Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 222222
Loughborough University


Academic Staff

Professor Stephen Rice

Head of Department, Professor of Physical Geography
PhD (University of British Columbia)

Tel: +44 (0)1509 222748

Location: Room 0.24, FM building, West Park


I am a fluvial geomorphologist and sedimentologist, specialising in ecogeomorphology: the physical processes at work in gravel-bed rivers, the sediments and morphologies that those processes produce, and the two-way interactions with freshwater ecological process and patterns. Asking and answering questions in these arenas matters for developing a better understanding of how rivers work and for managing river ecosystems more effectively. Within these themes, recent and current research follows four strands.

Inaugural professorial lecture at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYaXZ-ekaws

Read about how crayfish impacts on geomorphology may be affecting flood risk in UK rivers here

Selected publications


Rice SP, Johnson MF, Mathers K, Reeds J, Extence C (2016) The importance of biotic entrainment in base flow fluvial sediment transport, Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface, 121, 890–906, doi:10.1002/2015JF003726 

Rice SP  (online April 2016) Tributary connectivity, confluence aggradation and network biodiversity, Geomorphology, 10.1016/j.geomorph.2016.03.027 

Mathers K, Wood PJ, Rice SP, Dunbar M, Extence C, Chadd R, Reeds J. (2016) The long-term effects of invasive signal crayfish (Pacifastacus leniusculus) on instream macroinvertebrate communities, Science of the Total Environment 556: 207-218. [

Mathers K, Chadd RP, Extence CA, Rice SP, Wood PJ (2016) The implications of an invasive species on the reliability of macroinverterbrate biomonitoring tools used in freshwater ecological assessments, Ecological Indicators 63: 23-28.

Pledger AG, Rice SP, Millet J (2016) Bed disturbance via foraging fish increases bedload transport during subsequent high flows and is controlled by fish size and species,Geomorphology 253: 83-93

Rice SP, Johnson MF, Reeds J, Extence C, Longstaff H (2014). Diel patterns of suspended sediment flux and the zoogeomorphic agency of invasive crayfish, Cuadernos de Investigación Geográfica 40, 7-27

Johnson MF, Rice SP. (2014) Animal perception in gravel-bed rivers: Scales of sensing and environment controls on sensory information, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 71, 945-957

All Publications



Year 1: Global Environmental Change at Local Scales; Earth System Science; Tutorials.
Year 2: Earth Surface Processes and Landforms.
Final Year: River Dynamics and the Environment; Alpine Fieldcourse; Dissertation.

Postgraduate taught

Tools for River Management; Professional Practice in Environmental Management.

Current postgraduate research students

Kate Mathers: Crayfish Impacts on fine sediment dynamics in lowland rivers
James Smith: Ecosystem engineering by Bream in lowland rivers
Amelia Bulcock: The geomorphic and hydraulic impacts of complex weir removals: Evaluating risk in river restoration

Recent postgraduate research students

Andrew Pledger (2015): Zoogeomorphology of selected UK freshwater fish


Academic career

2011 onwards: Professor of River Science, Loughborough University.
1995 - 2007: Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in Physical Geography, Loughborough University.

Professional responsibilities

2010 onwards: Chief Editor, Sedimentology.
2010 - present: Member of the Bureau of the International Association of Sedimentologists.
2008 - 2010: Vice-chair (Publications) British Society for Geomorphology.
2007 - 2010: Associate Editor, Sedimentology.
2006 -2009: NERC Peer Review College
2003 -2010: Executive Committee of the British Geomorphological Research Group/British Society for Geomorphology .



Contact us

Department of Geography
FM Building, Margaret Keay Road
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU, UK

Tel: +44 (0)1509 222794

Fax: +44 (0)1509 223930