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Miriam Glendell

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Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Catchment Modeller
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


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 freshwater biology, hydrology, soil science, biogeochemistry and social sciences within integrated modelling frameworks to address key questions linking land use impacts to freshwaters.

Current research interests

Applying and developing statistical and probabilistic 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.

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

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


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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.