MSc Freshwater and Coastal Science, QMUL (2012)
BSc Veterinary Science, RVC (2009)
Start Date: 6th October 2014
3B124C Cottrell Building
Biological & Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Natural Sciences
University of Stirling
Stirling, Scotland, FK9 4LA
Linkages between riparian invasive plants, hydromorphology and salmonid fish in Scottish rivers.
This project will study the effects of riparian invasive plants on the salmonid and invertebrate populations in rivers, and the mechanisms through which these effects operate.
The project aims specifically to identify the influence of riparian invasive plants on the abundance, age structure and persistence of native juvenile salmonid populations. Furthermore, the impacts of riparian plant type and cover on fluvial hydromorphology and local habitat suitability will be assessed. The mechanisms underpinning these changes will be identified and linked to the presence of riparian invasive plants where possible. The reversibility of these mechanisms will also be assessed.