Professor Mark G. Macklin
Phone: +44 (0)1970 622 656
- Member of the IGES Advisory Committee and Management Group
- Director of the Centre of Catchment and Coastal Research
- Director of Fluvio
- Faculty of Science Research Promoter
Module coordinator for:
- River Systems And Global Environmental Change (GG30420)
- River Processes And Management Field Course (EAM2220)
Mark's research focuses on river system response to climate change, human-river environment interactions, palaeoflood studies, alluvial archaeology, flood risk assessment, and metal mining impacts on river basins. His research is conducted worldwide with current projects in the Sudanese Nile (ARC funded), the Indus basin (Leverhulme funded), Southern Europe (AU funded) and in the UK (CCCR funded).
IGES Projects (Affiliates With)
- Re-evaluating the environmental controls of the Harappan Civilization collapse using OSL dating of river palaeochannel sediments 2008 (co-investigator)
- River system recovery following Novat-Rosu tailings dam failure, Northwestern Romania 2008 (co-investigator)
- Source to sink river pollution assessment and control in Bulgaria 2008 (co-investigator)
- Reconstructing historical and Holocene flooding in Welsh river catchments 2008 (co-investigator)
- The effect of base-level and climate change on coastal Mediterranean steepland catchments 2008 (co-investigator)
Current PhD Students
- Greg Whitfield
- Dr Sara Rassner
- Dr Katherine Martin
- Dr Javi Gamarra
Mark is Professor of Physical Geography and Director of the Centre for Catchment and Coastal Research (CCCR) at the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University. He founded and was the Head of the River Basin Dynamics and Hydrology Research Group from 1999-2007 and is Director of the Fluvio Consultancy. He currently sits on the UK National Commission for UNESCO Natural Sciences Committee, INQUA-Hydrology and Global Change Focus Area Committee and in 2006 he was appointed by the Environment Minister of the Welsh Assembly Government to Flood Risk Management Wales Executive Committee. Mark is past Chair of the British Society for Geomorphology (formerly the British Geomorphology Research Group) and in 1993 was awarded the BSG's Gordon Warwick medal in recognition of "of an outstanding contribution to geomorphological research and scholarship with particular reference to fluvial geomorphology". His research focuses on river system response to climate change, human-river environment interactions, palaeoflood studies, alluvial archaeology, flood risk assessment, and metal mining impacts on river basins. His research is conducted worldwide with current projects in the Sudanese Nile, the Indus basin, Southern Europe and in the UK. Mark has held visiting professorships in the USA (Universities of Arizona, Indiana, Wisconsin) and New Zealand ( Massey University).
A hydrogeomorphic assessment of twenty-first century floods in the UK. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 41 (2) pp. 256-270. 10.1002/esp.38532016.
The Holocene Geoarchaeology of the Desert Nile in Northern Sudan. European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2016, Vienna, Austria, 17/04/2016 - 22/04/2016.2016.
Causal links between Nile floods and eastern Mediterranean sapropel formation during the past 125kyr confirmed by OSL and radiocarbon dating of Blue and White Nile sediments. Quaternary Science Reviews 130 pp. 89-108. 10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.05.0242015.
Digital catchment observatories: A platform for engagement and knowledge exchange between catchment scientists, policy makers, and local communities. Water Resources Research 51 (6) pp. 4815-4822. 10.1002/2014WR0168242015.
Holocene climate change and prehistoric settlement in the lower Danube valley. Quaternary International 378 pp. 14-21. 10.1016/j.quaint.2014.09.0312015.
Holocene flooding and climate change in the Mediterranean. Catena 130 pp. 13-33. 10.1016/j.catena.2014.11.0142015.
Isotopic provenancing of Pb in Mitrovica, northern Kosovo: source identification of chronic Pb enrichment in soils, house dust and scalp hair. Applied Geochemistry 64 pp. 164-175. 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2015.08.003 Other2015.
Living with a changing river and desert landscape at Amara West. In N. Spencer, A. Stevens, M. Binder (eds), Nubia in the New Kingdom : Lived Experience, Pharaonic Control and Indigenous Traditions. British Museum, London2015.
Mapping hotspots of malaria transmission from pre-existing hydrology, geology and geomorphology data in the pre-elimination context of Zanzibar, United Republic of Tanzania. Parasites and Vectors Parasites & Vectors 8 (1) 41 10.1186/s13071-015-0652-52015.
Meta-analysis of Holocene fluvial sedimentary archives: A methodological primer. Catena 130 pp. 3-12. 10.1016/j.catena.2014.11.0182015.
Micro-XRF Applications in Fluvial Sedimentary Environments of Britain and Ireland: Progress and Prospects. In I. Croudace, R. Rothwell (eds), Micro-XRF studies of sediment cores: Applications of an non-destructive tool for the environmental sciences. Micro-XRF Studies of Sediment Cores, vol. 17 Springer pp. 227-265. 10.1007/978-94-017-9849-5_8 Other2015.
Past hydrological extreme events in a changing climate. Catena 130 pp. 1-2. 10.1016/j.catena.2014.12.0012015.
Resetting the river template: the potential for climate-related extreme floods to transform river geomorphology and ecology. Freshwater Biology 60 pp. 2477-2496. 10.1111/fwb.126392015.
Shifting sediment sources in the world's longest river: A strontium isotope record for the Holocene Nile. Quaternary Science Reviews 130 pp. 124-140. 10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.10.0402015.
The Geography of the Anthropocene in New Zealand: Differential River Catchment Response to Human Impact. Geographical Research 53 (3) pp. 255-269. 10.1111/1745-5871.121212015.
The influence of Late Pleistocene geomorphological inheritance and Holocene hydromorphic regimes on floodwater farming in the Talgar catchment, southeast Kazakhstan, Central Asia. Quaternary Science Reviews 129 pp. 85-95. 10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.10.0202015.
The rivers of civilization. Quaternary Science Reviews 114 pp. 228-244. 10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.02.0042015.
Flood-related contamination in catchments affected by historical metal mining: an unexpected and emerging hazard of climate change. Science of the Total Environment 476-477 pp. 165-180. 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2013.12.0792014.
Geomorphological assessment of bank erosion on the River Wharfe at Ilkley, Yorkshire. 1st edn, Fluvio2014.
Marking time in geomorphology: Should we try to formalise an Anthropocene definition? Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 39 (1) pp. 133-137. 10.1002/esp.34842014.
Mine tailings dams: Characteristics, failure, environmental impacts, and remediation. Applied Geochemistry 51 pp. 229-245. 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2014.09.0102014.
Modelling remediation scenarios in historically mined catchments. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 21 (11) pp. 6952-6963. 10.1007/s11356-013-2170-32014.
Rapid post-settlement floodplain accumulation in Northland, New Zealand. Catena 113 pp. 292-305. 10.1016/j.catena.2013.08.0132014.
A geomorphological approach to optimising the location of gas pipeline river crossings. In M. Bassett, H. Boulton, D. Nichol (eds), Urban Geology in Wales: 3. National Museum of Wales Geological Series pp. 162-173. 10.1002/gj.24912013.
Habitat hydrology and geomorphology control the distribution of malaria vector larvae in rural Africa. PLoS One 8 (12) e81931 10.1371/journal.pone.00819312013.
Holocene river dynamics in Northland, New Zealand: The influence of valley floor confinement on floodplain development. Geomorphology 201 pp. 494-511. 10.1016/j.geomorph.2013.07.0222013.
Hydrological and geomorphological controls of malaria transmission. Earth-Science Reviews 116 pp. 109-127. 10.1016/j.earscirev.2012.11.0042013.
Potentially harmful elements (PHEs) in scalp hair, soil and metallurgical wastes in Mitrovica, Kosovo: The role of oral bioaccessibility and mineralogy in human PHE exposure. Environment International 60 pp. 56-70. 10.1016/j.envint.2013.07.0142013.
Reach-scale river dynamics moderate the impact of rapid Holocene climate change on floodwater farming in the desert Nile. Geology 41 (6) pp. 695-698. 10.1130/G34037.12013.
The age and environmental significance of agro-industrial alluvium in the Swale catchment, northern England, as an event marker for the Anthropocene. Holocene 23 (4) pp. 587-602. 10.1177/0959683612465445 Other2013.
The nature, timing and controls of the Quaternary development of the Rio Bergantes, Ebro basin, northeast Spain. Geomorphology 196 pp. 106-121. 10.1016/j.geomorph.2012.04.0142013.
A geochemical record of flooding on the upper River Severn, UK, during the last 3750 years. Geomorphology 179 pp. 89-105. 10.1016/j.geomorph.2012.08.0032012.
Causes and consequences of a large summer storm and flood in west Wales, 8th-9th June 2012. 1st edn, Fluvio Other2012.
Contemporary and historical sediment-associated metal dispersal and storage in the lower River Danube: an example study within a multi-national drainage basin. From Catchment to Coast: Fluxes and transformations through the river-estuary system, Bangor, , 08/01/2012 - 10/01/2012.2012.
Fluvial landscapes of the Harappan Civilization. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109 (26) pp. 1688-1694. 10.1073/pnas.1112743109 Other2012.
Geomorphology and Changing Flood Risk in the UK. Lloyd's of London Other2012.
Morphodynamics in tidally-influenced rivers: re-thinking catchment management, flood risk and material fluxes. From Catchment to Coast: Fluxes and transformations through the river-estuary system, Bangor, , 08/01/2012 - 10/01/2012. Other2012.
New Zealand and UK Holocene flooding demonstrates interhemispheric climate asynchrony. Geology 40 (9) pp. 775-778. 10.1130/G33364.12012.
The Fluvial Record of Climate Change. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences Philosophical Transactions A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 370 (1966) pp. 2143-2172. 10.1098/rsta.2011.06082012.
U-Pb zircon dating evidence for a Pleistocene Sarasvati River and capture of the Yamuna River. Geology 40 (3) pp. 211-214. 10.1130/G32840.12012.
A 300-year history of flooding in an Andean mountain river system: the Rio Alizos, southern Bolivia. pp. 297-323. Cadair2011.
A cellular model of Holocene upland river basin and alluvial fan evolution. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms pp. 269-288. Cadair2011.
A proposed Management Plan for the consolidation and conservation of the remains of a 19th Century Mining Complex at Middle Greenlaws Level Head and Ore works: hydrological and geomorphological assessment. Fluvio2011.
Alluvial landscapes in the temperate Balkan Neolithic: Transitions to tells. Antiquity pp. 349-355. Cadair2011.
Altered morphodynamics in tidally-influenced rivers: re-thinking catchment management, flood risk & material fluxes. Advances in River Science 2011, Swansea, UK, , 18/04/2011 - 21/04/2011.2011.
Comment: Cumulative probability functions and their role in evaluating the chronology of geomorphological events during the Holocene. Richard C. Chiverrell, Varyl, R. Thorndycraft And Thomas, O. Hoffmann, Journal of Quaternary Science 26: 76–85. Journal of Quaternary Science 26 (2) pp. 238–240. 10.1002/jqs.14782011.
Developing communication tools for stakeholder engagement. Catchment Science 2011, Dublin, Ireland, , 14/09/2011 - 16/09/2011.2011.
Flood series extension using geomorphological records to identify climate and land-use signals. Advances in River Science, Swansea University, , 18/04/2011 - 21/04/2011.2011.
Floodplain catastrophes in the UK Holocene: messages for managing climate change. Hydrological Processes pp. 2900-2911. Cadair2011.
Geochemical assessment of soils in Bosniak Mahalla, Mitrovicë/a, Kosovo: identification of contaminant sources and implications for human health. Fluvio2011.
Geochemical assessment of soils in Bosniak Mahalla, Mitrovicë/a, Kosovo: implications for the proposed resettlement of families presently living in the Osterode camp. Fluvio2011.
Historical vertical instability dynamics on Welsh rivers. Advances in River Science, Swansea University, , 18/04/2011 - 21/04/2011.2011.
Late Quaternary River Development and Archaeology of the Middle Tywi Valley. Environment Agency2011.
Modelling and Management Issues in a Geomorphologically Active Environment. 2011 DHI UK User Group Meeting, London, UK, , 08/03/2011 - 09/03/2011.2011.
Modelling the response of river systems to environmental change: progress, problems and prospects for palaeo-environmental reconstructions. Earth-Science Reviews 104 (1-3) pp. 167-185. 10.1016/j.earscirev.2010.10.004, Cadair2011.
Reconstructing Late Holocene flood records in the Tywi and Severn catchments. Unknown Publisher2011.
Reconstructing Late Holocene flood records in the Tywi catchment. Unknown Publisher2011.
The bioavailability and bioaccessibility of PHEs in soils and other contaminant sources in Mitrovica, northern Kosovo. Society for Environmental Geochemistry & Health European Conference, Ormskirk, UK, , 10/04/2011 - 15/04/2011.2011.
The impact of recent climate change on flooding and sediment supply within a Mediterranean mountain catchment, southwestern Crete, Greece. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms pp. 1087-1105. Cadair2011.
Vertical channel instability dynamics on Welsh rivers. Advances in River Science Conference, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 01/04/2011.2011.
Flood series data for the later Holocene: available approaches, potential and limitations from UK alluvial sediments. Holocene 20 (7) pp. 1123-1135. 10.1177/09596836103695012010.
Floodplain catastrophes in the UK Holocene: messages for management. Hydrological Processes 24 (20) pp. 2900-2911. 10.1002/hyp.77042010.
Geochemical assessment of soils in Roma Mahalla, Mitrovica, Kosovo: implications for the proposed resettlement of families presently living in the Osterode and Cesmin Lug Camps. Fluvio2010.
Holocene flooding and river development in a Mediterranean steepland catchment: The Anapodaris Gorge, south central Crete, Greece. Global and Planetary Change 70 (1-4) pp. 35-52. 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2009.11.006 Other2010.
Late Quaternary floods and droughts in the Nile valley, Sudan: new evidence from optically stimulated luminescence and AMS radiocarbon dating. Quaternary Science Reviews 29 (9-10) pp. 1116-1137. 10.1016/j.quascirev.2010.02.018 Cadair2010.
Management of the Danube drainage basin: Implications of contaminant metal dispersal for the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive. International Journal of River Basin Management 8 (1) pp. 63-78. 10.1080/15715121003715115 Other2010.
Pb isotope evidence for contaminant-metal dispersal in an international river system: The lower Danube catchment, Eastern Europe. Applied Geochemistry 25 (7) pp. 1070-1084. 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2010.04.012 Cadair2010.
Pb levels and Pb isotopic signatures determined in samples of scalp hair from residents of the Osterode and Cesmin Lug camps, Mitrovica, Kosovo. Fluvio2010.
Provenancing sources of Pb contamination in Mitrovica, Kosovo: implications for human health & environmental management. 2010 Society for Environmental Geochemistry & Health Conference, Galway, Ireland, , 28/06/2010 - 02/07/2010.2010.
Quantifying sediment-associated metal dispersal using Pb isotopes: Application of binary and multivariate mixing models at the catchment-scale. Environmental Pollution 158 (6) pp. 2158-2169. 10.1016/j.envpol.2010.02.020 Cadair2010.
River water and river sediment contamination with copper, zinc, arsenic, cadmium and lead. In I. Kopralev (ed), Bulgaria Geographic Atlas. pp. 201-204.2010.
Sediment origin and dispersal dynamics in the lower Danube Basin. In J. Bloesch, I. Teodorovic, C. Sandu (eds), Proceedings of the 38th IAD Conference. 38th International Association of Danube Research Conference, Dresden, Germany, , 21/06/2010 - 25/06/2010. pp. 1-6.2010.
Source to sink river pollution assessment in northern Bulgaria: Preliminary results on contaminant delivery in the lower Danube basin. Modern Management of Mine Producing, Geology and Environmental Protection, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 01/08/2005. pp. 387-396. Other2010.
Dispersal of Contaminant Metals in the Mining-Affected Danube and Maritsa Drainage Basins, Bulgaria, Eastern Europe. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution 206 (1-4) pp. 105-127. 10.1007/s11270-009-0090-0 Cadair2009.
River dynamics and environmental change in Wales. In D. Williams, C. Duigan (eds), The Rivers of Wales: A Natural Resource of International and Historical Significance. Margraf Publishers pp. 17-34.2009.
River systems and environmental change (in "The Physical Geography of the Mediterranean" edited by Jamie Woodward). In J. Woodward (ed), The Physical Geography of the Mediterranean. pp. 319-352.2009.
Assessment of Metal Mining-Contaminated River Sediments in England and Wales. Environment Agency Other2008.
Fluvial-controlled metal and As mobilisation, dispersal and storage in the Río Guadiamar, SW Spain and its implications for long-term contaminant fluxes to the Doñana wetlands. Science of the Total Environment 394 (1) pp. 144-161. 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2007.12.021 Cadair2008.
Geomorphology and Earth System Science. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. pp. 1323-1471.2008.
Geomorphology and Earth System Science: a reflection. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 33 (13) pp. 2118-2120. 10.1002/esp.17112008.
Glacial activity and catchment dynamics in northwest Greece: Long-term river behaviour and the slackwater sediment record for the last glacial to interglacial transition. Geomorphology 101 (01/02/2012) pp. 44-67. 10.1016/j.geomorph.2008.05.018 Cadair2008.
Historical rates of vertical instability dynamics on Welsh rivers. 4th International Paleoflood Workshop, Crete, Greece, 24/06/2007 - 30/06/2007.2008.
Holocene River Development in the Lower Usk Valley near Caerleon, Monmouthshire, Wales: Final Report. Unknown Publisher2008.
Management of Metal Mining-Contaminated River Systems in England and Wales. Environment Agency Other2008.
The Holocene fluvial history of the Lugg catchment. The Lugg Valley, Herefordshire: Archaeology, Landscape Change and Conservation. pp. 51-66.2008.
Flood risk and development of the Gazprom headquarters building, St Petersburg: A scoping study. Gazprom2007.
High-resolution interpretative geomorphological mapping of river valley environments using airborne LiDAR data. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 32 (10) pp. 1574-1592. 10.1002/esp.15052007.
Historical rates of vertical channel instability dynamics on Welsh rivers. BGRG Annual Conference, Birmingham, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 01/01/2007.2007.
Redefining the Holocene fluvial history of the Lugg catchment: New evidence from geomorphological investigations of the Lugg Valley in Herefordshire and its implications for alluvial archaeological studies. English Heritage2007.
A geomorphological approach to the management of rivers contaminated by metal mining. 7th Symposium on remediation. Metal stress: biotic and abiotic factors., Jena, Germany., , 22/09/2008 - 23/09/2008. pp. 423-447. 10.1016/j.geomorph.2006.06.024 Cadair2006.
Dating and correlating Late Pleistocene and Holocene alluvial sequences in Welsh river catchments. British Geological Survey2006.
Geomorphological assessment of river bank erosion on the River Kenn: Part 2 – implications for the BGSW/KW/2 gas pipeline. Wales & West Utilities2006.
Late Holocene River Development in the Lower Usk Valley near Caerleon. The Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust2006.
Long-term river channel and planform dynamics in Wales: Phases 1 and 2. Cyngor Cefn Gwlad Cymru Other2006.
Past hydrological events and global change. Hydrological Processes 20 (1) pp. 199-204. 10.1002/hyp.61052006.
Past hydrological events related to understanding global change: An ICSU research project. Catena pp. 2-13. Cadair2006.
Predictive and investigative modelling of flood hazard in Welsh river catchments. Final report to WAG, BGS, CCW and EA. Cyngor Cefn Gwlad Cymru2006.
River Channel and Floodplain Restoration on the Western Cleddau at Corsydd Llangloffan. Environment Agency2006.
A geomorphological reappraisal of the River Severn Roundabout GCR site. Cyngor Cefn Gwlad Cymru2005.
An initial geomorphological/geochemical assessment of the Ecsed-Marsh in Hungary and Romania: Towards a strategy of sustainable alluvial wetland restoration and flood protection in the upper Tisa Basin. World Wide Fund for Nature2005.
Flooding-related research in Wales: Some recent developments. In M. Bassett, D. Nichol, V. Deisler (eds), Urban geology in Wales. Amgueddfa Cymru pp. 229-238.2005.
Geomorphological assessment of river bank erosion on the River Kenn: Part 1 - implications for the BGSW/KW/2 gas pipeline. Wales & West Utilities2005.
Geomorphological assessment of river bank erosion on the River Rhiw near Garthmyl: Implications for the VN070 gas pipeline river crossing. Wales & West Utilities2005.
Geomorphological investigation of the River Aire at Kirkstall Forge, Leeds. Weetwood2005.
Heavy metal contamination in the Aries river catchment, western Romania: Implications for development of the Rosia Montand gold deposit. Journal of Geochemical Exploration 86 (1) pp. 26-48. 10.1016/j.gexplo.2005.02.0022005.
Monitoring river bank erosion on the River Severn at Caersws: Assessing the potential threat to gas pipeline river crossings. National Grid plc2005.
The ecological, geomorphological and geochemical controls on river shingle heath development on the Afon Rheidol and Afon Ystwyth, Ceredigion. Prifysgol Aberystwyth | Aberystwyth University2005.
Heavy metal contamination of water, soil and produce within riverine communities of the Río Pilcomayo basin, Bolivia. Science of the Total Environment 320 (2-3) pp. 189-209. 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2003.08.011 Other2004.
The long term fate and environmental significance of contaminant metals released by the January and March 2000 mining tailings dam failures in Maramureş County, upper Tisa Basin, Romania. Applied Geochemistry 18 (2) pp. 241-257. 10.1016/S0883-2927(02)00123-3 Other2003.
The solid state partitioning of contaminant metals and As in river channel sediments of the mining affected Tisa drainage basin, northwestern Romania and eastern Hungary. Applied Geochemistry 18 (10) pp. 1583-1595. 10.1016/S0883-2927(03)00078-7 Cadair2003.
The use of geomorphological mapping and modelling for identifying land affected by metal contamination on river floodplains. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Other2003.
Use of geomorphological mapping and modelling for identifying land affected by heavy metal contamination on river floodplains. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Other2003.
Correlation of fluvial sequences in the Mediterranean basin over the last 200 ka and their relationship to climate change. Quaternary Science Reviews 21 (14-15) pp. 1633-1641. 10.1016/S0277-3791(01)00147-0 Cadair2002.