• 160 Citations
  • 10 h-Index

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Personal profile


Martin has worked in the energy industry, local government and environmental consultancy for over 17 years, taking part in and leading projects relating to waterways and other public infrastructure. After graduating from the University of Worcester in 2009, Martin went on to complete an MSc in River Environmental Management at the University of Birmingham. He returned to Worcester the following year to undertake a PhD. His doctoral thesis implemented a hydrodynamic view of rivers at multiple scales in order to develop new ways of assessing habitat quality for Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) and modelling the impacts of hydropower development on threatened fish communities in South America. With his background in highly regulated industries, Martin has an excellent awareness of legislative issues and has put this to good effect in providing guidance to EU member states on compliance with the Water Framework Directive and the Habitats Directive.

Area of Expertise:

• Hydroecology and ecohydraulics

• River habitat management, conservation and restoration

• The ecological impacts of hydroelectric power

• Hydrometry and water quality monitoring

• Environmental hydraulics and hydrodynamics

• Field and laboratory experiments

• Ecological census techniques

• Fish, aquatic invertebrate and plant biology, taxonomy and ecology

• Advanced regression analyses

• Multivariate ordination and classification

• Time series analysis

• Machine learning techniques

• Spatial analysis, including GIS

Vision Statement

I am an interdiscplinary researcher studying interactions between the living world and the physical environment in freshwater ecosystems. My work involves the application of concepts and methods from biology, ecology, hydrology, hydraulic engineering and geomorphology. Much progress has been made in this interdisciplinary field, known as 'hydroecology', in recent years but there is much work still to do in sharing knowledge and better integrating the often disparate approaches from these disciplines. This is extremely important in river ecosystems where biophysical linkages are especially strong. My vision is to help the freshwater-related research community to make the best use of existing knowledge, identify information gaps and fill those gaps with original research that is truly interdisciplinary.

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Research Output

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    Potential physical effects of suspended fine sediment on lotic macroinvertebrates

    Mckenzie, M., Mathers, K. L., Wood, P., England, J., Foster, I. D. L., Lawler, D. & Wilkes, M., Feb 2020, In : Hydrobiologia. 847, 3, p. 697-711 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Moving beyond fitting fish into equations: Progressing the fish passage debate in the Anthropocene

    Wilkes, M., Birnie-Gauvin, K., Franklin, P. & Aarestrup, K., Jul 2019, In : Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. 29, 7, p. 1095-1105 11 p.

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    Open Access
  • 13 Citations (Scopus)
    2 Downloads (Pure)

    Physical and biological controls on fine sediment transport and storage in rivers

    Wilkes, M., Gittins, J., Mathers, K., Mason, R., Casas-Mulet, R., Vanzo, D., Mckenzie, M., Murray-Bligh, J., England, J., Gurnell, A. & Jones, I., Mar 2019, In : Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water. 6, 2, e1331.

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    Open Access
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    Processes structuring macrophyte metacommunities in Mediterranean ponds: combining novel methods to disentangle the role of dispersal limitation, species sorting and spatial scales

    García-Girón, J., Wilkes, M., Fernández-Aláez, M. & Fernández-Aláez, C., 1 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Biogeography. 46, 3, p. 646-656 11 p.

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    Open Access
  • 8 Citations (Scopus)
    9 Downloads (Pure)


    • 2 Participation in conference

    11th International Symposium on Ecohydraulics

    Martin Wilkes (Speaker)
    7 Feb 201612 Feb 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    10th International Symposium on Ecohydraulics

    Martin Wilkes (Speaker)
    23 Jun 201427 Jun 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference