Rob Duck

Prof Rob Duck

Emeritus Professor of Environmental Geoscience

  • Tel: +44 (0)1382 384528
  • Email: r.w.duck@dundee.ac.uk
  • Geography, School of Social Sciences, University of Dundee, Perth Rd, Dundee, DD1 4HN

Research

Research Interests

Synopsis

Thirty-four years of experience working as a research sedimentologist in lacustrine (both natural lakes and man-made reservoirs), coastal and estuarine environments. Major research interests include application of side-scan sonar and other acoustic techniques to determine estuarine sediment transport pathways, bedform dynamics, bathymetry of lochs and reservoirs, sedimentology of lacustrine deposits, determination of catchment sediment yield from surveys of reservoir sedimentation. Supervised 16 research students. Over 100 papers and book chapters, five books and 60 consultancy reports. Conference papers presented at over 70 national and international meetings.

General

  • Physical sedimentology and environmental geology/geophysics
  • Sedimentation and hydrodynamics in lacustrine, coastal and estuarine environments
  • Sediment flux and provenance determination
  • Coastal zone geomorphology and management
  • Climate change and Britain's coasts

Specific

  • Loch and reservoir bathymetry, sedimentology and catchment sediment yield
  • Acoustic methods of remote sensing and their application to coastal and estuarine sediment transport studies
  • Sedimentology, hydrodynamics and environmental management of the Tay Estuary, Scotland
  • Coastal processes and ICZM in Scotland
  • Estuarine frontal systems: their role in sediment and pollutant dynamics and in coastal management
  • The science underpinning the implementation of the EC Water Framework Directive
  • Early diagenesis of sediments; concretion formation
  • Coastal sedimentation, remote sensing and hydrodynamics in the Ria de Aveiro, Portugal
  • Coastal geomorphological processes and UK legislative systems

Recent Research Grants

YearAmount/Description
2011 'Coastal flooding in Scotland' (with Sue Dawson, Alan Werritty and University of Aberdeen). £21,596 from Scottish Government Centre of Expertise on Waters (CREW)
2011 'Tay Estuary Forum'. £10,000 from Marine Scotland
2009-2011 'Tay Estuary Forum'. £15,000 from Scottish Natural Heritage
2009-2010 'Experimental investigation of the impact of macroalgal mats on flow dynamics and sediment stability in shallow tidal areas' (with Chiara Venier, José Figueiredo da Silva, Stuart McLelland and Stefano Lanzoni) Facility time at the 'Total Environment Simulator', University of Hull, funded by EU FP6
2008-2011 'Relative sea level change in the Forth and Tay Estuaries: Past Changes Informing future trends'. £60,000 from Forth Ports Limited
2008 £1,920 from University of Gloucestershire
2007-2008 'Coastal flooding in Scotland: A scoping study' (with Tom Ball, Andrew Black and Alan Werritty). £61,670 from SNIFFER
2007 £2,400 from Forth Ports Limited
2007 £1,500 from Atkins Limited
2006 'Developing environmental standards for UK lakes' (with John Rowan). £18,340 from SNIFFER
2005-2008 'Tay Estuary Forum'. £15,000 from Scottish Natural Heritage
2005-2008 £4,620 from SEPA
2005 'Development of a technique for Lake Habitat Survey' (with John Rowan, Olivia Bragg, Andrew Black and Mark Cutler). £18,536 from SNIFFER
2005 'Development of environmental standards (water resources); Identification of hydromorphological parameters to which the aquatic ecosystem is sensitive'. £27,050 from Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
2005 'Development of a methodology for collecting hydromorphology data in Irish Lakes'. £41,000 from North South Shared Aquatic Resource (NS-SHARE)

Background

Academic Background

YearDegree/University
1982 PhD University of Dundee ('Physical Sedimentology of Some Lake Systems')
1977 BSc Geology, University of Dundee

Appointments

YearTitle/University
2011 Deputy Head of the College of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Dundee
2006 Dean, School of the Environment , University of Dundee
2004 Associate Dean for Research, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Dundee
2003 Professor of Environmental Geoscience, University of Dundee
2001 Reader in Environmental Science, University of Dundee
1996 Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science, University of Dundee
1988 Lecturer in Geology, School of Geography and Geosciences, University of St Andrews
1985 Lecturer in Geology, Department of Geology, University of Dundee
1983 SOED Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Fellow
1980 Research Fellow (NERC Project), Department of Geology, University of Dundee

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Geological Society of London
  • International Association of Sedimentologists (IAS)
  • International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS)
  • British Sedimentological Research Group (BSRG)
  • British Society for Geomorphology (BSG)
  • Edinburgh Geological Society (Member of Council and Scientific Editor)
  • Yorkshire Geological Society
  • Royal Scottish Geographical Society
  • National Conference of University Professors (NCUP)

Professional Roles

  • Specialist adviser to the UNDP Lake Tanganyika Biodiversity Project, 1995 - 2001
  • QAA Subject Specialist Academic Reviewer for Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Environmental Studies, 2000 - 2003
  • Chairperson, Tay Estuary Forum, 2001 - present
  • Co-editor, Scottish Journal of Geology, 1990 - present
  • Member of Council of Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association (ECSA), 2004 - 2011
  • Member of Executive Committee of UK Heads of Environmental Science, 2002 - present
  • Member of Advisory Committee on Sites of Special Scientific Interest, 2005 - 2011 (appointed by Scottish Government)
  • Member of Tay Area Advisory Group for Water Framework Directive River Basin Management Planning, 2006 - present
  • Member of Scientific Committee of ICS 2009: 10th International Coastal Symposium, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Member of Scientific Committee of ICS 2011: 11th International Coastal Symposium, Szczecin, Poland
  • Member of NERC Peer Review College, 2010- present

Publications

Books

Rob's new book, "This Shrinking Land: Climate Change and Britain's Coasts", featured on the BBC's 'Meet the Author'.

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Duck, R.W. (2011). This Shrinking Land: Climate Change and Britain's Coasts. Dundee University Press, 208 pp.

Rowan, J.S., Duck, R.W. and Werritty, A. (Eds.) (2006). Sediment Dynamics and the Hydromorphology of Fluvial Systems. International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) Publication, 306, 630 pp.

Jones, A.M., Duck, R.W., Reed, R. and Weyers, J. (2000). Practical Skills in Environmental Science. Prentice Hall, 290 pp.

Jones, A.M., Duck, R.W., Reed, R. and Weyers, J. (2002). Nauki O Srodowisku: Cwiczenia Praktyczne. Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN, Warsaw, 365 pp.

McManus, J. and Duck, R.W. (Eds) (1993.) Geomorphology and Sedimentology of Lakes and Reservoirs,John Wiley, 278 pp.

Sediment Dynamics and the Hydromorphology of Fluvial Systems Practical Skills in Environmental Science Nauki O Srodowisku: Cwiczenia Praktyczne Geomorphology and Sedimentology of Lakes and Reservoir

Publications

Peel, D., Lloyd. M.G. and Duck, R.W. (2013). Towards a social-ecological resilience framework for coastal planning. Land Use Policy, 30, 925-933.

Duck, R.W. and da Silva, J.F. (2012). Coastal lagoons and their evolution: A hydromorphological perspective. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 110, 2-14.

Dawson, S., Powell, V.A., Duck, R.W. and McGlashan, D.J. (2012).  Discussion of Rennie, A.F. and Hansom, J.D. (2011). Sea level trend reversal: land uplift outpaced by sea level rise on Scotland’s coast.  Geomorphology. In press.

Werritty, A. and Duck, R.W. (2012). Legislation relevant to coastal flooding. Chapter 2 In: Coastal Flooding in Scotland – A Guidance Document for Coastal Practitioners, 13-18, Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW), The James Hutton Institute and The Scottish Government.

Duck, R.W. (2012). Shoreline Management Plans and coastal strategies. Chapter 5 In: Coastal Flooding in Scotland – A Guidance Document for Coastal Practitioners, 32-36, Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW), The James Hutton Institute and The Scottish Government.

Duck, R.W. (2012). Marine spatial planning: managing a dynamic environment. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning. 14, 67-79.

Powell, V.A., McGlashan, D.J. and Duck, R.W. (2012). Use of local tidal records to identify relative sea level change: accuracy and error for decision makers. Journal of Coastal Conservation. In press.

Venier, C., Silva, J.F., McLelland, S.J., Duck, R.W. and Lanzoni, S. (2012). Experimental investigation of the impact of macroalgal mats on flow dynamics and sediment stability in shallow tidal areas. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. In press.

Duck, R.W. (2012). The bathymetrical survey of the Scottish fresh-water lochs (1897-1909). In: Bengtsson, L., Herschey, R.W. and Fairbridge, R.W. (Eds), Encyclopaedia of Lakes and Reservoirs, 107-110. Springer. 

Duck, R.W. and McKean, C. (2011). Docks, railways or institutions: Competing images for Mid-Nineteenth-Century Dundee. In: Whatley, C.A., Harris, B. and Miskell, L. (Eds). Victorian Dundee: Image and Realities, 151-172, Dundee University Press.

Duck, R.W. (2011). The physical development of the Tay Estuary in the twentieth century and its impact. In: Tomlinson, J. and Whatley, C.A. (Eds), Jute no More: Transforming Dundee, 52-69. Dundee University Press.

Williams, A.T., Duck, R.W. and Phillips, M.R. (2011). Coastal dune variability among selected Scottish systems. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 64, 1263-1267.

Lloyd, M.G., Smith, H.D., Ballinger, R.C., Stojanovic, T.A. and Duck, R.W. (2011). EU maritime policy and economic development of the European seas. In: Kidd, S., Plater, A. and Frid, C. (Eds) The Ecosystem Approach and Marine Planning and Management, 68-91. Earthscan, London.

Duck, R.W. (2011). Pioneering, Scottish nineteenth century studies of sedimentary processes in fluvial, estuarine and coastal environments. Scottish Journal of Geology, 47, 81-88.

McGlashan, D.J. and Duck, R.W. (2011). Who owns the sand? The Ayre of Cara, Orkney Islands, Scotland. The Geographical Journal, 177, 35-43.

Booth, L.M. and Duck, R.W. (2011). A decade of delivering sustainable coastal zone management: The Tay Estuary Forum , a voluntary local coastal partnership in Scotland. Littoral 2010 - Adapting to Global Change at the Coast: Leadership, Innovation, and Investment, 04006.

Duck, R.W. (2010). The influence of density fronts on sediment dynamics within river-to-sea estuarine transitional waters. International Association of Hydrological Sciences Publication, 337, 220-223.

McGlashan, D.J. and Duck, R.W. (2010). The PDMU approach to the integration of coastal management. Journal of Coastal Research, 26, 465-469.

Ball, T., Booth, L.M., Duck, R.W. Edwards, A., Hickey, K. and Werritty, A. (2010). Coastal flooding in Scotland: past, present and future. In: Allsop, W. (Ed.) Coasts, Marine Structures and Breakwaters: Adapting to Change, 1, 614-625, ICE Publishing.

Venier, C., Figueiredo da Silva, J., McLelland, S., Duck, R.W. and Lanzoni, S. (2010). Experimental investigation of the impact of macroalgae on intertidal sediment stability and flow dynamics. In: Grüne, J and Breteler, M.K. (Eds). Proceedings of the Hydralab III Joint Transnational Access User Meeting, Hannover, February 2010, 101-104, ISBN 978-3-00-030141-4.

Phillips, M.R., Powell, V. and Duck, R.W. (2009). Coastal regeneration at Llanelli, South Wales, UK: lessons not learned. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 56, 1276-1280.

Duck, R.W., Phillips, M.R., Williams, A.T. and Wadham, T. (2009). Is beach scenic quality a function of habitat diversity? Journal of Coastal Research, SI 56, 415-418.

Figueiredo da Silva, J., Duck, R.W. and Catarino, J.B. (2009). Nutrient retention in the sediments and the submerged aquatic vegetation of the coastal lagoon of the Ria de Aveiro, Portugal. Journal of Sea Research, 62, 276-285.

McEwen, L., Jennings, R., Duck, R.W. and Roberts, H. (2009). Students Experiences of Interdisciplinary Masters' Courses. The Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning Group, The Higher Education Academy, ISBN: 978-1-905788-96-5, 102 pp.

McGlashan, D.J., Duck, R.W. and Reid, C.T. (2008). Legal implications of mobile shorelines in Great Britain. Area, 41, 149-156.

McGlashan, D.J., Duck, R.W. and Reid, C.T. (2008). Unstable boundaries on a cliffed coast: geomorphology and British laws. Journal of Coastal Research, 24, 181-188.

Elaswed, M.T., Cutler, M.E.J. and Duck, R.W. (2007). Remote sensing of the impact of groundwater lowering on agricultural activities in the Jeffara plain, north-west Libya. Proceedings of the 2007 Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society Annual Conference 11-14 September, Newcastle.

Elaswed, M.T., Cutler, M.E.J. and Duck, R.W. (2007). Remote sensing of the impact of groundwater lowering on agricultural activities in the Jeffara Plain, north-west Libya. Desert and Desertification Conference, Current Issues and Future Trends. Arab Canter for Saharan Researches and Development of Saharan Societies, 19 - 21 March 2007, Sebha University, Libya.

Phillips, M.R., Duck, R.W. and Williams, A.T. (2007). Beach consequences of an industrial heritage: future opportunities for Scotland and Wales? Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on the Mediterranean Coastal Environment MEDCOAST 07, 305-316.

Martínez-Monasterio, E., Duck, R.W., Stephens, W.E. and Walden, J. (2006). Sediment provenance in the River Eden catchment, Scotland, using chemical characterization of Fe-Ti oxide minerals and magnetic measurements. Scottish Journal of Geology, 42, 137-148.

Rowan, J.S., Carwardine, J., Duck, R.W., Bragg, O.M., Black, A.R., Cutler, M.E.J., Soutar, I. and Boon, P.J. (2006). Development of a technique for Lake Habitat Survey (LHS) with applications for the European Union Water Framework Directive. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 16, 637-657.

Duck, R.W. and Herbert, R.A. (2006). High-resolution shallow seismic identification of gas escape features in the sediments of Loch Tay, Scotland: tectonic and microbiological associations. Sedimentology, 53, 481-493.

Figueiredo da Silva, J. and Duck, R.W. (2006). Changing use and hydromorphological adjustment in a coastal lagoon-estuarine system, the Ria de Aveiro, Portugal. International Association of Hydrological Sciences Publication, 306, 197-204.

Figueiredo da Silva, J., Duck, R.W. and Catarino, J.B. (2005). Changing use of the estuarine system of the Ria de Aveiro, Portugal, and resultant impact on the tidal flat sediments. RMZ - Materials and Geoenvironment, 52, 111-114.

Bragg, O.M., Duck, R.W., Black, A.R. and Rowan, J.S. (2005). Approaching the physical-biological interface in rivers: a review of methods for ecological evaluation of flow regimes Progress in Physical Geography, 29, 506-531.