Dr Helene Burningham
Coastal & Estuarine Research Unit
UCL Department of Geography
London WC1E 6BT
T: +44 (0) 20 7679 0577
F: +44 (0) 20 7679 0565
DPhil Coastal Studies (2000): Morphodynamics of West Donegal Estuaries (DENI Distinction Award), University of Ulster
BSc (1st Class Hons) Combined Science (1994): University of Lancaster/OSU
2001-present: Lecturer in Physical Geography, UCL Department of Geography
2000: Tay Estuary Forum Project Officer, University of Dundee
1999: Countryside Ranger, East Lothian Council
1995: Countryside Ranger, East Kilbride Council
British Society for Geomorphology
Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation
American Geophysical Union
Ongoing research projects
- iCOASST - Integrating Coastal Sediment Systems [NERC]
- Environmental history and morphodynamics of the west Donegal coast
- [English Heritage]
- Historical evolution of the greater Thames estuary [The Crown Estate - Caird Research Fellowship]
- Morphodynamics of mixed sediment inlets and tidal deltas
- [Environment Agency]
- [Defra/Environment Agency Flood and Coastal Defence R&D Programme]
Broader research interests
- Late-Holocene climate-forcing and human occupation of coastal dunes in northwest Ireland
- Coastal GIS and the analysis of historical shoreline and shoreface behaviour
- Estuary-coast interaction in the vicinity of tidal inlets
- Meso-tidal, high-wave energy beaches, sediment flux, and storm-driven beach-dune morphodynamics
- Coastal conservation and sustaining naturally functioning systems
Impact and Engagement
Thames Estuary Partnership
Beacon Bursary - Friends of Sheskinmore
Completed PhD students
Barrett-Mold C (2013) Morphostratigraphy of marginal coastal environments (NERC)
Morales-Marin L (2013) Numerical modelling of lake hydrodynamics and sedimentation (UCL)
Current PhD students
Primary supervisor to:
- Fernandez Nunez M: Spatial and temporal response of saltmarsh ecosystems to sea level change: a case study from southwest Andalucia (Talentia 2011-)
- Gardner E: Hydrogeomorphology and ecology in a sedimentary coastal lake and wetland system: Sheskinmore Lough (UCL 2011-)
- Oyedotun T: Estuary-coast interaction and morphodynamic evolution: the Hayle estuary, UK (Adekunle Ajasin University Education Trust Fund 2010-)
- Schembri M: Maltese Beaches : A source to sink approach (Malta Government Scholarship Scheme 2010-)
Secondary supervisor to:
- Duranel A: Wetlands in a changing environment: an assessment of the environmental factors driving biodiversity in soligenous acidic mires in Limousin, Central France (NERC 2009-)
- Mitchell L: Hydrogeomorphic succession and ecological processes affecting sea trout spawning on remedial gravels (EA/Cefas 2010-)
- Pylarinou A: Modelling the impacts of climate change in coastal and estuarine habitats (2010-)
- Price D: Processes in a managed realignment site (2010-)
Champion, H (2013) Sea level change: exploring evidence for a late-Holocene high-stand in northwest Ireland. MSc CC
Goodrich, S (2013) The extent and cause of ‘unwelcome species’ on the sand dunes of Sheskinmore Lough and wetland, northwest Ireland. MSc CONS
Iversen, E (2013) The relationship between NAO and wind climate over Norway. MSc CC
Maher-Mcwilliams, D (2013) Geomorphic and hydrological mapping of Sheskinmore Lough. MSc EMAP
Bolles, K (2012) Ecogeomorphic feedbacks in coastal dune blowouts. MSc EMAP *
Giannakou, E (2012) Reconstructing the geographical history of watersheds. MSc EMAP
Soubies, H (2012) Modelling the influence of offshore banks on nearshore waves. MSc EMAP
Blande, F (2011) Public perceptions and values of ecosystem services. MSc CONS
Eremin, B (2011) Landscape connectivity of local food and energy production. MSc CONS
Hearn, S (2011) Mitigation strategies for the new high-speed rail route. MSc CONS *
Gardner, E (2010) The altitudinal ecology of Apteryx australis. MSc CONS *
Smart, E (2010) Oviposition and habitat requirements of the Small Blue (Cupido minimus). MSc CONS *
Caine, J (2010) Evaluating Natura 2000; a case study of Sheskinmore Lough SPA in Ireland. MSc CONS *
Kempson, R (2010) Dune heath habitats of northwest Ireland. MSc CONS
Velasquez, L (2010) User of LiDAR elevation data to assess the potential for managed realignment. MSc EMAP
Edwards, C (2009) The impact of artificial lighting on the commuting and foraging behaviour of bats. MSc CONS
Kesel, R (2009) Control of invasive species in San Francisco natural areas. MSc CONS *
MacDonald, J (2009) The effect of Common Standards Monitoring on Lepidoptera. MSc CONS *
Robertson, C (2009) Naturally regenerated calcareous grasslands on former arable land. MSc CONS *
Doeser, A (2008) Physical characterisation and differentiation of visually identified flow biotopes. MSc FACS *
McNee, S (2008) Developing a wider countryside common insects monitoring method for volunteers. MSc CONS
Nathan, C (2008) Ecological impacts of deer browsing on ground flora. MSc CONS
Needham, C (2008) The potential to restore a plantation on ancient woodland at Roudsea NNR, Cumbria. MSc CONS
Richards, E (2008) Effects of invasion and clearance of sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) on dunes. MSc CONS *
Richardson, R (2008) Changes in ecohydraulics with restoration: a case study of the River Glaven, Norfolk. MSc FACS
Archer, S (2007) Bats in Greater London: A revisit to London's bat feeding area survey. MSc CONS
Barrett-Mold, C (2007) Geomorphological control on coastal dune plant species. MSc CONS *
Gear, A (2007) A rapid assessment of the avifauna of Isla Del Rey, Las Perlas Archipelago, Panama. MSc CONS *
Ung, C (2007) Evaluation of Shotley foreshore recharge. MSc FACS
Wade, L (2007) The morphosedimentary character of Orford Haven, Suffolk. MSc FACS
Amphlett, C (2006) Spatial or temporal movement of wildlife through the Bow Valley Wildlife Corridors. MSc CONS *
Balaga, A-R (2006) Grain size trend analysis in a gravel-dominated ebb-tidal delta. MSc FACS
Brunsendorf, A (2006) Long-term changes in flora and structure of Monks Wood. MSc CONS
Wilson, T (2006) River Thames inter-tidal substrate habitat: implications for management and conservation. MSc CONS
Allen, E (2005) Bat mitigation: a preliminary investigation into the success of replacement bat roosts. MSc CONS
Isden, J (2005) Factors affecting the distribution of Hypericum linariifolium (Toadflax-leaved St John's Wort). MSc CONS *
Macmillan, S (2005) Biological and anthropogenic determinants of spatial variation in primate abundance. MSc CONS
Parrott, P (2005) Uptake and implementation of the coastal habitat creation agri-environment scheme. MSc CONS *
Watts, P (2005) Bird foraging preferences in response to differing arable field management strategies. MSc CONS *
Alam, T (2004) The implications of climate change for the conservation of native pine woodland. MSc CONS
Harding, D (2004) The response of ground flora to changes in silvicultural systems. MSc CONS
Reeves, J (2004) Common lizard (Lacerta vivipara) populations on the Isle of Man. MSc CONS
Roberts, F (2004) Impact of litter management strategies on strandline eco-morphodynamics. MSc CONS
Starkey, R (2004) Habitat requirements and oviposition of the Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus). MSc CONS *
Cox, L (2003) Abundance and extinction rates amongst the Lemurs of Madgascar. MSc CONS
Crouch, N (2003) Habitat use by Skylarks (Alauda arvensis) on a lowland arable farm. MSc CONS *
Horton, C (2003) Black Grouse breeding success and habitat management. MSc CONS *
King, G (2003) Habitat requirements of the Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus). MSc CONS
Martin, T (2003) Vocal individuality of the Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus). MSc CONS
Gardner, E.A., Burningham, H. (2013) Ecology and conservation of the rare annual Petrorhagia nanteuilii (Childing Pink) on the vegetated shingle spits of Pagham Harbour, West Sussex. Journal of Coastal Conservation [http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11852-013-0257-0].
Burningham, H., French, J. (2012) Is the NAO winter index a reliable proxy for wind climate and storminess in northwest Europe? International Journal of Climatology 33(8), 2036-2049 [doi:10.1002/joc.3571].
Richards, E.G., Burningham, H. (2011). Hippophae rhamnoides on a coastal dune system: a thorny issue? Journal of Coastal Conservation 15(1), 73-85 doi:10.1007/s11852-010-0122-3.
French, J.R., Burningham, H. (2011). Coastal geomorphology. Progress in Physical Geography 35(4), 535-545 doi:10.1177/0309133311414606.
Knight, J., Burningham, H. (2011). Boulder dynamics on an Atlantic-facing rock coastline, northwest Ireland. Marine Geology 283(1-4), 56-65 doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2010.07.008.
Burningham, H., French, J. (2011). Seabed dynamics in a large coastal embayment: 180 years of morphological change in the outer Thames estuary. Hydrobiologia 672 (1) 105-119. doi:10.1007/s10750-011-0873-3.
Barrett-Mold, C., Burningham, H. (2010). Contrasting ecology of prograding coastal dunes on the northwest coast of Ireland. Journal of Coastal Conservation 14(2), 81-90 doi:10.1007/s11852-009-0069-4.
Burningham, H., French, J. R. (2009). Historical seabed mobility in an outer estuary - sea basin environment. Journal of Coastal Research SI56, 589-593
French, J.R., Burningham, H. (2009). Coastal geomorphology: trends and challenges. Progress in Physical Geography 33(1), 117-129
Barrett-Mold, C., Burningham, H., French, J.R. (2009). Stratigraphic insights from sedimentary peels of littoral estuarine depositional systems. Journal of Coastal Research SI56, 584-588
French, J.R., Burningham, H. (2009). Restoration of an eroded estuarine foreshore using cohesive dredge material, Orwell Estuary, UK. Journal of Coastal Research SI56, 1444-1448.
Knight, J., Burningham, H., Barrett-Mold, C. (2009). The geomorphology and controls on development of a boulder-strewn rock platform, NW Ireland. Journal of Coastal Research SI56, 1646-1650.
Burningham, H. (2008). Contrasting geomorphic response to structural control: The Loughros estuaries, northwest Ireland. Geomorphology 97(3-4), 300-320 doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2007.08.009.
French, J.R., Burningham, H., Benson, T. (2008). Tidal and meteorological forcing of suspended sediment flux in a muddy mesotidal estuary. Estuaries and Coasts 31, 843-859 doi:10.1007/s12237-008-9072-5.
Parrott, A., Burningham, H. (2008). Opportunities of, and constraints to, the use of intertidal agri-environment schemes for sustainable coastal defence: A case study of the Blackwater Estuary, southeast England. Ocean and Coastal Management 51(4), 352-367 doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2007.08.003.
Burningham, H., French, J.R. (2007). Morphodynamics and sedimentology of mixed-sediment inlets. Journal of Coastal Research SI50, 710-715.
Knight, J., Burningham, H. (2007). Coastal morphodynamics and prehistoric human occupation, County Donegal, NW Ireland. Journal of Coastal Research SI50, 104-108.
Burningham, H., French, J.R. (2006). Morphodynamic behaviour of a mixed sand-gravel ebb-tidal delta: Deben estuary, Suffolk, UK. Marine Geology 225(1-4), 23-44 doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2005.09.009.
Burningham, H., Cooper, J.A.G. (2004). Morphology and historical evolution of north-east Atlantic coastal deposits: The west Donegal estuaries, north-west Ireland. Journal of Coastal Research SI41, 148-159.
Knight, J., Burningham, H. (2003). Recent ventifact development on the central Oregon Coast, western Usa. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 28, 87-98 doi:10.1002/esp.432.
Knight, J., Burningham, H. (2001). Formation of bedrock-cut ventifacts and late Holocene coastal zone evolution, County Donegal, Ireland. Journal of Geology 109(5), 647-660.
Burningham, H. (2000). Short-term changes at an inlet margin dune barrier: Dooey Spit, Gweebarra Estuary, north-west Ireland. Periodicum Biologorum 102(1), 505-511.
Burningham, H., Duck, R.W., Watt, A.M. (2000). Perspectives from a newly formed Integrated Coastal Zone Management voluntary partnership: the Tay Estuary Forum (Scotland). Periodicum Biologorum 102(1), 101-105.
Burningham, H., Cooper, J.A.G. (1998). Mesoscale evolution of a west Donegal estuary. Journal of Coastal Research, SI26, 24-30.
Burningham, H., French, J.R. (2009). Seabed mobility in the greater Thames estuary. The Crown Estate, ISBN 978-1-906410-09-4
Burningham, H., French, J.R. (2008). Historical changes in the seabed of the greater Thames estuary. The Crown Estate, ISBN 978-1-906410-04-9.
Book Chapter/Edited Volume
Knight, J., Burningham, H. (2011). Sand dune morphodynamics and prehistoric human occupation in NW Ireland. In Brown, A.G., Basell, L.S., Butzer, A.K.W., Basell, L.S., Butzer, K.W. (Eds.). Geoarchaeology, Climate Change, Sustainability, Geological Society of America, Vol. 476, pp.81-92.
Burningham, H. (2005). Morphodynamic Behaviour of a High-Energy Coastal Inlet: Loughros Beg, Donegal, Ireland. In FitzGerald, D.M., Knight, J. (Eds.). High Resolution Morphodynamics and Sedimentary Evolution of Estuaries, Dordrecht: Springer, pp.215-242.
French, J. R., Benson, T., Burningham, H. (2005). Morphodynamics and sediment flux in the Blyth estuary, Suffolk, UK: conceptual modelling and high resolution monitoring. In Knight, J., Fitzgerald, D. (Eds.). High resolution morphodynamics and sedimentary evolution of estuaries, New York: Springer, pp.143-171.
Nicholls, R.J., Bradbury, A., Burningham, H., Dix, J.K., Ellis, M., French, J., Hall, J.W., Karunarathna, H.U., Lawn, J., Pan, S., Reeve, D.E., Rogers, B., Souza, A., Stansby, P.K., Sutherland, J., Tarrant, O., Walkden, M.J.A., Whitehouse, R. (2012). iCOASST - integrating coastal sediment systems. ICCE2012 International Conference on Coastal Engineering, Santander, ES, 01 - 06 Jul 2012, 15pp.
Duranel, A., Thompson, J.R., Cubizolle, H., Burningham, H. (2011). Assessing the potential impact of climate change on mire habitats in Central France: a multi-scale eco-hydrological approach. British Ecological Society / Natural England conference: Adapting Conservation to a Changing Climate.
Burningham, H., French, J. (2010). GIS analysis of historical marine geomorphology: the outer Thames seabed. Proceedings of GIS Research UK, 14-16 April 2010, 273-276.
French, J.R., Burningham, H. (2003). Tidal marsh sedimentation versus sea-level rise: a southeast England estuarine perspective. Proceedings of the International Conference on Coastal Sediments, Clearwater Beach, Florida, USA, 18-23 May 2003, 1-14.
Burningham, H. (2002). Meso-scale morphological changes in the Loughros More estuary. Proceedings of Littoral 2002: The Changing Coast 3, 265-270.
Invited Book Reviews
Burningham, H. (2004). Coasts: form, process and evolution (Woodroffe, C.D., 2003). Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 29(1), 140-141.
Burningham, H. (2006). Introduction to Coastal Processes & Geomorphology (Masselink, G. & Hughes, M.G. 2003). Journal of Coastal Research 22(6), 1589-1590.
Burningham, H., Satchell, J., Grøn, O., Hunniche, T. (2010). Identifying coastal archaeology using multispectral satellite imagery of the intertidal zone: A pilot study. Final Report, English Heritage, 41pp.
Whitehouse, R., Balson, P., Beech, N., Brampton, A., Blott, S., Burningham, H., Cooper, N., French, J., Guthrie, G., Hanson, S., Nicholls, R., Pearson, S., Pye, K., Rossington, K., Sutherland, J., Walkden, M. (2009). Characterisation and prediction of large-scale, long-term change of coastal geomorphological behaviours: Final Science Report. Science Report - SC060074/SR2. Bristol, Environment Agency, 281pp.
French, J., Burningham, H. (2009). Mapping the connectivity of large-scale coastal geomorphological systems. Coastal system mapping with the Cmap Tools tutorial. Environment Agency Project Record – SC060074/PR.
Burningham, H., French, J.R., Karunarathna, H., Morris, K., Reeve, D. E., Townend, I., Williams, A. (2007). Development and demonstration of systems-based estuary simulators. Report FD2117/TR. Defra.
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- Term II 13/14: sabbatical leave
Postgraduate [course materials available on ]
- G065: Environmental GIS
- G100: Coastal change
- G120: Models in environmental science
- Research students
- PhD research opportunities projects
Undergraduate [course materials available on ]
- 2002: Methods in physical geography
- 2005: Geomorphology
- 3004: Coastal & estuarine environments
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