Prof. Susan Waldron, Group leader of the Carbon Landscape Research Group.

Susan holds a personal chair in Biogeochemistry. Her first degree was a B.Sc (Hons) in Applied Geology (1990) and her PhD was on ‘Stable Isotopic Composition of Bacteriogenic Methane Emissions’. After her PhD she managed for eight years the NERC Scientific Service ‘Life Sciences Community Stable Isotope Facility, East Kilbride’ which integrated research interests in carbon cycling with ecology. She left the Facility in 2002 to undertake a NERC Advanced Research Fellowship on ‘Under what conditions is a river under-saturated with CO2?’ and on completion of this Fellowship became a senior lecturer in the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow, before taking up the chair in 2010.

Since 1997 she has co-authored 50+ peer-reviewed journal publications, and is only one of two UK academics to have published research on the impact of windfarms on aquatic systems and the capacity of a landscape to sequester C.

Susan is a member of NERC Science Board and NERC Peer Review Council and co-leads SAGES Terrestrial C research theme. She is also Dean for Graduate Studies in The University of Glasgow College of Science & Engineering.


Current Group Members

Maricela Blair, Ph.D. student

MB1 microscopeMaricela is a Scottish Government funded Hydronation doctoral candidate researching ‘Micro- and Nanoplastics in Wastewater Treatment Systems and Receiving Waters’. She is an interdisciplinary professional with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Anthropology from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY (2004) and MSc in Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, AR (2007). She was awarded a British Chevening Scholarship for her Masters in  Freshwater Sciences at the University of Glasgow (2011-12). Her MSc thesis project examined the relative contributions of DOC and water colour from the different inflows to a reservoir in a peatland-dominated wind farm catchment in Central Scotland. The project built on Scottish Water’s Amlaird WTW catchment monitoring programme and focused on Craigendunton Reservoir at Whitelee, from which raw water supplies for Amlaird WTW are obtained. Maricela is from The Honduras.


Martin Coleman, Ph.D. student

Martin has a B.Sc (Hons) degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and is now undertaking a NERC-ACTF PhD to develop a sensor to better understand the temporal variation and composition changes in dissolved organic carbon. Since commencing his Ph.D. in Jan. 2012 he has been maintaining a s::can spectolyser in one of our long-term field sites and producing high resolution time series. He is exploring Raman spectroscopy as a tool to consider compositional changes and mastering wavelet analysis for statistical modelling of his time series.


Dr. Hu Ding , Karst fluvial CO2 efflux PDRA, 2016-19.

Hu DingHu comes from China, where he got his B.Sc in Geological Science (Lanzhou University, 2005) and PhD in Environmental Geochemistry (Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), 2011). He has taken leave from a post as an associate professor at Institute of Geochemistry, CAS to take a 3 year PDRA position. Funded by NERC, his research focuses on the CO2 efflux from fluvial systems of karst landscapes at South China. The  research will quantify the efflux of atmospheric CO2 degassing from rivers in karst systems, distinguish between different source of carbon in the rivers using chemical tracers, quantify how much C comes from the different sources and how these contributions change with different land use change, or as season and river flow change, and finally create a process-based model to supports global C cycle modelling.

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Amira Elayouty, Ph.D. student.

amiraAmira has taken leave from her post as a Lecturer Assistant at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University and at the American University in Cairo (AUC), Egypt to undertake a Ph.D. in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Glasgow. Her PhD research will develop statistical models for water quality on river networks that requires a complex spatio-temporal model. Her research interests include spatio-temporal and environmental statistics with a particular focus on water pollution. Amira was awarded the John Wiley and TIES best student presentation award for her paper titled “Spatial Heterogeneity of Water Quality of the Nile River in Egypt” at the 22nd annual conference of TIES.


Roger Grau-Andres, Ph.D. student

Roger web small Roger comes from Spain, where he studied Environmental Sciences (U. of Valencia, 2008) and undertook  a Masters in Environmental Engineering (U. of Valencia / The Polytechnic U. of Valencia, 2011).    As a research assistant at the Desertification Research Centre (CIDE, 2008), he considered the effects of wildfires on soil hydrophobicity, and at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW CL, 2010) developed a methodology to study zooplankton ecology. His Kelvin-Smith funded PhD project examines the relationship between fire and peat carbon dynamics in heather moorlands. Specifically, he will be considering the effect of drought on fire severity and carbon dynamics (dissolved organic carbon, CO2 and CH4 fluxes), and the effect of altered fire severity on carbon dynamics and vegetation regeneration.


Hazel Long, Ph.D. student

Hazel is a NERC-funded PhD student (2012-15) who is researching why, how much, when and where freshwaters degas CO2 to the atmosphere. Her first degree was a 1st class integrated Masters degree in Physical Geography from the University of Hull. Her Masters research project was to better understand the processes that control river tufa deposition, a process accompanied by CO2 degassing from freshwater.


Hemanth Pasumarthi, Ph.D. student

Hemanth is a Kelvin-Smith funded PhD student (2012-2015) working on the development of new sensor technology for the measurement of dissolved organic carbon. Hemanth’s first degree is a B.Tech in Electric and Electronic Engineering (2009) and later he undertook double degree program Master of Technology (India) and Master of Science (Germany) in Sensor Systems Technology (2011). Hemanth’s master thesis was ‘Wireless implementation of load link based on surface acoustic wave transducers’.  Hemanth is originally from India.

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Dr. Fu-Jun Yue, China Karst Critical Zone Functioning PDRA 2016-19

Fu-JunFu-Jun Yue came to the group as the postdoctoral research associate from February, 2016. His research expertise is in environmental geochemistry, using stable  isotopes  (C,  N,  S,  O)  to understand environmental change and human activities. His was awarded his PhD in 2013 at Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences on ‘Identifying sources and biogeochemical transformation of nitrate in different watersheds based on dual isotopes’. Prior to joining us he undertook postdoctoral research to understand the contribution of internal nitrogen to the lacustrine nitrogen dynamic cycle. His research within the NERC-NSFC funded Critical Zone project focuses on identifying the source of nutrients and their loading, how this changes with time and land use. Of key interest are how are macronutrients attenuated with transport, within different land use units and with changing fluvial stoichiometry.

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Ying Zheng, Ph.D. student

YingYing is funded by the CSC (China Scholarship Council) and the University of Glasgow. She joined us in 2013, having studied Environmental Sciences as an undergraduate in Hunan University, China (2008-2012), and undertaking one year of Environmental Management in Xiamen University before coming to Glasgow. Her research focuses on potential impacts of wind farm construction and related land use changes on fluvial dissolved organic carbon (DOC) composition, and decomposition in aquatic systems. Field research involved a year-long survey of DOC concentration and chemical composition in a peaty catchment in Glasgow, draining the edge of Whitelee windfarm. With knowledge of DOC seasonal and spatial composition variation from the survey, Ying has been exploring how the differed composition impacts  DOC biodegradation, which can influence C emission from streams. Recently Ying has finished practical work and is focusing on thesis writing.








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We are always interested in supporting interested researchers in securing funding to come and do research within our group. Please contact Susan Waldron to discuss further.

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