Dr Emilia Urbanek
Senior Lecturer
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


  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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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