Richard Noble

Dr Richard Noble

Research Associate (HIFI)

Faculty of Health Sciences

01482 466429

Richard is an experienced researcher in the Hull International Fisheries Institute, specialising in the assessment, conservation and management of freshwater fish communities and habitats.

His role comprises a combination of research, consultancy and teaching. Current research focuses on the response of fish to environmental management and fish-friendly innovative technologies for hydropower (FITHydro).

Richard's experience includes research for government agencies and water companies, together with pan-European projects that developed tools for the assessment of ecological status using fish (FAME and EFI+) and projects that developed qualitative modelling of concepts in ecology and ecosystems (DYNALEARN).


Research Interests

  • Fish ecology

  • Fisheries conservation

  • Fisheries and environmental management

  • Ecological assessment methods

  • Adaptive evidence-based environmental management

  • Telemetry

  • Qualitative reasoning modelling

  • Science education

Research groups

Hull International Fisheries Institute (HIFI)

  • CERES Climate change and European Aquatic RESources. EU Horizon 2020 Programme. Co-investigator.

  • FITHydro Fish friendly Innovative Technologies For Hydropower. EU Horizon 2020 Programme. Co-investigator.

  • REFORM REstoring rivers FOR effective catchment Management. EU 7th Framework Programme. Co-investigator.

  • DYNALEARN Engaging and informed tools for learning conceptual system knowledge. EU 7th Framework Programme ICT - Information & Communication Technologies Digital Libraries and technology-enhanced Learning. Co-investigator.

  • FORECASTER IWRM-NET project - Facilitating the application of Output from REsearch and CAse STudies on Ecological Responses to hydro-morphological degradation and rehabilitation. Co-investigator.

  • EFI+ European Union Sixth Framework Programme. Redeveloping the EFI assessment tool created within the initial FAME project. Co-investigator.

  • New Education and Decision Support Model for Active Behaviour in Sustainable Development Based on Innovative Web Services and Qualitative Reasoning (NATURNET-REDIME) European Union Sixth Framework Programme. Co-Investigator for developing qualitative reasoning modelling case studies for teaching the principles of sustainable development in the context of management of aquatic environments.

  • Development, evaluation and implementation of a standardised Fish-based Assessment Method of Ecological integrity in European rivers – a contribution to the Water Framework Directive (European Union 5th Framework Project) FAME. Co-investigator.


Lozano E, Gracia J, Corcho O, Noble R A and Gómez-Pérez A, 'Problem-based learning supported by semantic techniques', Interactive Learning Environments, 23, pp 37-54 (2015)

Noble R A A, Bredeweg B, Linnebank F, Salles P and Cowx I G, 'A qualitative model of limiting factors for a salmon life cycle in the context of river rehabilitation', Ecological Informatics, 4, pp 299-319 (2009)

Noble R A A, Cowx I G, Goffaux D and Kestemont P, 'Assessing the health of European rivers using functional ecological guilds of fish communities: standardising species classification and approaches to metric selection', Fisheries Management and Ecology, 14, pp 381-392 (2007)

Reyjol Y, Aeconomo A, Beier U, Caiola N, Cowx I, Ferreira T, Haidvogl G, Hugueny B, Noble R A A, Pont D, Vigneron T and Virbickas T, 'Patterns in species richness and endemism of European freshwater fish', Global Ecology and Biogeography, 16, pp 65-75 (2007)

Pont D, Hugueny B, Beier U, Goffaux D, Melcher A, Noble C, Rogers C, Roset N and Schmutz S, 'Assessing river biotic condition at the continental scale: a European approach using functional metrics and fish assemblages', Journal of Applied Ecology, 43, pp 70-80 (2006)

Full list


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Fish Ecology

  • Freshwater Fisheries and Conservation

  • Freshwater Biology

  • Fisheries Resource Management

Research PhDs

Richard welcomes applications in any field related to freshwater fish ecology, ecological assessment of the response of fish populations / communities to environmental change, and fisheries management and conservation.

Current PhD supervisions 

  • Jamie Dodd, Fish passage performance

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BSc Aquatic Biology, University of Hull (1998)

  • PhD Fisheries Science, University of Hull (2003)

External roles

  • Council member of the Institute of Fisheries Management

Awards and accolades

  • Chartered Environmentalist (Society for the Environment)

  • Fellow of the Institute of Fisheries Management

Professional highlights

During his career, Richard has been involved in research that has contributed to national and international programs. This has ranged from research on fish communities in wetlands during his PhD for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds under the LIFE-funded programme that has successfully protected and enhanced the status of bitterns in the UK, to contributions to the implementation of the Water Framework Directive through EU level research projects and direct contributions to the UK Technical Advisory Group.

A recent professional highlight was being elected in 2017 as a Fellow of The Institute of Fisheries Management, the professional body for fisheries management in the UK, as recognition of my contribution to the institute and fisheries management.