Academic staff 

Dr Nicholas Barrand

Dr Nicholas Barrand

Associate Professor of Glaciology
Undergraduate Admissions Tutor (Physical Geography)

Nick’s research and teaching interests focus on the two great glaciology issues of our time: glacier and ice sheet mass balance, dynamics and contribution to sea-level rise; and the role and future evolution of glaciers as water resources. His research group address these issues using field observations and measurements, numerical modelling, optical and microwave remote sensing and a range ...

Dr Rebecca Bartlett

Dr Rebecca Bartlett

Lecturer in Biogeochemistry

Rebecca is a biogeochemist, specialising in nutrient cycling and environmental change in modern and past environments. Her research focuses on the biogeochemistry of peats, soils and sediments during environmental disturbance; the subsurface microbial response to natural and anthropogenic changes in atmospheric sulphur deposition, temperature, storms and floods, mineral reactivity and chemical ...

Dr Lesley Batty

Dr Lesley Batty

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science

Lesley Batty is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science (teaching focussed) and brings her passion and expertise in the field to all aspects of her work. She has a particular interest in providing inclusive environments for learning and in working closely with employers to provide skills-led education. She is the College Director for Mental Health and Wellbeing.

She has a particular ...

Dr Chris Bradley

Dr Chris Bradley

Senior Lecturer

Chris has been a lecturer in Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Birmingham from 1994 and became Senior Lecturer from 2007.

Dr Giulio Curioni

Dr Giulio Curioni

Research Fellow

Giulio is an environmental scientist specialised in soil and environmental field monitoring. His main current research focuses on the use of active distributed temperature sensing (A-DTS) techniques for detecting the occurrence of water turbidity spikes in groundwater wells and for soil moisture monitoring.

Dr Simon J Dixon

Dr Simon J Dixon

Lecturer in Geography

Simon is an interdisciplinary lecturer in geography with broad research interests around human interactions with water and landscapes.  Much of his work focuses on “Anthropocene geomorphology” - unique landforms resulting from interactions between human activities and natural processes. Examples include how waste plastic is being incorporated into sediments and fluvial transport ...

Professor Ian Fairchild

Professor Ian Fairchild

Emeritus Professor

Ian Fairchild is a geoscientist with broad interests in the geochemistry of the Earth’s surface, climate change and Quaternary and Neoproterozoic earth history. He employs this breadth of knowledge in research, in public outreach, and professional activities such as examining and research assessment. He is equally at home in the field and the laboratory with a wealth of experience in ...

Dr Emma Ferranti

Dr Emma Ferranti

Senior Research Fellow

Emma leads a range of exciting interdisciplinary research projects at the intersection of infrastructure, the built environment and green infrastructure. She works with infrastructure operators nationally and internationally to understand the impact of weather on their infrastructure and support adaptation to climate change. She was a contributing author to the 2021 UK Climate Change Risk ...

Professor Vincent Gauci

Professor Vincent Gauci

Birmingham Professorial Fellow

Professor Gauci investigates how the biosphere interacts with the atmosphere and he explores questions relating to how these interactions respond to various drivers of global change.

Professor David Hannah

Professor David Hannah

Professor of Hydrology
College Director of Research

Water Crisis - Birmingham HeroesProfessor David Hannah - Research in 60 seconds videoDavid is a physical geographer with interdisciplinary research interests focusing on three complementary themes within hydroclimatology (interface between hydrology-climatology): (1) hydroclimatological processes within alpine, Arctic, mountain and glacierized river basins; (2) climate and river flow regimes; and (3) river energy budget and water temperaturedynamics. He has cross-cutting ...

Professor Nick Kettridge

Professor Nick Kettridge

Professor of Ecohydrology
Deputy Head of School (Geography, Earth and Environmental Science)

Dr Nick Kettridge specializes in characterizing the ecohydrological resilience of ecosystems to both natural and anthropogenic disturbance. Much of his research focuses on peatlands; understanding the processes that control the provision of key ecosystem services within these environments, and quantifying their response to changing climatic conditions and extreme events such as fire and drought.

Dr Kieran Khamis

Dr Kieran Khamis

Lecturer in Physical Geography

Kieran is an environmental scientist with a particular interest in freshwater systems. His research is split into two key areas:

  1. assessing the impacts of environmental change (i.e. glacier retreat and droughts) on the structure and function of aquatic ecosystems, and;
  2. unravelling dissolved organic matter and nutrient dynamics in anthropogenically modified river systems (i.e. urban and ...

Professor Dr Stefan Krause

Professor Dr Stefan Krause

Professor of Ecohydrology and Biogeochemistry

Water Crisis - Birmingham HeroesProfessor Dr Stefan Krause is Professor of Ecohydrology and Biogeochemistry in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences. His interdisciplinary research group on coupled groundwater and surface water systems investigates the multifaceted impacts of global environmental change on hydrological fluxes, biogeochemical cycling and contaminant transport, and ecohydrological ...

Dr Joshua Larsen

Dr Joshua Larsen

Senior Lecturer

Dr Joshua Larsen is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography. His research interests include:  Hydrology, ecohydrology, biogeochemistry, water quality, and palaeohydrology.

Dr Mark Ledger

Dr Mark Ledger

Senior Lecturer in Ecology

Mark is an ecologist researching environmental change in freshwaters. His research group is focused on understanding how environmental stressors and climate change, especially extreme climatic events such as floods, droughts and heat waves, affect the structure and functioning of aquatic ecosystems. His group works empirically across a range of spatial and temporal scales, from laboratory ...

Dr Tom Matthews

Dr Tom Matthews

Senior Research Fellow / Senior Lecturer (Birmingham Fellow)

Tom Matthews is a Senior Research Fellow Fellow who researches global environmental change issues using macroecological, macroevolutionary and biogeographical approaches. He applies a mixture of theoretical and empirical methods to investigate various macroecological topics, including species-area relationships and species abundance distributions. He has a keen interest in island systems, ...

Professor Alexander Milner

Professor Alexander Milner

Professor of River Ecosystems

Professor Alexander Milner has been at the University of Birmingham for 15 years, where he was initially responsible for setting up the Environmental Science and Environmental Management degrees. He is now responsible for the Masters degree in River Environmental Management. His research involves river ecosystems in alpine and Arctic environments and has long term studies in Glacier Bay ...

Dr Ian Phillips

Dr Ian Phillips

Teaching Fellow

Ian Phillips is best known for writing the most comprehensive account of the 1973 Isle of Man Summerland fire disaster, which can be obtained by going to summerlandfiredisaster.co.uk. He gained his BSc Geography degree from the University of Birmingham in 1995, before continuing at the University to complete an MSc in Meteorology and Climatology and a PhD in Geography. Ian has been ...

Dr Thomas Pugh

Dr Thomas Pugh

Reader in Biosphere-Atmosphere Exchange

Tom Pugh is a scientist interested in interactions and feedbacks between the terrestrial biosphere and the global climate system, which he primarily investigates using computer models and big data synthesis. Read more about Tom's research at bioatmo.wordpress.com.

Professor Jon Sadler

Professor Jon Sadler

Professor of Biogeography

Jon Sadler is a biogeographer and ecologist whose research focuses on species population and assemblage dynamics in animals (sometimes plants). His work is highly interdisciplinary, bisecting biogeography, ecology, urban design, riparian management and island Biogeography. It uses approaches that combine detailed field studies, field and laboratory experimentation, sometimes with social science ...

Professor Greg Sambrook Smith

Professor of Fluvial Sedimentology
Head of Research

Professor Sambrook Smith investigates the linkages between river processes and sedimentology at scales ranging from individual pores within a river bed up to km-long bars in large rivers.

The World’s largest rivers suffer from a paucity of knowledge about how they currently function, how they have evolved through time and how they may respond to future environmental changes. This lack of ...

Professor Sami Ullah

Professor Sami Ullah

Professor of Biogeochemistry

Dr Sami Ullah’s research is mainly focused on the biogeochemistry of nitrogen and its linkages to carbon and phosphorus cycling under global change in soils under forest, peatland/wetland, grassland, and agricultural crops. The impetus of his research is to advance mechanistic understanding of the response of key microbial functions such as denitrification, nitrogen and carbon ...

Dr Martin Widmann

Dr Martin Widmann

Senior Lecturer in climate science

Dr Martin Widmann is a climate scientist. His current main research area is regional climate change, in particular the development and validation of statistical downscaling methods. He also studies past climates; the main activity in this field is the development of data assimilation methods to combine climate simulations with empirical knowledge from proxy data.