Professional summary

Gareth has many years' experience in hydro-geomorphology, with research projects focused on river flow and sediment transport, including its quality, and their ecological impacts. He led a large project for the Environment Agency that developed prototype tools for evaluating the ecological impacts of floods.   

He successfully demonstrated how the novel technique of monitoring natural fluorescence can be used to detect contributions of agricultural pollutants to headwater streams, and he co-ordinates the science and management of the UKCEH River Lambourn Observatory, a site on a highly protected chalk river. Gareth is the UKCEH champion for research into Working With Natural Processes. Natural flood management is one of his key areas of interest and he is leading a systematic review of evidence for the influence of trees on river flows. 

Gareth has worked on projects for DEFRA and Natural England that have involved the collection and assessment of evidence for the effectiveness of agri-environment mitigation schemes and the specification of appropriate monitoring programmes. He is experienced in managing large collaborative projects for external customers including leading successful, high-profile dissemination workshops for DEFRA and others.