BHS 2014: Challenging hydrological theory and practice




Professor Mike Waddington

Mike Waddington is a professor in the McMaster University School of Geography and Earth Sciences (Ontario, Canada), an associate director of the McMaster Centre for Climate Change and co-founder of the journal Ecohydrology. With his With our research foundation firmly in hydrology and by adopting a watershed ecosystems framework he use innovative field experimental manipulations and ecohydrological modelling to understand watershed interactions of water, vegetation, soil and greenhouse gas exchange. His research examines the effects of drought, wildfire and resource extraction on watershed ecohydrology with a focus on ecosystems, such as peatlands, that may be sensitive to changes in hydrology. We are developing new hydrological and modelling tools for resource managers, fire managers and our industrial partners.


Dr Glen Watts

Glenn Watts works in the Evidence Directorate of the Environment Agency, leading a research team of 11 specialising in climate change and resource efficiency. His special interests are in climate change impacts and adaptation in the water sector, particularly concentrating on water supply and drought management. In previous roles for the Environment Agency he was responsible for water resources planning and drought planning and management. He led the development of the Environment Agency’s 2001 water resources strategy and introduced the approach to water supply and drought planning that is still used by water companies in England and Wales. Most recently, Glenn led the development of the LWEC water climate change report card.


Dr Naomi Tague

Naomi Tague is an associate professor of hydrology at the University of California, Santa Barbra. Her research is focused on the interactions between hydrology and ecosystem processes and, specifically, how eco-hydrologic systems are altered by changes in land use and climate. Much of her work involves developing and using spatial simulation models to integrate data from multiple field-based monitoring studies in order to generalize results to larger watersheds. Reflecting that emphasis, she is one of the principal developers of the Regional Hydro-Ecologic Simulation System (RHESSys), an integrated model of spatially distributed carbon, water, and nitrogen cycling. RHESSys is designed to provide science-based information about spatial patterns of ecosystem health and vulnerability in terms of water quantity and quality. She is currently modeling the impacts of climate change on stream-flow patterns in the western United States and examining how urbanization alters drainage patterns and associated biogeochemical cycling in watersheds in Baltimore, Md., and Southern California.


Dr Ross Woods

Ross Woods is a lecturer in water and environmental engineering at the University of Bristol. Ross Woods' primary research interests are in catchment classification, hydrological similarity, and global hydrology. He uses a range of approaches to catchment hydrology research, including theoretical and analytical models, numerical modelling, comparative statistical analysis of hydrological data from a wide range of environments, and field measurement of hydrological processes. The goal of his research is to produce theories that can be used to make reliable predictions of catchment hydrology directly at the scale of the catchment, anywhere on the planet.


Invited speakers


Professor Mark Sterling

Mark Sterling is a professor of Civil Engineering within the University of Birmingham. His research in Water Engineering is mainly directed towards understanding and evaluating the conveyance capacity of rivers, i.e., fluvial flow. He has developed this understanding via a three pronged approach: physical modelling, numerical and field work. He has have been involved in a variety of research council and industrial funded projects, has a research portfolio in excess of £3m and has published over 100 journal/conference publications.


Dr Wouter BuyTaert

Wouter Buytaert is a lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering at Imperial College London. He is an expert on water resources and environmental change. He has a track record of research on the impact of land use changes and climate change on hydrological processes and water supply, but also works on the development of environmental models, prediction, decision support and sustainable development. He is working extensively in tropical areas, with a particular interest in South American and African mountain regions.


Anne Jefferson

Dr Anne Jefferson

Anne Jefferson's research focuses on watershed hydrology, groundwater-surface water interactions, and landscape evolution in human-altered and volcanic landscapes. Much of her research is field-based, but her group also makes use of stable isotope analyses, geographic information systems (GIS), and modeling.



Craig Woolhouse

Craig Woolhouse 

Craig Woolhouse is a chartered civil engineer with over 25 years' flood risk management experience in both the public and private sectors. His current role is to provide strategic direction for the Environment Agency’s role in flood incidents. This includes working in partnership with the Met Office and the national Flood Forecasting Centre, development of coastal and fluvial flood forecasting models, provision of warning and advice services for the public and emergency services and effective incident response along- side emergency and local services. 


Sara McMillan

Dr Sara McMillan

Sara McMillan studies the biogeochemistry and water quality of aquatic ecosystems with an emphasis on the interactions between hydrology and nutrient and carbon transformations. Her research centres on the sustainability of healthy ecosystems and restoring ecosystem functions of streams and wetlands.



Russell Death

Dr Russell Death

Russell’s research is focused in the application of ecological theory to stream invertebrate community ecology, in particular the role of disturbance in determining diversity patterns. This includes a number of research projects examining different types of disturbance



Geoffrey Gooch

Prof Geoffrey Gooch 

Geoffrey Gooch is a specialist in water and environmental policy analysis and in the study of institutional communication and interaction. He has worked extensively with stakeholder and public participation and knowledge exchange in many parts of the world. He has played leading roles in numerous international research projects and has recently worked and published on issues such as transboundary water governance, environmental regimes, public and stakeholder participation and water and environmental scenarios.


Kevin Hiscock

Prof Kevin Hiscock

Kevin Hiscock has over 30 years of experience advancing understanding of the natural and contaminant hydrochemistry of catchment systems both in the UK and overseas. Kevin Hiscock has developed an international reputation in teaching and research in hydrology and hydrogeology with high-level knowledge of inorganic and stable isotope hydrochemistry, hydrological modelling and the impacts of climate and land use change on groundwater resources.  Current research is assessing the origins and fluxes of catchment nitrogen and phosphorus leaching losses and investigating land management practices to cost-effectively reduce the impacts of diffuse water pollution from agriculture.