We are Carl Sayer (UCL), Ambroise Baker (UCL), Helen Bennion (UCL), Tom Davidson (Aarhus), Beth Okamura (NHM, London), Jorge Salgado (UCL) and Nigel Willby (Stirling). You’ll find below a description of our research interests.
Dr Carl Sayer is a Senior Lecturer in freshwater ecology within the Environmental Change Research Centre (ECRC), University College London (UCL). His expertise lies in the field of aquatic conservation and he is especially interested in ponds, lakes and rivers in lowland landscapes.
Carl is a co-founder of the River Glaven Conservation Group in Norfolk and is a regular advisor to the Wildlife Trusts, Broads Authority, National Trust, Natural England and The Rivers Trusts on aquatic conservation and restoration issues.
Carl is passionate about the need to communicate research findings to local wildlife groups, land-owners and the general public to help enact positive change in the aquatic environment.
Ambroise Baker, LakeBESS researcher, is postdoctoral researcher at UCL’s ECRC. Ambroise’s work aims to promote biodiversity, both at the local scale and at landscape scale by providing management advice in agreement with our latest understanding of ecosystem functioning and in ecology.
Ambroise report his research on this blog / website and is inspired by his keen interest in natural history and botany, in particular bryophytes and vascular plants. You can read more about his botanical interest on this other blog of his.
Dr Helen Bennion, LakeBESS co-investigator, is reader in Environmental Change at UCL with 20 years experience of aquatic ecological research into the structure and functioning of lakes, particularly shallow, lowland systems subject to eutrophication. Helen’s work has been largely concerned with developing methods for assessing lake ecological response to nutrient enrichment over a range of timescales involving diatoms and aquatic macrophytes.
Helen works closely with government agencies and conservation organisations to help inform lake management and conservation strategies especially with regard to establishing restoration targets. Helen’s latest research concerns the impact of multiple stressors on lake ecosystems, most notably the interaction of nutrients and climate change.
Dr Tom Davidson, LakeBESS partner, is postdoctoral researcher at Aarhus University, Denmark. Tom is an ecologist and palaeoecologist working at the Centre for informatics research in complexity in ecology (CIRCE) at Aarhus University.
Tom is interested in how global change has and will affect biodiversity and ecosystem structure and function and uses lake ecosystems to investigate these themes.
Tom has specific expertise in aquatic plants and cladocerans including modern populations and their sedimentary remains. He is also interested in the applying established and developing numerical techniques to help understand complex drivers of ecological patterns of processes.
Professor Beth Okamura, LakeBESS co-investigator, is a Research Leader in the Department of Life Sciences at the Natural History Museum, London. Much of Beth’s research addresses the evolutionary ecology of freshwater invertebrates and their parasites and the role of life history, natural enemies and habitat connectivity in driving patterns of distribution and abundance.
More specifically Beth’s research focuses on: how waterfowl act as dispersal vectors and contribute to metapopulation ecology and genetic diversity of freshwater invertebrates; patterns of diversification in relation to dispersal capacity and habitat connectivity; co-dispersal of parasites with hosts, habitat connectivity and disease.
Dr Jorge Salgado, LakeBESS co-investigator, is research associate at UCL. Jorge is a freshwater ecologist who specialises in the understanding of multiple stressors in structuring freshwater biodiversity, macrophyte and macroinvertebrate monitoring and in the biological analysis of lake sediments. Jorge has specific expertise in plant and macroinvertebrate macrofossil taxonomy and chironomid head capsule and has research interests in the effects of eutrophictaion, hydrological connectivity and dispersal in lake ecosystem structure and function on different time-scales. Most of Jorge’s work focuses on sites in the UK but he has also worked on lakes in Central and South America”
Dr Nigel Willby, LakeBESS co-investigator, is senior lecturer in Biological & Environmental Science at the University of Stirling. Nigel has 22 years experience in the ecology and management of freshwater ecosystems. Nigel’s particular interests are in trait-environment relationships, plant-herbivore interactions (ranging from snails to beavers), and the distribution of biodiversity in relation to disturbance and landscape connectivity.
Nigel specialises in the ecology of aquatic plants and his work over the last 10 years has focussed on development and testing of practical methods for assessing ecological quality in freshwaters.
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