Tim Allott

Tim Allott


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Tim is a physical geographer with expertise in environmental hydrology, palaeolimnology, aquatic and peatland environments. He has published widely on pollution studies, water quality change, environmental restoration and the dynamics of peatland ecosystems.  Tim has been PI on major grants from bodies including NERC, DEFRA and the Environment Agency, and has produced over 80 reports for non-academic organisations. He currently teaches courses on 'Hydrology and Catchment Systems' and 'Environmental Restoration.'


Positions Held

  • 2014-2017     Head of School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester
  • 2013-      Professor of Physical Geography, University of Manchester
  • 2009-2014  Director of Research, Geography, University of Manchester
  • 2004-2006  Head of Geography, School of Environment and Development, University of Manchester
  • 2001-2003  Director of Research, School of Geography, University of Manchester
  • 2000-2013 Reader in Physical Geography, University of Manchester
  • 1992-1999  Lecturer in Environmental Change and Deputy Director, Environmental Change Research Centre, University College London

Research interests

Tim is a physical geographer with expertise in environmental hydrology, palaeolimnology, aquatic and wetland environments. His research focuses on anthropogenic impacts on upland landscapes and the management and restoration of degraded freshwater and peatland landcapes.

Research on water quality changes in upland freshwaters has focused on the impacts of air pollution and the extent to which acidified and metal polluted streams and lakes can recover. This has included early evidence that acidification is a reversible process, evaluations of the impacts of nitrogen deposition on upland waters, and new understandings of the mobility of metal pollution in freshwaters. Work on the degradation and restoration of blanket peat systems has led to assessments of peat revegetation processes, evaluations of the hydrological impacts of erosion and restoration and assessments of the role of fluvial carbon fluxes to greenhouse gas budgets. 

Tim is currently Co-Investigator on the £1.2M NERC 'PROTECT-NFM' project which is evaluating the role of peatland restoration for Natural Flood Management 



Selected Recent Research Grants 

2018-19 Modelling peatland systems (iCASP) (17k), Natural Environment Research Council

2017-21 Optimising upland restoration for Natural Flood Risk Management (PROTECT-NFM) (£1.2M FEC), Natural Environment Research Council

2016-20 Evaluting peatland restoration (14k) Peak District National Park

2010-15  Impacts of moorland restoration (Making Space for Water / MoorLIFE). Environment Agency/DEFRA/Moors for the Future (65k plus substantial in kind support)

2010-13 Greenhouse gas emissions associated with non gaseous losses of carbon from peatlands – fate of particulate and dissolved carbon. DEFRA Project SP 1008 (300k with CEH, and the Universities of Leeds, Durham and Bangor)


Current and former postgraduate students

Joanne Egan (Manchester 2012–2016): Impacts of tephra falls on aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Co-supervisor (with Dr Jeff Blackford)

Andrew Stimson (Manchester 2011-2015): Fluvial carbon dynamics in restored peatland catchments. Co-supervisor (with Prof M. Evans)

Ian Boothroyd (Durham 2010-present): Topographic controls on carbon fluxes from peat soils. External supervisory (with Dr F. Worrall)

Richard Pawson (Manchester 2004-2008): The role of particulate carbon in upland carbon budgets. Co-supervisor (with Dr M. Evans)

Stephen Daniels (Manchester 2003-2006): Controls on steamwater acidity in a South Pennine headwater catchment. Co-supervisor (with Dr M. Evans, Prof C. Agnew)

Sarah Crowe

(Manchester 2002-2006): Natural revegetation of eroded blanket peat: implications for blanket bog restoration. Co-supervisor (with Dr M. Evans)

Ellie Teague (Manchester 2002-2006): Fine-grained detrital sediment records from upland lakes in Wales. Main supervisor (Second supervisor Dr M. Evans)

James Rothwell (Manchester 2002-2006): Fluvial export of heavy metals from contaminated and eroded peatlands, southern Pennines, UK. Co-supervisor (with Dr M Evans)

Allan Clarke (Manchester 2001-2005) : Evaluating natural variation in upland lake water acidity: a high resolution study of Llyn Llagi, Snowdonia, North Wales. Main supervisor (second supervisor: Dr M. Evans)

Gavin Simpson (UCL 1998-2002): Setting recovery targets for acidified surface waters: a palaeolimnological approach. Co-supervisor (with Prof. R.W. Battarbee)

Jorn Scharlemann (UCL/Cambridge 1998-2002): Acid deposition and long-term eggshell thinning in British birds. Co-supervisor (with Dr R.Green (RSPB), Dr R. Prys-Jones (Natural History Museum))

Chris Curtis (UCL 1996-2002): Evaluating steady-state critical acidity load models for surface water acidification. Co-supervisor (with Dr B. Reynolds, Institute of Terrestrial Ecology)

Ben Goldsmith (UCL 1996-2000): Diatoms and water quality in lowland streams. Co-supervisor (with Dr E. Cox, Natural History Museum).

Catherine Dalton (UCL 1994-1999): A palaeolimnological investigation of acidity in humic lake waters in Connemara, Western Ireland. Sole supervisor

Iain Sime (UCL 1994-97): An eco-physiological investigation of nutrient limited growth and competition between five species of planktonic diatoms. Co-supervisor (with Dr E. Cox, Natural History Museum)

Martin Kernan (UCL 1992-95): Predicting surface water critical loads at the catchment scale . Co-supervisor (with Prof. R.W.Battarbee)

Further information

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Manchester Environmental Research Institute


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