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ENSIS/Environmental Change Research Centre staff arrivals

Strengthening project teams for the next two years

ENSIS/Environmental Change Research Centre staff arrivals

Shaun Dowman and Stef Goodrich joined ENSIS/ECRC in April, principally to strengthen the “lowlands” team under Ben Goldsmith and Helen Bennion, and to provide capacity for the ENSIS macrophyte survey-based projects over the next two years.

Shaun has come from the Environment Agency with wide experience of its field and lab protocols and methods, and expertise with aquatic plants and invertebrates. He has begun work on the Water  Framework Directive Compliance assessment exercise for Hoveton Broad and the River Bure, Norfolk.

Stef has already provided lab assistance to a wide range of ENSIS and ECRC projects, and is now organising site access and permissions for Northern Ireland Environment Agency plant and water chemistry surveys (75 sites in each of 2014 and 2015).

Jennifer Fitchett has also joined the ECRC for 3-months as a Visiting Researcher, currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Witwatersand (South Africa). Her topic is Toward a multproxy Holocene Palaeoenvironmental and Palaeoclimatic Reconstruction for Eastern Lesotho.

Eastern Lesotho is a high altitude region of southern Africa (and its only true alpine region) and samples have already been taken from two peatland locations: the Sani and Mafadi bog systems. The latter is the highest altitude wetland in southern Africa, occupying a former shallow lake where diatoms are abundant. Jennifer is working with Anson Mackay on these sedimentary diatoms and palaeoenvironmental reconstructions.


Shaun, Stef and Jennifer

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