I am a hydrologist and fluvial geomorphologist, and am passionate about first developing conceptual models of environmental systems before subjecting them to rigorous field testing, often with novel monitoring methodologies. I have enjoyed working in the UK, Ireland, France, Iceland, Azerbaijan, Georgia, USA and Australia. Almost all of the research projects, derived publications and 15 PhD completions, have been competitively funded by NERC, EPSRC and international organisations such as the Ireland Environmental Protection Agency.
I developed the first automatic erosion monitoring system (Photo-Electronic Erosion Pin (PEEP)) system (1991) and the principle of Thermal Consonance Timing for improved erosion process definition (2005-2008), now used by 35 pure and applied research groups worldwide.
I also developed with the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology the CAFES system for river flood power analysis (2009), and the DOCPROBE model for river bank erosion processes (1999). Our group has also achieved the first experimental quantification of needle ice sediment transport effects (1996), and developed novel chains of causality linking North Atlantic atmospheric circulation and climate changes to (a) river flow change in the UK and USA (2006-11), and (b) Icelandic sediment fluxes to the ocean (2003).