Kieran Khamis

Kieran Khamis

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Research Associate (KTP)

Contact details

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

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.

Qualifications

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

Publications

Recent publications

Article

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, 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. 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

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

Khamis, K, Bradley, C & Hannah, D 2018, 'Understanding dissolved organic matter dynamics in urban catchments: insights from in-situ fluorescence sensor technology.', Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water, vol. 5, no. 1, e1259. https://doi.org/10.1002/wat2.1259

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 2017, 'Functional diversity and community assembly of river invertebrates show globally consistent responses to decreasing glacier cover', Nature Ecology and Evolution, pp. 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-017-0426-x

Milner, AM, Khamis, K, Battin, TJ, Brittain, JE, Barrand, NE, Füreder, L, Cauvy-Fraunié, S, Gíslason, GM, Jacobsen, D, Hannah, DM, Hodson, AJ, Hood, E, Lencioni, V, Ólafsson, JS, Robinson, CT, Tranter, M & Brown, LE 2017, 'Glacier shrinkage driving global changes in downstream systems', National Academy of Sciences. Proceedings, vol. 114, no. 37, pp. 9770-9778. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1619807114

Blaen, P, Khamis, K, Lloyd, CEM, Comer, S, Ciocca, F, Thomas, R, Mackenzie, A & Krause, S 2017, 'High-frequency monitoring of catchment nutrient exports reveals highly variable storm event responses and dynamic source zone activation', Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, vol. 122, no. 9, pp. 2265–2281. https://doi.org/10.1002/2017JG003904

Khamis, K, Bradley, C, Stevens, R & Hannah, DM 2017, 'Continuous field estimation of dissolved organic carbon concentration and biochemical oxygen demand using dual-wavelength fluorescence, turbidity and temperature', Hydrological Processes, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 540-555. https://doi.org/10.1002/hyp.11040

Blaen, PJ, Khamis, K, Lloyd, CEM, Bradley, C, Hannah, D & Krause, S 2016, 'Real-time monitoring of nutrients and dissolved organic matter in rivers: Capturing event dynamics, technological opportunities and future directions', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 569-570, pp. 647-660. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.06.116, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.06.116

Khamis, K, Brown, LE, Hannah, DM & Milner, AM 2016, 'Glacier–groundwater stress gradients control alpine river biodiversity', Ecohydrology, vol. 9, no. 7, pp. 1263-1275. https://doi.org/10.1002/eco.1724

Khamis, K, Sorensen, JPR, Bradley, C, Hannah, DM, Lapworth, DJ & Stevens, R 2015, 'In situ tryptophan-like fluorometers : assessing turbidity and temperature effects for freshwater applications', Environmental Science Processes and Impacts , vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 740-752. https://doi.org/10.1039/c5em00030k

Khamis, K, Brown, LE, Hannah, DM & Milner, AM 2015, 'Experimental evidence that predator range expansion modifies alpine stream community structure', Freshwater Science, vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 66-80. https://doi.org/10.1086/679484

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.

Croghan, D, Bradley, C, Khamis, K, Sadler, J & Van Loon, A 2017, In-situ fluorometers reveal high frequency dynamics in dissolved organic matter for urban rivers. in AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts., B41K-07, American Geophysical Union, AGU Fall Meeting 2017, New Orleans, United States, 11/12/17.

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