University of Aberdeen

Current Position Chair in Hydrology
Telephone +44 (0)1224 272344
Departments School of Geosciences
Quadrat Core Themes Earth Systems, Environmental Management


Professor Christopher Soulsby

Key Research Interests

Runoff processes, streamflow generation and catchment biogeochemistry

  • Use of isotopic and geochemical tracers in identifying hydrological pathways, water sources, residence times and biogeochemical controls on stream chemistry.
  • Linkages between hillslope hydrology and streamflow generation.
  • Integrating the results of tracer studies in hydrological models.
  • Upscaling flow path understanding and landscape controls in mesoscale catchments

Groundwater – surface water interactions

  • Groundwater-surface water interactions in upland environments.
  • Linkages between hillslope hydrology and groundwater – surface water exchange.
  • Hyporheic studies: influence of groundwater on the chemistry and ecology of the hyporheic zone.
  • Groundwater-surface water interactions in alluvial floodplains.

Hydroecology of rivers and wetlands

  • Interactions between flow variability, channel morphology, instream hydraulics and freshwater ecosystems; particularly with respect to salmonids and macroinvertebrates.
  • Impacts of river regulation on aquatic ecosystems and the development of environmental flow regimes.
  • Hydrology and conservation management of wetlands.