Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society

Dr. Josie Geris

Department / group: School of Geosciences
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Research interests:

My research is focussed primarily on understanding catchment processes at different scales and how these are affected by (environmental) change, with the ultimate aim to better inform sustainable management of catchments for the future. The main drivers of hydrological processes are sought through the integration of monitoring and modelling of systems.

Key research interests include:

Multiscale catchment hydrology

Detection and prediction of water resources and land use/management practices impacts on the catchment hydrological behaviour and aquatic ecology of rivers

Vegetation- and soil–water linkages with respect to water storage, transmission and release

Flood management

These are addressed using field based approaches in conjunction with hydrological modelling at multiple spatial scales, and also include Geographic Information Systems (GIS), the interpretation of environmental tracers (stable water isotopes), and statistical methods.

Career history:

Since August 2014: Lecturer in Hydrology at the Northern Rivers Institute, School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen

2012-2014: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Northern Rivers Institute, School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen

2008-2012: PhD Degree Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. Thesis title: ‘Multiscale impacts of land use/management changes on flood response in the River Hodder catchment, north-west England’

Active research projects:

‘Red Soil CZ: From natural to anthropogenic evolution of Red Soil and its impact on ecosystem function in the Critical Zone’, NERC, Co-Investigator. In collaboration with P Hallett (PI, IBES Aberdeen), J. Smith (IBES Aberdeen), M. Hodson (York) and the Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2016-2019

‘Can novel cosmic ray soil moisture probes be used to address the urgent need for upscaling water storage and flux dynamics in hydrological models?’, Royal Society Research Grant, Sole Investigator, 2015-2016

‘Suspended sediment transport dynamics in tropical volcanic landforms’, British Society for Geomorphology, Early Career Researcher Grant, Principal Investigator, 2015-2016

‘Integrated approaches to assess multiscale water sources, flow paths and residence times in changing landscapes’, The Carnegie Trust for Scottish Universities, Research Incentive Grant, Sole Investigator, 2015-2016

Recent publications:

Soulsby, C., Birkel, C., Geris, J. & Tetzlaff, D. (2015). ‘The isotope hydrology of a large river system regulated for hydropower’. River Research and Applications, vol 31, no. 3, pp. 335-349.

Geris, J., Tetzlaff, D., Seibert, J., Vis, M. & Soulsby, C. (2015). ‘Conceptual modelling to assess hydrological impacts and evaluate environmental flow scenarios in montane river systems regulated for hydropower’. River Research and Applications, vol 31, no. 9, pp. 1066-1081.

Geris, J., Tetzlaff, D., McDonnell, JJ. & Soulsby, C. (2015). ‘The relative role of soil type and tree cover on water storage and transmission in northern headwater catchments’. Hydrological Processes, vol 29, no. 7, pp. 1844-1860.

Geris, J., Tetzlaff, D. & Soulsby, C. (2015). ‘Resistance and resilience to droughts: hydropedological controls on catchment storage and run-off response’. Hydrological Processes, vol 29, no. 21, pp. 4579-4593.

Soulsby, C., Birkel, C., Geris, J. & Tetzlaff, D. (2015). ‘Spatial aggregation of time-variant stream water ages in urbanizing catchments’. Hydrological Processes, vol 29, no. 13, pp. 3038-3050.

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