PhD Topic/Title: Diatom community dynamics: assessing the impacts of hydrology, climate change and pollution for sustainable water resource management.


His research, as part of Loughborough University’s Changing Environments and Infrastructure challenge, aims to assess trends in ecological responses by a major group of primary producers to water management strategies, climate change and engineering infrastructure. Diatoms are highly sensitive to changes in environmental conditions, making them a valuable tool to assess the quality, structure and functioning of aquatic ecosystems. By exploring the ecological dynamics (e.g. persistence, turnover, succession, and invasion) at both long and short timescales, this research will have direct application to questions of ecological restoration of and management of UK lowland rivers.