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Dr Matthew Hill

Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer in River Science and Freshwater Ecology

Institute of Science & the Environment

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Room: BB171

Matt joined the University in March 2016 following the completion of his PhD at Loughborough University. Matt has teaching and research interests in ecohydrology and the management and conservation of freshwater ecosystems. He also has a developing research interest in community ecology, particularly how local environmental variables and spatial dynamics can affect functional and taxonomic biodiversity and the structure of aquatic metacommunities. Matt is also a member of the River Science Research Group.

Working alongside Tory Milner, Matt is currently examining the macroinvertebrate biodiversity and community assembly within intermittent rivers (River Hamps and River Manifold, UK). Specifically, this project aims to:

  • quantify the total diversity and conservation value of intermittent river systems, incorporating the diversity within the lotic, lentic and terrestrial phases.
  • examine compositional variation in macroinvertebrate taxa between lotic and ponding phases (does intermittent stream ponding act as a refuge for lotic taxa and/or habitat for newly colonising taxa?)
  • assess the temporal variability in macroinvertebrate community composition in the perennial and intermittent reaches.      


PhD: Aquatic macroinvertebrate biodiversity of lowland urban and rural ponds in Leicestershire. Loughborough University (2015). Supervised by Professor Paul Wood and Dr David Ryves.

BSc (Hons): Geography. Loughborough University (2011).

Teaching and Research

Teaching and Research

Current teaching


BSc Environmental Science

BSc Geography

BSc Physical Geography


ENVS2014 Ecology of freshwaters

GEOG 1112 Introduction to River Science

GEOG 2122 River Monitoring and Assessment

GEOG 3001/02 Independent Study   

GEOG 3120 River Conservation and Management


Research Interests:

Biodiversity, management and conservation of aquatic faunal and floral communities at a landscape scale in lotic and lentic freshwater environments.

Disentangling community assembly processes and their influence on the structure and biodiversity of aquatic metacommunities.

The use of the hyporheic zone by aquatic macroinvertebrate taxa in intermittent rivers.

Urban freshwater ecology, focussing on urban pond biodiversity and community structure at a multi-city scale.




White, J. C. Hill, M. J., Bickerton, M. A. and Wood, P. j. 2017. Taxonomic and functional trait responses of macroinvertebrates to river restoration schemes. Environmental Management. 60: 513-525.

Hill, M. J., Heino, J., Thornhill, I., Ryves, D. B. and Wood. P. J. 2017. Effects of dispersal mode on the environmental and spatial correlates of nestedness and species turnover in pond communities. Oikos. 126: 1575-1585.       

Mathers, K. L., Hill, M. J. and Wood, P. J. 2017. Benthic and hyporheic macroinvertebrate distribution within the heads and tails of riffles during baseflow conditions. Hydrobiologia.


Hassall, C., Hill, M. Gledhill, D. and Biggs, J. 2016. The ecology and management of urban pondscapes. In: Francis, R. A., Millington, J. and Chadwick M. A. 2016. (eds.) Urban landscape ecology: Science, Policy and Practice, Routledge.

Hill, M. J., Sayer, C. D. and Wood, P. J. 2016. When is the best time to sample aquatic macroinvertebrates in ponds? Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 188: 1-11.

Hill, M. J., Swaine, J. and Wood, P. J. 2016. Aquatic macroinvertebrate biodiversity associated with artificial agricultural drainage ditches. Hydrobiologia. 776: 249-260.

Hill, M. J. and Wood, P. J. 2016. Macroinvertebrate diversity in urban and rural ponds: Implications for freshwater biodiversity conservation. Biological Conservation. 201: 50-59.

Hill, M. J., Mathers, K. L. and Wood, P. J. 2016. Macroinvertebrate community composition and diversity in ephemeral and perennial ponds on unregulated floodplain meadows in the UK. Hydrobiologia.

Hill, M. J., Biggs, J., Gledhill, D., Thornhill, I., Wood, P. J. Briers, R. and Hassall, I. 2016. Urban ponds as a biodiversity resource in modified landscapes. Global Change Biology.

Wood, P. J. Armitage, P.D. Hill, M. Mathers, K. and Millett, J. 2016. Faunal response to fine sediment deposition in urban rivers. In: Gilvear, D. J., Greenwood, M. T., Thoms, M. C. and Wood P.J. 2016. (eds.) River Science: Research and Management for the 21st Century. John Wiley and Sons, Chichester.


Hill, M. J., Mathers, K. L. and Wood, P. J. 2015. The macroinvertebrate biodiversity of urban ponds in a medium sized European town (Loughborough, UK). Hydrobiologia 760: 225-238.


Moggridge, H. L., Hill, M. J. and Wood, P. J. 2014. Urban aquatic ecosystems: the good, the bad and the ugly. Fundamental and Applied Limnology 185: 1-6.

Hill, M. J. and Wood, P. J. 2014. The macroinvertebrate biodiversity and conservation value of garden and field ponds along a rural - urban gradient. Fundamental and Applied Limnology 185: 107-119.