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Dr Jonathan Bridge FRGS, FHEA

Reader/Associate Professor in Environmental Geoscience


I am an environmental geoscientist, researching the ways in which human activity affects the physical environment and try to find solutions to the ways in which the physical environment affects human activity. I joined the Department of the Natural and Built Environment in January 2017 and am currently course leader for MSc Environmental Management.


I graduated from University College London with an MSci in Planetary Sciences, before completing an MSc in Environmental Sciences at Birkbeck, University of London, and then a PhD in Environmental Engineering at The University of Sheffield.

After my PhD I worked in the Kroto Research Institute as a postdoctoral scientist and early-career research fellow, on projects related to risks to human health from environmental pathogens, weathering of minerals by plant-symbiont fungi, supraglacial weathering and environmental colloids and nanoparticles.

I joined the Centre for Engineering Sustainability at the University of Liverpool in 2012 as a Lecturer in Environmental Engineering, where much of my research was oriented around environmental radioactivity, further work on environmental nanoparticles, and catchment modelling.

Returning to Sheffield in 2017 as a Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography here at Sheffield Hallam, I have become increasingly involved in catchment hydrology and natural flood management, conducting field, modelling and citizen science with local partners. I progressed to Reader/Associate Professor in January 2020.


Department of the Natural and Built Environment

Social Sciences and Arts

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and have taught extensively at undergraduate and postgraduate level since 2012. My main areas of teaching are in water resources and natural hazards and in the supervision of dissertation and thesis research projects. As well as subject-specific knowledge, my goal in teaching is to develop strong applied skills in critical thinking, creative problem-solving and communication of ideas.

Subject Area

Geography, Environment and Planning.


- BSc Geography
- BSc Environmental Science
- MSc Environmental Management (course leader)


- Introduction to Physical Geography
- Research Methods in Environment and Geography
- Atmospheric and Water Quality
- Natural Hazards
- Professional Practice
- International Water Management
- Culture, Uncertainty and Risk in Environmental Systems
- Applied Research Methods


2020-2022: AHRC Research Network (UKRI Landscape Decisions Programme) HydroSpheres: Co-design for Landscape Decision-Making. I am the Principal Investigator for a two-year research network bringing academics and local landscape stakeholders together to explore the roles and potential for collaborative, participatory arts-based co-design in new forms of understanding and managing the water landscape and the complex hydro-sociological systems which surround it.

2018-2022: Working With Water (monitoring and modelling) - Sheffield Lakeland Landscape Partnership As a consultant to Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust, I am providing monitoring and analysis of streamflow at 6 sites where pilot Natural Flood Management interventions are being installed under the Heritage Lottery funded SLLP. As part of this work, I am also collating data from a team of citizen scientists measuring daily rainfall totals across the Upper Don catchment as part of an effort to understand small-scale variations in rainfall patterns and amounts, as well as the value of citizen data in enhancing hydrological information.

My core area of specialist scientific expertise is in the processes which determine how particulate contaminants move through soils and sediments. This has applications across a wide range of environmental problems, from bringing brownfield land back into economic use to predicting the environmental impacts of consumer nanoparticles and helping to clean up the zones contaminated by the Fukushima and Chernobyl nuclear accidents.

My broader research interests reflect my interdisciplinary background and include catchment management, flood modelling, wastewater filtration, urban drainage, biomineralisation, arsenic contamination of drinking water, and the evolution of the ablation zone supraglacial weathering environment in Arctic glaciers.

Featured Projects

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Collaborators and Sponsors

- Arts and Humanities Research Council
- British Council / Newton Fund
- Sheffield Lakeland Landscape Partnership
- Aberystwyth University


Journal articles

Yuan, Z.-.F., Pu, T.-.Y., Jin, C.-.Y., Feng, W.-.J., Wang, J.-.Y., Gustave, W., ... Chen, Z. (2022). Sustainable removal of soil arsenic by naturally-formed iron oxides on plastic tubes. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 439.

Yuan, Z.F., Gustave, W., Ata-Ul-Karim, S.T., Bridge, J., Sekar, R., Liu, F., & Chen, Z. (2022). Distinct and dynamic distributions of multiple elements and their species in the rice rhizosphere. Plant and Soil, 471 (1-2), 47-60.

Yuan, Z.F., Gustave, W., Sekar, R., Bridge, J., Wang, J.Y., Feng, W.J., ... Chen, Z. (2021). Simultaneous measurement of aqueous redox-sensitive elements and their species across the soil-water interface. Journal of Environmental Sciences (China), 102, 1-10.

Yuan, Z.-.F., Gustave, W., Boyle, J., Sekar, R., Bridge, J., Ren, Y., ... Chen, Z. (2020). Arsenic behavior across soil-water interfaces in paddy soils: coupling, decoupling and speciation. Chemosphere, 128713.

Babakhani, P., Bridge, J., Phenrat, T., Fagerlund, F., Doong, R.-.A., & Whittle, K.R. (2019). Comparison of a new mass-concentration, chain-reaction model with the population-balance model for early- and late-stage aggregation of shattered graphene oxide nanoparticles. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 582, 123862.

Yuan, Z.-.F., Gustave, W., Bridge, J., Liang, Y., Sekar, R., Boyle, J., ... Chen, Z. (2019). Tracing the dynamic changes of element profiles by novel soil porewater samplers with ultralow disturbance to soil-water interface. Environmental science & technology.

Rajasekar, A., Wilkinson, S., Sekar, R., Bridge, J., Medina-Roldan, E., & Moy, C.K.S. (2018). Biomineralisation performance of bacteria isolated from a landfill in China. Canadian Journal of Microbiology (CJM), 64 (12), 945-953.

Rajasekar, A., Raju, S., Medina-Roldan, E., Bridge, J., Moy, C.K.S., & Wilkinson, S. (2018). Next-generation sequencing showing potential leachate influence on bacterial communities around a landfill in China. Canadian Journal of Microbiology, 64 (8), 537-549.

Babakhani, P., Bridge, J., Phenrat, T., Doong, R.-.A., & Whittle, K. (2018). Aggregation and sedimentation of shattered graphene oxide nanoparticles (SGO) in dynamic environments: a solid-body rotational approach. Environmental Science: Nano, 8 (2018), 1859-1872.

Babakhani, P., Doong, R.-.A., & Bridge, J. (2018). The significance of early and late stages of coupled aggregation and sedimentation in the fate of nanoparticles: measurement and modelling. Environmental Science & Technology, 52 (15), 8419-8428.

Irvine-Fynn, T.D.L., Porter, P.R., Rowan, A.V., Quincey, D.J., Gibson, M.J., Bridge, J., ... Glasser, N.F. (2017). Supraglacial ponds regulate runoff from Himalayan debris-covered glaciers. Geophysical Research Letters, 44 (23), 11,894-11,904.

Babakhani, P., Bridge, J., Doong, R.-.A., & Phenrat, T. (2017). Continuum-based models and concepts for the transport of nanoparticles in saturated porous media: A state-of-the-science review. Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, 246, 75-104.

Babakhani, P., Bridge, J., Doong, R.-.A., & Phenrat, T. (2017). Parameterization and prediction of nanoparticle transport in porous media : a reanalysis using artificial neural network. Water Resources Research, 53 (6), 4564-4585.

Bridge, J. (2017). Oroville dam danger shows how Trump could win big on infrastructure. The Conversation.

Pourbakhtiar, A., Poulsen, T.G., Wilkinson, S., & Bridge, J. (2017). Effect of wind turbulence on gas transport in porous media: experimental method and preliminary results. European Journal of Soil Science, 68 (1), 48-56.

Tarawneh, E., Bridge, J., & Macdonald, N. (2016). A pre-calibration approach to select optimum inputs for hydrological models in data-scarce regions. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS), 20 (10), 4391-4407.

Schmalenberger, A., Duran, A.L., Bray, A.W., Bridge, J., Bonneville, S., Benning, L.G., ... Banwart, S.A. (2015). Oxalate secretion by ectomycorrhizal Paxillus involutus is mineral-specific and controls calcium weathering from minerals. Scientific Reports, 5, 12187.

Corkhill, C.L., Bridge, J.W., Hillel, P., Gardner, L.J., Banwart, S.A., & Hyatt, N.C. (2013). Technetium-99m transport and immobilisation in porous media: Development of a novel nuclear imaging technique. Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, 1518, 123-129.

Corkhill, C.L., Bridge, J.W., Chen, X.C., Hillel, P., Thornton, S.F., Romero-Gonzalez, M.E., ... Hyatt, N.C. (2013). Real-time gamma imaging of technetium transport through natural and engineered porous materials for radioactive waste disposal. Environmental Science and Technology, 47 (23), 13857-13864.

Irvine-Fynn, T.D.L., Bridge, J.W., & Hodson, A.J. (2011). In situ quantification of supraglacial cryoconite morphodynamics using time-lapse imaging: An example from Svalbard. Journal of Glaciology, 57 (204), 651-657.

Bridge, J.W., Oliver, D.M., Chadwick, D., Godfray, H.C.J., Heathwaite, L., Kay, D., ... Banwart, S.A. (2010). Engaging with the water sector for public health benefits: Waterborne pathogens and diseases in developed countries. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 88 (11), 873-875.

Irvine-Fynn, T.D.L., Bridge, J.W., & Hodson, A.J. (2010). Rapid quantification of cryoconite: Granule geometry and in situ supraglacial extents, using examples from Svalbard and Greenland. Journal of Glaciology, 56 (196), 297-308.

Bridge, J.W., Heathwaite, A.L., & Banwart, S.A. (2009). Measurement of colloid mobilization and redeposition during drainage in quartz sand. Environmental Science and Technology, 43 (15), 5769-5775.

Bridge, J.W., Banwart, S.A., & Heathwaite, A.L. (2007). High-resolution measurement of pore saturation and colloid removal efficiency in quartz sand using fluorescence imaging. Environmental Science and Technology, 41 (24), 8288-8294.

Bridge, J.W., Banwart, S.A., & Heathwaite, A.L. (2006). Noninvasive quantitative measurement of colloid transport in mesoscale porous media using time lapse fluorescence imaging. Environmental Science and Technology, 40 (19), 5930-5936.

Conference papers

Bridge, J.W., Bonneville, S., Saccone, L., Schmalenberger, A., Duran, A., Andrews, M., ... Banwart, S.A. (2010). Constraining global-scale weathering models through nano-scale ectomycorrhiza-mineral interactions. GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA, 74 (12), A123.

Bridge, J.W., & Banwart, S.A. (2009). Monitoring cell transport, biofilm evolution and movement of genetic material in porous media: potential of cm-scale fluorescence imaging. GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA, 73 (13), A160.

Baker, K., Bridge, J., Brown, D., Rolfe, S., Scholes, J., Edyvean, R., & Banwart, S. (2009). Mineral-specific attachment of sulphate-reducing bacterial consortia: combined experimental and xDLVO modelling approach. GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA, 73 (13), A76.

Book chapters

Bridge, J., Spence, K., McLuckie, D., & Kandasamy, J. (2019). Urban Stormwater and Flood Management. In Urban Stormwater and Flood Management Enhancing the Liveability of Cities. Springer

Phenrat, T., Babakhani, P., Bridge, J., Doong, R.A., & Lowry, G.V. (2019). Mechanistic, mechanistic-based empirical, and continuum-based concepts and models for the transport of polyelectrolyte-modified nanoscale zerovalent iron (NZVI) in saturated porous media. In Nanoscale Zerovalent Iron Particles for Environmental Restoration: From Fundamental Science to Field Scale Engineering Applications. (pp. 235-291).


Irvine-Fynn, T., Bridge, J., Griffiths, H., & Holmes, N. (2021). Immersive fieldwork learning through self-directed exploration of virtual landscape spheres. Presented at: 11th Enhancing Fieldwork Learning Showcase, Online


Walton, S., Holmes, N., Storrar, R., Bridge, J., Ewertowski, M., Tomczyk, A., & Jones, A. (2022). Upland deglaciation since the Little Ice Age at Skálafellsjökull, southeast Iceland. Presented at: Quaternary Research Association Annual Discussion Meeting, Online, Sheffield

Walton, S., Holmes, N., Storrar, R., & Bridge, J. (2021). Climate and Environmental Change in Southeast Iceland. Presented at: BSG Annual Meeting, Online

Other activities

Secretary, Yorkshire & North-East regional committee, Royal Geographical Society

Postgraduate supervision

Current PhD students (Sheffield Hallam University):

Karuna Pimprasan (2020-2023): Optimisation of strategies using spatial approaches to manage flood risk in Thailand, co-supervision (director of studies) with Dr Rebecca Sharpe.

Krystle Morley (2021-2024): Radical water futures in the Don catchment, co-supervision (director of studies) with Prof Harriet Tarlo (Humanities) and Dr Kev Spence.

Sarah Walton (2020-2023): Holocene climate and environmental change in south east Iceland, co-supervision (third advisor) with Dr Naomi Holmes and Dr Rob Storrar.

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