Professor Nigel Willby

Professor & Associate Dean of Research

Biological and Environmental Sciences University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Professor Nigel Willby

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Senior Lecturer PhD - Liverpool 1994BSc - Liverpool 1989 Examples of recent and current projects

Plant Conservation in the Restoration of the Montgomery Canal to Navigation. British Waterways. Assessment of hydrological consequences of beaver reintroduction to Knapdale, Scotland. (with D.J. Gilvear, SBES) Scottish Natural Heritage. Ecological performance of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems. Scottish Water. Developing a WFD tool for classifying the Ecological Status of Rivers and Lakes using macrophytes. (with Ulster University and CEH) Environment Agency/SNIFFER. Environmental controls on the ecology of the River Tummel shingle islands reserve. (with D. J. Gilvear) Scottish Wildlife Trust. Influence of connectivity on regenerative strategies of aquatic plants in floodplain wetlands. NERC. Development of a Water Framework Directive compliant tool for the ecological classification of canals. SNIFFER. Development of hydromorphological indices for lakes and rivers using aquatic plants, SNIFFER Intercalibration of macrophyte-based classifications of rivers and lakes in the UK with other European countries. Environment Agency. Risk assessment of populations of Crassula helsmii in Scotland. Scottish Natural Heritage. Reconciling macrophyte and diatom-based classifications of ecological status in UK rivers. Environment Agency. Establishing comparability criteria for the intercalibration of ecological status according to national methods. European Union. The Scottish Beaver Trial: Survey of the aquatic and semi-aquatic macrophytes of the lochs, 2009-2014 and assessment of beaver impacts. Scottish Natural Heritage. Historical changes in the aquatic vegetation of lowland lakes in Britain (Natural England, Broads Authority, EA and University funded studentship; PhD student Gen Madgwick) Ecology of hyporheic invertebrate communities in Scottish gravel bed rivers. (Scottish Natural Heritage and University funded studentship; PhD student David Pryce) Channel change, backwater evolution and plant diversity in mobile rivers (University of Stirling; PhD student Antoine Keruzore) Impacts of possible beaver reintroduction on riparian woody species and aquatic vegetation (NERC studentship with case support from Scottish Natural Heritage; PhD student Kevin Jones) Geomorphic stability and biological recovery of engineered river channels (University and Scottish Coal supported studentship; PhD student Charles Perfect).

Teaching Undergraduate Teaching BIO6PE: Plant Ecology ENVT5: Environmental Techniques ENVE4: The Biosphere ENV8RE: Restoration Ecology Postgraduate Teaching MSc Environmental Management – Course Director ENMP21: Environmental Systems and Assessment ENMP08: Catchment Management (co-ordinator) ENMP17: Field Techniques for Environmental Managers (co-ordinator) External Activities and Recognition

NERC Junior Fellow1999-2002 NERC peer review college Member of the Editorial Board of the international journals Freshwater Biology and Aquatic Conservation: Marine & Freshwater Ecosystems. Co-organiser of the August 2006 International Conference’ Advances in Hydroecology and River Research and Applications’ Member of working group on future priorities for Freshwater Science in the UK. Member of several technical advisory groups and expert panels on implementation of Water Framework Directive in the UK External examiner at University College London (MSc) Recipient of Innovation award (jointly with Dave Gilvear, SBES) to establish a Centre for Research in River Ecosystem Science specialising in knowledge transfer activities and linking pure and applied aquatic research.

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