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Jessica Durkota

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microscope.JPGJessica Durkota

Department of Geography
University College London
Pearson Building, Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT

Email: j.durkota@ucl.ac.uk

Supervisors:
Dr. Julian Thompson
Dr. Roger Flower

 

 


 

Research

Crangonyx-subterraneus.jpgMy research concerns the distribution of aquatic invertebrate species in groundwater-dependent habitats and how their distribution changes in relation to hydrological conditions and water quality. It has been funded through research grants from the Environment Agency, UCL Graduate School and the UCL Department of Geography.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biography

Academic Qualifications

University College London, 2008-present
PhD Geography: Invertebrate Community Distribution across the Benthic, Hyporheic and Phreatic Habitats of a Chalk Aquifer (research made possible through grants from the Environment Agency, UCL Graduate School and UCL Department of Geography)

University of Birmingham (in conjunction with the Field Studies Council), 2006-2007
Certification in Biological Recording and Species Identification

University of East Anglia, 2004-2005
MSc Environmental Impact Assessment, Hydrology and Hydrogeology (UEA International Student Scholarship recipient). Dissertation: Impact of Abandoned Mine Drainage Reclamation on Benthic Invertebrate Communities of the Afan Catchment, South Wales (research made possible by a grant from the Coal Authority and assistance from the Environment Agency)

Dickinson College, 2000-2004
BS Environmental Science (Departmental Honors); BA History
Dissertation: Impact of Deer on Forest Stand Structure and Composition in a Pennsylvania Wildlife Sanctuary

 

Professional Experience

August 2012 – Present
Environment Agency - Advisor (National Monitoring Programmes)

July 2007 – July 2012
Environment Agency - Freshwater Ecologist

April 2006 - July 2007
Environment Agency – Water Resources Officer

September 2005 – April 2006
Environment Agency – Hydroecologist (Policy)

May 2005 – September 2005
Fugro Consultancy – Environmental Scientist (Internship)

May 2004 – August 2004
United States Department of Agriculture - Research Biologist (Internship)

May 2002 – August 2002
Western Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation – Environmental Scientist (Internship)

May 2001 – August 2001
Mountain Watershed Association – Environmental Scientist (Internship)

Professional Qualifications

Chartered Member of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CEnv)

Royal Yachting Association Powerboat (2) Certificate

Protected Species Licence (Great Crested Newt - National Amphibian And Reptile Survey)

Publications and Presentations

Durkota J. (in review). Ecology of a Chalk Aquifer: Composition of benthic, hyporheic and phreatic invertebrate communities in relation to changing environmental conditions. Opticon1826.

Durkota, J. Presentation. Ecology of a Chalk Aquifer: Composition of benthic, hyporheic and phreatic invertebrate communities in relation to changing environmental conditions. Abstract 13098 at the Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting (2014). Portland, Oregon.

Durkota, J. Poster. Ecology of a Chalk Aquifer: Composition of benthic, hyporheic and phreatic invertebrate communities in relation to changing environmental conditions. UCL Graduate School Poster Competition Winner (2014). UCL, London

Durkota, J. Poster. Subterranean Biodiversity: Ecology of a Chalk Aquifer. Page 14 in Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems Conference Abstracts (2013).  The Geological Society: Birmingham and Midland Institute, Birmingham.

Durkota, J.M. Presentation. Benthic and Hyporheic Community Composition: response to natural and anthropogenic disturbance. Abstract 16 at HydroEco Conference (2011). Vienna, Austria.

Durkota, J.M. Poster. Temporal and Spatial Distribution of Hyporheic Fauna Throughout a Chalk Catchment in Southern England. Page 6 in Zoological Society of London, The Foundations of Biodiversity: Saving the Worlds Non-vertebrates Conference Abstracts (2010). London, England.

Durkota, J.M. Poster. Subterranean Biodiversity: monitoring the forgotten ecotone. Page 24 in Student Conference on Conservation Science Abstracts (2010). Cambridge, England.

Durkota J, Thompson J and Flower R. Poster. Subterranean Biodiversity: investigating the forgotten freshwater ecotone. UCL Graduate School Poster Competition Winner (2010). UCL, London.

Durkota, J.M. Poster. Hyporheic Community Distribution and Composition in an Ephemeral Chalk Stream. Page 28 in Student Conference on Conservation Science Abstracts (2009). Cambridge, England.

Durkota, J. M. Poster. Impact of Abandoned Mine Drainage Reclamation on Benthic Invertebrate and Diatom Communities in the Afan Catchment, South Wales. Page 122 in International Conference on Riverine Hydroecology: The 10th International Symposium on Regulated Streams Abstracts (2006). Stirling, Scotland.

Durkota, J.M. and Pedersen, B.S. Poster. Forest Stand Structure and Species Composition in a Wildlife Preserve Subject to Extreme Deer Herbivory. Page 7 in Ecological Society for America, Mid-Atlantic Ecology Conference Abstracts (2004). Lancaster, Pennsylvania (USA).

Durkota, J.M., Boar, R., Bellwood-Howard, I., Horne, F., Smith, I. and Tye, A. Presentation. Analysis of Rural South African Drinking Water Sources. International Safe Water Conference (2003). Atlanta, Georgia (USA).

Durkota, J.M. Poster. Invertebrate Recovery of a Reclaimed Mine: The Sagamore Project. St. Vincent College Symposium on Abandoned Mine Reclamation (2001). Latrobe, Pennsylvania (USA).

Teaching

Undergraduate Field Courses, Tutoring and Demonstration:

GEOG1003 – Data Acquisition and Interpretation (field course in Slapton Ley)

GEOG2007 – Ecological Patterns and Processes (course and field trip to Thursley Common)

GEOG2009 – Environmental Management

GEOG3042 – Freshwater Ecology and Restoration

GEOG2002 – Methods in Physical Geography (field course in Mallorca)

Second Year Undergraduate Tutor (Physical Geography)

Postgraduate

GEOGG054 – Environmental and Biological Monitoring field course in the New Forest as part of the MSc in Conservation