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Jill Labadz

Jillian Labadz


School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

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Dr Labadz is the Postgraduate Research Tutor for the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences. In addition to supervising her own PhD students, she supports all PhD students within the School and leads part of the DoctoratePlus Programme for all PhD students at NTU.  Her undergraduate teaching contributions are to BSc (Hons) Geography, BSc (Hons) Geography (Physical); BSc (Hons) Environmental Conservation; BSc (Hons) Environmental Science and BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation. She is Deputy Chair of the College of Science and Technology's Research Degrees Committee and a member of the University Research Degrees Committee.

Career overview

Research areas

Dr Jillian Labadz is a member of the Natural Environment Research Group and active in the Sustainable Futures research theme.

Her main areas of interest include hydrology (river flows, floods and water resources), and fluvial geomorphology. She specialises in research on:

  • Hydrology of Peat Areas: upland and lowland areas, including restoration and management of damaged bogs
  • Natural Flood Management: development and impacts on river flows
  • Fluvial Geomorphology: transport and delivery of suspended sediments
  • Moorland Soil Erosion: processes and rates
  • Reservoir Sedimentation
  • Surface Water Quality and Catchment Management:  discolouration, acidification, eutrophication and time of travel of pollutants

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil / PhD exist in all the areas identified above. Further information may be obtained from the NTU Doctoral School.

Current PhD students include: Josh Wells, Anne Stefaniak, Dalton Baltazar.

Recent PhD completions: Theodora Vataroglou (2018), Toby Tonkin (2016)

Sponsors and collaborators

Current and recent research is being conducted with the collaboration, funding and / or support of:

Research funding in the period since 2001 includes:

  • Natural Flood Management (2016-2019). Environment Agency £27500
  • Peatland restoration and hydrology at Featherbed Moss, Peak District National Park, 2013-2018. National Trust £35000
  • IUCN review of peatlands hydrology, (2010 to 2011). International Union for the Conservation of Nature  £5,000
  • Severn Trent water colour project extension, (2009). Severn Trent Water, £34,718
  • Discolouration of water supplies in the Peak District. Severn Trent Water and National Trust (2002 to 2008), £135,000
  • Restoration of hydrology at Walton Moss and Bolton Fell Moss, Cumbria. Natural England (2003 to 2008), £40,000
  • Review of restoration of blanket peat. DEFRA (2006 to 2007), £13,000
  • Wetlands Framework (hydrology of wetland sites in the West Midlands and Cumbria). Collaboration with Sheffield University for Environment Agency and English Nature (2003 to 2007), £15,000
  • Boundary issues in raised bog hydrology, Cumbria. English Nature and Environment Agency (2000 to 2006), £65,000
  • Hydrology of West Midlands Meres and Mosses for Catchment Management Plans. English Nature, ECUS's subcontract (1999 to 2001), £15,000
  • Assessment of the impact of Dry Rigg Quarry upon Swarth Moor SSSI. Lafarge Redland Aggregates (1999 to 2001), £8,000.


Journal papers:

The potential of small unmanned aircraft systems and structure-from-motion for topographic surveys: A test of emerging integrated approaches at Cwm Idwal, North Wales Tonkin, T N, Midgley, N G, Graham, D J and Labadz, J C,  Geomorphology 2014 vol 226 pp 35-43

Internal structure and significance of ice‐marginal moraine in the Kebnekaise Mountains, northern Sweden. Tonkin, T N, Midgley N G, Graham, D G and Labadz, J C. Boreas, 2017, 46 (2), 199-211

Blanket peat erosion and sediment yield in a southern Pennine upland reservoir catchment. Yeloff DE, Labadz JC, Hunt, C O, Higgitt DL and Foster IDL, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 2005, 30, 717-733

The suitability of south Pennine (UK) reservoirs as archives of recent environmental change. Yeloff DE, Labadz JC and Hunt CO, Journal of Palaeolimnology, 2005, 34 (3), 339-348

Conference papers include:

Impact of catchment management upon dissolved organic carbon and stream flows in the Peak District, Derbyshire, UK. O’Brien HE, Labadz JC, Butcher DP, Billett M and Midgley NG, Sustainable Hydrology for the 21st Century, Proceedings of the 10th BHS National Hydrology Symposium, Exeter, 2008, 178–185

Book chapters:

Clutterbuck, B, Chico, G, Labadz, JC and Midgley, NG (2017) The potential of geospatial technology for monitoring peatland environments.  Chapter 9 (p167-182) in Inventory, value and restoration of peatlands and mires: recent contributions (LIFE11 NAT/ES/704 “Sustainable Ordunte”) (Book with chapter contributors from Canada, Spain & UK), Bizkaia Provincial Council/HAZI Foundation.

The management of water discolouration in upland areas. O’Brien H, Labadz J, Butcher D, Drage, in Parson S and Hopkins L, Conference on Developments in water treatment and supply 5-6 July 2005, 31-36, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Cranfield University

Reports for external bodies include:

International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) UK Commission of Inquiry on Peatlands, Report of the IUCN UK Peatland Programme.   Bain, CG, Bonn, A, Stoneman, R, Chapman, S, Coupar, A, Evans, M, Geary, B, Howat, M, Joosten, H, Keenleyside, C, Labadz, J, Lindsay, R, Littlewood, N, Lunt, P, Miller, CJ, Moxey, A, Orr, H, Reed, M, Smith, P, Swales, V, Thompspn, DBA, Thompson, PS, Van de Noort, R, Wilson, JD and Worrall, F (2011).

IUCN Review of peatland hydrology. Labadz J, Allott T, Evans M, Butcher D, Billett M, Stainer S, Yallop A, Jones P, Innerdale M, Harmon N, Maher K, Bradbury R, Mount D, O'Brien H and Hart R, 2010

Case study 25: Brackenhurst Natural Flood Management published in Environment Agency (2017) Working with natural processes: evidence directory  Ref: SC150005/R1PDF.  Labadz, J C, Wells, J. and Disney, A (2017)

Definition of hydrological buffer zones at the margins of named lowland raised bog sites in Cumbria. Labadz JC, Norris J, Butcher DP and Hart R, Environment Agency contract no 15088: Progress report by Nottingham Trent University, 2006

Rainworth Water: Hydrological and topographic survey relating to abstraction of water for ecological restoration. Labadz J C et al, Report to the Forestry Commission, Nottingham Trent University, August 2006

Walton moss SSSI (NGR NY505666) and Bolton fell moss (NGR NY489690). Labadz JC and Butcher DP, Peatland Hydrology Research Project Contract no. JB130: End of year 1 report to English Nature, March 2005

Peatland Restoration. Scientific Review for IUCN Commission on peatlands. Lunt, P., Allot, T, Anderson, P, Buckler, M, Coupar, A, Jones, P, Labadz, J and Worrall, P (2010) International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) UK Commission of Inquiry on Peatlands, available at:

Natural England Review of Upland Evidence Review Four: Restoration of Degraded Blanket Bog. Shepherd, M. J., Labadz, J., Caporn, S. J., Crowle, A., Goodison, R., Rebane, M, Waters, R.  2013. Natural England.

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Press expertise

  • Floods
  • River flows
  • Natural flood management
  • Reservoir sedimentation
  • Surface water quality
  • Hydrology of peat areas
  • Fluvial geomorphology and moorland erosion
  • Restoration and management of peatlands
  • Physical geography
  • Rivers
  • Water resources