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Professor of Aquatic Science, University of Leeds

I am Professor of Aquatic Science. Within the River Basin Processes and Management research group, I lead research on river ecosystems and aquatic ecology. Through my research I aim to increase understanding of how aquatic ecosystem biodiversity and functional processes respond to environmental change.

I am a freshwater ecologist with a particular interest in river ecosystems. My work crosses several research fields (population and community ecology, hydrology and geomorphology). I am particularly interested in river ecosystems in cold regions (alpine, arctic), the effects of catchment management (e.g. artificial drainage, vegetation burning, environmental-flows) on rivers, and aquatic food webs. Administratively, I have previously held the roles of Director of Research and led the school’s submission to REF2021.


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    Professor of Aquatic Science, University of Leeds