Start Date: 1st October 2012
3A135, Cottrell Building
Biological & Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Natural Sciences
University of Stirling
Stirling, Scotland, FK9 4LA
tel: +44 (0)1786 467831
fax: +(44) 1786 467843
email: Anwen Bill
My interest and research focuses on the interrelated elements of lake/freshwater ecohydromorphology.
I am investigating how hydromorphological modifications of lakes, specifically; water level fluctuation (via water regulation activities), or shoreline modification, impact on lake littoral zones, and affect macrophyte structure and composition and littoral invertebrate communities.
The main objective of my research is to improve understanding of the empirical relationships between hydromorphological pressures and loch ecology. I am working with aquatic and shoreline vegetation and macroinvertebrates, as well as habitat quality parameters, to determine biological responses and sensitivities to such pressures. Though the stresses imposed by these activities are understood in principle, empirical research is sparse. For example little is known regarding the extent and scale of damage caused, which mechanisms are key and which system properties may offer resilience or impart sensitivity.
My work seeks to answer questions such as; how does biota respond to gradients of hydromorphological pressures? Are there interactive effects between biological groups? Which are the key mechanisms involved? Do responses/interactions vary predictably with nutrient levels? Also, if there are naturally occurring factors that may mitigate responses to these pressures?
I am currently in the second year of my PhD which is funded by SEPA.