Inaugural Lecture - Professor Paul Wood
- 21 March 2018
- 5pm (light refreshments from 4:30pm)
- Lecture Theatre U.0.20, Brockington Extension
About this event
The early 21st Century has seen a rapid rise in interdisciplinary research which transcends traditional academic subject boundaries.
Research conducted at the interface of hydrology and ecology has resulted in significant advances in understanding how plants and animals are influenced by natural hydrological variability and the effects of anthropogenic pressures such as pollution events or abstraction demands.
Drawing on examples from aquatic invertebrate communities which inhabit river, cave and pond habitats, this lecture will explore how these communities respond to hydrological extremes (droughts and floods) and the pressures associated with society’s ever-growing need for water. Mitigating these pressures is a contemporary research imperative that requires the management and conservation of the environment, its natural resources (including water, fisheries and wildlife) and the ecosystem services that it provides.
Ongoing research is extending this approach to encompass artificial man-made habitats (canals and ditches) which provide novel conservation opportunities. This research is essential for the sustainable management of freshwater ecosystems in the face of ongoing environmental change.