Professor Will Blake
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Professor Will Blake

Professor of Catchment Science

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science & Engineering)

Role

  • Research, undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in field of physical geography and river catchment science.
  • Director of the Plymouth University Consolidated Radioisotope Facility (CoRiF)

Qualifications

1994: BSc (Hons) Earth Science, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

1995: MSc Recent Environmental Change, Department of Geography, University of Liverpool, UK

2000: PhD, Department of Geography, University of Exeter, UK.  "Using Be-7 as a tracer in sediment budget investigations" with Prof. Des Walling and Dr Qingping He

2001-2002: Postdoctoral research Assistant, Department of Geography, University of Wales Swansea, UK

NERC URGENT programme "Mobilisation and tranfer of heavy metals between ecosystem compartments in the Lower Swansea Valley, an urban regeneration zone", with Profs Rory Walsh and Mike Barnsley

2002-2003: Postdoctoral research officer, Department of Geography, University of Wales Swansea, UK

"The erosional consequences of varying degrees of fire-induced soil water repellency in the Sydney Forest Fires region", NERC-funded Recognised-Researcher with Drs Shakesby and Doerr (UWS), Wallbrink (CSIRO, Australia) and Humphreys (Maquarie University, Australia)

2007: Visiting Scientist, CSIRO Land and Water, Canberra, Australia

Professional membership

Fellow of Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)

International Association for Sediment Water Science (IASWS)

International Association of Hydrological Science (IAHS)

British society for Geomorphology (BSG)

Roles on external bodies

International Association for Sediment Water Science: Board of Directors

Member of UN FAO/IAEA Coordinated Research Project D1.50.17 on “NuclearTechniques for a Better Understanding of the Impact of Climate Change on SoilErosion in Upland Agro-ecosystems”

Teaching interests

Overview

I teach on the following subjects with a strong emphasis on linking teaching to my research: 
    - Hillslope hydrology and soil erosion

    - River basin fine sediment dynamics from catchment to coast 
    - Environmental pollution (especially sediment quality and legacy impacts of mining) 
    - Catchment science and management 
    - Catchment ecosystem services 
    - Geohazards: wildfire
    - Geographical science methods 

Wherever possible, my class teaching of process theory is supported by field- and laboratory-based practicals e.g. rainfall simulation to explore impacts agriculture on overland flow and soil erosion or quantification of the environmental quality of streams to assess the effectiveness of catchment sensitive farming. I have run overseas fieldtrips to the rainforest of Malaysian Borneo where I work on logging impacts on river sediments. I am keen to offer students opportunity to gain professional catchment science experience and regularly employ undergraduate and masters students within my research programmes to assist with field sampling and laboratory analysis. This includes training students to work to ISO9001:2008 standard in the University Consolidated Radioisotope Facility of which I am Director.

I undertake research project supervision on the BSc Geography and related programmes and MSc projects within the 'Sustainable Environmental Management' and Environmental consultancy' programmes

Research interests

Overview

I am a senior member of the Catchment and River Science (CaRiS) Group based in Geography at Plymouth and Head of the catchment science research component. My research focuses on the impact of human activities and natural disturbances on catchment fine sediment dynamics from soil erosion and sediment transport through to siltation of river channels and estuaries. I am also interested in the fate of contaminants associated with fine sediment e.g. nutrients from agriculture and heavy metals from mining. I work in the UK and overseas (e.g. tropical rainforest logging in Malaysian Borneo; wildfire in Australia, Greece and Canada; radioactive contamination in Fukushima, Japan).

I specialize in the application of sediment tracing technology to examine fine sediment sources and budgets in catchments. This involves using natural and artificial sediment properties such as fallout radionuclides, mineral magnetics, geochemistry and biomarkers to explore catchment response to disturbance. My work in this area is strengthened by my involvement as an expert member of a joint International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and UN FAO Coordinated Research Programme (CRP) concerning sediment tracing in aquatic systems. At Plymouth, I am the Director of the ISO9001:2008-certified Consolidated Radioisotope Facility and an ISO auditor for the Analytical Research Facility. The CoRiF laboratory is pleased to host international visiting research fellows in this area and we have recently undertaken training and knowledge exchange programs with colleagues from Belgium, Canada, Spain and Tunisia. We also undertake contract analyses for UK and overseas clients (e.g. gamma spectrometry for sediment and peat geochronology (fallout Pb-210 and Cs-137) and sediment fingerprinting).

Funding for my research comes from a range of sources including the Global Challenges Research Fund, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the European Union (H2020 and FP7), Royal Geographical Society, Royal Society, the Environment Agency, Natural England and environmental charities e.g. Westcountry Rivers Trust. Current themes include: (i) development of fallout radionuclide and other sediment properties as sediment tracers in river basins, (ii) assessing catchment response to disturbance e.g. wildfire (Australia, Greece and Canada), logging (Malaysian Borneo), agriculture and the legacy of past industrial activity (UK), and (iii) geochronological applications of environmental radioactivity (peats, saltmarshes, lake sediments and floodplains).

For information on current EC H2020 and RCUK/Dfid Global Challenges Research Fund research projects please follow links below:

IMIXSED Project and SEDiLINK Project

Jali Ardhi [GCRF] project

Grants & contracts

Date

Funding body

Research Project Title

Collaborators

2017-2018

RCUK/DfID Global Challenges Research fund

Socio-ecological resilience to soil erosion driven by extreme events: past, present and future challenges in East Africa (aka Jali Ardhi [Care for the land] project)

(PI) with Ndakidemi, Munishi, Mtei (Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, Tanzania); Gilvear, Kelly, Roberts, Wilson, Wynants (PU); Rabinovich (Exeter); Nasseri and Rae (Schumacher College); Schmitter (IWMI, Ethiopia)

2016-2016

Natural England

Assessing the suitability of potential Freshwater Pearl Mussel translocation sites in the River Clun (pahse 2)

with Taylor (PI), Comber, Goddard and Westcountry Rivers Trust

2016-2017

UN FAO/IAEA

Comprehensive illustrated guideline on the advanced use of Be-7 as soil tracer for assessing erosion and sedimentation rates

PI with Taylor, Iurian and Mabit

2015-2016

Natural England

Assessing the suitability of potential Freshwater Pearl Mussel translocation sites in the River Clun

with Taylor (PI), Comber, Goddard and Westcountry Rivers Trust

2015-2016

Natural England

Temporal and spatial patterns of phosphorus concentration across the ditch system of West Sedgemoor SSSI

with Taylor (PI), Goddard and Comber

2015-2017

Horizon 2020 (EC)

Sediment linkage between land, river and sea: evaluating impacts of historic mining on sediment quality in the coastal zone

with Andra Iurian (MSC Research Fellow)

2015-2017

Horizon 2020 (EC)

Integrating isotopic techniques with Bayesian modelling for improved assessment and management of global sedimentation problems

PI with Pascal Boeckx (UGent) plus Navas (CSIC), Smith (Liverpool) and NM-AIST (Tanzania) and Jimma University (Ethiopia)

2011 - 2015

Natural England

Sources and quality of fine sediment in degraded river habitats (Mease )

PI (Plymouth) with APEM Ltd (Stone– Project manager), Taylor, C and Hailey

2012 - 2015

Natural England

Sources and quality of fine sediment in degraded river habitats (Mease )

PI (Plymouth) with APEM Ltd (Fraser – Project manager), Comber, Taylor, Smith and Hailey

2012 - 2014

University of Tsukuba

Transfer of fallout radiocaesium through river networks impacted by the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident (across 2 linked contracts)

with Smith (Liverpool) and Onda (Tsukuba)

2012 - 2013

Westcountry Rivers Trust

Fine sediment and pollution in southwest rivers (Taw and Teign)

PI with Comber and Taylor

2012

PU Community Research Award

Wrong connections: water quality problems in urban nature reserves

PI with Downs, Smith, Taylor, Solman

2012

Environment Agency

Environmental monitoring of salt marsh restoration

Co-I with Masselink (PI), Hanley, Blake, et al.

2012

PU Marine Institute

Evaluating sediment accretion rates on restored saltmarshes using fallout Be-7

PI with Taylor, Hanley, Masselink and White

2011-2013

EU FP7

Quantifying sources and residence times of contaminated sediment in human-impacted river basins: an integrated approach

with Smith (Marie Curie Research Fellow)

2010

Westcountry Rivers Trust and UoP

Evaluating potential use of Compound Specific Stable Isotopes (CSSIs) as sediment tracing tools

PI with Couldrick (WRT)

2010

Westcountry River Trust

Carbon storage in restored wetlands (River Fal, Cornwall)

PI with Couldrick (WRT)

2009

Seale Hayne Educational Trust

Carbon management in moorlands; effects of drainage and re-wetting on carbon sequestration

PI with Charman and Parry

2009

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

The catastrophic Victoria wildfires: impact of extreme burn severity on the soil system

Co-I with Doerr (PI), Shakesby and University of Melbourne

2009

Danish Research Council

Development and test of new cost-effective monitoring technologies and planning design for restoration of wetlands – MONITECH

Co-I with Kronvang (PI) and others

2008

Iraqi Ministry for Education

Particulate-associated contaminants in agricultural estuaries (PhD studentship)

Director of studies with Masselink and Keith-Roach

2008

Westcountry Rivers Trust and UoP

7Be biogeochemistry and role as a tracer in catchment systems (PhD studentship)

Director of Studies with Keith-Roach

2007

Natural Environment Research Council

Wildfire, soil erosion and impacts on downstream aquatic resources: evidence form the burnt Evrotas river basin, southern Peloponese, Greece

Athens Institute of Soil Science; Hellenic Centre for Marine research

2007

Environment Agency

Establishing Dominant Sediment Sources Within The Furze Brook Study Catchment’

 

2007

Earthwatch Institute

“Assessing the Impact of Climate Change on Tropical Rainforest Systems and Conservation in Sabah”

Co-I with Swansea University, University of Singapore and Universiti Malaysia Sabah

2007

The Seale-Hayne Educational Trust

Estuarine siltation in Devon and Cornwall: the role of agricultural land use

co-I with Gehrels and others (PI)

2006

South Hams Society

Avon Estuary Siltation Research Project (see below):210Pb dating

PI with Gehrels and Masselink

2006

Royal Society

Wildfire, soil erosion and future climates of extremes in Australia

PI with Wallbrink (CSIRO)

2006

Royal Geographical Society

Establishing baseline patterns and trends of floodplain sedimentation downstream of a selectively logged tropical rainforest catchment

PI with Walsh (Swansea)

2006

Seale Hayne Educational Trust

Effects of Land Use on Physical and Genetic Soil Structure

Co-I with Petticrew PI, Moody and Bradley

2006

Westcountry Rivers Trust and SSB UoP

Developing decision support tools for soil conservation within agricultural river basins PhD studentship

Director of Studies with A. Williams

2005

Seale Hayne Educational Trust

Evaluating the role of buffer strips in the protection of aquatic habitats

PI with Petticrew and Brassley

2005

South Hams Society

Avon Estuary Siltation Research Project

PI with Gehrels and Masselink

2003

Royal Society

Impacts of wildfire on effective sediment particle size

PI with Droppo (Canada)

2003

Royal Society (conference)

XIIth International conference on Heavy Metals in the Environment

 

2002

Sydney Catchment Authority

Impacts on water quality by sediments and nutrients released during extreme bushfires

Co-I with Wallbrink PI, Doerr, Chafer, Humphreys and Shakesby

2002

Royal Society

Downstream impacts of commercial logging in tropical rainforests of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo

with Walsh (Swansea)

2001

NERC

The erosional consequences of varying degrees of fire-induced soil water repellency in the Sydney Forest Fires region

researcher Co-I with Doerr, Shakesby PI, Humphreys and Wallbrink

54     Palazon L, Gaspar G, Latorre B, Blake WH, Navas A (2014) Evaluatingthe importance of surface soil contributions to reservoir sediment in alpineenvironments: a combined modelling and fingerprinting approach in thePosets-Maladeta Natural Park. Solid Earth; 5:963–978. DOI:10.5194/se-5-963-2014

53     Mabit L, M Benmansour, JM Abril, DE Walling, KMeusburger, AR Iurian, C Bernard, S Tarján, PN Owens, WH Blake, C Alewell(2014) Fallout 210Pb as a soil and sediment tracer in catchmentsediment budget investigations: a review. Earth-Science Reviews 138,335-351

52     Taylor A, Blake WH,Keith-Roach MJ (2014) Estimating Be-7 enrichment in soil particle sizefractions for erosion and deposition modelling. Journal of Soils andSediments 14 (11), 1886-1893

51     Jha AN,Blake WH, Millward GE (2014) Preface: environmental radioactivity: implicationsfor human and environmental health. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity,133, 1-4

50     Woodbridge J. Davies HJ, Blake WH,Fyfe RM (2014)Exploring recent environmental change in an uplandcatchment using evidence from reservoir sediments. Journal of Paleolimnology52 (3), 229-244

49     Smith HG, Blake WH, Taylor A (2014).Modelling particle residence times in agricultural river basins using asediment budget model and fallout radionuclide tracers. Earth SurfaceProcesses and Landforms, 39 (14), 1944-1959

48     Yamashiki Y, Onda Y, Smith HG, Blake WH,Wakahara T, Igarashi Y, Matsuura Y and Yoshimura K (2014) Initial flux ofsediment-associated radiocesium to the ocean from the largest river impacted byFukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Scientific Reports: 4: 3714

47     Smith HG and Blake WH (2014)Sediment fingerprinting in agricultural catchments: a critical re-examinationof source discrimination and data corrections. Geomorphology, 204:177-191 doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2013.08.003

46     E Leorri, A Cearreta, M Jesús Irabien, AGarcía-artola, DR Corbett, E Horsman, WH Blake, JA Sanchez-Cabiza (2014).Anthropogenic disruptions of the sedimentary record in coastal marshes:Examples from the southern Bay of Biscay (N. Spain). Continental ShelfResearch, DOI: 10.1016/j.csr.2013.08.016

45     Eagling J, Worsfold PJ, Blake WH andKeith-Roach MJ (2013). Influence of sediment redox conditions on uraniummobilisation during saline intrusion. Chemical Geology, 357: 158–163

44.   Eagling J, Worsfold PJ, Blake WH andKeith-Roach MJ (2013) Fate of 90Sr and U(VI) in Dounreay sediments followingsaline inundation and erosion. Chemosphere: 92(8):911-7. DOI:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2013.02.059

43.   LeorriE, S Mitra, M Jesús Irabien, AR Zimmerman, WH Blake, Al Cearreta (2013).A 700 year record of combustion-derived pollution in northern Spain: Tools toidentify the Holocene/Anthropocene transition in coastal environments. Scienceof the total Environment 470-471: 240-247,dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2013.09.064

42.   Taylor A, Blake WH, Keith-Roach MJ,Mabit L. (2013). Assumptions and challenges in the use of fallout beryllium-7as a soil and sediment tracer in river basins. Earth Science Reviews, 126:85-95, doi: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2013.08.002

41.   Leorri, E., Cearreta, A.,García-Artola, A., Irabien, M.J., Blake, W.H., (2013). Relativesea-level rise in the Basque coast (N Spain): Different environmentalconsequences on the coastal area. Ocean & Coastal Management, 77: 3-13, .doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2012.02.007

40. Smith, H.G., Blake, W.H., Owens, P.N. (2013). Determiningsediment sources following wildfire: a review of the application of sedimenttracers in burned forest environments. Hydrological Processes, 27: 943-958,DOI: 10.1002/hyp.9537

39.   Parry L. Charman D, Blake WH (2013)Comparative dating of recent peat deposits using fallout radionuclides andSpheroidal Carbonaceous Particles (SCPs) at a local and landscape scale. QuaternaryGeochronology, 15, 11-19, doi.org/10.1016/j.quageo.2013.01.002

38.   Wharton G, Kronvang B, Ogrinc N, Blake WH(2012). Interactions between sediments and water: perspectives on the 12thInternational Association for Sediment Water Science Symposium. Journal ofSoils Sediments. 12:1497–1500, DOI 10.1007/s11368-012-0606-x

37.   Eagling J, Worsfold PJ, Blake WH, Keith-Roach MJ (2012).Mobilization of Tc from reduced sediments during seawater inundation andintrusion. Environmental Science and Technology 6; 46(21):11798-803.doi: 10.1021/es3025935.

36.   Smith, H.G., Blake, W.H.,Owens, P.N. 2012. Application of sediment tracers to discriminate sedimentsources following wildfire. In: M. Stone, A. Collins, M. Thoms (eds.), Wildfireand water quality: processes, impacts and challenges. IAHS Publication No.354, IAHS Press, Wallingford, pp. 81-89.

35.   Owens PN, Blake WH,Giles TR, Williams ND (2012) Determining the effects of wildfire on sedimentsources using 137Cs and unsupported 210Pb: the role oflandscape disturbances and driving forces. Journal of Soils and Sediments,12:982–994, DOI 10.1007/s11368-012-0497-x

34.   Taylor A, Blake WH,Keith-Roach MJ, Couldrick L (2012). Sorption behaviour of beryllium-7 andimplications for its use as a sediment tracer. Geoderma, 187–188, 16–23,doi:10.1016/j.geoderma.2012.04.013

33.   Taylor A, Blake WH,Keith-Roach MJ, Couldrick L (2012). Optimisation of beryllium-7 gamma analysisfollowing BCR sequential extraction. Analytica Chimica Acta 720: 91– 96

32.   Blake WH, Ficken KJ,Taylor P, Russell MA, Walling DE (2012). Tracing crop-specific sediment sourcesin agricultural catchments. Geomorphology, 139–140, 322–329

31.   RPD Walsh, K Bidin, WHBlake, NA Chappell, MA Clarke, I Douglas, R Ghazali, AM Sayer, J. Suhaimi,W Tych and KV Annammala, (2011). Long-term responses of rainforest erosionalsystems at different spatial scales to selective logging and climatic change. Phil.Trans. R. Soc. B, 27 , 366(1582), 3340-3353

30.   Blake W.H., Theocharopoulos S.P., Skoulikidis N., Clark P., TountasP., R. Hartley, Amaxidis Y. (2010). Wildfire impacts on hillslope sediment andphosphorus yields. Journal of Soils andSediments, 10(4), 671-682 ISSN: 1439-0108

29.   Leorri, E., Cearreta, A.,Corbett, R., Blake, W., Fatela, F., R. Gehrels, M. J. Irabien, (2010).Identification of suitable areas for high-resolution sea-level studies in SWEurope using commonly applied 210Pb models. Geogaceta, 48,35-38. ISSN0213-683X

28.   Garcia-Artola, A., Cearreta,A., Leorri, E., Irabien, M., & Blake, W.H. (2009). Coastalsalt-marshes as geological archives of recent sea-level changes. Geogaceta,47, 109-112, ISSN0213-683X

27. Wilkinson S.N., Wallbrink P.J.,Hancock G.J., Blake W.H., ShakesbyR.A., Doerr S.H. (2009) Fallout radionuclide tracers identify a switch insediment sources and transport-limited sediment yield following wildfire in aeucalypt forest. Geomorphology. 110(3-4), 140-151

26.   MasselinkG, Cointre L, Williams J, Gehrels R, BlakeW (2009) Tide-driven dune migration and sediment transport on an intertidalshoal in a shallow estuary in Devon, UK. MarineGeology, 262(1), 82-95

25. Blake WH, Wallbrink PJ, Wilkinson S, Humphreys GS, Doerr SH,Shakebsy RA, Tomkins K. (2009). Deriving hillslope sediment budgets inwildfire-affected forests using fallout radionuclide tracers. Geomorphology. 104, 105-116

24.   Blake,W. H., Wallbrink P. J. and Droppo I.G. (2009) Sediment aggregation andimplications for water quality in wildfire-affected river basins. Marine andFreshwater Research. 60, 653–659

23.   Tomkins, K. M., G. S. Humphreys, A. F. Gero, R. A. Shakesby, S. H.Doerr, P. J. Wallbrink, and W. H. Blake(2008), Postwildfire hydrological response in an El Niño–SouthernOscillation–dominated environment, Journalof Geophysical Research, 113, F02023, doi:10.1029/2007JF000853

22.    Walsh, R.P.D., Blake, W.H., Garbett-Davies, H.R., James, J.G.,Dyrynda, P., Barnsley, M.J. (2007). Downstream changes in bed-sediment andstreamwater metal concentrations along a watercourse in a rehabilitatedpost-industrial landscape in South Wales. Water, Air andSoil Pollution, 181 (1-4): 107-113

21.    Tomkins K. M., Humphreys G.S., Wilkinson, M. T., Fink, D., Hesse, P. P., Doerr, S. H., Shakesby, R. A.,Wallbrink, P. J., Blake W. H.(2007). Contemporary versus long-termdenudation along a passive plate margin: the role of extreme events. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 32(7),1013-1031 ISSN: 0197-9337

20.    Shakesby R.A., Wallbrink P.J., Doerr S.H., English P.M., ChaferC.J., Humphreys G.S., Blake W.H.,Tomkins K.M. (2007). Distinctiveness of wildfire effects on soil erosion insouth-east Australian eucalypt forests assessed in a global context. Forest Ecology and Management 238, 347–364. ISSN: 0378-1127

19.    Blake, W. H., I. G. Droppo, G. S. Humphreys, S. H.Doerr, R. A. Shakesby, and P. J. Wallbrink (2007), Structural characteristicsand behavior of fire-modified soil aggregates, Journal of Geophysical Research, 112, F02020, doi:10.1029/2006JF000660.

18.    Blake, W.H., Walsh, R.P.D., Reed, J., Barnsley, M.J. and Smith J. (2007)Impacts of landscape remediation on theheavy metal pollution dynamics of a lake surrounded by non-ferrous smelterwaste. Environmental Pollution, 148,268-280

17.    Blake, W.H., Walsh, R.P.D., Sayer, A.M. & Bidin, K. (2006). Quantifyingfine-sediment sources in primary and selectively-logged rainforest catchmentsusing geochemical tracers. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution: Focus 6: 615–623. ISSN 1567-7230

16.   Owens, P.N., Blake, W.H. & Petticrew, E.L. (2006). Changes in sediment sources following wildfire in mountainousterrain: a paired-catchment approach, British Columbia, Canada. Water, Air and Soil Pollution: Focus 6:637–645. ISSN 1567-7230

15.    Blake W.H., Wallbrink, P.J., Doerr, S.H., Shakesby, R.A.,Humphreys, G.S., English, P., Wilkinson, S., (2006). Using geochemicalstratigraphy to indicate post-fire sediment and nutrient fluxes into a watersupply reservoir, Sydney, Australia. In: Rowan J. (Ed) Sediment Dynamics and the Hydromorphology of Fluvial Systems. IAHSPublication 306, pp 363-370, ISSN 0144-7815

14.  Blake, W.H., Wallbrink, P.J., Doerr, S.H., Shakesby, R.A. &Humphreys, G.S. 2006. Magnetic enhancement in fire-affected soil and itspotential for sediment-source ascription. EarthSurface Processes and Landforms 31, 249–264. ISSN: 0197-9337

13.   Doerr, S.H., Shakesby, R.A.,Blake, W.H., Chafer, C.J.,Humphreys, G.S., Wallbrink, P.J. (2006). Effects of differing wildfire severities on soil wettability andimplications for hydrological response. Journal of Hydrology. 319: 295-311 ISSN: 0022-1694

12.   Blake, W.H., Droppo, I.G., Wallbrink P.J., Doerr, S.H., Shakesby,R.A., Humphreys, G.S. (2005).  Impacts ofwildfire on effective sediment particle size: implications for post-firesediment budgets. In: Walling D.E. and Horowitz A. J. (Eds) Sediment Budgets 1. IAHS Publication291, 143-150. ISBN 1-901502-87-2

11.   Wallbrink, P.J., Blake, W.H., Doerr, S.H., Shakesby,R.A., Humphreys, G.S., English, P. (2005). Using tracer based sediment budgets to assess redistribution of soil andorganic material after severe bush fires. In: Walling D.E. and Horowitz A. J.(Eds) Sediment Budgets 2. IAHSPublication 292 223-230.  ISBN1-901502-92-9

10.  Doerr, S.H., Blake, W.H., , Shakesby, R.A.,Stagnitti, F., Vuurens, S.H., Humphreys, G.S. & Wallbrink, P. , 2004, Heating effects on water repellencyin Australian eucalypt forest soils and their value in estimating wildfire soiltemperatures.  International Journalof Wildland Fire, 13(2), 157-163,  ISSN: 1049-8001

9.    Blake, W.H., Wallbrink, P.J., Doerr, S.H., Shakesby, R.A. &Humphreys, G.S., 2004, Sediment redistribution following wildfire in the Sydneyregion, Australia: a mineral magnetic tracing approach. In: Golosov V., BelayevV. and Walling D.E. (eds) SedimentTransfer through the Fluvial System, IAHS Publication 288, pp 52-59 ISBN 1-901502-67-8

8.       Shakesby, R.A., Chafer,C., Doerr, S.H., Blake, W.H.,Humphreys, G.S. and Wallbrink, P.J. (2003). Fire severity, water repellencycharacteristics and hydrogeomorphological changes following the Christmas 2001Sydney forest fires.  Australian Geographer. 34, 147-175

7.       Blake, W.H., Walsh, R.P.D. andBarnsley, M.J. (2003).  Relating mineralmagnetic measurements to sediment quality in a remediated, contaminatedcatchment: the significance of heavy metal delivery mode and water-sedimentexchange dynamics in a small urban lake. Journal Physique, 107, 193 – 196

6.    Blake, W.H., Walsh, R.P.D., Barnsley, M.J., Palmer, G.,Dyrynda, P. and James, J.G. (2003) Impacts of storm flow on heavy metalconcentrations in a small industrialised catchment. Hydrological Processes, 17, 1923-1939

5.     Blake, W.H., Walling, D.E. and He, Q. (2002).  The use of 7Be as a tracer insediment budget investigations.  Geografiska Annaler 84A(2), 89 – 102

4.      Walling, D.E., He, Q. and Blake, W.H., 2000.  River floodplains as phosphorus sinks.  TheRole of Erosion and Sediment Transport in Nutrient and Contaminant Transfer.IAHS Publ. No. 263: 211-218.

3.      Walling, D.E., He, Q. and Blake, W.H., 1999.  Use of 7Be and 137Csmeasurements to document short- and medium-term rates of water-induced soilerosion on agricultural land.  Water Resources Research 35 (12):3865-3874.

2.       Blake, W.H., Walling, D.E. and He, Q. 1999.  Fallout 7Be as a tracer in soilerosion investigations.  Applied Radiation and Isotopes 51:599-605.

1.     Blake, W.H., Plater, A.J. and Boyle, J.  1998. Seasonal trends in the uranium-series characteristics of contemporarywaters and sediment from Hawes Water, Cumbria, UK. Journal of Palaeolimnology 20: 1-14.