Professor Dr Stefan Krause

Stefan Krause

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Professor of Ecohydrology and Biogeochemistry

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University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

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 feedback functions in complex landscapes.

Stefan is part of the Birmingham Plastics Network, an interdisciplinary team of more than 40 academics working together to shape the fate and sustainable future of plastics.  This unique team brings together chemists, environmental scientists, philosophers, linguists, economists, and experts in many other fields, to holistically address the global plastics problem.

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09/2008 – 08/2009:  Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

04/2005:  Dissertation: Dr. rer. nat.

  • PhD thesis:  ”Modelling water balance and nutrient dynamics in a groundwater-influenced catchment of the Havel River“ (in German)

10/2000 – 03/2005:  PhD student at the Institute for Geo-ecology, University of Potsdam

09/2000:  Diploma in Geo-ecology

11/1999 – 08/2000:  Research visit and diploma thesis at the Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Berlin, Germany, Supervisors: Prof. G. Nuetzmann, Prof. A. Bronstert

  • Dissertation: “Investigation of subsurface runoff processes in the vadose zone and ground water in the ’North German Lowlands’ using simulation models“ (in German)

10/1995 – 09/2000:  Studies of Geo-ecology at University of Potsdam, German


MSc - Hydrogeology:

  • Surface water Interactions
  • Groundwater Management and Exploration
  • Environmental Geophysics
  • Hydrogeology Dissertations

MSc River and Environmental Management:

  • Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions

UG Env. Earth Sciences:

  • Natural Hazards
  • Resources of the Earth
  • Engineering Geology
  • Geology Topics
  • Env. Geoscience Dissertations

Postgraduate supervision

Stefan Krause’s research investigates the impacts of global environmental change on hydrological fluxes, biogeochemical cycling and ecohydrological feedback functions in complex landscapes with coupled groundwater-surface water systems. His work focuseses in particular on the analysis and quantification of multi-component reactive transport processes at aquifer-river interfaces and how these are influenced by changes in land-use and climate. This combines novel modelling techniques with the development of innovative experimental technologies for investigating the interlinked cycling of nutrients and reactive transport of contaminants. Moreover, Dr Krause is developing adaptive modelling strategies for coupled simulation of groundwater and surface water flow at catchments scale which are applied for analysing the implications of environmental change on water transport and nutrient conditions in groundwater and surface waters. Dr Krause welcomes enquiries from prospective doctoral researchers in his areas of interest.

Other activities

  • Ecohydrology Journal: Editorial board member since 2011
  • Frontiers in Hydrosphere: Editorial Board member since 2013
  • Wires Water: International Advisory Board member since 2013
  • Grundwasser: Associate Editor since 2013
  • Water Resources Research: Guest editor for the special issue on: “New modelling approaches and novel experimental technologies for improved understanding of process dynamics at aquifer-surface water interfaces” (2013),
  • Ecohydrology: Guest editor for the special issue on: “Hydrology – Ecology Interfaces” 4 (4) (2011),
  • Advances in Water Research: Guest editor for the the special issue on: “Large scale interactions between rivers and aquifers” 33 (11) (2010),
  • Hydrological Processes: Guest editor for the the special issue on: “Hyporheic Zone Hydrology - Processes at the groundwater - surface water interface” 23 (13) (2009)
  • Committee Member of the European Geoscience Union Sub-Divisions on Eco-Hydrology, Wetlands & Estuaries and Catchment Hydrology
  • Committee Member of the Hydrogeology Group of the Geological Society of London
  • Consultancy activities for international industry projects including: Underground Coal Gasification Partnership (UCGP, Coal India, Clean Coal UK, European Commission), German water resources in a changing climate (German Weather Service)
  • Supervision of visiting research students: Project management, coordination and supervision of EU funded (Leonardo Programme) visiting research students and visiting PhD students
  • Memberships: European Geoscience Union (EGU), American Geoscience Union (AGU), International Association for Hydrological Sciences (IAHS), International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH), Society for Freshwater Science (SFS), International Commission on Ground Water (ICGW), International Commission on Water Quality (ICWQ), British Hydrological Society (BHS), Institute for Civil Engineers (ICE), Underground Coal Gasification Association (UCGA), UK Higher Education Academy, H2O-e.V. Charity for water resource management in developing countries


Recent publications


Yasmin, T, Farrelly, MA, Rogers, BC, Krause, S & Lynch, I 2023, 'A tale of two cities: evidence from the Global South on established versus emerging cities' approaches to adaptive and sustainable water governance', Ecology and Society, vol. 28, no. 1, 38.

Liu, J, Zang, C, qiting, Z, Han, C & Krause, S 2023, 'Application and Comparison of Different Models for Quantifying the Aquatic Community in a Dam-Controlled River', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 20, no. 5, 4148.

Kukkola, A, Krause, S, Yonan, Y, Kelleher, L, Schneidewind, U, Smith, GHS, Nel, H & Lynch, I 2023, 'Easy and accessible way to calibrate a fluorescence microscope and to create a microplastic identification key', MethodsX, vol. 10, 102053.

Richards, L, Guo, S, Lapworth, DJ, White, D, Civil, W, Wilson, GJL, Lu, C, Kumar, A, Ghosh, A, Khamis, K, Krause, S, Polya, DA & Gooddy, D 2023, 'Emerging organic contaminants in the river Ganga and key tributaries in the middle Gangetic Plain, India: Characterization, distribution & controls', Environmental Pollution, vol. 327, 121626.

Dendievel, A-M, Wazne, M, Manon, V, Mermillod-Blondin, F, Mourier, B, Hervé, P, Thierry, W, Stefan, K & Simon, L 2023, 'Environmental and land use controls of microplastic pollution along the gravel-bed Ain River (France) and its “Plastic Valley”', Water Research, vol. 230, 119518.

Li, Y, Schneidewind, U, Wen, Z, Krause, S & Liu, H 2023, 'Influence of bank slope on sinuosity-driven hyporheic exchange flow and residence time distribution during a dynamic flood event', Hydrology and Earth System Sciences.

Zhang, L, Liu, Y, Jin, M, Liang, X, Krause, S, Schneidewind, U, Li, Y & Zhan, H 2023, 'Influence of seasonal water-level fluctuations on depth-dependent microbial nitrogen transformation and greenhouse gas fluxes in the riparian zone', Journal of Hydrology, vol. 622, 129676.

Kelleher, L, Schneidewind, U, Krause, S, Haverson, L, Allen, S, Allen, D, Kukkola, A, Murray-Hudson, M, Maselli, V & Franchi, F 2023, 'Microplastic accumulation in endorheic river basins: – The example of the Okavango Panhandle (Botswana)', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 874, 162452.

Kurki-Fox, JJ, Doll, BA, Monteleone, B, West, K, Putnam, G, Kelleher, L, Krause, S & Schneidewind, U 2023, 'Microplastic distribution and characteristics across a large river basin: Insights from the Neuse River in North Carolina, USA', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 878, 162940.

Wazne, M, Mermillod-Blondin, F, Vallier, M, Hervant, F, Dumet, A, Nel, HA, Kukkola, A, Krause, S & Simon, L 2023, 'Microplastics in Freshwater Sediments Impact the Role of a Main Bioturbator in Ecosystem Functioning', Environmental Science and Technology, vol. 57, no. 8, pp. 3042–3052.

Kukkola, A, Runkel, RL, Schneidewind, U, Murphy, SF, Kelleher, L, Smith, GS, Nel, HA, Lynch, I & Krause, S 2023, 'Prevailing impacts of river management on microplastic transport in contrasting US streams: rethinking global microplastic flux estimations', Water Research, vol. 240, 120112.

Rabbai, A, Wendt, DE, Curioni, G, Quick, SE, MacKenzie, AR, Hannah, DM, Kettridge, N, Ullah, S, Hart, KM & Krause, S 2023, 'Soil moisture and temperature dynamics in juvenile and mature forest as a result of tree growth, hydrometeorological forcings, and drought', Hydrological Processes, vol. 37, no. 6, e14919.

Micucci, G, Sgouridis, F, McNamara, NP, Krause, S, Lynch, I, Roos, F, Well, R & Ullah, S 2023, 'The 15N-Gas flux method for quantifying denitrification in soil: Current progress and future directions', Soil Biology and Biochemistry, vol. 184, 109108.


Lampitt, RS, Fletcher, S, Cole, M, Kloker, A, Krause, S, O’Hara, F, Ryde, P, Saha, M, Voronkova, A & Whyle, A 2023, 'Stakeholder alliances are essential to reduce the scourge of plastic pollution', Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 1, 2849.

Review article

Arnaud, M, Krause, S, Norby, RJ, Dang, TH, Acil, N, Kettridge, N, Gauci, V & Ullah, S 2023, 'Global mangrove root production, its controls and roles in the blue carbon budget of mangroves', Global Change Biology, vol. 29, no. 12, pp. 3256-3270.

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