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Megan Klaar Dr Megan Klaar

Contact details

Room 10.32 Garstang
School of Geography
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK


+44 (0) 113 34 33376

Student hours:
by appointment

Research overview

My research focuses on the linkages between geomorphology, hydrology and ecology.  I am particularly interested in the following research areas;

  • The use of instream Natural Flood Management (NFM) interventions to reduce flood risk, including the use of environmental tracers to monitor the effectiveness of NFM techniques

  • The role of instream wood in the creation of hydraulic and geomorphic development and promotion of biogeochemical hotspots in improving river and ground water quality

  • The use of hydroecological evidence to improve water resource management policies

  • The influence of extreme hydrological events on geomorphology and ecology, including community and landform resilience and recovery


Research Supervision

Lawrence Eagle (PhD...


Latest publications

  • Schmadel NM; Ward AS; Kurz MJ; Fleckenstein JH; Klaar MJ et al. (2016) Stream solute tracer timescales changing with discharge and reach length confound process interpretation, Water Resources Research, . doi: 10.1002/2015WR018062
  • Robertson AL; Brown LE; Klaar MJ; Milner AM (2015) Stream ecosystem responses to an extreme rainfall event across multiple catchments in southeast Alaska, Freshwater Biology, 60, pp.2523-2534. doi: 10.1111/fwb.12638
  • Klaar MJ; Kidd C; Malone E; Bartlett R; Pinay G et al. (2015) Vegetation succession in deglaciated landscapes: Implications for sediment and landscape stability, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 40, pp.1088-1100. doi: 10.1002/esp.3691
  • Krause S; Klaar MJ; Hannah DM; Mant J; Bridgeman J et al. (2014) The potential of large woody debris to alter biogeochemical processes and ecosystem services in lowland rivers, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water, 1, pp.263-275. doi: 10.1002/wat2.1019
  • Klaar MJ; Dunbar MJ; Warren M; Soley R (2014) Developing hydroecological models to inform environmental flow standards: a case study from England, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water, 1, pp.207-217. doi: 10.1002/wat2.1012

Current projects

  • The summer after the floods
  • Large woody debris- a river restoration panacea for streambed nitrate attenuation?
  • Assessing the effects of EXstream summer flooding on STREAM ecosystem successional processes (EXSTREAM)

More work in progress

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