Helen Jarvie

Professor of Water and Global Environmental Change

Dr. Jarvie
EV1-313, ext. 41313

Helen’s main research interests are in river-system biogeochemistry, with particular emphasis on nutrient (phosphorus, P, and nitrogen, N) cycling, eutrophication, and water quality, from watershed to global perspectives.

Research Interests:

Helen's research explores the drivers of eutrophication and water-quality impairment; and how improved nutrient stewardship and safeguarding the functional integrity of our rivers and their watersheds can help build resilience in water-quality and water-resource security, within the context of climate variability and land-use change.  Given that society is reliant on P to grow our food, and that phosphate rock is a non-renewable resource, Helen's research also explores how improved P stewardship can help ensure future food security and meet water-quality goals.

Helen’s research informs water-quality policy and decision-making, and addresses major societal challenges related to sustainable use of water and nutrient resources; managing environmental change and resilience; and improving society’s environmental legacy.

Helen is an Adjunct (Visiting) Professor in Fluvial Sciences at the University of Arkansas, USA; a Visiting Professor in Environmental Chemistry at Plymouth University, UK; and a Visiting Professor in Water Quality Science at the University of Tokyo, Japan. Helen is also a UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology Fellow.

Selected recent publications:

  • Jarvie, H.P., Sharpley, A.N., Flaten. D., Kleinman, P.J.A. (2019).  Phosphorus Mirabilis: Illuminating the Past and Future of Phosphorus Stewardship. Journal of Environmental Quality 48 doi:10.2134/jeq2019.07.0266.
  • Jarvie, H.P., Flaten, D., Sharpley, A.N., Kleinman, P.J.A., Healy, M.G., King, S.M. (2019).  Future Phosphorus: Advancing New ‘2D’ P Allotropes and Growing a Sustainable Bioeconomy.  Journal of Environmental Quality 48 doi:10.2134/jeq2019.03.0135.
  • Smith, D.R., Jarvie, H.P., Harmel, D., Haney, R.L. (2019).  The Role of Field-Scale Management on Soil and Surface Runoff C/N/P Stoichiometry. Journal of Environmental Quality. doi:10.2134/jeq2018.09.0338.
  • Smith, D.R., Macrae, M.L., Kleinman, P.J.A., Jarvie, H.P., King, K.W. Bryant, R.B. (2019).  The Latitudes, Attitudes and Platitudes of Watershed Phosphorus Management in North America. Journal of Environmental Quality. doi:10.2134/jeq2019.03.0136.
  • Jiang, S., Hua, H., Sheng, H., Jarvie, H.P., Liu, X., Zhang, Y., Yuan, Z. (2019).  Phosphorus footprint in China over the 1961-2050 period: Historical perspective and future prospect.  Science of the Total Environment, 650, 687-695. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.09.064.
  • Jarvie, H.P., Smith, D.R., Norton, L.R., Edwards, F., et al (2018).  Phosphorus and Nitrogen Limitation and Impairment of Headwater Streams Relative to Rivers in Great Britain: A National Perspective on Eutrophication.  Science of the Total Environment, 621 doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.11.128.
  • Jarvie, H.P., Sharpley, A.N., Kresse T, et al. (2018). Coupling high-frequency stream metabolism and nutrient monitoring to explore biogeochemical controls on downstream nitrate delivery. Environmental Science & Technology 52 doi: 10.1021/acs.est.8b03074.
  • Smith D.R., and Jarvie, H.P. (2018).  Carbon, Nitrogen, and Phosphorus Stoichiometric Response to Hydrologic Extremes in a Tributary to Lake Erie, USA.  Agricultural and Environmental Letters 3 doi: 10.2134/ael2018.08.0043.
  • Jarvie, H.P., Johnson, L.T., Sharpley, A.N., Smith D.R., Baker D.B., Bruulsema, T.W., Confesor, R. (2017).  Increased Soluble Phosphorus Loads to Lake Erie: Unintended Consequences of Conservation Practices? Journal of Environmental Quality, 46, 123-132. doi:10.2134/jeq2016.07.0248.
  • Jarvie, H.P., King S.M., Neal, C. (2017). Inorganic carbon dominates total dissolved carbon concentrations and fluxes in British rivers: Application of the THINCARB model - THermodynamic Modelling of INorganic Carbon in freshwaters. Science of the Total Environment, 575, 496-512. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.08.201.
  • Smith D.R., Jarvie, H.P., Bowes, M.J. (2017). Carbon, Nitrogen, and Phosphorus Stoichiometry and Eutrophication in River Thames Tributaries, UK. Agricultural & Environmental Letters, doi:10.2134/ael2017.06.0020.
  • Powers, S.M., Bruulsema, T.W., Burt, T.P., Chan, N.I., Elser, J.J., Haygarth P.M., Howden, N.J.K., Jarvie, H.P., Lyu, Y., Peterson, H.M., Sharpley A.N., Shen, J., Worrall F., and Zhang F. (2016).  Long-term accumulation and transport of anthropogenic phosphorus in three river basins. Nature Geoscience DOI: 10.1038/NGEO2693.
  • MacDonald, G.K., Jarvie, H.P., Withers, P.J.A, Doody, D.G., et al (2016). Guiding phosphorus stewardship for multiple ecosystem services. Ecosystem Health & Sustainability. DOI: 10.1002/ehs2.1251.
  • Worrall F., Jarvie, H.P., Howden. N.J.K., Burt, T.P. (2016).  The fluvial flux of total reactive and total phosphorus from the UK in the context of a national phosphorus budget: comparing UK river fluxes with phosphorus trade imports and exports. Biogeochemistry. DOI 10.1007/s10533-016-0238-0.
  • Jarvie, H.P., Sharpley, A.N., Flaten, D., Kleinman, P.J.A., Jenkins, A., Simmons, T. (2015).  The Pivotal Role of Phosphorus in a Resilient Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus. Journal of Environmental Quality, 44, 1049–1062. doi:10.2134/jeq2015.01.0030.