Professional summary

Research Interests

James is an expert in soil hydrological and hydro-ecological processes and associated numerical modelling, monitoring, field and laboratory analyses.

Current research interests include:
- evaluating the hydrological impact of natural flood management measures, particularly lowland soil and land use management
- monitoring wide area soil moisture using cosmic ray neutron sensors and the COSMOS-UK network
- modelling the potential impacts of drought on catchment water resources under various climate, land use, water resources management and adaptation options
- modelling the potential impacts of climate change on wetlands and assessing the hydrological feasibility of wetland restoration
- improved communication of scientific research and integration of lay and stakeholder knowledge

Broader research interests include:
- sub-surface saturated-unsaturated hydrological processes and modelling
- monitoring and modelling sustainable (SuDS) and conventional drainage systems and their interaction with sub-surface and catchment hydrology
- hillslope hydrology-stability modelling, including geotechnics and drainage
- ultrasonic doppler flow monitoring
- model development and application
- data visualisation, processing and GIS

Brief CV

After graduating with a first class degree in Geography and a PhD in Hydrology, James joined the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology in 2003, initially as a catchment systems hydrologist focusing on urban hydrology and since then encompassing a broad range of hydrological and hydro-ecological research. In 2010 James was awarded the Institution of Civil Engineers Robert Alfred Carr Prize for the best paper on water management.


PhD Hydrology, University of Bristol
MSci Geography, University of Bristol

Panels, committees and memberships

British Hydrological Society