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Research

Jonathan Pearson is an Associate-Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Warwick. He has over 20 years experience of research in the field of coastal and environmental hydraulics, having previously worked at the Universities of Edinburgh and Sheffield. He has been funded to undertake research studies at major European research laboratory facilities at HR Wallingford, DHI & UPC; has fundamental research funded by EPSRC, NERC, BBSRC & the EU, with applied research supported by Unilever, Syngenta & the Coal Authority. His research has 2 major themes:

1) Resilient infrastructure from natural hazards

Current funded research include; a British Council funded award entitled “Mitigating the effects of climate change: Disaster Management and Emergency Response to flooding” and a Royal Academy of Engineering / The Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship entitled “Coastal flood risks under extreme events: Creating resilience through retrofitting”, which is in collaboration with HR Wallingford. The project will specifically investigate the effects of climate change (e.g. combined effects of sea level rise and extreme climatic events) to on a range of coastal defence configurations, where gaps in knowledge are known to exist.

2) Environmental fate of Organic pollutants

Current funded research include; a BBSRC/Syngenta award entitled “Seasonal variation in the biodegradation of chemicals”, and recently completed awards include; a NERC/Unilever project investigating the effect of bed-form characteristics on the diversity and pollutant degrading potential of microbial communities inhabiting biofilms at the sediment surface, and the way in which direct discharge scenarios affect interactions between bed-form, microbial community composition and pollutant biodegradation rates. The results of a EPSRC/Unilever funded project to improve our understanding of chemical exchanges between the water column and fixed bed sediments in freshwaters, has recently been published.