Jill Labadz

Jillian Labadz

Associate Professor

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Staff Group(s)


Dr Labadz's teaching contributions are to BSc (Hons) Geography (Physical); BSc (Hons) Environmental Conservation and Countryside Management; and BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation. She is member of the College of Science and Technology's Research Degrees Committee and the University Research Degrees Committee.

Research areas

Dr Labadz is a member of the Earth Systems and Environmental Science research centre.

Dr Labadz's main ares of interest include reservoir sedimentation, surface water quality, hydrology of peat areas, fluvial geomorphology and moorland erosion.

  • Reservoir Sedimentation and Trap Efficiency
  • Surface Water Quality and Catchment Management: Discolouration, acidification, eutrophication and time of travel of pollutants
  • Hydrology of Peat Areas: Upland and lowland areas, rehabilitation and management of damaged bogs
  • Fluvial Geomorphology: Transport and delivery of suspended sediments
  • Moorland Erosion: Processes and rates

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.

External activity

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:

  • IUCN review of peatlands hydrology, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (2010 to 2011), £5,000
  • Severn Trent Extension, Severn Trent Water (2009), £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, (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:

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:

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:

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:

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

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

Upland catchment management and discolouration of water supplies. O’Brien H, Labadz JC, Butcher DP and Woods M  Progress reports to Severn Trent Water plc, National Trust and English Nature, 2003, 2004, 2005, 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

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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