Dr Emilia Urbanek
Senior Lecturer
Geography
Telephone: (01792) 602559
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Room: Academic Office - 246
Second Floor
Wallace Building
Singleton Campus

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

Publications

  1. & Compatibility of methods used for soil water repellency determination for organic and organo-mineral soils. Geoderma 314, 221-231.
  2. & CO2 efflux from soils with seasonal water repellency. Biogeosciences 14(20), 4781-4794.
  3. & Patterns of soil water repellency change with wetting and drying: the influence of cracks, roots and drainage conditions. Hydrological Processes 29(12), 2799-2813.
  4. & 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.
  5. & Methanogenic potential of archived soils. Carpathian journal of earth and environmental sciences 9(2), 79-90.

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Teaching

  • GEG102 Earth's Changing Face

    Every geographer should have an understanding of the processes that form the landscape, the ways such processes have operated in the past and how they may change in the future in response to human activities and climatic change. Emphasis is given in the module to processes and how they vary across the Earth¿s surface, factors that affect Earth surface systems in different environments, and the likely consequences of human interference with natural processes. There are two main themes: 1) geomorphological and hydrological processes and their interaction with climatic change and society; and 2) natural environmental change on long and shorter timescales.

  • GEG108P Geographical Methods: Field Project Practicals & Tutorials (for Physical Geography Students)

    This module involves the preparation, execution and reporting of physical geography fieldwork. The project, entitled ¿Reconstructing Quaternary environmental change on the south coast of the Gower peninsula¿, focuses on some of the field techniques and approaches (mainly sedimentological) that are used to reconstruct environmental change with particular reference to the alternation of glacial and interglacial episodes. The aims are to examine the evidence remaining in the landscape, to describe and analyse the evidence systematically, to interpret the evidence in terms of environmental change, and to reconstruct the sequence of events that have affected this part of Gower. The Gower peninsula is particularly significant in reconstructing Quaternary environmental changes because it lies close to the limit of the last (Devensian) ice sheet. As well as introducing some fundamental techniques that are used in the field for description, measurement and inference, the project will develop your ability to: work effectively in a team; manipulate, analyse and present data; and reason logically. The project requires you to keep a fieldwork notebook and write an individual report, applying the analytic and descriptive skills acquired in GEG100.

  • GEG111 Geographical Writing Skills and Personal Development Planning

    This module introduces students to key skills in scientific writing and career development. The module is taught through a tutorial programme throughout the year.

  • 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.

  • GEG266 Approaches to Physical Geography

    This module aims to introduce students to the history and philosophical approaches of Physical Geography and the range of alternative approaches characterizing the discipline. In addition to conveying the main approaches and their evolution, their implication in terms of research practice are given particular emphasis, including recent examples of `good¿ and `poor¿ science and of how research proposals are developed. The assessment will include a literature review and a multiple choice exam.

  • GEG269 Environmental Soil Science

    Soil is a very important part of the environment, it covers most of the Earth¿s surface and delivers ecosystem services that enable life on Earth. Soil is known for its importance in food production, but it also has other environmental functions like water, carbon and nutrient cycling, water filtering, regulating climate, providing pharmaceuticals and genetic resources etc. Soil science is strongly interlinked with other environmental sciences e.g. hydrology, geochemistry and recent NERC analyses reported soil science to be among the top 10 of most wanted skills in a nationwide skill gap analysis. The module will give a general introduction to soil science, focusing on its main properties and processes, formation and classification. Students will learn about the challenges associated with soil degradation and land management strategies to keep the soil healthy. Students are recommended to sign up to the GEG264A Environmental Research Methods - Soil.

Supervision

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

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Stefan Doerr