Miriam Glendell

Senior Research Scientist Catchment Modelling
Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
T: +44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

A catchment scientist and systems modeller with an interest in the understanding of the effects of land use, land management change and mitigation on ecosystem services, including water quality, freshwater biodiversity, soil conservation and carbon management in catchment systems. My trans-disciplinary research combines aspects of hydrology, soil science, freshwater biology, biogeochemistry and social sciences within integrated modelling frameworks to address key questions linking land use impacts on freshwaters.

Applying and developing statistical, probabilistic and process-based water quality models for nutrients, pesticides, faecal indicator organisms and anti-microbial resistance genes with a special focus on systems-based modelling approaches using Bayesian belief networks.

Developing sediment tracing tools using biomarkers and stable isotopes.

Application of optical sensors for in-situ detection of nutrients and contaminants.

Linking physico-chemical indicators of water quality to ecological status and ecosystem services.

2022-27 Emerging Water Futures – Scottish Government Strategic Research Program project to address challenges around managing water resources in Scotland in the context of future environmental change, understand the vulnerabilities of Scotland’s water resources to drought and future risks to water quality from nutrients and emerging contaminants (pharmaceuticals, microplastics, antimicrobial resistance genes) PI

2022-2025 MOT4Rivers, part of NERC ‘Understanding changes in quality of UK freshwaters’ research programme. Co-I (PI University of Stirling)


Past research

2020 Uplandia: Systems modelling for evidence-informed peatland policy. Co-I (PI University of Newcastle)

2020 Jersey Water ‘Developing a catchment pollution risk model for pesticides’ PI

2020 CREW Scotland’s Centre of Expertise for Waters: ‘Scoping the development of a model to estimate phosphorus (P) loads to water from septic tanks (including a review of nitrogen and faecal indicator organisms)’ PI

2019-2021 ESPRC GCRF ‘Developing statistical downscaling to improve water quality understanding and management in the Ganges basin’. Co-I (PI Uni of Glasgow)

2019-2020 Macaulay Development Trust ‘A high-resolution investigation of the effect of land use and land management on water quality in Scottish streams’. PI

2018-2019 Climate X change: Scotland’s centre of expertise connecting climate change research and policy: ‘Climate Change, Natural Capital and Adaptation in Scotland’s Marginal Lands’. Co-I

2018-2021  NERC Newton ‘Antimicrobial resistance and pollutants:  interactive studies and novel sensor technologies’. Co-I (PI Herriot Watt University)

2018-2019 Teagasc Ireland.  ‘Development of a risk-based model of P pollution in the agricultural catchments programme’. PI

2017-2018 CREW ‘Factoring Ecological Significance of Sources into Phosphorus Source Apportionment’. PI

2017-2018 CREW ‘Reviewing best practice in the delivery of good drinking water quality using a prevention-led approach’. Co-I

2017-2018 University of Basel. ‘Testing the use of compound-specific stable isotope analysis of n-alkanes for river sediment source apportionment’. PI


Prior to appointment


  • Gagkas, Z.; Rivington, M.; Glendell, M.; Gimona, A.; Martino, S. (2023) Fire Danger Assessment of Scotish Habitat Types Deliverable 23b for the Project D52 Climate Change Impacts on Natural Capital, Technical report for JHI-D5-2 project.
  • Rivington, M.; Jabloun, M.; Gimona, A.; Martino, S.; Aitkenhead, M.; Glendell, M.; Gagkas, Z. (2023) Climate Extremes in Scotland. Deliverable D2.1b for the Project D5-2 Climate Change Impacts on Natural Capital, Zenodo, 10.5281/zenodo.7699842.
  • Aitkenhead, M.; Gagkas, Z.; Pakeman, R.; Nijnik, M.; Gimona, A.; Glendell, M.; Donaldson-Selby, G.; McKeen, M.; Donnelly, D.; Jabloun, M.; Lozada-Ellison, L.; Salt, D.; Sideris, K.; Udugbezi, E. (2022) D52 Deliverable D11 Risk and Opportunities Assessment Framework Scope, Concepts and Structure, Technical report submitted to RESAS.
  • Glendell, M.; Gagkas, Z.; Richards, S.; Halliday, S. (2021) Developing a probabilistic risk model to estimate phosphorus, nitrogen and microbial pollution to water from septic tanks., CREW Report, CRW2018_12, 39pp.
  • Stewart, G.B.; Glendell, M.; McMorran, R.; Troldborg, M.; Gagkas, Z.; Ovando, P.; Roberts, M.; Maynard, C.; Williams, A.; Clay, G.; Reed, M.S. (2021) Uplandia: making better policy in complex upland systems., Defra and Natural England Report, 68pp.
  • Glendell, M.; Troldborg, M.; Vintent, A.; Gagkas, Z.; Lilly, A. (2020) Field level modelling of pesticide pollution risk in Jersey., James Hutton Limited Contract Report to Jersey Water, 45pp.
  • Allan, A.; Helliwell, R.C.; Hutton, C.; Hill, C.; Halliday, S.J.; Lyon, C.; Hornby, D.; Ahuja, S.; Akoumianaki, I.; Gimona, A.; Glendell, M.; Pohle, I.; Spray, C.; Waldock, I. (2019) Ramganga river health, Final report., Report to Scottish Government, 430pp.
  • Glendell, M. (2018) Overview of FIO modelling in Scotland and UK., Internal Report, The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, 2pp.
  • Gair, J.; Glendell, M.; Pohle, I. (2018) Emulation of the NIRAMS model., Report to SEPA.
  • Pakeman, R.J.; Gimona, A.; Glendell, M.; Yeluripati, J.; Addy, S.; van Hulst, F.; Matthews, K.; Mitchell, R.; Rivington, M. (2018) Climate change, natural capital and adaptation in Scotland’s marginal lands., Report to ClimateXChange, 17pp.
  • Brooker, R.; Paterson E.; Glendell, M.; Ellis, C.; Eastwood, A.; Fraser, F.; Wilkinson, M.; Skuce, P.; Macleod, C.; Carvalho, L.; Fischer, A.; Comerford, D.; Holland, J.; Vinten, A.J.A.; McVittie, A. (2017) Report on natural assets theme science day, James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, 2 October 2017., Theme 1 Web pages, 6pp.

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