Details of my research can be found by clicking on the links below or those under the research tab in the navigation window to the left.

I have an interest in how animals alter the physical environment, predominately in rivers, and the difficulties in assessing the relative significance and scale of such effects. Research includes how crayfish destabilise river beds and promote the transport of fine sediment and how caddisfly larvae spin silk threads that bind river bed material together. The work has been predominantly undertaken in collaboration with Prof. Steve Rice (Loughborough University) and the Environment Agency.
Caddisfly silk flourescing under UV light
Thermal dynamics of rivers
I am working with Prof. Rob Wilby (Loughborough University) on the thermal dynamics of rivers using a distributed array of temperature sensors (LUTEN). The ultimate aim of the data network is to identify simple landscape metrics that can be used to assess the vulnerability of specific river reaches to temperature change.
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Animal interactions with fluvial landscapes
I am interested in how animals interact with fluvial environments. Research includes tracking radio-tagged signal crayfish through river reaches and relating their activity to changing water temperature and flow depth. I am also interested in measuring the environmental phenomena that animals can directly perceive using their sensory organs in order to better understand how animals make informed decisions in rivers.
A PIT-tagged signal crayfish