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. I am also currently working on research projects with Professor Stephen Rice focused on the impacts of animals on fluvial substrates and a research project looking at environmental controls on sensory perception by animals.
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.
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.
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).