Professional summary

Research Interests

  • Understanding the causes and consequences of environmental change in lakes. I am interested in both the short-term dynamics and long-term patterns of change seen in lakes. I contribute to work on the CEH Cumbrian Lakes long-term monitoring programme and UKLEON automatic monitoring buoy network investigating linkages between physical, chemical and biological components of the lake ecosystem. In particular, I am interested in the role of mixing processes on biogeochemical cycles and their consequences for plankton communities. I am also part of the DOMAINE project, looking at the role of organic nutrients in supporting algal growth in rivers.
  • Spatial and temporal dynamics of lake plankton communities. I am interested in how and why plankton communities change across the lake surface, through the water column and over time. I am involved in a UK assessment of the drivers phenological change in a range of terrestrial, freshwater and marine habitats and am also contributing to the spatial analysis of phytoplankton communities in the GLOBOLAKES project.
  • Responses of lake ecosystems to restoration. Dealing with the legacy of nutrient enrichment has led to the development of a range of tools for restoring lake ecosystems. I am interested in the efficacy and impact that these measures have on lake ecosystems.

Brief CV

  • 2016 to present: Freshwater nutrient ecologist at CEH Lancaster
  • 2013 to 2016: Research Associate Freshwater Ecology at CEH Lancaster
  • 2011 to 2013: PDRA at Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University
  • 2007 to 2011: Doctorial student jointly supervised by Lancaster University and CEH Lancaster


  • 2011 PhD in Geography awarded by Lancaster University
  • 2004 MSc Distinction in Transport Planning awarded by University of Leeds
  • 2002 BSc (Hons) First class in Physical Geography awarded by Lancaster University

Panels, committees and memberships

  • Member of the British Ecological Society
  • Member of the British Phycological Society