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


  • 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)

Other activities

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


Recent publications


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, 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

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

Ouellet, V, Khamis, K, Croghan, D, Hernandez Gonzalez, LM, Rivera, VA, Phillips, CB, Packman, AI, Miller, WM, Hawke, RG, Hannah, DM & Krause, S 2021, 'Green roof vegetation management alters potential for water quality and temperature mitigation', Ecohydrology, vol. 14, no. 6, e2321. https://doi.org/10.1002/eco.2321

Khamis, K, Blaen, PJ, Comer-warner, S, Hannah, DM, Mackenzie, AR & Krause, S 2021, 'High-Frequency Monitoring Reveals Multiple Frequencies of Nitrogen and Carbon Mass Balance Dynamics in a Headwater Stream', Frontiers in Water, vol. 3, 668924, pp. 668924. https://doi.org/10.3389/frwa.2021.668924

Arias Font, R, Khamis, K, Milner, S, Sambrook-Smith, G & Ledger, M 2021, 'Low flow and heatwaves alter ecosystem functioning in a stream mesocosm experiment', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 777, 146067. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.146067

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, vol. 64, no. 4, pp. 750-760. 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

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

Hamilton, AT, Schäfer, RB, Pyne, MI, Chessman, B, Kakouei, K, Boersma, KS, Verdonschot, PFM, Verdonschot, RCM, Mims, M, Khamis, K, Bierwagen, B & Stamp, J 2019, 'Limitations of trait-based approaches for stressor assessment: The case of freshwater invertebrates and climate drivers', Global Change Biology. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.14846

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


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

Review article

Gunter, H, Bradley, C, Hannah, D, Manaseki-Holland, S, Stevens, R & Khamis, K 2022, 'Advances in quantifying microbial contamination in potable water: potential of fluorescence-based sensor technology', WIREs Water. https://doi.org/10.1002/wat2.1622

Mao, F, Khamis, K, Clark, J, Krause, S, Buytaert, W, Ochoa-Tocachi, BF & Hannah, DM 2020, 'Moving beyond the Technology: A Socio-technical Roadmap for Low-Cost Water Sensor Network Applications', Environmental Science and Technology, vol. 54, no. 15, pp. 9145-9158. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.9b07125

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