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International wetlands research

PhD success for Ted Hollis Scholarship and UCL Impact support

International wetlands research

Two Wetland Research Unit doctoral research projects were successfully examined on 15 December.

Dr Mohammed Rahman is the latest international scholar to complete PhD research supported by a UCL Ted Hollis Scholarship.

This scheme, in Wetland Hydrology & Conservation, was established in UCL Geography’s Wetland Research Unit as a result of a public appeal following the untimely death of its director, Dr Ted Hollis, in 1996.

Mohammed’s thesis, Modelling climate change impacts on the water regimes of the river-wetland systems in the data-scarce transboundary Upper Meghna River Basin (Bangladesh and India), develops a new wetland module for SWAT (Soil and Water Assessment Tool), the most widely used distributed model to assess the hydrological impacts of climate change.

The study was supervised by Dr Julian Thompson and Professor Roger Flower. During his time at UCL Mohammed also contributed to another of Julian’s NERC funded projects, on climate change and environmental flows in India and Bangladesh.

He has now returned to his lectureship at the Bangladesh Agricultural University, where he has secured international funding to develop the research further and maintain collaboration with UCL.

Meanwhile, the other Wetland Research Unit PhD project, completed by Dr Clare Duncan, was on Mangrove forest ecosystem services: biodiversity drivers, rehabilitation, and resilience to climate change.

Clare's work was funded by a UCL Impact studentship, in association with the Zoological Society of London Institute of Zoology. It focused on field-based methods in the Philippines and satellite remote sensing in West Africa and South East Asia to assess mitigation of the effects of climate change on mangroves.

Clare is moving to Australia (via the Philippines) to take up a post-doctoral research position at Deakin University.

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