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Jennifer Adams

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Environmental Change Research Centre
Department of Geography
University College London
Pearson Building
Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT

 

Email: Jennifer.adams.13@ucl.ac.uk

Supervisors:
Prof. Anson W. Mackay (UCL)
Prof. Neil L. Rose (UCL)
Dr. George E. A. Swann (University of Nottingham)

 

Professional Affiliations:

British Phycological Society (BPS)

International Society for Diatom Research (ISDR)

International Society of Limnology (SIL)

British Ecological Society (BES)

American Geophysical Union (AGU)

International Paleolimnology Association (IPA)

Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)

Quaternary Research Association (QRA)

Royal Geographical Society (RGS)



Current Research

PhD Title: Multi-proxy reconstructions of recent environmental change: Anthropogenic and natural impacts on the Selenga River Delta, Lake Baikal, Siberia, a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance

Lake Baikal is a World Heritage Site, with high levels of biodiversity and endemicity. The Selenga River is the principal source of freshwater inflow to Lake Baikal, which enters the lake through a delta system. The Selenga Delta is internationally important for high levels of biodiversity, and is a globally important wetland for hundreds of species of migratory birds. However, the Selenga Delta is a particularly vulnerable ecosystem as it has experienced increased human impacts during the past 50 years. Contemporary threats to the Delta include run-off from agriculture, metal contamination from increased mining within the Selenga River Watershed, and climate change leading to decreased ice cover and thickness, already recorded on Lake Baikal.

As the Selenga Delta is a critical component of the Lake Baikal ecosystem, and plays an important role in maintaining the ecology of Lake Baikal, it is critical to discern between natural variability of the ecology of the Delta, and deviations from these conditions due to human disturbances. However until now no studies have sought to determine (i) the extent of historical pollution in the Selenga Delta region; (ii) how climate change and pollution may have disrupted ecological food-webs in the Delta.

The aims of my research are to determine the influence of human-mediated pressures within the Selenga River Watershed on the wetland ecosystem of the Selenga Delta, and to determine the sensitivity and resilience of the Delta wetlands to anthropogenic activities. Furthermore, my research will characterize the extent to which impacts on the Delta are transferred to Lake Baikal, one of the world’s most important lakes. To answer the aims of the project, the following objectives will be addressed:

1. Determine the historical variability of ecology and food-web dynamics of the Delta ecosystem utilizing remains of algae and aquatic insects;

2. Determine baseline (pre-1850 AD) levels of trace metals and contaminants in the Delta;

3. Define contemporary food-web dynamics and limnology of water bodies within the Delta ecosystem, correlating the contemporary ecology with reconstructed food-webs;

4. Define contemporary levels of trace metals throughout water bodies of the Delta.

This PhD is funded through a University College London – Overseas Research Scholarship to J.K.Adams; Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship – Doctoral (Canada) to J.K.Adams; Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund to J.K.Adams.

Fieldwork funding is through RGS-IBG Henrietta Hutton Research Grant to J.K.Adams; RGS-IBG Dudley Stamp Memorial Fund to J.K.Adams; QRA New Research Workers’ Award to J.K.Adams; UCL Graduate School Fund to J.K.Adams; NERC Grant to Dr. G.E.A.Swann.

Biography

Academic Qualifications

2013 – Present, University College London

PhD Physical Geography

PhD Dissertation: Multiproxy reconstructions of recent environmental change: Anthropogenic and natural impacts on the Selenga River Delta, Lake Baikal, Siberia.

Funding: University College London – Overseas Research Scholarship;
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship – Doctoral (Canada);
Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund

 

2007-2009, University of Toronto (Canada)

MSc Physical Geography
MSc Dissertation: Paleoclimate reconstructions from the Melville Peninsula, Nunavut, Canada

Funding: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship - Masters

 

2003 - 2007, University of Western Ontario (Canada)

BSc (Hons) Environmental Science
BSc Honours Thesis: Effects of Potential Changes of Nitrogen Loads to Nitrous Oxide Efflux from Prairie Potholes


Grants and Awards

British Phycological Society Student Bursary, 2016

British Ecological Society Training and Travel Grant, 2016

Faculty of Graduate Studies Postgraduate Award, University College London, 2014-2015

Canadian Centennial Scholarship, 2014-2015

New Research Workers’ Award, Quaternary Research Association, 2014

Postgraduate Scholarship, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) PGS-D, 2014-2017

University College London Graduate School Project Fund, UCL, 2014

Dudley Stamp Memorial Award, Royal Geographical Society – Institution of British Geographers, 2014

Henrietta Hutton Research Grant, Royal Geographical Society – Institution of British Geographers, 2014

Overseas Research Scholarship, University College London, 2013-2016

Postgraduate Scholarship, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) PGS-M, 2008-2009

Graduate Expansion Funds, University of Toronto, 2008-2009

Northern Scientific Training Program (NSTP), Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, 2008-2009

University of Toronto Fellowship, University of Toronto, 2007-2008


Work Experience

2010-2013, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Aquatic Science Technician

2010, Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute
Aquatic Field Technician

2009-2010, Paleoecology Laboratory, University of Toronto
Research Assistant

Committee Participation/Services

2017, Session chair/co-organizer, “Identifying anthropogenic impacts on aquatic ecosystems using multi-proxy approaches in paleoecology”, Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, Honolulu, Hawaii (upcoming)

2015-2016, PhD research student representative, Athena SWAN Committee, Department of Geography, UCL

2014-2016, Co-organizer, Physical Geography Seminar Series, UCL

2014-2016, Graduate Student Representative, Geography Lab Committee, UCL

2007-2009, Co-founder and Vice-President, Arctic Student Network, University of Toronto

2007-2009, Graduate Student Representative, Physical Geography Building Health and Safety Committee, University of Toronto

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Van den Byllaardt J., Adams J.K., Casas-Monroy O., Bailey S.A. Under Review. Evaluation of a PAM fluorometer as a tool for rapidly estimating viable organism abundance in ballast water. Journal of Sea Research.

Casas-Monroy O., Linley R.D., Adams J.K., Chan F.T., Drake D.A.R., Bailey S.A. 2015. Relative invasion risk for plankton across marine and freshwater systems: examining efficacy of proposed international ballast water discharge standards. PLOS One 10: e0118267.

Adams J.K., Ellis S.M., Chan F.T., Bronnenhuber J.E., Simard N., McKenzie C.H., Martin J.L, Bailey S.A. 2014. Relative risk assessment for ship-mediated introductions of aquatic nonindigenous species to the Atlantic Region of Canada. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Res. Doc. 2012/116. vi + 404 p.

    Briski E., Linley R.D., Adams J.K., Bailey S.A. 2014. Evaluating efficacy of a ballast water filtration system for reducing spread of aquatic species in the Great Lakes. Management of Biological Invasions 5: 245-253.

    Adams J.K., Briski E., Ram J.L., Bailey S.A. 2014. Evaluating the response of freshwater organisms to viability staining. Management of Biological Invasions 5: 197-208.

    Finkelstein S.A., Bunbury J., Gajewski K., Wolfe A.P., Adams J.K., Devlin J.E. 2014. Evaluating diatom-derived Holocene pH reconstructions for arctic lakes using an expanded 171-lake training set. Journal of Quaternary Science 29: 249-260.

    Casas-Monroy O., Linley R.D., Adams J.K., Chan F.T., Drake D.A.R., Bailey S.A. National risk assessment for introduction of aquatic nonindigenous species to Canada by ballast water. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Res. Doc. 2013/128. vii + 74 p.

    Creed I.F., Miller J., Aldred D, Adams J.K., Spitale S., Bourbonniere R.A. 2013. Hydrologic profiling for greenhouse gas effluxes from natural grasslands in the prairie pothole region of Canada. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 118: 680-697.

    Adams J.K., Finkelstein S.A. 2010. Watershed-scale reconstruction of late and middle Holocene paleoenvironmental changes on Melville Peninsula, Nunavut, Canada. Quaternary Science Reviews 29: 2302-2314.

    Finkelstein S.A., Ross J.M., Adams J.K. 2009. Spatio-temporal variability in Arctic climates of the past millennium: implications for the study of Thule culture on Melville Peninsula, Nunavut. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research 41: 442-454.

    Non-refereed Publications

    Adams J.K. 2015. Anthropogenic impacts on biodiversity and productivity of shallow lake ecosystems of the Selenga River Delta, Siberia. Quaternary Newsletter.

    Selected Conference Presentations

    Adams J.K.*, Mackay A.W., Rose N.L., Swann G.E.A., Vologina E. 2016. Recent diatom assemblage changes in shallow lakes of the Selenga Delta (Lake Baikal, Siberia) reveal drivers of environmental change. International Diatom Symposium, Québec City, Canada.

    Adams J.K.*, Mackay A.W., Rose N.L., Swann G.E.A., Martins C.C. 2016. Reconstructing toxicity and ecological impacts in shallow lake ecosystems of the Selenga Delta, Lake Baikal (World Heritage Site). International Society for Limnology Congress, Turin, Italy.

    Adams J.K.*, Mackay A.W., Rose N.L., Swann G.E.A, Vologina E. 2015. Investigating natural and anthropogenic disturbances within shallow lakes of the Selenga Delta, Siberia. Quaternary Research Association Postgraduate Symposium, University of Cambridge, UK.

    Adams J.K.*, Briski E., Bailey S.A. 2013. Evaluation of vital fluorescent stains for analysis of viable organisms transported by ballast water. Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, New Orleans, U.S.A.

    Finkelstein S.A.*, Bunbury J., Gajewski K., Wolfe A.P., Adams J.K., Devlin J.E. 2012. Reconstructing Holocene changes in lake water pH using 171-lake modern diatom training set from the Canadian Arctic. International Paleolimnology Symposium, Glasgow.

    Finkelstein S.A.*, Adams J.K., Iamonaco J.-P., Ross J.M. 2012. Multi-proxy records of Holocene paleoclimate from Melville Peninsula, Nunavut, Canada. International Polar Year, Montreal.

    Adams J.K.*, Finkelstein S.A. 2009. Quantitative Paleoclimate Reconstructions from the Melville Peninsula, Nunavut, Canada. American Geophysical Union Annual Fall Meeting, San Francisco.

    Teaching Experience

    Supervisory Experience

    MSc Students:

    Daria Kuznetsova: Temporal and spatial variations in ostracod communities in the Selenga Delta, Siberia. 2014-2015 (Distinction)

     

    Teaching Experience

    Postgraduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Geography, UCL, 2013-2016

    GEOG2008, Reconstructing Past Environments

    GEOG3057, Global Environmental Change

    GEOG1003, Data Acquisition and Interpretation

    GEOG2026, Statistics for Environmental Geographers

    GEOGG135, Biological Indicators: Diatoms

     

    Teaching Assistant, Department of Geography, University of Toronto, 2007-2009

    GGR 314, Global Warming

     

    Impact and Other Research