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Paul Hudson

Associate Professor

Dr. P.F. Hudson
+31 70 800 9330

Extension number: 8730


Paul Hudson is Associate Professor of Physical Geography. Paul was raised in the rich cultural landscape of the American Deep South, and lived in Florida, Louisiana, and Texas. Paul joined LUC after fourteen years in the Department of Geography & Environment at the University of Texas at Austin, and after two years at Amsterdam University College (UvA). At UT Austin Hudson served as Graduate Adviser and Chair of the Graduate Committee, founder and Director of the Digital Landscape Laboratory, and co-Director and Director of the Geomorphology & Geoarchaeology Laboratory. At LUC Hudson serves as co-Director of the Research Centre, and formerly headed the sciences program as Director of Studies (BSc), as well as serving as Chair of the Programme Board, Senior Tutor, Capstone Coordinator, and as a member of the College Board and Faculty Board.

Hudson’s scholarly interests concerns environmental change of large coastal plain rivers through the lens of physical geography, and geomorphology and hydrology in particular. His research utilizes a field based approach augmented with GISc mapping and analysis of satellite imagery and historic cartography. In broad terms Hudson’s research investigates human impacts on the environment, and specifically he examines flooding, soil erosion, river adjustment, sediment transport, as well as the management of floodplain environments. As a geomorphologist his research is both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, and Hudson has collaborated with archaeologists, biologists, geographers, historians, geologists and engineers. Hudson has research projects in the Netherlands (Rhine delta), eastern Mexico, Texas, and along the Lower Mississippi River in Louisiana and Mississippi. Prior funding has come from government agencies, U.S. National Science Foundation, and U.S. Fulbright.

Hudson has provided expert advice concerning environmental water resources across a range of governmental scales; community, state, and national, including Dutch parliament (tweede kamer).


Academic Expertise:

  • Human impacts on the environment
  • Hydrology and flooding
  • GIS
  • Mississippi River
  • Lowland rivers
  • Geomorphology
  • Historic landscapes
  • Floodplain management


  • Water Resources and River Management
  • Earth Systems Science
  • Advanced GIS
  • Water, Policy and the Environment


Associate Professor

  • Faculty Governance and Global Affairs
  • Leiden University College

Work address

Anna van Buerenplein
Anna van Buerenplein 301
2595 DG The Hague
Room number 4.41



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