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


Academic Staff

Professor Stephen Rice

Professor of Physical Geography
PhD (University of British Columbia)

Tel: +44 (0)1509 222748

Location: Room NN.1.08, Martin Hall building, East 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, 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

Pledger AG, Rice SP, Millet J (2014) “Reduced bed material stability and increased bedload transport caused by foraging fish: a flume study with juvenile Barbel (Barbus barbus)” Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 39:1500-1513

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

Rice SP, Buffin-Bélanger T, Reid I. (2014) “Sensitivity of interfacial hydraulics to the microtopographic roughness of water-lain gravels” Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 39, 184–199

Thomas RE, Johnson MF, Frostick LE, Parsons DR, Bouma TJ, Dijkstra JT, Eiffs O, Gobert S, Henry P-Y, Kemp P, McLelland SJ, Moulin FY, Myrhaug D, Neyts A, Paul M, Penning E, Rice SP, Puijalon S, Stanica A, Tagliapietra D, Tal M, Tørum A and Vousoukas MI. (2014) Physical modelling of water, fauna and flora: Knowledge gaps, avenues for future research and infrastructural needs. Journal of Hydraulic Research, 52:311-325

Johnson MF, Rice SP, Reid I. (2014) “The activity of signal crayfish (Pacifastacus leniusculus) in relation to thermal and hydraulic dynamics of an alluvial stream, UK” Hydrobiologia 724, 41–54.

Toone JA, Rice SP and Piegay H. (2014) “Spatial discontinuity and temporal evolution of channel morphology along a mixed bedrock-alluvial river: contingent responses to external and internal controls”, Geomorphology 205, 5-16

Rice, SP, Johnson, MF, Reid, I (2012) Animals and the geomorphology of gravel-bed rivers. In Church, M, Biron, PM, Roy, AG (ed) Gravel-bed Rivers: Processes, Tools, Environments, John Wiley & Sons, pp.225-241, ISBN: 9780470688908.

Johnson MF, Rice SP and Reid I. (2011) “Increase in coarse sediment transport associated with disturbance of gravel river beds by signal crayfish (Pacifastacus leniusculus)”, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 36, 1680-1692. DOI: 10.1002/esp.2192

Harvey GL, Moorhouse TP, Clifford NJ, Henshaw AJ, Johnson MF, Macdonald DW, Reid I and Rice SP. (2011) “Evaluating the role of invasive aquatic species as drivers of fine sediment-related river management problems: the case of the signal crayfish (Pacifastacus leniusculus)”, Progress in Physical Geography 35, 517-533.

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
1st Floor Martin Hall Building
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU, UK

Tel: +44 (0)1509 222794

Fax: +44 (0)1509 223930