Bernard Dudley measuring water quality on the River Tay, Scotland

Bernard Dudley surveying aquatic plants at Grasmere, Lake District, UK

Dr Bernard Dudley

Environmental Chemist

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Bush Estate
EH26 0QB
T: +44 (0)131 4454343
F: +44 (0)131 4453943
E-mail: Dr Bernard Dudley

Research interests

  • Nutrient dynamics in lakes and estuaries
  • Database development and analysis of large biological datasets
  • The use of aquatic plants as indicators of water quality

Current Research

Long-term monitoring of Loch Leven

The EU WISER project

European Aquatic Plants Taxa List


River Tay Research

I am leading a project which surveys the River Tay and its estuary at least quarterly by boat, sampling at 10 sites between Perth and Broughty Ferry. The primary aim of this project is to quantify nutrient processing (nitrogen, phosphorus and carbon) along this part of the river. It is thought that microbial processes are likely to remove nitrate from the water, converting it into inert nitrogen gas, a process called denitrification. This means that less nitrate is transported to the North Sea, so the river and estuary would be performing a cleaning function. It is also possible that this process results in the production of a highly effective greenhouse gas, nitrous oxide.

Results of this project will be posted soon.




Past projects

Brief CV

  • 2005 onwards: Environmental Chemist, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Edinburgh research site
  • 2004-2005: Biochemistry Research Technician, Institute of Molecular Plant Sciences, University of Edinburgh
  • 1997-2003: University of Western Australia. Ph.D: The role of benthic vegetation as a nutrient buffer in coastal lagoons
  • 1993-1997: University of Queensland, Australia. B.Sc. (Hons 1), Botany, Ecology, Chemistry
Selected publications

For all CEH publications, see the NERC Open Research Archive.

Also see my ResearcherID profile