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Research Statement

Broadly speaking, my research focuses on climate and environmental change. I specialise in modelling soil erosion by water and stress-testing the efficacy of mitigation measures - existing or potential - under the impacts of future climatic changes.

I recently completed a PhD that focused on researching the resilience and adaptation of muddy flooding mitigation to climate change. As part of this research, soil erosion modelling was informed by carefully tuned climate model selection to develop a range of effective and practicable mitigation measures for a heavily impacted catchment in Flanders, Belgium, that will remain resilient under the most likely best-and-worst case future climate scenarios. The findings will continue to be disseminated to not only help inform policy development and adaptation in Flanders, but also to influence muddy flooding mitigation planning elsewhere in the European loess belt. 

Research Interests

Soil Erosion and Muddy Flooding; Climate Scenario Development and Impacts Modelling; Resilience of Environmental Management Strategies to Climate Change; GIS.


  • BSc Geography, 2014-2017 @ Queen's University Belfast;

  • MSc Environmental Engineering, 2017-2018 @ Queen's University Belfast;

  • Geography PhD, 2018-2023 @ Queen's University Belfast.

  • Lecturer in Physical Geography, 2022 - @ Queen's University Belfast.


  • GGY1009: Physical Geography: Earth, Wind and Water;

  • GGY2052: Geomorphology;
  • GGY2055: Geographical Research Skills;

  • GGY2058: Global Environmental Change;
  • GGY7005: Living with Climate Change.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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