Staff Profile:Dr Arnaud Duranel

Areas of Interest:

Arnaud’s main interests are focused on the ecology and hydrology of wetlands:

  • Hydrology of mires, incl. hydrological monitoring and modelling
  • Hydrological functions of wetlands and wetlands for natural flood management
  • Environmental gradients driving wetland plant communities
  • Ecological and hydrological restoration of wetlands incl. peatlands, floodplain grasslands and ponds
Research groups / Centres:

Environmental Science Research Division


Key Facts:

Arnaud joined the department in November 2017. He completed his PhD at University College London (UCL) and at the University of Lyon (France) in 2015, during which he investigated and modelled the hydrology of acidic valley mires in the Massif Central (France), and modelled the hydrological impacts of changes in catchment landuse on the water balance of these wetlands.

Arnaud’s background is in ecology and conservation: he previously worked as a Senior Ecological Consultant for a large ecology consultancy, and as an ecologist and nature reserve manager for the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) and for several conservation NGOs (Conservatoires d’Espaces Naturels) in France. While working for BBOWT, he managed a landscape-scale wetland creation and restoration project in the River Ray floodplain. This involved designing and supervising the implementation of restoration works within the Trust’s reserves incl. river remeandering, pond creation, wet grassland and floodplain hay meadow restoration; and advising local landowners and farmers on agri-environment schemes available for wetland management and restoration. Arnaud works part-time at UoR, and part-time as a self-employed consultant specialised in wetland hydrology and ecology.

Arnaud is currently collaborating with researchers at the University of Oulu (Finland) using isotopic methods to quantify groundwater dependence of acidic valley mires in granitic etch-basins; and with researchers at the University of Lyon (France) to investigate the development of mires in Central France during the Holocene.

Current Project

Arnaud is liaising with University of Reading researchers and partners from other organisations to develop the research portfolio of the Loddon Observatory. The Loddon Observatory has been established as a platform to address global issues of food, water and climate security at a ‘local’ scale within the Loddon Catchment. A distinctive feature is the integration of research, learning and innovation activities, where external partners and students contribute to the research needed to support sustainable societies. Three cornerstone areas of research have been identified:

  • Woodlands for water and climate regulation
  • Co-benefits of land management for food production, drinking water quality and natural flood management
  • Sustainable use of floodplains


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