MSc. Applied Ecology and Conservation, University of East Anglia (2012)
BSc. (hons) Ecology and Conservation, Manchester Metropolitan University(2010)
Dr Bryan Spears (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology)
Dr Nigel Willby (University of Stirling)
Dr Said Yasseri (Phoslock Water Solutions (UK) Ltd)
Dr Genevieve Madgwick (Natural England/Environment Agency)
Dr Iain Sime (Scottish Natural Heritage)
Start Date: 1st September 2014
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Assessing the use of geo-engineering and propagule loading for rapid macrophyte recovery in lakes
My project will investigate forced recovery from eutrophication in shallow lakes. Recovery in lakes following the reduction of catchment nutrient loading is all too often confounded by internal cycling of phosphorus. This ‘internal loading’ is a good example of a feedback mechanism which constrains ecological recovery following restoration. Phosphorus capping products have been developed to ‘switch off’ internal loading and can result in rapid improvements in chemical conditions of treated lakes. However, recovery of the underwater plant communities, important precursors to full ecological recovery, can take much longer. This project will examine the interactions between chemical and ecological recovery in lakes and develop innovative plant seed dispersal measures for speeding up recovery. The information produced will help to inform environmental regulators and conservation agencies of the potential to achieve ecological recovery in these notoriously resilient ecosystems.
Industrial CASE Studentship (NERC) with case enhancement provided by Phoslock Water Solutions (UK) Ltd.
|The macrophyte, Potamogeton perfoliatus, under the water surface in Loch Leven, Scotland.|