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 ecosystems. His research can be divided into two main areas: (1) elucidating the impacts of global change (climate change, land use change and drought) on river ecosystems; and, (2) improving understanding of water quality and biogeochemistry of human modified river catchments (agricultural, urban), with a focus on dissolved organic matter and nutrient dynamics. Cross cutting both these themes is his interest in method development, specifically improving how we model and monitor aquatic ecosystems using mesocosm scale experimentation and in-situ, high-frequency environmental sensing.


2014: PhD Alpine Hydro-ecology. University of Birmingham

2007: MSc Conservation Biology. Manchester Metropolitan University

2004 : BSc Geography. Manchester Metropolitan University


2021 - present: School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham. Lecturer in Aquatic Ecology and Ecohydrology.

2019 - 2021: School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham. Research Fellow.

2016-2019: School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham. Research Fellow - Environmental Change Outdoor Laboratory (ECOLAB).

2016-2019: RS Hydro Ltd, Bromsgrove.  Research & Development Manager for Optical Sensors.

2013-2016: School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham/RS Hydro. Knowledge Transfer Associate (Funding: Innovate UK).

2010-2014: School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK PhD in Hydroecology (Funding EU- FP7).

2007-2010: Aquatic Scientist, APEM Ltd, Heaton Mersey, Stockport, UK.


  • Global Challenges in the Anthropocene (UG Y1)

  • Critical Issues for 21st Century Ecosystems (UG Y2)

  • Ecological Systems (UG Y2)

  • Field Course (UG Y2)

  • Catchment Processes, Environmental Change and Restoration (UG Y3)

  • River Habitats and Biogeochemistry (PG)

  • River Ecology (PG)

Postgraduate supervision

Kieran is interested in supervising projects related to environmental sensing in freshwater environments and the impacts of environmental change on river ecosystem structure and function.


Freshwater ecology: environmental stressors (organic pollution, effluents and emerging contaminants), environmental change (climate change, glacier retreat, land use and drought), biomonitoring, alpine river systems, functional traits.

Biogeochemistry; dissolved organic matter dynamics, nutrient dynamics in modified systems (urban/agricultural), environmental sensing, optical sensors, environmental chemistry, river temperature, statistical analysis, environmental monitoring.

Other activities

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


Recent publications


Croghan, D, Ala-Aho, P, Welker, J, Mustonen, KR, Khamis, K, Hannah, DM, Vuorenmaa, J, Kløve, B & Marttila, H 2024, 'Seasonal and interannual dissolved organic carbon transport process dynamics in a subarctic headwater catchment revealed by high-resolution measurements', Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 1055-1070. https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-28-1055-2024

Yasmin, T, Khamis, K, Ross, A, Sen, S, Sharma, A, Sen, D, Sen, S, Buytaert, W & Hannah, DM 2023, 'Brief communication: Inclusiveness in designing an early warning system for flood resilience', Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 667-674. https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-23-667-2023

White, JC, Khamis, K, Dugdale, S, Jackson, FL, Malcolm, IA, Krause, S & Hannah, DM 2023, 'Drought impacts on river water temperature: A process‐based understanding from temperate climates', Hydrological Processes, vol. 37, no. 10, e14958. https://doi.org/10.1002/hyp.14958

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2023.121626

Khamis, K, Ouellet, V, Croghan, D, Hernandez gonzalez, LM, Packman, AI, Hannah, DM & Krause, S 2023, 'The Autobot-WQ: A portable, low-cost autosampler to provide new insight into urban spatio-temporal water quality dynamics', Frontiers in Built Environment, vol. 9, 1072757. https://doi.org/10.3389/fbuil.2023.1072757

Richards, LA, Fox, BG, Bowes, MJ, Khamis, K, Kumar, A, Kumari, R, Kumar, S, Hazra, M, Howard, B, Thorn, RMS, Read, DS, Nel, HA, Schneidewind, U, Armstrong, LK, Nicholls, DJE, Magnone, D, Ghosh, A, Chakravorty, B, Joshi, H, Dutta, TK, Hannah, DM, Reynolds, DM, Krause, S, Gooddy, DC & Polya, DA 2022, 'A systematic approach to understand hydrogeochemical dynamics in large river systems: development and application to the River Ganges (Ganga) in India', Water Research, vol. 211, 118054, pp. 118054. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2022.118054

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


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 2023, 'Author Correction: Functional diversity and community assembly of river invertebrates show globally consistent responses to decreasing glacier cover', Nature ecology & evolution, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 472-476. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-023-01989-y

Hannah, DM, Abbott, BW, Khamis, K, Kelleher, C, Lynch, I, Krause, S & Ward, AS 2022, 'Illuminating the ‘invisible water crisis’ to address global water pollution challenges', Hydrological Processes, vol. 36, no. 3, e14525. https://doi.org/10.1002/hyp.14525

Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Khamis, K, Milner, AM, Fell, SC, Hannah, DM & Brown, LE 2022, Alpine Streams and Rivers. in Encyclopedia of Inland Waters (Second Edition). vol. 2, Elsevier, pp. 598-615. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-819166-8.00120-1


Aspin, T, Khamis, K, Matthews, T, Williams, G, Windsor, FM, Woodward, G & Ledger, M 2023, 'Extra terrestrials: drought creates niche space for rare invertebrates in a large-scale and long-term field experiment', Biology Letters, vol. 19, no. 11, 20230381. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2023.0381


Croghan, D, Ala-Aho, P, Welker, J, Mustonen, K-R, Khamis, K, Hannah, DM, Vuorenmaa, J, Kløve, B & Marttila, H 2023 'Seasonal and interannual Dissolved Organic Carbon transport process dynamics in a subarctic headwater catchment revealed by high-resolution measurements' European Geosciences Union. https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-2023-1986

Review article

Kumar, M, Khamis, K, Stevens, R, Hannah, DM & Bradley, C 2024, 'In-situ optical water quality monitoring sensors—applications, challenges, and future opportunities', Frontiers in Water, vol. 6, 1380133. https://doi.org/10.3389/frwa.2024.1380133

Gunter, H, Bradley, C, Hannah, D, Manaseki-Holland, S, Stevens, R & Khamis, K 2023, 'Advances in quantifying microbial contamination in potable water: Potential of fluorescence-based sensor technology', Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water, vol. 10, no. 1, e1622. https://doi.org/10.1002/wat2.1622

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