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Dr David Milan

Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography/ Employability Officer/ Programme Director BSc Geography, BSc Physical Geography, MSc Renewable Energy

Faculty of Science and Engineering


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David’s research is focused at the interface between fluvial geomorphology and freshwater ecology.

It aims to tackle issues related to the effects of changing flow and sediment supply regimes upon river habitat quality, in response to climate change and human activities.

David has a particular interest in the application of new technologies to address river science problems.

His work using terrestrial LiDAR demonstrates how the technology can be used to provide improved assessments of bed roughness and grain-size at the reach-scale, assess rapid morphological change in dynamic proglacial rivers, and map river habitat.


Research Interests

  • Sediment transport in gravel-bed rivers

  • Application of remote sensing technologies to river science problems

  • Ecohydraulics

  • Natural flood management

  • Gravel and fine sediment provenancing and modelling

Research groups

  • Member of the Modelling Environmental Systems Research Group at the University of Hull.

  • Member of the British Society for Geomorphology

  • Member of the American Geophysical Union

  • Member of European Geoscience Union

  • Member of the British Hydrological Society

  • Member of the International Association of Hydrological Science


Milan, D.J., Heritage, G.L., Tooth, S., Entwistle, N. 2018. Morphodynamics of bedrock-influenced dryland rivers during extreme floods: insights from the Kruger National Park, South Africa,Geological Society of America Bulletinhttps://doi.org/10.1130/B31839.1

Entwistle N, Heritage G, Milan D. 2018. Flood energy dissipation in anabranching channels,River Research & Applications34(7), 709-720. 

Entwistle, N., Heritage, G.L., Milan, D.J. 2018. Recent Remote Sensing Applications for Hydro and Morphodynamic Monitoring and Modelling,  Earth Surface Processes and Landforms48, 2283-2291.

Milan, D.J.,Heritage, G., Entwistle, N., and Tooth, S. 2018. Morphodynamic simulation of sediment deposition patterns on a recently stripped bedrock anastomosed channel,Proc. IAHS, 377, 51-56.

Milan, D.J. 2017.  Controls on spatial and temporal variations in sand delivery to salmonid spawning riffles,  Hydrological Processes31, 2179-2195.

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Exploring Worlds Around Us

  • Global Challenges: Hazardous Worlds

  • Field Study: Almeria (Module Leader)

  • Geohazards (Module Leader)

  • Catchment to Coast

  • Advanced Field Study: Swiss Alps (Module Leader)

  • River Processes and Management

  • Dissertation

Research PhDs

David welcomes applications for PhD research in

  • natural flood management

  • geomorphic change detection using LiDAR

  • geospatial analyses of river channel morphology and roughness

  • sediment transport processes in gravel-bed rivers

  • siltation of salmonid spawning areas

  • monitoring and modelling sediment pathways in river systems

Completed PhDs

  • Jason Stopps (University of Gloucestershire), Sediment sources and delivery to ecological sensitive instream sites, River Lugg, Herefordshire, UK

  • Andrew Parker (University of Gloucestershire), Sediment sourcing in a catchment heaviliy influenced by histric metal mining: a case study from the South Tyne, UK

Current PhD supervisions 

  • Shona Thompson PhD, Modelling the impact of extreme events on South African dryland rivers

Teaching awards and accolades

  • PGCHE in Pedagogy

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in Physical Geography

  • MPhil in Physical Geography

  • BSc (Hons) in Geomorphology and Ecology