Dr Paul J. Morris

Dr Paul J. Morris


I hold the role of Lecturer in Ecohydrology. My research focuses on the interactions between the hydrological, ecological and biogeochemical processes that govern the past, present and future of the world's wetlands. I am particularly interested in carbon-dense wetlands such as peatlands and mangroves. I use modelling, field and laboratory techniques in the pursuit of my research questions.

You can find a full list of my publications at the bottom of this page. 


  • Examinations Officer, School of Geography

Research interests

  • The long-term (millennial) development of peatland and mangrove ecosystems, soils, carbon stores and hydrological functions. 
  • The response of peatlands to disturbances such as wildfire, future climate change and land-use change, on timescales that are meaningful to humans (seasonal to decadal). 
  • Improving process-based understanding of peatland hydrological processes, including groundwater-surface water interactions and controls on peat hydraulic properties.
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  • 2010: PhD, Queen Mary University of London
  • 2004: BSc Geography, University of Sheffield

Student education

I currently teach on the following undergraduate modules:

  • GEOG1055 Environmental Change: Past and Future (module leader)
  • GEOG1081 Data Analysis in Physical Geography
  • GEOG2007 Mallorca Field Class (module leader)
  • GEOG2085 Ecosystems: Process, Pattern and Change
  • GEOG3820 Research Placement
  • GEOG3895 Timescales of Global Change (module leader in Semester 2)
  • GEOG3605 Physical Geography Dissertation

Current Research Students

Marie Arnaud. PhD, Belowground Carbon Cycling in Mangrove Forests. Funded by Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarship, 2016-2019.

Tom Sim. PhD, Response of pan-Arctic permafrost peatlands to climate change. Funded by NERC Doctoral Training Programme, 2018-2022.

Richard Fewster. MbR, Holocene Climate Space of North American Permafrost Peatlands. Self funded, 2018-19.

Former Students

Peter Gill. MbR, Simulating Blanket Peatland Development over Millennial Timescales Using a New Version of the DigiBog Model. Self funded, 2016-2018.

Liam Taylor. MbR, Changing Hydrology and Carbon Storage of Permafrost Peatlands. Part funded by Ecology and Global Change Research Cluster, 2017-18.

Jiren Xu. PhD, The Role of Peatlands in Global and Regional Drinking Water Resources. Jointly funded by Chinese Scholarship Council and University of Leeds, 2015-2019.

Research groups and institutes

  • River Basin Processes and Management

Current postgraduate researchers

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