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Carlos Abrahams

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

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Carlos Abrahams is a part-time Lecturer on the BSc Ecology and Environmental Management course. He is Module Leader for Regulating Environmental Information and also teaches on the modules Terrestrial Ecosystems, Freshwater Ecosystems, Atmospheric Pollution and Practical Conservation.

Career overview

Carlos works part-time at NTU, alongside his other job as Technical Director in an ecological consultancy – Baker Consultants. He has over twenty years experience as an ecologist and environmental manager, including work with public and private sector clients on a diverse range of high profile projects. This has involved ecological survey, environmental impact assessment, design and implementation of mitigation measures and practical site management. He has expertise in the survey, evaluation and management of rare and protected species, habitats and sites and holds Natural England licences for surveying great crested newts, natterjack toads and bats. He has considerable experience in the delivery of ecological services to large engineering projects such as road and rail infrastructure, flood defence schemes, and industrial estates. This has included the production of Environmental Statements for quarries, pipelines, wind energy, residential, commercial and leisure developments.

Research areas

Carlos is an expert in aquatic ecology and wetland creation and management. He has carried out research on habitat selection by wetland invertebrates, the landscape ecology of amphibian communities and the vegetation communities found in reservoir drawdown zones. He maintains an active interest in wetland research and policy, particularly with regard to the ecological effects of water level fluctuations in lakes and reservoirs. This theoretical base has been closely allied with practical implementation, producing management plans for a range of wetland sites, developing water abstraction reports for Severn Trent Water and managing the Witches Oak Waters gravel pit restoration scheme.

Carlos is a member of the IUCN SSC Freshwater Plant Specialist Group. He is also a peer reviewer for Water and Environment Journal, Aquatic Ecology, Lakes and Reservoirs: Research and Management and Frontiers in Environmental Science and Engineering.

External activity

Carlos is a member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, the British Ecological Society, and Commission Member - IUCN SSC Freshwater Plant Specialist Group.


Environmental impacts of extreme climatic events on fresh waters. Abrahams C in Jones I (Ed), The Impact of Extreme Events on Freshwater Ecosystems, 2013, British Ecological Society

The Dee Estuary.  Abrahams C in Howarth RW and Mohan JE (Eds), Biomes and Ecosystems: An Encyclopedia, 2013, p523 Salem Press

The Humber Estuary. Abrahams C in Howarth RW and Mohan JE (Eds), Biomes and Ecosystems: An Encyclopedia, 2013, p674, Salem Press

The Kielder Forest. Abrahams C in Howarth RW and Mohan JE (Eds), Biomes and Ecosystems: An Encyclopedia, 2013, Salem Press

Climate change and lakeshore conservation: a model and review of management techniques. Abrahams C, Hydrobiologia, 2008, 613, 33–43

All ebb and flow – droughts, floods and lakes in the future landscape. Abrahams C, Journal of Practical Ecology and Conservation, 2008, 7 (1), 9-17

Lakes, water levels and climate change. Abrahams C, ECOS, 2007, 28 (3/4), 40-45

Sustainable shorelines: the management and revegetation of drawdown zones. Abrahams C, Journal of Practical Ecology and Conservation, 2006, 6 (1), 37-51

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Press expertise

  • Ecology
  • Freshwater ecology
  • Impact of climate change upon the hydrology of lakes, ponds and wetlands – and knock-on effects of ecological functions, ecosystem services and nature conservation
  • Environmental management
  • Environmental impact of developments such as large housing schemes, power stations and wind farms