Implementing a conceptual model of physical and chemical soil profile evolution

Mike Kirkby receiveda PhD in Geomorphology from Cambridge University in 1963. Following some time in the USA and at Bristol University, he was held the Chair in Physical Geography at University of Leeds since 1973, and is now Emeritus. He has worked on geomorphological and hydrological processes, primarily through the development of mathematical and numerical models, applied to runoff generation (TOPMODEL), landform and soil profile development, peat mires and soil erosion (PESERA). He is a fellow the AGU and has been awarded the Founder’s medal of the UK Royal Geographical Society and the John Dalton Medal of the EGU.  During the last 20 years he has taken part in a number of EU-funded projects, principally on desertification (MEDALUS, DESIRE), and also on water harvesting, dryland river ecology and Ecosystem Services.  He has published over 100 refereed journal articles, co-written/co-edited ten books and was Managing Editor of the journal Earth Surface Processes and Landforms from 1976-2007.  He is married with 4 children and ten grand-children.