Short CV/Education and training

Current and previous appointments

  • Since 2004
    Professor of Land and Water Science, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University

  • 2001
    Visiting Professor, Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies, Australian National University

  • 1998
    Professor, Department of Geography, University of Sheffield

  • 1996
    Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Sheffield

  • 1990
    Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Sheffield

  • 1988
    Environmental Hydrologist, Chief Scientist’s Directorate, Nature Conservancy Council

Degrees and Fellowships

  • 2016
    Fellow, Royal Society of Arts (invited)

  • 2015
    Fellow, Royal Society of Edinburgh (elected)

  • 2009
    Fellow, Royal Society of Biology (elected)

  • 2006
    Fellow, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (invited)

  • 1987
    PhD. Chemical Transformations in Drained Fen Peat, University of Bristol, UK

  • 1982
    BSc. First Class Honours Environmental Science, University of East Anglia, UK

Selected publications

  • Heathwaite, A. L. (2010) Multiple stressors on water availability at global to catchment scales: understanding human impact on nutrient cycles to protect water quality and water availability in the long term. Freshwater Biology 55: 241-257

  • Bieroza, M., Heathwaite, A. L., Mullinger, N. & Keenan, P. (2014) Understanding nutrient biogeochemistry in agricultural catchments: the challenge of appropriate monitoring frequencies. Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts 16(7): 1676-1691.

  • Harris, G. P. & Heathwaite, A. L. (2012) Why is achieving good ecological outcomes in rivers so difficult? Freshwater Biology 57(1): 91-107

  • Lansdown, K., Heppell, C., Trimmer, M., Binley, A., Heathwaite, A. L., Byrne, P., Zhang, H. (2015) The interplay between transport and reaction rates as controls on nitrate attenuation in permeable, streambed sediments. J. Geophysical Research 120. Doi: 10.1002/2014JG002874.

  • Heppell, C. M., Heathwaite, A. L., Binley, A., Byrne, P., Ullah, S., Lansdown, K., Keenan, P., Trimmer, M. and Zhang, H. (2014) Interpreting spatial patterns in redox and coupled water-nitrogen fluxes in the streambed of a gaining river reach. Biogeochemistry 117(2-3): 491-509.

  • Harwood, V. J., Hodgson, C. J., Lees, D. N., Nichols, G. L., Nocker, A. & 2 others (2014) Opportunities and limitations of molecular methods for quantifying microbial compliance parameters in EU bathing waters Environment International. 64: 124-128.

  • Page, T., Heathwaite, A. L., Moss, B., Reynolds, C., Beven, K. J., Pope, L. and Willows, R. (2012) Managing the impacts of nutrient enrichment in river systems: dealing with uncertainties in risk analyses. Freshwater Biology 57(1): 108-123.

  • Milledge, D. G., Lane, S. N., Heathwaite, A. L. & Reaney, S. M. (2012) A Monte Carlo approach to the inverse problem of diffuse pollution risk in agricultural catchments. Science of the Total Environment 433: 434-449.

  • Heathwaite, A. L., Sharpley, A. N. and Gburek, W. J. (2000) A conceptual approach for integrating phosphorus and nitrogen management at watershed scales. Journal of Environmental Quality 29: 158-166

  • Lane, S. N., Reaney, S. M. and Heathwaite, A. L. (2009) Representation of landscape hydrological connectivity using a topographically-driven surface flow index. Water Resources Research 45: W08423. Doi:10.1029/2008WR007336.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects


  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) NE/G001707/1 Phosphorus dynamics in groundwater-fed rivers. Principal Investigator (PI)

  • Environment Agency HOEV112/26795 Landscape burden and storm driven delivery of E. coli from land to water in a headwater catchment (PI)

  • NERC NE/M007812/1 Visualising Pathogen & Environmental Risk (ViPER): an innovation platform to bridge science and decision-making in catchment microbial dynamics. Co-Investigator

  • NERC NE/P016332/1 Visualising Pathogen & Environmental Risk: transition to a user-ready toolkit (ViPER II). Co-Investigator

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of Council, UK Natural Environment Research Council, 2012 – 2017

  • Member of the Scottish Science Advisory Council, 2012 – 2017

  • Member of Science Advisory Council, UK Government Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, 2011 – 2017

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Collaborative approaches to solving complex societal challenges

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Interested in: interdisciplinary science, expert judgement, science into policy


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