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Dr Simon Hoggart

Associate Research Fellow/Research Fellow for the URBANE project


Simon completed his PhD, titled ‘Potential versus expressed biodiversity of the tidal River Thames through central London’, in the Geography department at King’s College London.  Funded by Thames21 and The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, his research focused on understanding the current ecological status of the upper tidal Thames estuary through central London and the role vegetation and invertebrates play in the upper estuary’s function and form.  Work was also carried out to assess the potential for restoration and habitat improvement of the Thames.


At Plymouth Simon is a member of the Marine Biology and Ecology Research Centre and is working on the EU funded project, THESEUS, looking at how natural biogenic habitats offer coastal protection and the extent to which such protection can be enhanced (salt marshes, dunes) and managed. THESEUS will also provide an in depth knowledge of the environment’s vulnerability and resilience to seawater inundation through examining the interactions between coastal defences and natural ecosystems. Alongside THESEUS Simon is also working on the URBANE project. The URBANE project dovetailed with THESEUS but focuses on research on the management of artificial and natural coastal environments within an urban setting.


PhD Physical Geography. King’s College London. Awarded June 2011.

MSc Environmental Monitoring Modelling and Management - Merit. King’s College London - September 2005 to September 2006.

BSc Geography (Hons) – Upper Second Class. King’s College London – September 2002 to June 2005.

Professional membership

British Ecological Society

Roles on external bodies

Editorial Associate for Progress in Physical Geography

Hoggart SPG , Hanley ME, Parker DJ, Simmonds DJ, Franklin EL,White AC, Bilton DT,Rundle SD, Penning-Rowsell EC, Trifonova E, Vergiev S, Filipova-Marinova M, Kotsev I and Thompson RC (2014) The consequences of doing nothing: The effects of seawater flooding on coastal zones. Coastal Engineering. In Press.


Zanuttigh B, Zagonari F, Bagli S, Pescaroli G, Bozzeda F, Hoggart SPG, Thompson RC, Nicholls RJ, Alonso EG, Losada IJ and Vanderlinden JP. (2014)THESEUS decision support system for coastal risk management. Coastal Engineering. In Press.


Bouma TJ, van Belzen J, BalkeT, Zhu Z, Airoldi L, Blight AJ, Davies AJ, Galvan C, Hawkins SJ, Hoggart SPG, Lara JL, Losada IJ, Maza M, Ondiviela B, Skov MW, Strain EM, Thompson RC, Yang S, Zanutigh B, Zhang L, and Herman PMJ. (2014) Identifying knowledge gaps hampering application of intertidal habitats in coastal protection: opportunities & steps to take. Coastal Engineering. In Press.


Hanley ME, HoggartSPG, Simmonds DJ, Bichot A, Colangelo MA, Bozzeda F, Heurtefeux H, Ondiviela B, Ostrowski R, Recio M, Trude R, Zawadzka-Kahlau E and Thompson RC. (2014)  Shifting sands? Coastal protection by sand banks, beaches and dunes. Coastal Engineering.


Taramelli A, Valentini E, Cornacchia L, Mandrone S, Monbaliu J, Hoggart SPG, Thompson RC and Zanuttigh B. (2014) Modelling uncertainty in estuarine system by means of combined approach of optical and radar remote sensing. Coastal Engineering.


Firth LB, Thompson RC, Abbiati M, Airoldi L, Bohn K, Bouma TJ, Bozzeda F, Ceccherelli VU, Colangelo MA, Evans A, Ferrario F, Hanley ME, Hinz H, Hoggart SPG, Jackson J, Moore P, Morgan EH, Perkol-Finkel S, Skov MW, Strain EM, van Belzen J and Hawkins SJ. (2014) Between a rock and a hard place: environmental and engineering considerations when designing flood defence structures. Coastal Engineering.


Hanley ME, Yip PYS, Hoggart SPG, Bilton DT, Rundle SD and Thompson RC. (2013) Riding the storm: The response of Plantago lanceolata to simulated tidal flooding. Journal of Coastal Conservation. 17(4): 799-803.


Firth LB, Thompson RC, White FJ, Schofield M, Skov MW, Hoggart SPG, Jackson J, Knights AM and Hawkins SJ. (2013) The importance of water-retaining features for biodiversity on artificial intertidal coastal defence structures. Diversity and Distributions. 19(10): 1275-1283.


Horrillo-Caraballo JM, Reeve DE, Simmonds D, Pan S, Fox A, Thompson R, Hoggart SPG, Kwan SSH and Greaves D (2013) Application of a source-pathway-receptor-consequence (S-P-R-C) methodology to the Teign Estuary, UK. In: Conley DC, Masselink G, Russell PE and O’Hare TJ(eds.), Proceedings 12th International Coastal Symposium (Plymouth, England), Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue No. 65, pp.1939-1944, ISSN 0749-0208.


Hoggart SPG, Francis RA and Chadwick MA (2012) Macroinvertebrate richness on flood defence walls of the tidal River Thames. Urban Ecosystems 15(2): 327-346.


Francis RA and Hoggart SPG (2012) The flora of urban river wallscapes. River research and applications 28(8): 1200-1216.


Francis RA and Hoggart SPG (2009) Urban river wall habitat and vegetation: observations from the River Thames through central London. Urban Ecosystems 12: 468-485.


Francis RA and Hoggart SPG (2008) Waste not, want not: the need to utilise existing artificial structures for habitat improvement along urban rivers. Restoration Ecology 16(3): 373-381. DOI:


Francis RA, Hoggart SPG, Gurnell AM and Coode C (2008) Meeting the challenges of urban river habitat restoration: developing a methodology for the River Thames through central London. Area 40: 435–445.


Francis RA, Riley KA and Hoggart SPG (2008) Vegetative regeneration of Fallopia japonica (Houtt.)RonseDecraene (Japanese knotweed) at varying burial depths. Weed Biology and Management 8(1): 69-72.