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My current role at CEH requires expertise in phytoplankton identification and ecology, as well as knowledge of the complex interactions acting within freshwater ecosystems. Much of my work is strongly linked to the EU Water Framework directive, using phytoplankton metrics as indicators of water quality. My main research interests involve how freshwater ecosystems respond to changing environmental and climatic conditions, in order to better understand how these systems should be managed. I am also interested in the application of technology to ecological monitoring including the use of sonar for vegetation mapping; satellite imagery of algal blooms; and flow cytometry applications for phytoplankton enumeration. I am highly involved in the long-term monitoring project at Loch Leven; including fieldwork, sample analysis and data recording. I have also worked on the EU projects REFORM (REstoring rivers FOR effective catchment management) and MARS (Managing Aquatic ecosystems and water Resources under multiple stress) looking at the impact of multiple stressors on algal growth in river and lake environments. Other recent projects include the assessment of ecological responses in lake restoration studies involving the control of phosphorous cycling in lakes; application and validation of satellite data for sensing algal blooms (Globolakes); assessment of the links between lake quality and ecosystem service provision (OpenNESS).
MSc Advanced methods in taxonomy and biodiversity (2012) - Imperial College London & Natural History Museum, London
BSc Hons. Biological Sciences (2010) - University of Edinburgh