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I am currently a Research Associate in the Department of Geography, Loughborough University, UK, working with Professor Rob Wilby on the thermal dynamics of rivers and with Professor Stephen Rice on the interactions between aquatic animals on their environment.

Previous post-doctoral positions include working with Professor Stephen Rice as part of the wider HYDRALAB IV project. I was involved in editing a comprehensive critical review of the interaction between benthic organisms and physical processes in aquatic environments. I also compiled an online database of academic articles that focus on the modification of aquatic environments by macroinvertebrates which can be found at the HYDRALAB tab to the left.

In July 2007, I started a PhD at Loughborough University, supervised by Professor Stephen Rice and Professor Ian Reid. The aim of my PhD was to quantify the impact of signal crayfish on fluvial gravel substrates and to determine how crayfish activity alters the geomorphic, hydraulic and sedimentary processes operating at the substrate surface. This research involved both laboratory flume and field components, details of which can be found under the research tab to the left. This research has since been published in a number of papers found under the publications tab to the left and has been selected for summary as a 'News and Views' article in Nature Geoscience (available here).

I am originally from St.Ives, Cambridgeshire, UK. I graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2005 with a BSc Geography degree. I then undertook an MSc at Loughborough University to link my interests in fluvial geomorphology and ecology. My MSc dissertation focused on the extent to which caddisfly larvae can influence the movement of substrate material by binding together gravel grains with silk. Details of this research can be found under the research tab to the left and it has been published in Earth Surface Processes and Landforms (available here). I subsequently took a year off from academia to work for Greenwillows Associates environmental consultancy, surveying and trapping legally protected species including badgers, great crested newts and reptiles. Photographs I took during this period are shown to the right or can be seen, along with photographs from my research, at my web-album found here.

The Armfield custom flume with PIV system at Loughborough University, Department of Geography, Hydraulics Laboratory. Experiments on the movement of gravel by signal crayfish were undertaken in this flume.

Me catching crayfish (under licence) in a local river with a crayfish trap. Photograph by Loughborough University Photography.