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.

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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


Comer-Warner, SA, Gooddy, DC, Ullah, S, Glover, L, Percival, A, Kettridge, N & Krause, S 2019, 'Seasonal variability of sediment controls of carbon cycling in an agricultural stream', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 688, pp. 732-741.

Weatherill, J, Krause, S, Ullah, S, Cassidy, N, Levy, A, Drifjhout, F & Rivett, MO 2019, 'Revealing chlorinated ethene transformation hotspots in a nitrate impacted hyporheic zone', Water Research, vol. 161, pp. 222-231.

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.

Hart, KM, Curioni, G, Blaen, P, Harper, NJ, Miles, P, Lewin, KF, Nagy, J, Bannister, EJ, Cai, XM, Thomas, RM, Krause, S, Tausz, M & MacKenzie, AR 2019, 'Characteristics of free air carbon dioxide enrichment of a northern temperate mature forest', Global Change Biology.

Blöschl, G, McDonnell, JJ, Hannah, D, Krause, S, Krause, S & Van Loon, A 2019, 'Twenty-three unsolved problems in hydrology (UPH) – a community perspective', Hydrological Sciences Journal, vol. 64, no. 10, pp. 1141-1158.

Abbott, BW, Bishop, K, Zarnetske, JP, Minaudo, C, Chapin, FS, Krause, S, Hannah, DM, Conner, L, Ellison, D, Godsey, SE, Plont, S, Marçais, J, Kolbe, T, Huebner, A, Frei, RJ, Hampton, T, Gu, S, Buhman, M, Sayedi, SS, Ursache, O, Chapin, M, Henderson, KD & Pinay, G 2019, 'Human domination of the global water cycle absent from depictions and perceptions', Nature Geoscience, vol. 12, no. 7, pp. 533-540.

Comer-Warner, SA, Romeijn, P, Gooddy, DC, Ullah, S, Kettridge, N, Marchant, B, Hannah, DM & Krause, S 2019, 'Addendum: Thermal sensitivity of CO2 and CH4 emissions varies with streambed sediment properties', Nature Communications, vol. 10, no. 1, 3093 .

Mao, F, Zhao, X, Ma, P, Chi, S, Richards, K, Clark, J, Hannah, DM & Krause, S 2019, 'Developing composite indicators for ecological water quality assessment based on network interactions and expert judgment', Environmental Modelling and Software, vol. 115, pp. 51-62.

Kelleher, C, Ward, A, Knapp, JLA, Blaen, PJ, Kurz, MJ, Drummond, JD, Zarnetske, JP, Hannah, DM, Mendoza‐Lera, C, Schmadel, NM, Datry, T, Lewandowski, J, Milner, AM & Krause, S 2019, 'Exploring tracer information and model framework trade‐offs to improve estimation of stream transient storage processes', Water Resources Research, vol. 55, no. 4, pp. 3481-3501.

Mackay, JD, Barrand, NE, Hannah, DM, Krause, S, Jackson, CR, Everest, J, Aðalgeirsdóttir, G & Black, AR 2019, 'Future evolution and uncertainty of river flow regime change in a deglaciating river basin', Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 1833-1865.

Romeijn, P, Comer-warner, SA, Ullah, S, Hannah, DM & Krause, S 2019, 'Streambed organic matter controls on carbon dioxide and methane emissions from streams', Environmental Science and Technology, vol. 53, no. 5, pp. 2364-2374.

Reiss, J, Perkins, DM, Fussmann, KE, Krause, S, Canhoto, C, Romeijn, P & Robertson, AL 2019, 'Groundwater flooding: ecosystem structure following an extreme recharge event', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 652, pp. 1252-1260.

Qiu, H, Blaen, P, Comer-Warner, S, Hannah, DM, Krause, S & Phanikumar, MS 2019, 'Evaluating a coupled phenology-surface energy balance model to understand stream-subsurface temperature dynamics in a mixed-use farmland catchment', Water Resources Research, vol. 55, no. 2, pp. 1675-1697.

Mao, F, Richards, KS, Toland, M, Shi, Y, Hannah, DM & Krause, S 2019, 'Rivervis: a tool for visualising river ecosystems', Computers and Geosciences, vol. 123, pp. 59-64.


Abbott, BW, Bishop, K, Zarnetske, JP, Hannah, DM, Frei, RJ, Minaudo, C, F.S. Chapin, III, Krause, S, Conner, L, Ellison, D, Godsey, SE, Plont, S, Marçais, J, Kolbe, T, Huebner, A, Hampton, T, Gu, S, Buhman, M, Sayedi, SS, Ursache, O, Chapin, M, Henderson, KD & Pinay, G 2019, 'A water cycle for the Anthropocene', Hydrological Processes, vol. 33, no. 23, pp. 3046-3052.

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