Dr Matthew Perks
Lecturer in Physical Geography
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4728
- Address: Room 6.32
Level 6 Daysh Building
Office hours: Mon 10:00 – 12:00 and Thur 9:00 – 10:00
My research interests broadly encompass fluvial geomorphology, the measurement of contemporary geomorphic and environmental processes and the risks posed by diffuse pollution on water and habitat quality.
Specific research projects include:
- Working on the SINATRA (Susceptibility of catchments to INTense RAinfall and flooding) project to collect data describing the hydro-geomorphological processes occurring during and immediately following flash floods, wherever they occur in the UK
- Assessing the transfer dynamics of fine sediment through upland hydrological networks of the UK.
- Quantifying the suspended sediment response to an upland river channel diversion in the UK.
- Method development of fluvial suspended sediment samplers capable of collecting time-integrated composite samples for; a) sediment fingerprinting purposes; b) assessing sediment fluxes and; c) model parameterisation.
- Working within the EdenDTC project to establish a state of the art monitoring network capable of determining the success of various mitigation methods designed to reduce the movement of diffuse pollution from agriculture. The monitoring network is able to detect subtle changes to in-stream nutrient dynamics in these headwater catchments.
- Working with Natural England to locate and recommend resource protection options for Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), and similar sites impacted by diffuse pollution across Northern England.
- Perks MT, Warburton J, Bracken L, Reaney SM, Emery SB, Hirst S. Use of spatially distributed time-integrated sediment sampling networks and distributed fine sediment modelling to inform catchment management. Journal of Environmental Management 2017, (e-Pub ahead of print).
- Perks MT, Russell AJ, Large ARG. Technical Note: Advances in flash flood monitoring using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 2016, 20(10), 4005-4015.
- Perks MT, Warburton J. Reduced fine sediment flux and channel change in response to the managed diversion of an upland river channel. Earth Surface Dynamics 2016, 4(3), 705-719.
- Adams R, Quinn PF, Perks M, Barber NJ, Jonczyk J, Owen GJ. Simulating high frequency water quality monitoring data using a catchment runoff attenuation flux tool (CRAFT). Science of the Total Environment 2016, (ePub ahead of print).
- Perks MT, Owen GJ, Benskin CMcWH, Jonczyk J, Deasy C, Burke S, Reaney S, Haygarth PM. Dominant mechanisms for the delivery of fine sediment and phosphorus to fluvial networks draining grassland dominated headwater catchments. Science of the Total Environment 2015, 523, 178-190.
- Outram FN, Lloyd CEM, Jonczyk J, Benskin CMcWH, Grant F, Perks MT, Deasy C, Burke SP, Collins AL, Freer J, Haygarth PM, Hiscock KM, Johnes PJ, Lovett AL. High-frequency monitoring of nitrogen and phosphorus response in three rural catchments to the end of the 2011-2012 drought in England. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 2014, 18, 3429-3448.
- Snell M, Barker P, Surridge B, Large A, Jonczyk J, Benskin C, Reaney S, Perks MT, Owen G, Cleasby W, Deasey C, Burke S, Haygarth P. High frequency variability of environmental drivers determining benthic community dynamics in headwater streams. Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts 2014, 16(7), 1629-1636.
- Perks MT. Suspended Sediment Sampling. In: Clarke, LE, ed. Geomorphological Techniques (Online Edition). London, UK: British Society for Geomorphology, 2014, pp.3.3.6.
- Perks MT, Warburton J, Bracken LJ. Critical assessment and validation of a time-integrating fluvial suspended sediment sampler. Hydrological Processes 2013, 28(17), 4795-4807.
- Emery SB, Perks MT, Bracken LJ. Negotiating river restoration: The role of divergent reframing in environmental decision-making. Geoforum 2013, 47, 167-177.
- Owen GJ, Perks MT, Benskin CMH, Wilkinson ME, Jonczyk J, Quinn PF. Monitoring agricultural diffuse pollution through a dense monitoring network in the River Eden Demonstration Test Catchment, Cumbria, UK. Area 2012, 44(4), 443-453.