Geography and Environment


Professor Paul Wood Ph.D (Birmingham)

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Professor of Ecohydrology

Academic career

2014-: Professor of Ecohydrology, Loughborough University
2000-2014: Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in Physical Geography, Loughborough University
1997-2000: Lecturer in Applied Science, University of Huddersfield

Professional responsibilities

2017-: Editor, River Research and Applications
2009-: Editorial board member, River Research and Applications
2008-: Editorial board member, Ecohydrology
2013-2017: Associate Editor, Ecohydrology
2011-2015: Co-Editor (Physical and Environmental Geography ) Area
2011-: Editorial board member, Cave and Karst Science

I am an ecohydrologist with research interests in environmental flows and the response of instream organisms to river flow regime variability over a range of spatial and temporal scales. My research examines how riverine communities respond to natural environmental variability (floods and drought) and disturbances (such channel management, sedimentation and stream drying). I have a research interest in the ecology of groundwater dominated ecosystems and particularly the hyporheic zone. My research draws together elements of hydrology, ecology, geomorphology, environmental management and the conservation of freshwater ecosystems such as ponds and ditches. My research is funded from a variety of sources including NERC, Environment Agency, Natural England, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and Nuffield Foundation. The four main strands of my research and indicative publications are listed below.

  • Responses of instream macroinvertebrate communities to flow variability over varying timescales.
  • Ecohydrology of groundwater dominated ecosystems: i) headwater springs and streams; ii) hyporheic zone riverine environments; and iii) cave ecosystems.
  • Instream responses to disturbances associated with sedimentation within lotic environments.
  • The conservation and management of rivers, streams, ponds and ditches.

My teaching explores ecohydrology with a focus river ecology, how communities respond to  environmental change and the conservation and management of freshwater habitats.

Current Postgraduate Research Students

  • Henk Krajenbrink: Putting ‘ecology’ into environmental flow studies – multiple pressures and biological processes
  • James White: Quantifying the influences of groundwater abstraction and hydromorphological controls on river ecosystems.
  • Simon Parry: Drought termination in the UK: Mechanisms and modelling for improved management.

Recent Postgraduate Research Students

  • Atish Vadher (2018): The use of the hyporheic refuge by benthic invertebrates in response to dewatering
  • Kate Mathers (2017): The influence of signal crayfish on fine sediment dynamics and macroinvertebrate communities in lowland rivers.
  • Matthew Hill (2015): Aquatic macroinvertebrate biodiversity of lowland rural and urban ponds in Leicestershire temporary ponds.
  • Mathers, K, Rice, SP, Wood, PJ (2017) Temporal effects of enhanced fine sediment loading on macroinvertebrate community structure and functional traits, Science of the Total Environment, 599-600: .513-522, ISSN: 0048-9697. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.04.096.
  • Chadd, RP, England, JA, Constable, D, Dunbar, MJ, Extence, CA, Leeming, DJ, Murray-Bligh, JA, Wood, PJ (2017) An index to track the ecological effects of drought development and recovery on riverine invertebrate communities, Ecological Indicators, 82: 344-356, ISSN: 1470-160X. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.06.058.
  • Vadher, AN, Leigh, C, Millett, J, Stubbington, R, Wood, PJ (2017) Vertical movements through subsurface stream sediments by benthic macroinvertebrates during experimental drying are influenced by sediment characteristics and species traits., Freshwater Biology, 62: 1730-1740. ISSN: 0046-5070. DOI: 10.1111/fwb.12983.
  • White, J, House, A, Punchard, N, Hannah, DM, Wilding, NA, Wood, PJ (2017) Macroinvertebrate community responses to hydrological controls and groundwater abstraction effects across intermittent and perennial headwater streams, Science of the Total Environment, 610: 1514-1526. ISSN: 1879-1026. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.06.081.
  • Stubbington, R, England, J, Wood, PJ, Sefton, CEM (2017) Temporary streams in temperate zones: recognizing, monitoring and restoring transitional aquatic-terrestrial ecosystems, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water, 4: e1223-e1223, ISSN: 2049-1948. DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1223.
  • Hill, MJ, Heino, J, Thornhill, I, Ryves, DB, Wood, PJ (2017) Effects of dispersal mode on the environmental and spatial correlates of nestedness and species turnover in pond communities, OIKOS, 126: 1575–1585. ISSN: 1600-0706. DOI: 10.1111/oik.04266.
  • Wilby, R, Clifford, N, De Luca, P, Harrigan, S, Hillier, J, Hodgkins, R, Matthew, T, Murphy, C, Noone, S, Parry, S, Prudhomme, C, Rice, S, Slater, L, Smith, K, Wood, P (2017) The “dirty dozen” of freshwater science: detecting then reconciling hydrological data biases and errors, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water, DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1209.
  • Mathers, K, Hill, MJ, Wood, PJ (2017) Benthic and hyporheic macroinvertebrate distribution within the heads and tails of riffles during baseflow conditions, Hydrobiologia, 794: 17-30. ISSN: 0018-8158. DOI: 10.1007/s10750-017-3092-8.