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Dr Hal Voepel PhD, MS, BSE, BS

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Dr Hal Voepel is a Senior Research Fellow within Geography and the Environmental Science at the University of Southampton.

Hal is currently working with Professor Steve Darby on the project “Building Resilient Agricultural Systems: Sustainable Livelihoods in Mega Deltas Under Environmental Change (BRAgS).” The project is funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council under a GCRF Foundation Award for Global Agriculture and Food Systems Research. The aim of the project is to establish a new international and multidisciplinary collaboration between UK and Vietnamese universities, international agencies and key end users that is capable of delivering new insight into the trade offs between flooding, sediment and nutrient deposition, agricultural systems and associated livelihood strategies in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta. Hal is a member of the Earth Surface Dynamics (ESD) group.



PhD (Hydrology) University of Nevada, Reno

MS (Statistics with Distinction) Northern Arizona University

BSE (Environmental Engineering) Northern Arizona University

BS (Applied Mathematics) Northern Arizona University

Research interests

My research interest covers stochastic transport processes of landscapes primarily in channel and hillslope; vertical mixing of channel sediment and their effects on hyporheic processes and aquatic habitat; and bedform stability attributed to structural and biological mechanisms and their associated feedbacks that attribute to morphodynamics.

Research project

PATCheS is a multi-institutional project, led by the Department of Geography at Durham University and Geography and Environment at the University of Southampton. Primary objective of this project is to understand how grain scale structure and mortaring effects of fine material in the channel lead to bedform structure and stability. These characteristics are demonstrated through computed tomography (CT) scans of river bed samples in an effort to study particle connectedness and orientation. This effort bridges a gap that currently exists between shear stress on the bed and bedload transport by exploring how the structure of water-worked sediment in the bed attributes to entrainment shear stress.

Research group

Landscape Dynamics and Ecology (LDE)

Representative of postdoctoral researchers on the Academic Unit Management Group in Geography and Environment.

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