PhD: Working with natural processes to restore lake habitats
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I graduated from Durham University in 2016 with a degree in Biology-Geography joint honours within Natural Sciences. As part of my final year studies I completed my dissertation assessing the impact of historic metal mining on stream chemistry and riparian biodiversity in Yorkshire Dales. This project involved the collection of water, sediment and vegetation samples, for lab metal analysis, as well as ecological data recording across two upstream catchments.
My interest in freshwater ecology and water chemistry was inspirred by this research project and for my PhD I am continuing within this field. The PhD aims to examine the innovative use of hydrological flushing as a measure to restore eutrophic stratifying lakes, using a novel restoration project carried out at Elterwater lake. I will be using a variety of field, lab and modelling approaches to quantify the impact of hydrological flushing in lakes on lake ecology and cycling of phosphorus and to assess the potential for using this technique for the restoration of other lake ecosystems.