Dr Kieran Khamis PhD

Dr Kieran Khamis

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Lecturer in Physical Geography

Contact details

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

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 agricultural).

His research is largely empirically based and involves the use of in-situ monitoring across environmental gradients in real ecosystems, alongside mesocosm scale experimentation. He has also developed new techniques for high-frequency monitoring of organic pollution using fluorescence based, in-situ sensors.


2014: PhD Alpine Hydro-ecology. University of Birmingham

2007: MSc Conservation Biology. Manchester Metropolitan University

2004 : BSc Geography. Manchester Metropolitan University

Other activities

  • British Ecological Society
  • Freshwater Biological Association
  • British Hydrological Society


Recent publications


Comer-warner, SA, Blaen, PJ, Brekenfeld, N, Gooddy, DC, Lovell, C, Khamis, K, Bryden, A & Krause, S 2021, 'Advection Not Dispersion and Transient Storage Controls Streambed Nutrient and Greenhouse Gas Concentrations', Frontiers in Water, vol. 3, 668183. https://doi.org/10.3389/frwa.2021.668183

Khamis, K, Bradley, C, Gunter, H, Basevi, G, Stevens, R & Hannah, D 2021, 'Calibration of an in-situ fluorescence based sensor 1 platform for reliable BOD5 measurement in wastewater', Water Science and Technology, vol. 83, no. 12, pp. 3075-3091. https://doi.org/10.2166/wst.2021.197

Croghan, D, Khamis, K, Bradley, C, Van Loon, AF, Sadler, J & Hannah, DM 2021, 'Combining in-situ fluorometry and distributed rainfall data provides new insights into natural organic matter transport dynamics in an urban river', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 755, 142731. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.142731

Ouellet, V, Khamis, K, Croghan, D, Hernandez Gonzalez, LM, Rivera, VA, Phillips, CB, Packman, AI, Miller, WM, Hawke, RG, Hannah, DM & Krause, S 2021, 'Green roof vegetation management alters potential for water quality and temperature mitigation', Ecohydrology, vol. 14, no. 6, e2321. https://doi.org/10.1002/eco.2321

Khamis, K, Blaen, PJ, Comer-warner, S, Hannah, DM, Mackenzie, AR & Krause, S 2021, 'High-Frequency Monitoring Reveals Multiple Frequencies of Nitrogen and Carbon Mass Balance Dynamics in a Headwater Stream', Frontiers in Water, vol. 3, 668924. https://doi.org/10.3389/frwa.2021.668924

Arias Font, R, Khamis, K, Milner, S, Sambrook-Smith, G & Ledger, M 2021, 'Low flow and heatwaves alter ecosystem functioning in a stream mesocosm experiment', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 777, 146067. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.146067

Aspin, TWH, Hart, K, Khamis, K, Milner, AM, O'callaghan, MJ, Trimmer, M, Wang, Z, Williams, GMD, Woodward, G & Ledger, ME 2019, 'Drought intensification alters the composition, body size, and trophic structure of invertebrate assemblages in a stream mesocosm experiment', Freshwater Biology, vol. 64, no. 4, pp. 750-760. https://doi.org/10.1111/fwb.13259

Aspin, T, Khamis, K, Matthews, T, Milner, A, O'Callaghan, M, Trimmer, M, Woodward, G & Ledger, M 2019, 'Extreme drought pushes stream invertebrate communities over functional thresholds', Global Change Biology, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 230-244. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.14495

Khamis, K, Bradley, C & Hannah, D 2019, 'High frequency fluorescence monitoring reveals new insights into organic matter dynamics of an urban river, Birmingham, UK', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 710, 135668. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.135668

Hamilton, AT, Schäfer, RB, Pyne, MI, Chessman, B, Kakouei, K, Boersma, KS, Verdonschot, PFM, Verdonschot, RCM, Mims, M, Khamis, K, Bierwagen, B & Stamp, J 2019, 'Limitations of trait-based approaches for stressor assessment: The case of freshwater invertebrates and climate drivers', Global Change Biology. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.14846

Mao, F, Khamis, K, Krause, S, Clark, J & Hannah, D 2019, 'Low-cost environmental sensor networks: recent advances and future directions', Frontiers in Earth Science, vol. 7, 221. https://doi.org/10.3389/feart.2019.00221

Aspin, TWH, Matthews, TJ, Khamis, K, Milner, AM, Wang, Z, O'callaghan, MJ & Ledger, ME 2018, 'Drought intensification drives turnover of structure and function in stream invertebrate communities', Ecography, vol. 41, no. 12, pp. 1992-2004. https://doi.org/10.1111/ecog.03711, https://doi.org/10.1111/ecog.03711

Brown, LE, Khamis, K, Wilkes, M, Blaen, P, Brittain, JE, Carrivick, JL, Fell, S, Friberg, N, Füreder, L, Gislason, GM, Hainie, S, Hannah, DM, James, WHM, Lencioni, V, Olafsson, JS, Robinson, CT, Saltveit, SJ, Thompson, C & Milner, AM 2018, 'Functional diversity and community assembly of river invertebrates show globally consistent responses to decreasing glacier cover', Nature Ecology and Evolution, vol. 2, pp. 325–333. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-017-0426-x

Conference contribution

Bradley, C, Croghan, D, Khamis, K, Van Loon, A, Sadler, J & Hannah, D 2018, High frequency DOM dynamics in urban rivers revealed by in-situ fluorometry. in Geophysical Research Abstracts. vol. 20, 10263 , European Geosciences Union, European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2018, Vienna, Austria, 8/04/18. <https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2018/EGU2018-10263.pdf>

Review article

Mao, F, Khamis, K, Clark, J, Krause, S, Buytaert, W, Ochoa-Tocachi, BF & Hannah, DM 2020, 'Moving beyond the Technology: A Socio-technical Roadmap for Low-Cost Water Sensor Network Applications', Environmental Science and Technology, vol. 54, no. 15, pp. 9145-9158. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.9b07125

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