Projects per year
Richard is a Lecturer in the School of Environmental Sciences, specialising in a wide varity of catchment science research. Richard most recently worked on the DEFRA funded River Wensum Demonstration Test Catchment (DTC) project which aimed to evaluate the extent to which on-farm mitigation measures could cost effectively reduce the impact of agricultural pollution on river ecology whilst maintaining food production capacity. Richard's research has included work on nitrogen and phosphorus enrichment, pesticides, biobeds, cover crops, reduced tillage regimes, indirect nitrous oxide emissions, invasive signal crayfish, integrated constructed wetlands and sediment fingerprinting.
Please contact me if you are interested in studying for a PhD on a Catchment Science related topic.
Key Research Interests and Expertise
Richard currently works on the River Wensum Demonstration Test Catchment (DTC) project. This £12.3m Defra funded initiative is working in three UK catchments (Avon, Hampshire; Eden, Cumbria; Wensum, Norfolk) to evaluate the extent to which on-farm mitigation measures can cost-effectively reduce the impacts of diffuse water pollution on river ecology while still maintaining food production capacity. As part of this project, Richard has investigated the effectiveness of biobeds at degrading waste pesticides, cover crops at reducing nitrate leaching, reduced tillage at improving soil health, and sediment traps at reducing river turbidity. Richard has also explored the impact of invasive signal crayfish on water quality, and investigated indirect fluxes of nitrous oxide (N2O) emitted from agricultural rivers and subsurface drainage systems, with signficant implications for climate change research.
Prior to this, Richard spent two years working in the field of dendroclimatology, producing a 1000-year long reconstruction of East Anglian precipitation from the ring widths of both living oak trees and medieval wooden buildings. This reconstruction subsequently fed into a much larger European-wide drought atlas for the past millenium.
Areas Of Expertise
- Catchment science
- Soil science
- Sediment fingerprinting
- Bayesian mixing models
- Compound-specific stable isotopes
- X-ray flourescence spectroscopy
Research Group Membership
River Wensum Demonstration Test Catchment (DTC)
Water Security Research Centre (WSRC)
ENV-4001A Global Environmental Challenges
ENV-4004Y Research and Field Skills (module co-organiser)
ENV-4004Y Slapton Field Course (module organiser)
ENV-6018B Land and Water Processes and Management (module organiser)
ENV-7043B Land and Water Processes and Management (module organiser)
ENV-6021A Independent Project
ENV-7018A Earth Science Research Topics
ENV-7026Y Research Training Project
ENV-7119Y MSc Dissertation
Deputy Course Director for Environmental Sciences (2020 - onwards)
School Learning & Teaching Committee (2018 - onwards)
School Web Manager, Marketing & Communications Coordinator (2018 - onwards)
School Library Liaison Officer (2018 - onwards)
School UG Staff Student Liaison Committee (2019 - onwards)
Broadland Catchment Partnership Steering Group (2015 - onwards)
2018 - Lecturer in Catchment Science, School of Environmental Sciences, UEA
2015-2018 Senior post-doctoral research associate, School of Environmental Sciences, UEA
2015 Assistant Conservation Officer, Norfolk Widlife Trust
2011-2015 PhD Catchment Science, School of Environmental Sciences, UEA & British Geological Survey
2007-2011 MSci Environmental Science, School of Environmental Sciences, UEA
Doctor of Science, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia
1 Oct 2011 → 31 Mar 2015
Award Date: 31 Mar 2015
Master of Environmental Science, University of East Anglia
Award Date: 1 Jan 2011
Broadland Catchment Partnership Steering Group, Broads Authority2015 → …
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1/10/21 → 30/09/24
Assessing the environmental and economic efficacy of two integrated constructed wetlands at mitigating eutrophication risk from sewage effluentCooper, R. J., Hawkins, E., Locke, J., Thomas, T. & Tosney, J., Nov 2020, In : Water and Environment Journal. 34, 4, p. 669-678 10 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile1 Citation (Scopus)8 Downloads (Pure)
Cooper, R., Hama-Aziz, Z., Hiscock, K., Lovett, A., Vrain, E., Dugdale, S., Sunnenberg, G., Dockerty, T., Hovesen, P. & Noble, L., Aug 2020, In : Soil and Tillage Research. 202, 13 p., 104648.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article6 Citations (Scopus)
Temporal hydrochemical dynamics of the River Wensum, UK: Observations from long-term high-resolution monitoring (2011–2018)Cooper, R. J., Hiscock, K. M., Lovett, A. A., Dugdale, S. J., Sünnenberg, G. & Vrain, E., 1 Jul 2020, In : Science of the Total Environment. 724, 138253.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article5 Citations (Scopus)
1 Citation (Scopus)
Cooper, R. J., Battams, Z. M., Pearl, S. H. & Hiscock, K. M., 1 Feb 2019, In : Journal of Environmental Management. 231, p. 146-154 9 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile6 Citations (Scopus)18 Downloads (Pure)
River Wensum Demonstration Test Catchment (DTC): Water Quality Data for the Blackwater Drain Outlet (Site F)
Cooper, R. (Creator), University of East Anglia, 23 Nov 2020
Richard Cooper (Chair)1 Aug 2019 → 1 Aug 2020
Activity: Membership › Membership of committee