Staff Profile:Professor Alan Howard

Dr Alan Howard
Job Title:
Associate Professor


Areas of Interest:
Research groups / Centres:

Environmental Science Research Division

Key Facts:

Alan’s academic background is in Geography and he gained a PhD in Hydrology from the University of Leeds in 1994. He is an Associate Professor in Geography, with an extensive research publication record in hydrology and computational modelling. He is a recipient of an institutional student recognition award for outstanding contributions to teaching and learning. He is an experienced research student supervisor and external examiner. He currently has an active research partnership with Professor Defu Xu, NUIST, China.

Alan is currently School Director of Teaching and Learning in SAGES and is responsible for strategic management of the undergraduate and postgraduate taught programme portfolio and for chairing the School Board for Teaching and Learning. Alan has wide experience in all aspects of course design, development, review and management including previous Programme Director roles for undergraduate, masters and research masters programmes. Alan regularly chairs University periodic review and new programme scrutiny panels and is a member of University committees including Senate.

Alan has been a QAA reviewer since 2012, participating in a variety of methods including Institutional Review, Higher Education Review and Quality Review Visits. He is a trained QAA appeals panellist and scrutiny reviewer for degree awarding powers. Alan’s experience of reviews encompasses alternative providers, specialist providers, universities and further education colleges.

Alan is Don McLean’s biographer. In 2017, Alan was interviewed at length for the BBC 2 documentary series “Classic Albums” featuring Don McLean’s “American Pie” album. The show has currently been broadcast on national television in UK, Belgium, Holland and Germany.

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  • Howard, A. (2012) Toxic cyanobacteria. In: Bengstsson, L., Herschy, R. and Fairbridge, R. (eds.) Encyclopedia of lakes and reservoirs. Springer. ISBN 9781402056161






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Earlier Publications

Howard, A. & Easthope, M.P. (2002) Application of a model to predict cyanobacteria patterns in response to climatic change at Farmoor Reservoir, Oxfordshire, UK, The science of the Total Environment 282-283, 459-469.

Howard, A. (2001) Modelling movement patterns of the cyanobacterium, Mic. Ecological Applications 304-310.

Howard, A. (1999) Algal Modelling: Processes and Management, Introduction, Hydrobiologia 414, 35-37.

Easthope, M.P. & Howard, A. (1999) Implementation and sensitivity analysis of a model of cyanobacterial movement and growth, Hydrobiologia, 414, 53-58.

Howard, A. (1999) (ed) Algal Modelling: Processes & Management 414.

Easthope, M.P. & Howard, A.(1999) Modelling algal dynamics in a lowland impoundment, Science of the Total Environment. 241, 17-25.

Howard, A. (1998) Cyanobacteria (Blue-green algae), in Herschy, R.G. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Hydrology and Water Resources, Chapman & Hall, 147-149.

Howard, A. (1998) Toxic cyanobacterial blooms, in Rose, J. (ed) Environmental Toxicology: Current Developments, Volume 7, 345-357. Gordon & Breach Science Publishers.

Kneale, P.E. & Howard, A. (1997) Statistical analysis of algal and water quality data, Hydrobiologia, 347: 59-63.

Whitehead, P.G. Howard, A. & Arulmani, C. (1997) Modelling algal growth and transport in rivers: a comparison of time series analysis, dynamic mass balance, and neural network techniques, Hydrobiologia, 347: 39-46.

Howard, A. (1997) Computer simulation modelling of buoyancy change in Microcystis, Hydrobiologia, 349: 111-117.

Howard, A. (1997) Algal Modelling: Processes & Management. Editorial Preface. Hydrobiologia, 349:vii-ix.

Howard, A. Irish, A.E. & Reynolds, C.S. (1996) SCUM '96: A new simulation of cyanobacterial underwater movement, Journal of Plankton Research, 18, 1375-1385.

Howard, A. McDonald, A.T. Kneale, P.E. & Whitehead, P.G. (1996) Cyanobacterial (blue-green algal) blooms in the UK: A review of the current situation and potential management options, Progress in Physical Geography, 20, 63-81.

BSc; PhD (Leeds)


Alan Howard

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+44 (0) 118 378 8763

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