Faye Jackson

Faye Jackson

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Doctoral Researcher

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

PhD Title: River temperature sensitivity and response to drivers of change

Supervisors: David Hannah, Jon Sadler, Iain Malcolm (Marine Scotland Science)

I am a hydroclimatologist interested in the interactions between hydrological and climatological systems. I am particularly interested in the drivers and controls of stream temperature and how thermal regimes may alter with climate change. I am also interested by science, policy and management interactions.

My doctoral research aims to (1) characterise spatio-temporal variability in water temperature (2) highlight areas of thermal sensitivity to change (3) understand the controls on water temperature (4) develop models to make predictions of future water temperature and (5) assess mitigation and adaptation strategies for high temperature such as optimum areas for riparian tree planting. As part of this I have helped develop the Scotland River Temperature Monitoring Network. It is envisaged that this research will have implications for the management of temperatures in Scottish rivers. My PhD is funded by a Natural Environment Research Council Open CASE Studentship.


Distinction, MSc Catchment Dynamics & Management, University of Leeds, 2013

Class 1, BSc Geography, University of Birmingham, 2012


I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Birmingham. I was part of a research team who secured an RGS Undergraduate Fieldwork Grant to undertake their dissertation research. My dissertation was focused on understanding stream temperature variability in an alpine catchment (Taillon-Gabietous, French Pyrenees), whilst also utilising thermal imaging. I undertook my MSc in Catchment Dynamics and Management at the University of Leeds and my dissertation assessed the temperature dependence of in-stream sediment respiration in the Odenwinklekeiss catchment, Austrian Alps.


Research interests

Hydroclimatology, thermal regimes, climate change, research/policy/management interface

Research group

Water Sciences


My PhD is a collaboration between the University of Birmingham (Water Sciences Group) and Marine Scotland Science. I am also working with local fisheries trusts, district salmon fisheries boards and CAMERAS partners for the delivery of the Scotland River Temperature Monitoring Network.

Other activities


  • Outstanding Student Paper Award, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting (2015)
  • NERC Open-Case Studentship (2013)
  • British Hydrological Society and JBA MSc Studentship (2012)
  • Royal Geographical Society Geographical Fieldwork Grant (2011)


  • British Hydrological Society (BHS)
  • Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Managers (CIWEM)
  • Royal Geographical Society (RGS)
  • International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS)


  • Qualified C Award Netball Umpire - 2009
  • Qualified Level One Netball Coach - 2008


Journal Publications

Jackson F.L. Malcolm I.A. Hannah D.M. (2016) A novel approach for designing large-scale river temperature monitoring networks. Hydrology Research. 47, (3), 569-590 DOI: 10.2166/nh.2015.106

Oral Presentations

Jackson, F.L, (2011) Thermal imaging of stream temperature variability; A hydroclimatological approach, Peter Wolf Early Career Hydrologists Conference, University of Birmingham

Poster Presentations

Jackson F.L, Malcolm I.A, Millar C.P, Hannah D.M. (2015) Understanding and Predicting Spatio-Temporal Variability of Temperature in Scotland's Rivers: Implications for Riparian Land ManagementAmerican Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2015

Jackson, F.L, Malcolm, I.A, Anderson, H.L, Hannah, D.M (2014) A novel approach for the design of large scale temperature monitoring networks, BHS Challenging Hydrological Theory and Practice, University of Birmingham.

Jackson, F.L, Malcolm, I.A, Anderson, H.L, Hannah, D.M (2015) A novel approach for the design of large scale temperature monitoring networks, IFM Specialist Conference 2015 Forestry and Fisheries – Where next? 


The Scotland River Temperature Monitoring Network (SRTMN) Marine Scotland Topic Sheet, No. 90, V1

Jackson, F.L & Doherty, C (2014) Review on a BHS National Meeting on Ecohydroloy and Water Abstraction, University of Birmingham, Circulation (British Hydrological Societies Newsletter)

Jackson, F.L (2011) Review on a BHS National Meeting on River Temperature: research and management in a changing climate, University of Birmingham, Circulation (British Hydrological Societies Newsletter)