Department of Geography


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Catherine Hudson

  • Qualifications: BSc Geography
  • Role Title: Lecturer in Fluvial Geomorphology & River Catchments
  • Address: Buckingham Building, Lion Terrace, Portsmouth, PO1 3HE
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  • Department: Geography
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


I graduated from the University of Portsmouth in July 2016 with a first class BSc (Honours) degree in Geography, then remained within the department on the MRes Science postgraduate course on a full-time basis.

Advised by the South Downs National Park Authority, the project is being undertaken by a research team within the department and aims to historically map land-use in the Rother catchment, West Sussex and explore the nature and extent of local soil erosion and runoff.

Following submission of my undergraduate dissertation (mapping and quantifying shoreline change in Porlock Bay, Somerset), I was nominated for the British Society of Geomorphology’s Marjorie Sweeting Award and the Royal Geographical Society’s Alfred Steers Essay Prize for best UK undergraduate dissertation. Upon graduation, I was awarded the Colin Warner Memorial Prize for best undergraduate dissertation.


  • My research interests mainly focus on geomorphological monitoring and modelling and landscape management through the application of GIS and remote-sensing technologies. In addition to this, I am particularly interested in analysing corporate and governmental compliance with environmental targets, including the preparation of carbon audits and environmental performance reports
  • Funded by South Downs National Park Authority, the ‘Forgotten Fields’ research project aims to update contemporary soil erosion knowledge, and help inform users, managers and policy-makers on options for sustainable fluvial and agricultural land-use management in the Rother catchment, West Sussex
  • The MRes project will be supervised by Dr Phillip Soar and Dr Alastair Pearson, and supported by Jennifer Cox (PhD Researcher) and Paul Carter (Senior GIS Technician)