Professor in Physical Geography, University of Southampton

Prof. Sear's research interests are in increasing the evidence base for the ecological impact of agriculturally derived sediments. He leads teams responsible for a) Development of a national scale typology of river sensitivity to fine sediment impacts; b) development of a major national facility for simulating spawning habitats; c) experiment to determine impacts of different fine sediment loads derived from different sources on incubating salmonids, Grayling and Dace; d) Deveopment in collaboration with Dr D.J.Smallman; Ann Stringfellow (CEES) of a methodology for fingerprinting organic sediments in spawning gravels; e) measurment of sediment oxygen demand of fine sedimnets in spawning gravels; f) numericalmdoelling of fine sediment routing and infiltration into spawning habitats based on the ADAS PSYCHIC sediment delivery model.

Experience

  • –present
    Professor in Physical Geography, University of Southampton