Dr Hugh Smith BSc (Hons), PhD

Honorary research fellow Geography and Planning


Personal Statement

My research lies at the intersection of hydrology, soil science and geomorphology. It focuses on natural and human-impacted processes affecting soils and the movement of water, sediments and contaminants in river catchments.

My career began in Australia where I obtained my PhD from the University of Sydney and was a research fellow at the University of Melbourne. I moved to the UK when I was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship funded by the European Union before taking up my post at the University of Liverpool.

Current research focuses on (1) agricultural and climate change effects on soil erosion and sedimentation; (2) impacts of forest fire on catchment soils and water quality; (3) contamination of river systems by Fukushima radioactivity; and (4) development of catchment sediment source fingerprinting techniques.

Personal Distinctions

  • Chair of Subdivision on Erosion, Sedimentation & River Processes (2016-) (European Geosciences Union 2016)
  • Conference (Invitation to Speak, European Geosciences Union 2017)
  • Conference (Invitation to Speak, American Geophysical Union 2015)
  • Conference (Invitation to Speak, Durham University 2015)
  • Marie Curie Fellow (2011-2013) (Competitive Fellowship, European Union 2011)
  • Seminar (Invitation to Speak, Liverpool John Moores University 2014)
  • Workshop (Invitation to Speak, University of Tsukuba 2013)
  • Conference (Invitation to Speak, Japan Geoscience Union International Symposium 2013)
  • Seminar (Invitation to Speak, United States Geological Survey Boulder Colorado 2011)
  • Seminar (Invitation to Speak, United States Geological Survey Golden Colorado 2011)
  • Seminar (Invitation to Speak, University of Plymouth 2010)

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