Professor Joseph Holden
- Position: Chair of Physical Geography
- Areas of expertise: peatlands; hydrology; water; catchment management; soil; agriculture; climate change; hillslope; water quality; carbon cycling; floods; rivers; drainage; wetlands; upland; moorland; physical geography
- Email: J.Holden@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 3317
- Location: 10.142 School of Geography
- Website: Integrated Catchment Solutions Programme | Twitter | LinkedIn | Googlescholar | ORCID
I joined the University of Leeds in 2000, after an undergraduate geography degree at the University of Cambridge (1994-1997) and a PhD in peatland hydrology at Durham University (1997-2000).
I held an Independent NERC Research Fellowship 2002-2005.
In 2007 I became the youngest full professor in the UK at the time. I received the 2007 Philip Leverhulme Prize and the 2011 Gordon Warwick Medal from the British Society for Geomorphology.
I have been Pro-Dean for Research for the Faculty of Environment since 2013 and Director of water@leeds since its formation in 2008.
- Pro Dean for Research and Innovation
- Director of water@leeds
In my own research I seek to understand the processes associated with the hydrology and carbon dynamics of peatlands under environmental change. I also seek to understand how land management, including agriculture, impacts flowpaths through soils and into watercourses, and also how it impacts on hazard cascades such as flooding, wildfires, pollution, slope stability and drought risk.
I currently have ~£10 million of active grants on which I am a named investigator and I lead the £6M integrated catchment solutions programme (iCASP). Follow my latest publication releases and grant information on twitter at: http://twitter.com/geojho
My research funders include businesses, government research agencies, government departments, charities and trusts, and philanthropists. Example current projects include:
- Using Critical Zone Science to Enhance Soil Fertility and Improve Ecosystem Services for Periurban Agriculture in China
- Prescribed fire effects on peatland vegetation
- Impact of tracks on peatlands
- Upland soil management and downstream flood risk
- Optimising natural flood management in upland peatlands
- MycoRhizaSoil: Combining wheat genotypes with cultivation methods to facilitate mycorrhizosphere organisms improving soil quality and crop resilience
- Forest to bog restoration
- Peatland restoration and water quality
- Detecting and understanding change in African wetlands
- Hydrological impacts of tropical peatland restoration in Indonesia
- Impact of flooding on embankment safety for transport infrastructure
- Impact of pipe blocking on degraded peatland hydrology
- The role of peatlands in global water security
- Effects of needle ice on peat erosion
- Role of organic grazing on soil function
I am a Chartered Geographer, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society.
I edit and write for several major textbooks:
- An Introduction to Physical Geography and the Environment
- Water Resources: an integrated approach
- Physical Geography - the basics
I currently supervise ten PhD students from a wide range of countries including China, Indonesia, the Netherlands, Nigeria and the UK. I am happy to supervise talented research postgraduates in my research field. If you would be interested in sponsoring a PhD project to allow talented researchers to fulfil their potential and undertake a PhD then please contact me.
- I am a member of several advisory boards including:
- Science Advisory Board, IGB Berlin
- Science Advisory Board, MS Amlin
- Yorkshire West Local Nature Partnership
- Natural Environment Research Council College
- The Yorkshire Integrated Catchment Solutions Programme
- Yorkshire integrated catchment solutions programme (iCASP)
- MA Geography, University of Cambridge
- PhD, University of Durham
- Chartered Geographer, Royal Geographical Society
- Royal Geographical Society
- Royal Meteorological Society
- American Geophysical Union
- European Geosciences Union
- British Hydrological Society
- British Society for Geomorphology
I teach hydrological topics, particularly on the MSc programmes in River Basin Dynamics and Environmental Consultancy.
Research groups and institutes
- River Basin Processes and Management
Current postgraduate research students
- Ecohydrological response of peatlands to climate change
- Response of testate amoebae to peatland grip blocking: implications for biomonitoring of peatland restoration efforts
- What causes the formation of pipes within peat?