Academic staff 

Dr Nicholas Barrand

Dr Nicholas Barrand

Lecturer in Geosciences

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Nick is a glaciologist, specialising in mass balance and dynamics of the Earth's glaciers and ice sheets. His research aims to understand how and why Earth's land ice cover is changing and the impact of these changes on global sea levels. This research involves application and analysis of airborne and satellite remote sensing tools, in situ measurements and numerical models.

Dr Rebecca Bartlett

Dr Rebecca Bartlett

Lecturer in Biogeochemistry

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

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

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Lesley Batty is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science (teaching focussed) and brings her enthusiasm and expertise in this area to all aspects of her work. She is also Programme Lead for Environmental Sciences.

She has a particular interest in the ecology of industrial pollution and has spent a lot of time working in and around old metal and coal mines. Lesley is also highly active ...

Melanie Bickerton

Melanie Bickerton

Project Officer Environmental Science

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Dr Chris Bradley

Dr Chris Bradley

Senior Lecturer

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

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

Professor John Bridgeman

Professor John Bridgeman

College Director for Internationalisation
Professor of Environmental Engineering

Department of Civil Engineering

John Bridgeman is Professor of Environmental Engineering, Director for Internationalisation in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. Prior to his appointment at Birmingham in 2005, John spent 15 years working in the water industry on planning, feasibility and detailed process and hydraulic design of water and wastewater treatment systems.  

He now delivers lectures and ...

Dr Julian Clark

Senior Lecturer

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Julian Clark is Senior Lecturer in Geography at the University of Birmingham and Research Theme Lead for Human Geography. His research focusses upon critical geographical understandings of the state, and the governance of natural resources. Within these domains, Julian examines questions of state spatialities (how states as political objects are materialized and stabilised over space and time); ...

Professor John Kenneth Colbourne

Professor John Kenneth Colbourne

Professor, Chair of Environmental Genomics

School of Biosciences

John Colbourne’s investigations encompass the fields of evolutionary ecology, high-throughput biology, environmental and functional genomics. From this blend of disciplines emerges a research program that centers on connecting gene expression and genome structure with individual fitness and population-level responses to environmental challenges.

Dr Simon J Dixon

Dr Simon J Dixon

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Simon is a fluvial geomorphology & hydrology researcher with broad interests Anthropocene geomorphology - landforms resulting from interactions between human activities and natural processes. His work is focused on management of landscapes, the effects of geomorphological processes in cities and the effects humans can have in altering geomorphological and hydrological processes. He is ...

Professor Ian Fairchild

Professor Ian Fairchild

Emeritus Professor

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

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 teaching, 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 ...

Professor John Gunn

Professor John Gunn

Honorary Professor

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

John Gunn is a multi-disciplinary scientist working on a single rock – limestone – and on the karst environments that form on limestone. He is also an active speleologist and is involved in cave exploration and underground research. His research interests include: the hydrogeology of karst (particularly percolation waters, water tracing techniques and geological influences on the ...

Professor David Hannah

Professor David Hannah

Professor of Hydrology
College Director of Research

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Professor 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 ...

Dr Alan Herbert

Dr Alan Herbert

Senior Lecturer in Radioactive Waste Disposal and Remediation

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Dr Alan Herbert is a leading mathematical modeler and hydrogeologist specializing in the understanding of coupled processes and heterogeneous groundwater systems. Of particular interest are deep fractured rocks and the applications to nuclear waste disposal, geothermal energy and fracking for exploitation of shale gas resources.

Dr Nick Kettridge

Dr Nick Kettridge

Senior Lecturer in Water Sciences
Senior Admissions Tutor (Geography, Earth and Environmental Science)

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

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.

Kieran Khamis

Kieran Khamis

Research Associate (KTP)

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Kieran Khamis is a hydroecologist with a specialist knowledge of alpine river systems. His current research is focused on the development of a real time, fluorescence-based monitoring system for surface waters.

Dr Stefan Krause

Dr Stefan Krause

Professor of Ecohydrology and Biogeochemistry

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

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 feedback ...

Dr Mark Ledger

Dr Mark Ledger

Senior Lecturer in Ecology

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

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 ...

Professor John Lloyd

Professor John Lloyd

Emeritus Professor

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Professor Lloyd was appointed to the University of Birmingham in 1973 to set-up the Hydrogeology MSc Course and Research Group in Earth Sciences. The focus of the hydrogeology throughout has been to adopt a holistic approach to the subject. As Professor Lloyd’s pre-University career was chiefly in desert environments his personal research was carried out predominantly in regional arid ...

Professor Alexander Milner

Professor Alexander Milner

Professor of River Ecosystems

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

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 Luisa Orsini

Dr Luisa Orsini

Lecturer in Biosystems and Climate Change
Director of the Environmental Omics Sequencing Facility, University of Birmingham

School of Biosciences

My research aims to identify evolutionary responses of aquatic organisms to climatic and other anthropogenic changes and predict species adaptive potential, hence survival, to future changes. To meet this goal I study the keystone species Daphnia magna, widespread in freshwater ecosystems and sentinel for water quality. One of the most fascinating aspects of D. magnalife cycle is the production ...

Mr Michael Riley

Mr Michael Riley

Senior Lecturer in Hydrogeology

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Michael Riley’s research principal research interests are in groundwater flow and contaminant transport processes, particularly in the context of fractured rock hydrogeology.

Professor Chris Rogers

Professor Chris Rogers

Professor of Geotechnical Engineering

Department of Civil Engineering

Chris Rogers spent three years in the civil engineering industry before returning to academia to research pipeline soil-structure interaction. He lectured at Nottingham and Loughborough Universities before taking up his current position at the University of Birmingham in 1998. His research portfolio is dominated by two primary, necessarily interrelated, themes of infrastructure engineering and ...

Professor Jon Sadler

Professor Jon Sadler

Professor of Biogeography

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

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

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

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 John Tellam

Professor John Tellam

Professor of Hydrogeology

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

John Tellam’s main research interests are in inorganic, surface-interacting, solute and particle transport in groundwaters, with a particular emphasis on sandstone aquifers.

Professor Mark Viant

Professor Mark Viant

Professor of Metabolomics
Director of Phenome Centre Birmingham and NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility - Metabolomics Node
Past President of the International Metabolomics Society

School of Biosciences

60 second video iconProfessor Mark Viant’s expertise lies in the field of metabolomics. His research spans from method development in analytical chemistry and bioinformatics through to the application of metabolomics to environmental toxicology.