Our Team

Dr Graham Bird (Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography, Course Director)

I am a physical geographer with a specialism in geochemistry. My research interests lie generally within the fields of environmental geochemistry and river systems and major ongoing research themes include:

  • The environmental impact of mining and metallurgy and the release of potentially harmful elements into the environment.
  • Impacts of mine tailings remediation measures on tailings geochemistry.
  • Understanding the dispersal and storage of contaminants within river systems through the use of geochemical ‘fingerprints’ (e.g. Pb isotopes) and multi-variate mixing models.
  • The use of in vitro techniques to investigate the bioaccessibility of potentially harmful elements within the human digestive system and the potential impacts upon human health.

I have worked extensively in Eastern Europe, notably within the Danube River drainage basin, however, as well as in Wales, Ireland and Kosovo. I am also Associate Editor of Applied Geochemistry and have acted as a reviewer for a wide variety of peer-reviewed journals.


Email: g.bird@bangor.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1248 383222

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Mr Ian Harris (Lecturer in GIS & Agriculture)

Ian is an agriculturalist / resource manager by training (completing an MSc in Rural Resource Management at Bangor in 1991-2) then subsequently developing  expertise in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) whilst undertaking  landscape ecological/temporal change  research centred on the  National Trust Ysbyty Ifan Estate near Betws y Coed. Since 2000 he has managed both Henfaes Research Centre and the Centre for Hill and Upland Management and has been involved in a number of NRW, WG/HCC, ESRC / EPSRC, DEFRA and EU funded projects as a nominated researcher, mostly with responsibility for the GIS elements.  Since 2006, Ian has taught GIS concepts to undergraduate and postgraduate students whilst developing GIS capability (MapInfo, ArcGIS and QGIS) within the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography.  He is also responsible for the spatial data repository held within the University.


Email: i.m.harris@bangor.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1248 383736

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Dr Sopan Patil (Lecturer in Catchment Modelling)

I am a Lecturer in Catchment Modelling with research specialization in surface water hydrology. My research so far has focused on: (1) understanding the interaction between climate and landscape characteristics of river basins and how it affects the streamflow forecasting skills of physics-based hydrologic models, and (2) studying the regional variability in hydrologic behaviour of rivers, in order to transfer streamflow forecasting capability from gauged to ungauged river basins. In this research, I have combined hydrologic model development with regional-scale data analysis and landscape classification techniques to isolate the factors influencing streamflow prediction in the continental USA.

My research interests are along two broad themes: (1) to understand how climate and land-use change will affect the hydrological behaviour of landscapes across multiple observation scales, and (2) to quantify the resilience of linked ecosystem services to hydrological changes in the region. The ecosystem services of interest include nutrient removal from hill slopes to the river channels, patterns of vegetation biomass growth/decline, and sediment generation and delivery at multiple locations within a river basin. I am especially interested in investigating the spatial patterns of environmental change through model-based evaluations across numerous river basins.


Email: s.d.patil@bangor.ac.uk
Tel: (+44) 1248 38 8294
Personal webpage: http://sopanpatil.weebly.com

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Ms Sian Pierce (Lecturer in Human Geography)

Sian’s main fields of interest are the development of rural policies/governance in Wales and the United Kingdom; planning and developing tourism in rural areas; social impacts of tourism. She has published work (with Thomas and Rennie) on rural planning and development of rural policies in Wales.   Her recent research has focused on the impact of tourism and heritage developments upon rural communities in North Wales.


Email: s.pierce@bangor.ac.uk
Tel: *44 (0)1248 383 290

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Dr Eifiona Thomas Lane (Lecturer in Environmental Management)

Socio-economic aspects of environmental resource development
Environmental issues in Wales,
Sustainable regional development - community based action, local responses to regional policy formation and its application,
Interdisciplinary research methods,
Comparative studies of regional resource development
Women, Nature and Environmental Management
Agenda 21 and the public participation process
Food production systems, quality and farm business development
Landscape Studies and Public Preferences.


Email: Eifiona.thomaslane@bangor.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1248 383233

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Professor Paul Withers (Chair in Geography)

Paul Withers is Professor of Geography at Bangor University with research interests in sustainable nutrient use, nutrient accounting, catchment science and landscape management. His main research focus has been understanding phosphorus cycling in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, processes of phosphorus transfer across the land-water interface, eutrophication impacts of different phosphorus sources and associated mitigation strategies. Two major current projects are the development of strategies to improve the sustainability of phosphorus use in arable farming and understanding the coupling of C, N and P along the freshwater-estuarine continuum and links to eutrophication control.

He is a regular keynote speaker with over 60 peer-reviewed publications and an h index of 25. 


Email: p.withers@bangor.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1248 382631

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Dr Sophie Wynne-Jones (Lecturer in Human Geography)

Sophie is a human geographer working on rural landscape change and governance. This includes research on:

1) Farming and agricultural policy developments: farmer decision-making, learning and practise; adoption of environmental management; co-operative behaviours; agri- environmental governance changes; novel forms of governance and partnership.
2) Human-nature relations with nature: whether these are constructed in terms of ecosystem services or ambitions for rewilding, and the implications these ideas have.
3) Knowledge controversies: how different rural stakeholders interact and agree on appropriate strategies for rural and landscape futures.

Sophie is on the committee of the Royal Geographic Society's 'Participatory Geographies Research Group' - and has a longstanding commitment to public scholarship and participatory working.


Email: s.wynne-jones@bangor.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)1248 382639


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Dr Lynda Yorke (Lecturer in Physical Geography)

Lynda has a solid background in Geography, she is a graduate in Physical Geography (Northumbria University), and has a Masters in Geomorphology and Environmental Change (University of Durham).  Before undertaking her doctoral research, Lynda worked for a few years in project management.  She completed her PhD in the Geography Department at the University of Hull, where her doctoral thesis focused on the Quaternary Geology of the Tyne valley in Northumberland.  She has expertise and experience in the fields of fluvial and glacial geomorphology and sedimentology.  Lynda also has experience in Geoarchaeology (alluvial archaeology), and worked as a researcher on a number of ALSF-funded projects.  Lynda’s research interests are very much in the area of fluvial geomorphology, with a focus on the links between climate, hydrology and sediment processes.  She is interested in the application of fluvial science to help better understand and manage the impact of flooding, as well as improving the public’s understanding of risk and uncertainty in a changing climate.

In 2013, Lynda co-organised a field meeting on ‘The Quaternary of Northumberland, Durham and Yorkshire’ that showcased her own and others’ recent research in the region, which was accompanied by a published field monograph.  She has been involved with a number of small hydro-consultancy schemes.  Most recently, due to the number of flooding events in Wales, Lynda has been interviewed by BBC Wales and national newspapers for her views. 


Email l.yorke@bangor.ac.uk

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