Christopher Hackney

Research Assistant / Post-doctoral representative on the School Research Committee

Faculty of Science and Engineering

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Christopher Hackney is a post-doctoral research associate in earth surface processes and sedimentology.

His research focuses on the processes and mechanisms of sediment transport, erosion and the subsequent morphodynamics of large river and deltaic systems.

From 2013 to 2015, Christopher was the post-doctoral researcher on a NERC-funded project investigating sediment transport, erosion and deposition in the one of the World’s largest rivers, the Mekong.

He obtained his PhD from the University of Southampton in 2013 for a project focused on the numerical modelling of incised coastal gullies and the impact of their evolution on climate change and sea-level rise.


Research Interests

  • Morphological change in large river systems and the use of high-res techniques to monitor the processes of sediment transport and erosion

  • How climate change will affect sediment delivery and transport within these systems and the impacts these changes may have on deltaic systems

  • Developing and applying numerical models of landscape evolution to assess how changing climates will affect fluvial and hillslope processes

  • Assessing how coastal systems respond to the pressures of changing climate with respect to changing sea-level and variations in precipitation


Hackney, C.R., Darby, S.E., Parsons, D., Leyland, J., Aalto, R., Nicholas, A.P., Best, J.L. (2017) 'The influence of flow discharge variations on the morphodynamics of a diffluence-confluence unit on a large river'Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, doi:10.1002/esp.4204

Leyland, J., Hackney, C.R., Darby, S.E., Parsons, D.R., Best, J.L., Nicholas, A.P., Aalto, R. and Lague, D. (2017) 'Extreme flood-driven fluvial bank erosion and sediment loads: direct process measurements using integrated Mobile Laser Scanning (MLS) and hydro-acoustic techniques'Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 42, 2, 334 - 346, doi:10.1002/esp.4078

Darby, S.E., Hackney, C.R., Leyland, J., Kummu, M., Lauri, H., Parsons, D.R., Best, J.L., Nicholas, A. and Aalto, R. (2016) 'Fluvial sediment supply to a mega-delta reduced by shifting tropical-cyclone activity'Nature, 1-33, doi: 10.1038/nature19809.

Hackney, C.R., Best, J.L., Leyland, J., Darby, S.E., Parsons, D., Aalto, R. and Nicholas, A. (2015) 'Modulation of outer bank erosion by slump blocks: disentangling the protective and destructive role of failed material on the three-dimensional flow structures'Geophysical Research Letters, 42, (24), 10663-10670. doi: 10.1002/2015GL066481

Hackney, C.R., Darby, S.E. and Leyland, J. (2013) 'Modelling the response of soft cliffs to climate change: a statistical, process-response model using accumulated excess energy'Geomorphology, 187, 108-121, doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2013.01.005

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Academic qualifications

  • BSc Physical Geography (First Class, Hons), University of Southampton

  • PhD, University of Southampton