Halliday, Sarah


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Research Interests

My research interests lie in the field of hydrochemical monitoring and modelling with a particular interest in the application of novel technologies and analysis approaches.

My PhD focused on the newly emerging field of in situ high-frequency hydrochemical monitoring and I have continued to develop this research. I am interested in using the new datasets, attainable through this type of monitoring, to advance the understanding of catchment biogeochemical processing, and how instream processes are linked to wider catchment processing in the soil and hyporheic zone. The combination of these datasets together with novel numerical analysis approaches and experimental data, are revealing new insights into the controls on instream biogeochemical processing and the role these processes play in nutrient cycling.

I am also interested in how these processes will be affected by future environmental change and what implications this will have for the achievement of legislative standards. In particular I am interested in how we can use the new understanding attained from these datasets to inform and improve the development and implementation of the Water Framework Directive. 

Research Projects

2020 - 2021: GCRF project - Tackling water security-health connections in rural Malawi 

2020 - 2021: CREW project - Scoping the Development of a Model to Estimate Phosphorus (P) Loads to Water From Septic Tanks

2017 - 2019: Scottish Goverment Funded - River Health Project, Ramganga, India

2012 – 2016: NERC Macronutrients project Turf2Surf 

2014 – 2016: DEFRA Developing more effective models for managing water from the local to the national scale from a risk and pollution perspective (LM0308)

2014: DEFRA Understanding the implications of climate change on the quality condition of water environment in the UK (WT1540)

2010 – 2014: EU FP7 project REFRESH

2009 – 2012: EPSRC Novel technologies for in situ environmental monitoring: linking sensor development to improved pollutant transport models  


Module Leader\Co-Leader: 

  • EV21001 - Management and Monitoring
  • EV22002 - Mechanisms and Measurements 
  • GE32021 - Data Handling and Statistics
  • GE31004 - Hydrology and Water Resources
  • GE41007 - Advance Hydrology and Water Resources

Module Contributor: 

  • ED21007 - Science and the Environment

Environmental Science Tutor:

  • Second Year


Academic Background

2018 - Associate Fellow status of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

2009 – 2012 – PhD Geography and Environmental Sciences, University of Reading

2006 – 2007 – MSc (Distinction) Environmental Monitoring Modelling and Management, King's College London

2002 – 2006 – BSc (First Class) Geography and Mathematics, University of St Andrews


2017: Lecturer in Spatial Analysis and Modelling, Department of Geography and Environmental Science, University of Dundee

2016 – 2017: Postdoctoral researcher, Mathematical modelling team, Syngenta Jealott's Hill International Research Centre, Bracknell

2012 – 2016: Postdoctoral research fellow, Department of Geography and Environmental Science, University of Reading

2007 – 2009: Environmental Scientist, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Godalming

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification


Award Date: 23 May 2018

Doctor of Science, University of Reading

27 Sep 200928 Nov 2012

Award Date: 28 Nov 2012

Master in Science, King's College London

Sep 2006Sep 2007

Award Date: 28 Sep 2007

Bachelor of Science, University of St Andrews

Sep 2002Jun 2006

Award Date: 22 Jun 2006


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