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 2013 2018

Functional diversity measures revealed impacts of non-native species and habitat degradation on species-poor freshwater fish assemblages

Colin, N., Villéger, S., Wilkes, M., de Sostoa, A. & Maceda-Veiga, A. 4 Jan 2018 In : Science of The Total Environment. 625, p. 861-871 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Household Articles
4 Citations

Assessing the mechanistic basis for fine sediment biomonitoring

Wilkes, M., Mckenzie, M., Murphy, J. F. & Chadd, R. P. 22 Mar 2017 In : River Research and Applications. In press

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Does river restoration work? Taxonomic and functional trajectories at two restoration schemes

England, J. & Wilkes, M. 31 Aug 2017 In : Science of The Total Environment. p. (in press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

habitat creation

Fish passage design for sustainable hydropower in the temperate Southern Hemisphere: An evidence review

Wilkes, M., Mckenzie, M. & Webb, A. 8 Sep 2017 In : Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries. (in press), p. (in press)

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

water power
Southern Hemisphere
design for environment
community response

Activities 2014 2016

  • 2 Participation in conference

11th International Symposium on Ecohydraulics

Wilkes, M. (Speaker)
7 Feb 201612 Feb 2016

Activity: Participation in conference

10th International Symposium on Ecohydraulics

Wilkes, M. (Speaker)
23 Jun 201427 Jun 2014

Activity: Participation in conference