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Matthew Hill graduated from Loughborough University in 2011 with a first class Honours degree in Geography. He completed his PhD at Loughborough University, which examined the macroinvertebrate diversity of pond habitats and quantified the relative influence of local environmental and spatial parameters influencing community structure across a range of pond types. Matt’s PhD also provided direct evidence of the conservation value of ponds, and practical management recommendations at a local and landscape scale. The PhD was supervised by Professor Paul Wood and Dr David Ryves. After completing his PhD, Matt moved to the University of Worcester to undertake postdoctoral research with Dr Victoria Milner. This research examined the biodiversity and the organisation of metacommunities in intermittent rivers. In particular, this research focused on the total biodiversity (incorporating lotic, ponding and terrestrial taxa) of intermittent rivers to inform conservation and management strategies, and the community assembly processes driving metacommunity structure in intermittent rivers. Matt joined the University of Huddersfield as a Lecturer in Geography in April 2018.

Research Expertise and Interests

Matt is an ecohydrologist whose research focuses on aquatic systems, ranging from meta-ecosystem structure and functioning, to the biotic and abiotic processes influencing taxonomic and functional biodiversity in aquatic systems. Specifically, Matts research focuses on the landscape-scale biodiversity patterns and ecosystem functioning of aquatic habitats in urban areas.

Matt also has research interests in biodiversity conservation and management. In particular, he examines the landscape-scale conservation and management of aquatic networks, and how conservation policy and practice in urban areas can be adapted to reflect the multifunctionality of pond networks.

Ongoing research projects include: (1) quantifying the spatial dynamics of pondscapes using small unmanned aerial systems and structure from motion photogrammetry; (2) freshwater metacommunities in urban landscapes and (3) examining the importance of domestic garden ponds for wildlife conservation and aquatic biodiversity.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Aquatic habitats
  • Community ecology
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Macroinvertebrates
  • Beta-diversity
  • Ecosystem services
  • Urban landscapes
  • Temporary habitats

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Research Output

Urban ponds as an aquatic biodiversity resource in modified landscapes

Hill, M., Biggs, J., Thornhill, I., Briers, R., Gledhill, D., White, J., Wood, P. & Hassall, C., Mar 2017, In : Global Change Biology. 23, 3, p. 986-999 14 p.

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  • 63 Citations (Scopus)

    The functional response and resilience in small waterbodies along land‐use and environmental gradients

    Thornhill, I., Biggs, J., Hill, M., Briers, R., Gledhill, D., Wood, P., Gee, J., Ledger, M. & Hassall, C., 1 Jul 2018, In : Global Change Biology. 24, 7, p. 3079–3092 14 p.

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    Open Access
  • 6 Citations (Scopus)

    Community heterogeneity of aquatic macroinvertebrates in urban ponds at a multi-city scale

    Hill, M., Biggs, J., Thornhill, I., Briers, R., Ledger, M., Gledhill, D., Wood, P. & Hassall, C., Jan 2018, In : Landscape Ecology. 33, 3, p. 389-405 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 6 Citations (Scopus)

    Effects of dispersal mode on the environmental and spatial correlates of nestedness and species turnover in pond communities

    Hill, M. J., Heino, J., Thornhill, I., Ryves, D. B. & Wood, P., 1 Nov 2017, In : Oikos. 126, 11, p. 1575-1585 11 p.

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    Open Access
  • 44 Citations (Scopus)

    New policy directions for global pond conservation

    Hill, M., Hassall, C., Oertli, B., Fahrig, L., Robson, B., Biggs, J., Samways, M., Usio, N., Takamura, N., krishnaswamy, J. & Wood, P., 10 Oct 2018, In : Conservation Letters. 11, 5, 8 p., e12447.

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    Open Access
  • 21 Citations (Scopus)


    • 2 PhD Examination
    • 2 Grant peer-review
    • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
    • 1 Invited talk

    Austrian Science Fund

    Matthew Hill (Participant)
    3 Feb 2020

    Activity: Other activity typesGrant peer-review

    Abiotic and biotic drivers of African aquatic insect distribution

    Matthew Hill (Examiner)
    18 Dec 2019

    Activity: Examination typesPhD Examination

    Preserving urban biodiversity: the role of urban ponds

    Matthew Hill (Speaker)
    8 Nov 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    NERC Standard Grant

    Matthew Hill (Participant)
    3 Oct 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesGrant peer-review

    Pond ecology and conservation in the Anthropocene

    Matthew Hill (Organiser)
    2 May 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Press / Media

    Fates of humans and insects intertwined, warn scientists

    Matthew Hill


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research