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Recent ECRC Research Funding successes

From Northern Ireland and Norfolk to Belize

Recent ECRC Research Funding successes

Shallow lakes

Carl Sayer, Helen Bennion  and Environmental Change Research Centre old-boys Tom Davidson and Jorge Salgado, along with Beth Okamura (Natural History Museum) and Nigel Willby (University of Stirling), have gained funding under the NERC Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Sustainability (BESS) programme.

The 2-year project, Dispersal and biodiversity impacts on community assembly and ecosystem services in shallow lake landscapes, will study lakes in  the Upper Lough Erne lakes in Northern Ireland and the Norfolk Broads to assess the role of connectivity  in preserving aquatic biodiversity and ecosystem services.


Kennet Emergency

Carl Sayer and Murray Thompson were also awarded a 1 year NERC Urgency Grant, with Guy Woodward and Thomas Bell (Imperial College), Alex Dumbrell (Essex) and Mark Trimmer (Queen Mary UL), to study natural recovery (now assisted by invertebrate translocation) following a pesticide spill on the River Kennet.

For more information, see: and here:


Simon in Belize

Simon Turner has been in  Belize during the summer funded by The Leverhulme Trust to investigate the role of past human activity in structuring the modern coastal landscape and soils. The multidisciplinary and cross-departmental project (PI: Prof. Elizabeth Graham, UCL Archaeology) will run for the next 18 months analysing sediments, soils and artefacts collected during fieldwork.

See Simon’s account of his experiences at:






Murray sampling on the River Kennet