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Upland Environments Research Unit

The Upland Environments Research unit is a group of five staff and ten research students working in the School of Geography at the University of Manchester. The groups research interests span Geomorphology, Hydrology, Palaeoecology, and Remote Sensing with a thematic focus on Upland Environments. The group has experience of working in North America, South East Asia, and Europe. A particular focus of current work are the threatened and globally distinctive uplands of the southern Pennines where the group maintains a continually monitored research catchment.




Dr Claire Goulsbra

My broad area of research focuses on the eroding peatland systems of the South Pennines. Of particular interest is the hydrological connectivity of various flow pathways, and how this is affected by the geomorphology and various other characteristics of this unique landscape. My PhD focussed on developing novel ways to monitor the interactions of these flow pathways and the use of innovative technologies remains one of my key interests. More recently, research focuses on carbon losses from eroding peatlands, specifically the fate of particulate carbon from peat deposited on floodplains.

Emissions, Carbon, Climate change, Sustainability, Teaching, Education


Prof Martin Evans

Martin Evans did graduate work on lake sediment budgets in the alpine zone of British Columbia before returning to the UK to work on upland peatlands, first at Durham and then in the Upland Environments group at Manchester. He has research interests in the geomorphology and hydrology of upland landscapes. Currently the major focus is on upland peatland systems, working on processes of peatland erosion and restoration and their impacts on water and carbon fluxes.

Carbon, Water, Environment, Monitoring, Climate change, Emissions


Prof Clive Agnew

I am an applied climatologist and hydro-meteorologist working on problems of environmental degradation and environmental status assessment. I have worked extensively in both the drylands and the wetlands of Africa, Europe and the Middle East, developing strategies for the improved management of water shortages at local and regionallevels. I am currently engaged in studies of wetland hydrology in the UK with an emphasis up boundary layer fluxes and assessing the spatial variability of climate change predictions.

Member of University's Sustainability Steering Group

Climate, Applied research, Climate change, Environment, Weather, Water, Impact, Resources, Planning, Resilience


Dr Timothy Allott

Tim is a physical geographer with expertise in environmental hydrology, palaeolimnology, aquatic and wetland environments. His research focuses on anthropogenic impacts on upland landscapes and the management and restoration of degraded freshwater and peatland landcapes.

Environment, Resilience, Water, Evaluation, Peat, Pollution, Waste, Sustainability, Teaching, Education


Dr James Rothwell

I am interested in the stores, behaviour, fate and transport of pollutants in the environment. Much of my work addresses the hydrological and biogeochemical processes that affect trace metal and nutrient cycling. I work in a range of systems including peat bogs, forests and urban environments. My research involves, catchment scale process work, laboratory and field experiments, analysis of spatial and temporal monitoring data, and GIS/statistical modelling.

Environment, Pollution, Waste, Water, Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Metals, Ecology, Peat, Trees, Biodiversity, Cities, Planning, Buildings, Geography, Geographical Information Systems, Information technology, Sustainability, Teaching, Education