Dr Chris Bradley PhD, MA

Dr Chris Bradley

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Senior Lecturer

Contact details

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

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


  • 1994 - PhD ‘Hydrology of a floodplain wetland’ NERC Studentship - University of Leicester
  • 1990 - MA Water quality dynamics in meltwaters draining Peyto Glacier, Alberta - Wilfrid Laurier University
  • 1988 - BA, MA - University of Cambridge

Postgraduate supervision

Chris Bradley’s current and research includes:

Hydrodynamics of floodplain wetlands: Ongoing work seeks to advance ways to investigate the hydrology of lowland floodplain wetlands and includes the modelling of shallow groundwater flows and river-aquifer interaction. Specific research projects have included the modelling of transient water table variations on floodplain wetlands using the USGS groundwater modelling programme, MODFLOW
Soil-water fluxes in macro-porous soils: Projects have examined water flow through peat deposits and in a cracking clay soil to investigate the factors contributing to macro-pore flow
Hydrology of permeable catchments: A recently completed project investigated surfacewater-groundwater interactions in a permeable chalk catchment in the UK (the River Lambourn)

Dr Bradley welcomes enquiries from prospective doctoral researchers in his areas of interest.

Other activities

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Programme Leader, Environmental Science and Management
  • Year 3 Tutor, BSc Environmental Science and Management


Recent publications


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

Manaseki-Holland, S, Manjang, B, Hemming, K, Martin, J, Bradley, C, Jackson, L, Taal, M, Gautam, OP, Crowe, F, Sanneh, B, Ensink, J, Stokes, T & Cairncross, S 2021, 'Effects on childhood infections of promoting safe and hygienic complementary-food handling practices through a community based programme: A cluster randomised controlled trial in a rural area of The Gambia', PLoS Medicine, vol. 18, no. 1, e1003260. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1003260

Brown, AG, Rhodes, EJ, Davis, S, Zhang, Y, Pears, B, Whitehouse, NJ, Bradley, C, Bennett, J, Schwenninger, JL, Firth, A, Hughes, P & Walling, D 2021, 'Late Quaternary evolution of a lowland anastomosing river system: geological-topographic inheritance, non-uniformity and implications for biodiversity and management', Quaternary Science Reviews, vol. 260, 106929. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2021.106929

Pojar, I, Stanica, A, Stock, F, Kochleus, C, Schultz, M & Bradley, C 2021, 'Sedimentary microplastic concentrations from the Romanian Danube River to the Black Sea', Scientific Reports, vol. 11, no. 1, 2000. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-81724-4

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

Croghan, D, Van Loon, AF, Sadler, JP, Bradley, C & Hannah, DM 2019, 'Prediction of river temperature surges is dependent on precipitation method', Hydrological Processes, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 144-159. https://doi.org/10.1002/hyp.13317

Jafary, F & Bradley, C 2018, 'Groundwater Irrigation Management and the Existing Challenges from the Farmers’ Perspective in Central Iran', Land, vol. 7, no. 1, 15. https://doi.org/10.3390/land7010015

Manjang, B, Hemming, K, Bradley, C, Ensink, J, Martin, JT, Sowe, J, Jarju, A, Cairncross, S & Manaseki-holland, S 2018, 'Promoting hygienic weaning food handling practices through a community-based programme: intervention implementation and baseline characteristics for a cluster randomised controlled trial in rural Gambia', BMJ open, vol. 8, no. 8, e017573. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-017573

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

Bradley, C, Bowes, M, Brils, J, Friedrich, J, Gault, J, Groom, S, Hein, T, Heininger, P, Michalapoulus, P, Panin, N, Schultz, M, Stanica, A, Andrei, I, Tyler, A & Umgiesser, G 2017, 'Advancing integrated research on European River - Sea systems: the DANUBIUS-RI project', International Journal of Water Resources Development, pp. 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1080/07900627.2017.1399107

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

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Jafary, F & Bradley, C 2021, Agriculture and groundwater irrigation management in Central Iran. in L Mueller, VG Sychev, NM Dronin & F Eulenstein (eds), Exploring and optimizing agricultural landscapes. Innovations in Landscape Research, Springer, Switzerland, pp. 721-734. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-67448-9_39

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>

Croghan, D, Bradley, C, Hannah, D, Sadler, J & Van Loon, A 2017, Characterising event-based DOM inputs to an urban watershed. in AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts., GC14C-07, American Geophysical Union, AGU Fall Meeting 2017, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, 11/12/17. <https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm17/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/287839>

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