School of Engineering


Daryl Hughes

Daryl is one of our current STREAM researchers

Daryl Hughes


A fascination with human-environment interactions led Daryl to study a BSc in Conservation & Forest Ecosystems at Bangor University. After graduation, Daryl spent three years working as a forest manager for The Crown Estate in Exmoor National Park. He has also worked for Göttingen University and the Lower Saxony Forestry Service.

Not content with this ever-growing list of trades, Daryl decided to dedicate himself to something: that turned out to be a career in hydrology. Following an MSc in Hydrology & Climate Change at Newcastle University, he sought a challenge which would use his experience, develop new skills and have real-world impact. The Stream programme appeared to be ideal, as it offers an opportunity to carry out doctoral research whilst working with engineers and practitioners in the UK water sector.

Based at Newcastle University and sponsored by United Utilities, Daryl’s project goes under the working title of Understanding and communicating impacts of water resource infrastructure removal. The project will focus on the iconic Crummock Water in the Lake District, which has been a reservoir since Victorian times. The physical aspects of the research will include hydrology, geology and ecology. Furthermore, the social aspects will investigate how technological innovation might help make better water resource decisions, and allow more in-depth engagement with stakeholders.

The latest updates on the project can be found on Daryl’s BLOG.