Department of Life Sciences

Visiting address
2073 Parkstead House, Whitelands
Contact

Phone: +44 (0)20 8392 3456

Research interests

  • Hyporheic zone ecology
  • Groundwater Ecology
  • Colonisation and succession of microcrustacean communities in new streams
  • Population dynamics of lotic meiofauna

Research projects

RECENT GRANTS AWARDED:

RC-UK- CONFAP 2015 Comparing community size patterns and food web structure in eutrophic temperate and sub-tropical freshwater systems. (£75,000)

EC 2014 'HypoTRAIN: Hyporheic Zone Processes - A training network for enhancing the understanding of complexphysical, chemical and biological process interactions. 641939. >€3,000,000 (RU: €273,000)

2014 NERC research grant NE/M005151/1 'Groundwater flooding: Groundwater community recovery following an extreme recharge event'.

BGS joint research studentship Geological controls on groundwater fauna

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation (£76,000) 2008
Discovering the distribution and habitat requirements of groundwater animals in southwest England and Wales
Environment Agency (£7,000) 2008
Meiofaunal and zooplankton community development in the Jubilee River
Environment Agency (£14,500) 2007
Review of sub-surface ecology in England & Wales.
NERC CASE studentship (in partnership with Environment Agency) 2007
Towards an understanding of hydrogeologic controls on lowland hyporheic assemblages in the UK.
NERC research grant NE/E004 148/1v (£10878) 2006
The influence of major flood disturbance on river ecosystem evolution trajectories in recently deglaciated terrain (FLOODRESET)
Environment Agency (£45,000) 2003-2007
Meiofaunal and zooplankton community development in the Jubilee River

Teaching

PHD STUDENTS

Marie-Claire Danner

Effects of multiple anthropogenic stressors on freshwater ecosystems

Ignacio Peralta-Maraver

Hypotrain (MSCA-ITN): Links between productivity, flow paths and hotspots/ moments in the hyporheic zone

Damiano Weitowitz

Geological controls on groundwater fauna

FORMER STUDENTS

Octavian Pacioglu (awarded 2012)
Hyporheic assemblages and diffuse nitrate pollution in chalk river ecosystems.

Mark Dunscombe (awarded 2012)
Towards an understanding of hydrogeologic controls on lowland hyporheic assemblages in the UK.

Astrid Willener (awarded 2014)
The biomechanics and energetics of a common behaviour in poorly-adapted species: analyses of pedestrian locomotion in penguins.

Mike McDermott (awarded 2005)
Colonisation and succession of lotic meiofauna following glacial recession.

Roger Baker (awarded 2006)
Colonisation and succession of meiofauna in the Jubilee River

Barbara Hancock (awarded 2008)
The physical and biological factors affecting meiofauna in the Jubilee River

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