demands for integrating trees on agricultural land', NERC, PI
  • 2021-2025: 'Optimising water use and soil carbon sequestration - can agricultural co-cropping systems provide multiple benefits to address climate change?', Scottish Funding Council via Hydronation programme, PI
  • 2021-2023: 'Complementary or competitive agroforestry water and nutrient use? – Implications for shade tree management in tropical agroforestry', Royal Society, 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, PI
  • 2019-2023: 'Exploring UAV thermal remote sensing for assessing management implications for stream temperatures', Macaulay Development Trust, PI


  • 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), PI 
  • 2019-2022: 'MIDST-CZ: maximising impact by decision support tools for sustainable soil and water through UK-China critical zone science', NERC, Co-I
  • 2019-2021: 'Plant water use in tea, coffee and cacao agroforestry - benchmarking research challenges and building connections', Scottish Research Council, PI
  • 2019-2021: 'Plant water availability and use in coffee agroforestry systems – exploring changes in water use strategies', The Carnegie Trust for Scottish Universities, PI
  • 2018-2022: 'Connect4 water resilience: connecting water resources, communities, drought and flood hazards, and governance across 4 countries in the Limpopo basin', NERC/DFIC, Co-I
  • 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), Co-I
  • 2017-2022: 'Evaluating nature based strategies in rural landscapes for managing low flows and stream temperatures', NERC and Chivas Brothers, PI
  • 2017-2020: 'Integrating novel water storage and flow sensing techniques to improve hydrological models/predictions', Macaulay Development Trust, PI
  • 2017-2018: 'Extreme rainfall and floods in arid regions: replenishment or contamination of water resources?', NERC Urgency Grant, Co-I 
  • 2016-2018: 'Red Soil CZ: From natural to anthropogenic evolution of Red Soil and its impact on ecosystem function in the Critical Zone', NERC, Co-I 
  • 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, PI
  • 2015-2016: ‘Suspended sediment transport dynamics in tropical volcanic landforms’, British Society for Geomorphology, PI
  • 2015-2016: ‘Integrated approaches to assess multiscale water sources, flow paths and residence times in changing landscapes’, The Carnegie Trust for Scottish Universities, PI

Teaching Responsibilities

Course Co-ordinator and Instructor

  • GG2013 Physical Environments (2nd year course)
  • GG4071 Environmental Hydrology (4th year course)

Additional Teaching

  • GG2508 Skills and Techniques in Geosciences
  • GG2510 Mapping & Monitoring the Environment
  • BSc and MSc thesis supervisor
  • Personal Tutor

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  • Grassland reseeding: Impact on soil surface nutrient accumulation and using LiDAR-based image differencing to infer implications for water quality

    Hayes, E., Higgins, S., Geris, J., Mullan, D.
    Agriculture, vol. 12, no. 11, 1854
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Assessing the role of location and scale of Nature Based Solutions for the enhancement of low flows

    Fennell, J. H., Soulsby, C., Wilkinson, M. E., Daalmans, R., Geris, J.
    International Journal of River Basin Management, pp. 1-35
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Surface water-groundwater interactions and local land use control water quality impacts of extreme rainfall and flooding in a vulnerable semi-arid region of Sub-Saharan Africa

    Geris, J., Comte, J., Franchi, F., Petros, A. K., Tirivarombo, S., Selepeng, A. T., Villholth, K. G.
    Journal of Hydrology, vol. 609, 127834
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Assessing land use influences on isotopic variability and stream water ages in urbanising rural catchments

    Stevenson, J. L., Geris, J., Birkel, C., Tetzlaff, D., Soulsby, C.
    Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies, vol. 58, no. 3, pp. 277-300
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • COSMOS-Europe: a European network of cosmic-ray neutron soil moisture sensors

    Bogena, H. R., Schrön, M., Jakobi, J., Ney, P., Zacharias, S., Andreasen, M., Baatz, R., Boorman, D., Duygu, M. B., Eguibar-Galán, M. A., Fersch, B., Franke, T., Geris, J., González Sanchis, M., Kerr, Y., Korf, T., Mengistu, Z., Mialon, A., Nasta, P., Nitychoruk, J., Pisinaras, V., Rasche, D., Rosolem, R., Said, H., Schattan, P., Zreda, M., Achleitner, S., Albentosa-Hernández, E., Akyürek, Z., Blume, T., del Campo, A., Canone, D., Dimitrova Petrova, K., Evans, J., Ferraris, S., Frances, F., Gisolo, D., Güntner, A., Herrmann, F., Iwema, J., Jensen, K. H., Kunstmann, H., Lidón, A., Looms, M. C., Oswald, S., Panagopoulos, A., Patil, A., Power, D., Rebmann, C., Romano, N., Scheiffele, L., Seneviratne, S., Weltin, G., Vereecken, H.
    Earth System Science Data, vol. 14, pp. 1125–1151
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Establishing the potential influence of beaver activity on the functioning of rivers and streams and water resource management in Scotland

    Geris, J., Dimitrova Petrova, K., Wilkinson, M.
    Commissioned by CREW - Scotland's Centre of Expertise for Waters. CREW - Scotland's Centre of Expertise for Waters. 33 pages
    Books and Reports: Commissioned Reports
  • Combining static and portable Cosmic Ray Neutron Sensor data to assess catchment scale heterogeneity in soil water storage and their integrated role in catchment runoff response

    Dimitrova Petrova, K., Rosolem, R., Soulsby, C., Wilkinson, M. E., Lilly, A., Geris, J.
    Journal of Hydrology, vol. 601, 126659
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Importance of short-term temporal variability in soil physical properties for soil water modelling under different tillage practices

    Geris, J., Verrot, L., Gao, L., Peng, X., Oyesiku-Blakemore, J., Smith, J. U., Hodson, M. E., McKenzie, B. M., Zhang, G., Hallett, P.
    Soil & Tillage Research, vol. 213, 105132
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Using LiDAR derived Digital Terrain Models and field data to quantify riverbank erosion and nutrient loading rates

    Hayes, E., Higgins, S., Geris, J., Mullan, D.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
  • 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., Artur, L., Bharucha, Z., 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. C.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
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