Dr Emilia Urbanek
Senior Lecturer
Telephone: (01792) 602559
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I'm a Royal Society Research Fellow on Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship since 2012. My main research interest is soil hydrology and soil carbon sequestration. In my current project I investigate how restricted soil wetting (soil water repellency) can affect CO2 production and transport within the soil.

Areas of Expertise

  • soil carbon
  • soil water repellency
  • soil hydrology


  1. & Patterns of soil water repellency change with wetting and drying: the influence of cracks, roots and drainage conditions. Hydrological Processes 29(12), 2799-2813.
  2. & Impacts of prescribed fire on soil loss and soil quality: An assessment based on an experimentally-burned catchment in central Portugal. CATENA 128, 278-293.
  3. & Methanogenic potential of archived soils. Carpathian journal of earth and environmental sciences 9(2), 79-90.
  4. & Effect of Long Storage and Soil Type on the Actual Denitrification and Denitrification Capacity to N2O Formation. International Agrophysics 28(3)
  5. & Tensile and erosive strength of soil macro-aggregates from soils under different management system. Journal of Hydrology and Hydromechanics 62(4)

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  • GEG264A Environmental Research Methods A

    The module covers research project design, data collection and some aspects of data analysis. Students are introduced to a range of laboratory and field techniques in physical geography. They gain experience in describing and interpreting results derived from laboratory techniques concerned with reconstructing the depositional history of sediments, chemical analysis of water and sediment from a variety of sources and the simulation of geomorphological processes.


  • Climate change effect on soil C fluxes- production and transport of CO2 in soils prone to water repellency (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Stefan Doerr