Dr. Neil Entwistle

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Lecturer in Geography

Biography

My academic career stared with a first degree in Environmental Geography, followed by a doctoral scholarship in the Geomorphological Effectiveness and Maintenance of a Riffle-Pool Sequence, which explored the fluvial dynamics of an upland gravel-bed river through 3D computational fluid dynamicsFollowing the conclusion of the scholarship I pursued a career in Environmental Consultancy before continuing with research and teaching as a Lecturer in Physical Geography at the University of Salford. 

My research has been recognised at the highest levels, from invited speaker at prestigious conferences, convening international workshops and disseminating research findings to governments. I have featured heavily in the media with appearances on BBC News, BBC radio/tv, Countryfile, ITV News, The Guardian, The Independent, The Conversation and other major international news outlets.

Areas of research

Fluvial Geomorphology, Hydromorphology, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Ecohydraulics, River Restoration

Teaching

I teach across 12 modules and act as module leader for 6 and have helped design many of the modules and programmes currently on offer within the school of Environment and Life Sciences. My research-led teaching here at Salford has a focus on river restoration monitoring to understand river dynamics with strong links to the environment industry. Salford students have played a part in a number of national prize winning projects and in 2016 an example partnership project to restore part of the River Trent in Staffordshire, received the accolade of runner up in the European River Restoration prize in Vienna, Austria. Outside of the University of Salford I am regularly invited to speak at teaching events (e.g. the Geographical Association) providing expertise on the latest methods for student engagement, data capture and the dissemination of my research findings. 

Research Interests

My research interests principally lie in the fields of hydromorphology, river restoration, catchment connectivity, ecohydraulics and fluvial and glacial sediment dynamics. I use a range or remote sensing methods to map and model spatial and temporal changes in topography, hydraulics and fluvial habitat, using these data for a variety of environmental decision making scenarios.

My use of innovative remote sensing methods developed from the use of Terrestrial and Aerial Lidar (TLS and ALS) to drones in 2014, where I am a trained and CAA licensed pilot and have used a variety of sUAV platforms for data collection spanning the globe. I collaboratively use data captured from these platforms for a wide range of research projects for example; UK Natural Flood Management and river restoration, water level and sediment management in South Africa and forest ecosystems in Chernobyl.My research interests principally lie in the fields of hydromorphology, river restoration, catchment connectivity, ecohydraulics and fluvial and glacial sediment dynamics. I use a range or remote sensing methods to map and model spatial and temporal changes in topography, hydraulics and fluvial habitat, using these data for a variety of environmental decision making scenarios.

My use of innovative remote sensing methods developed from the use of Terrestrial and Aerial Lidar (TLS and ALS) to drones in 2014, where I am a trained and CAA licensed pilot and have used a variety of sUAV platforms for data collection spanning the globe. I collaboratively use data captured from these platforms for a wide range of research projects for example; UK Natural Flood Management and river restoration, water level and sediment management in South Africa and forest ecosystems in Chernobyl.

Qualifications and Memberships

Qualifications

  • PhD in Physical Geography
  • BSc in Environmental Geography
  • PgCHE in Academic Practice

Memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Society
  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
  • Chartered Geographer *(specialism in geomorphology)
  • CEO of the Alpine Glacier Project
  • Member of American Geophysical Union
  • Member of European Geophysical Union
  • Member of International Union of Geodesy and geosciences
  • Member of International a of Geodesy and geosciences
  • Member of International Association of Hydrological Sciences
  • Member of International Association of Cryospheric Sciences
  • Member of British Society for Geomorphology