Biography

I completed a PhD at the University of Birmingham on the hydrochemistry of the Chalk aquifer in north Norfolk and have extended my research interests at UEA to include the application of stable isotope methods and dissolved gases in hydrogeological investigations. I have employed stable isotopes of water and noble gases to understand groundwater recharge and flow processes and have developed nitrogen isotope methods to demonstrate the sources and fate of nitrate in several aquifer systems, both in the UK and internationally. A special interest has been the evaluation of the production and consumption of nitrous oxide in groundwater and the contribution by aquifers of this greenhouse gas to the atmosphere. Allied to these studies, I am currently researching the impacts of land management practices and climate change on groundwater resources through the application of groundwater models and my involvement with the EU Watercost and UNESCO International Hydrological Programme GRAPHIC (Groundwater Resources Assessment under the Pressures from Humanity and Climate Change) projects.


PhD Studentships Available


Testing in-stream methods for the mitigation of diffuse water pollution from agriculture
 
Other PhD Positions

Click here for other current PhD opportunities in the School of Environmental Sciences and feel free to email me to discuss projects outside these areas and alternative sources of funding.

 

Website: http://www.uea.ac.uk/env/people/perspages/hiscockk

All Publications

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Hollaway, M. J., Beven, K. J., Benskin, C. M. H., Collins, A. L., Evans, R., Falloon, P. D., Forber, K. J., Hiscock, K. M., Kahana, R., Macleod, C. J. A., Ockenden, M. C., Villamizar, M. L., Wearing, C., Withers, P. J. A., Zhou, J. G., Barber, N. J., Haygarth, P. M.

(2018)

The challenges of modelling phosphorus in a headwater catchment: Applying a ‘limits of acceptability’ uncertainty framework to a water quality model,

in Journal of Hydrology

558

pp. 607–624

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Ockenden, M. C., Tych, W., Beven, K. J., Collins, A. L., Evans, R., Falloon, P. D., Forber, K. J., Hiscock, K. M., Hollaway, M. J., Kahana, R., Macleod, C. J., Villamizar, M. L., Wearing, C., Withers, P. J., Zhou, J. G., Benskin, C. M. H., Burke, S., Cooper, R. J., Freer, J. E., Haygarth, P. M.

(2017)

Prediction of storm transfers and annual loads with data-based mechanistic models using high-frequency data,

in Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS)

21

(12)

pp. 6425-6444

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Cooper, R. J., Wexler, S. K., Adams, C., Hiscock, K. M.

(2017)

Hydrogeological controls on regional-scale indirect nitrous oxide (N2O) emission factors for rivers,

in Environmental Science and Technology

51

(18)

pp. 10440–10448

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Ockenden, M. C., Hollaway, M. J., Bevan, K. J., Collins, A. L., Evans, R., Falloon, P. D., Forber, K. J., Hiscock, K. M., Kahana, R., Macleod, C. J. A., Tych, W., Villamizar, M. L., Wearing, C., Withers, P. J. A., Zhou, J. G., Barker, P. A., Burke, S., Freer, J. E., Johnes, P. J., Snell, M. A., Surridge, B. W. J., Haygarth, P. M.

(2017)

Major agricultural changes required to mitigate phosphorus losses under climate change,

in Nature Communications

8

article no. 161

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Hama-Aziz, Z. Q., Hiscock, K. M., Cooper, R. J.

(2017)

Dissolved nitrous oxide (N2O) dynamics in agricultural field drains and headwater streams in an intensive arable catchment,

in Hydrological Processes

31

(6)

pp. 1371–1381

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Cooper, R. J., Hama-Aziz, Z., Hiscock, K. M., Lovett, A. A., Dugdale, S. J., Sünnenberg, G., Noble, L., Beamish, J., Hovesen, P.

(2017)

Assessing the farm-scale impacts of cover crops and non-inversion tillage regimes on nutrient losses from an arable catchment,

in Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment

237

pp. 181-193

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Hama-Aziz, Z. Q., Hiscock, K. M., Cooper, R. J.

(2017)

Indirect Nitrous Oxide Emission Factors for Agricultural Field Drains and Headwater Streams,

in Environmental Science and Technology

51

(1)

pp. 301-307

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Trinh, B. S., Reid, B., Hiscock, K.

(2016)

Fixed-bed column recirculation system for investigation of sorption and biodegradation of organic pollutants in saturated sediment: a detailed design and development,

in SpringerPlus

5

article no. 1842

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Cooper, R. J., Fitt, P., Hiscock, K. M., Lovett, A. A., Gumm, L., Dugdale, S. J., Rambohul, J., Williamson, A., Noble, L., Beamish, J., Hovesen, P.

(2016)

Assessing the effectiveness of a three-stage on-farm biobed in treating pesticide contaminated wastewater,

in Journal of Environmental Management

181

pp. 874–882

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Taylor, S. D., He, Y., Hiscock, K. M.

(2016)

Modelling the impacts of agricultural management practices on river water quality in Eastern England,

in Journal of Environmental Management

180

pp. 147-163

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Cooper, R. J., Outram, F., Hiscock, K. M.

(2016)

Diel turbidity cycles in a headwater stream: evidence of nocturnal bioturbation?,

in Journal of Soils and Sediments

16

(6)

pp. 1815-1824

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Holland, R. A., Scott, K., Hinton, E. D., Austen, M. C., Barrett, J., Beaumont, N., Blaber-Wegg, T., Brown, G., Carter-Silk, E., Cazenave, P., Eigenbrod, F., Hiscock, K., Hooper, T., Lovett, A., Papathanasopoulou, E., Smith, P., Thomas, A., Tickner, R., Torres, R., Taylor, G.

(2016)

Bridging the gap between energy and the environment,

in Energy Policy

92

pp. 181-189

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Zhou, J. G., Haygarth, P. M., Withers, P. J. A., Macleod, C. J. A., Falloon, P. D., Beven, K. J., Ockenden, M. C., Forber, K. J., Hollaway, M. J., Evans, R., Collins, A. L., Hiscock, K. M., Wearing, C., Kahana, R., Villamizar Velez, M. L.

(2016)

Lattice Boltzmann method for the fractional advection-diffusion equation,

in Physical Review E

93

article no. 043310

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Ockenden, M. C., Deasy, C. E., Benskin, C. M. H., Beven, K. J., Burke, S., Collins, A. L., Evans, R., Falloon, P. D., Forber, K. J., Hiscock, K. M., Hollaway, M. J., Kahana, R., Macleod, C. J. A., Reaney, S. M., Snell, M. A., Villamizar, M. L., Wearing, C., Withers, P. J. A., Zhou, J. G., Haygarth, P. M.

(2016)

Changing climate and nutrient transfers: Evidence from high temporal resolution concentration-flow dynamics in headwater catchments,

in Science of the Total Environment

548-549

pp. 325-339

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Outram, F. N., Cooper, R. J., Sünnenberg, G., Hiscock, K. M., Lovett, A. A.

(2016)

Antecedent conditions, hydrological connectivity and anthropogenic inputs: Factors affecting nitrate and phosphorus transfers to agricultural headwater streams,

in Science of the Total Environment

545-546

pp. 184-199

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Gumm, L. P., Bense, V. F., Dennis, P. F., Hiscock, K. M., Cremer, N., Simon, S.

(2016)

Dissolved noble gases and stable isotopes as tracers of preferential fluid flow along faults in the Lower Rhine Embayment, Germany,

in Hydrogeology Journal

24

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pp. 99-108

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Cooper, R., Rawlins, B., Leze, B., Hiscock, K., Krueger, T., Pedentchouk, N.

(2015)

Contrasting controls on the phosphorus concentration of suspended particulate matter under baseflow and storm event conditions in agricultural headwater streams,

in Science of the Total Environment

533

pp. 49-59

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Cooper, R., Pedentchouk, N., Hiscock, K., Disdle, P., Krueger, T., Rawlins, B.

(2015)

Apportioning sources of organic matter in streambed sediments: An integrated molecular and compound-specific stable isotope approach,

in Science of the Total Environment

520

pp. 187-197

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Cooper, R. J., Krueger, T., Hiscock, K. M., Rawlins, B. G.

(2015)

High-temporal resolution fluvial sediment source fingerprinting with uncertainty: a Bayesian approach,

in Earth Surface Processes and Landforms

40

(1)

pp. 78-92

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Cooper, R. J., Krueger, T., Hiscock, K. M., Rawlins, B. G.

(2014)

Sensitivity of fluvial sediment source apportionment to mixing model assumptions: A Bayesian model comparison,

in Water Resources Research

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(11)

pp. 9031-9047

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Key Research Interests

Hydrogeology; natural groundwater chemistry; stable isotope and dissolved gas applications in hydrogeology; contaminant hydrogeology; water resources management.

Significant Publications

  • Hiscock, K., Lovett, A., Saich, A., Dockerty, T., Johnson, P., Sandhu, C., Sünnenberg, G., Appleton, K., Harris, B. and Greaves, J. (2007) Modelling land-use scenarios to reduce groundwater nitrate pollution - the European Water4All project. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology 40(4), 417-434. DOI: 10.1144/1470-9236/07-054
  • Ingram, R.G.S., Hiscock, K.M. and Dennis, P.F. (2007) Noble gas excess air applied to distinguish groundwater recharge conditions. Environmental Science and Technology 41(6), 1949-1965. DOI: 10.1021/es061115r
  • Posen, P., Lovett, A., Hiscock, K., Evers, S., Ward, R. & Reid, B., (2006). Incorporating variations in pesticide catabolic activity into a GIS-based groundwater risk assessment. Science of the Total Environment, 367, 641-652. ISSN 0883-2927. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2006.02.024 
  • Hiscock, K.M., (2005). Hydrogeology: principles and practice. Blackwell Science Ltd, Oxford, 389 pp. ISBN 0-632-05763-7. [link]
  • Fukada, T., Hiscock, K.M. & Dennis, P.F., (2004). A dual-isotope approach to the nitrogen hydrochemistry of an urban aquifer. Applied Geochemistry, 19, 709-719. ISSN 0883-2927. DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2003.11.001
  • Hiscock, K.M., Bateman, A.S., Mühlherr, I.H., Fukada, T. & Dennis, P.F., (2003). Indirect emissions of nitrous oxide from regional aquifers in the United Kingdom. Environmental Science & Technology, 37, 3507-3512. ISSN 0013-936x. DOI: 10.1021/es020216w


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Key Responsibilities

  • Joint Sector Head - Earth Sciences