Colin Brown



Colin Brown was appointed to a Chair in Environmental Science in September 2004 and was Head of the Department of Environment and Geography at the University of York (2010-2015). He has more than 25 years' experience of research into agricultural systems, including the fate and effects of organic contaminants in the environment and systems research framed by mathematical modelling. Current research focuses on integrated catchment management, working within the Water Friendly Farming platform to design and test interventions that deliver co-benefits for downstream flood risk, sediment delivery to water, as well as water quality (nutrients, pesticides) and aquatic biodiversity. Colin has advised UK Government through membership of the Advisory Committee on Pesticides and chairing its Environmental Panel. He has chaired a European working group on Environmental Risk Assessment, and the BioResources Group of the Society of Chemical Industry. He Chairs the conference on Pesticide Behaviour in Soils, Water and Air held every four years in York. Colin is Associate Dean (Research) within the Faculty of Sciences (2015-2019).


Professor in Environmental Science University of York
PhD Newcastle
BSc Leeds

Brown, Colin

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Prof. Colin Brown
Department of Environment and Geography
University of York
YO10 5NG

Tel: 01904 324322