Lucile Crété

PhD student at Bournemouth University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Life and Environmental Sciences

The Omo-Turkana basin (Kenya/ Ethiopia) is a key reference region for human evolutionary studies, and provides a detailed record of vertebrate evolutionary patterns. Several aspects of hominins’ ecology and habitats can be investigated using fossils preserved here, as well as global climate and regional environmental processes that drove our evolution.

My research project aims at reconstructing prevailing vegetation conditions through time in the Omo-Turkana basin between 3.5 and 1.6 million years ago, by examining the dietary evidence of the fossil impala (genus Aepyceros) and springbok (genus Antidorcas), through stable isotopes, mesowear and microwear evidence. Changes in the diets of the studied species are expected to be informative about larger-scale habitat and vegetation changes, due to the high dietary adaptability of these abundant mixed-feeding antelopes. A key part of this project will also be to assess the links between modern antelope diets and vegetation cover of the present landscapes, which will be quantified via remote sensing techniques

Research links: Researchgate, Academia, Linkedin

Supervisors: Sally Reynolds, Ross Hill, Philip Hopley

Lindsay Biermann

PhD student at Bournemouth University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Life and Environmental Sciences

My project is researching human disturbance and its effects on wildlife populations. The majority of my study is concentrated on migratory wintering waterfowl, brent geese (Branta bernicla) ​and wigeon (Anas penelope), on the Exe Estuary in Devon and their responses to various human related activities that take place on the Estuary. The aim is to identify how different types of human disturbance effect these waterfowl and whether human disturbance in general is affecting waterfowl survival. This research is being conducted through the combination of field observations of disturbance events and through the use of individual based modeling. With the combination of these factors the hope is to be able to identify thresholds for human disturbance that waterfowl are capable of experiencing before there is a population level effect. Results from this can then help to inform management as well as provide insight into understanding the effects of human disturbance on other animals. 

Research links: Linkedin

Supervisor: Professor Richard Stillman

Jack Dazley

MRes student at Bournemouth University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Life and Environmental Sciences 

Jack Dazley  is a Masters research student whose work is primarily focused on the feeding behaviour and biodiversity of ciliated protozoa; tiny single celled organisms less than a millimetre in size which can be found in a variety of habitats. His research aims to understand the mechanisms of prey selection by these organisms, with particular emphasis on diatoms; microscopic plants with a glass-like shell. Ciliates form a fundamental part of the microzooplankton in aquatic environments, providing food for larger zooplankton species (mesozooplankton) such as rotifers and copepods, and Jack’s research will incorporate microbial diversity into higher trophic level food webs of aquatic ecosystems.

Jack also has wider interests in biodiversity and conservation of both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, from megafauna to microbial species, and also in the paleoecology of extinct species and their ecosystems. Jack is heavily involved in public engagement in the faculty, having delivered guest lectures at BU, and has run stalls for several of BU’s public engagement events, including the festival of learning and the Bournemouth air festival.

Research Links: LinkedIn, ResearchGate
Supervisor: Professor Genoveva Esteban

Hunter N. Hines

PhD student at Bournemouth University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Life and Environmental Sciences 

Hunter N. Hines is a Ph.D. student working on microbial ecology, focusing on the biogeography and biodiversity of ciliates, a large and diverse group of single-celled eukaryotic organisms.  He is conducting research into ciliate communities found in the tropical aquatic ecosystems present in Florida, USA, such as freshwater ponds. His research to date has included the identification of several novel flagship species; some being first records out of Africa, and/or first records for the Americas.

The recent discoveries of ‘flagship’ ciliates in new locations and also several species of ciliates which are perhaps new to science are the current focus of his research which will include intensive sampling leading to detailed ecological and morphological investigations, with molecular work also ongoing.

Research links: @microbialecology, Researchgate

Supervisor: Professor Genoveva Esteban 

Alice Hall

PhD student at Bournemouth University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Life and Environmental Sciences 

My PhD entitled “The Ecology and Ecological Enhancement of Artificial Coastal Structures” examines the communities associated with coastal artificial structures and trials ways in which we can improve the habitat provided for marine organisms. I have studied the benthic communities associated with wooden and rock groynes, the impacts artificial structures have on the surrounding fish communities and the connectivity of larvae dispersal between natural and artificial habitats. My ecological enhancement trials have included increasing the surface texture of rock armour and monitoring artificial rockpools (VertipoolsTM) on seawalls.

 

Research links: Twitter, LinkedIn

Supervisor: Dr Roger Herbert

Jessica Bone

MRes student at Bournemouth University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Life and Environmental Sciences 

Lagoons are a rare ecosystem in the UK and occur on just 5.3% of Europe’s coastline. The lagoonal environment is highly variable and salinity and temperature can change dramatically over a small spatial scale. Consequently, the fauna associated with lagoons is well adapted to surviving such extreme conditions.

When lagoons are man-made and within an urban setting, there is a need for careful management to reduce issues that affect the local public and their attitudes towards the lagoon. Poole Park boating lake is one such example, and has suffered macroalgal blooms that interfere with boat use, swarms of midges, and persistent eggy smells. This research will comprehensively map the distribution of Poole Park lagoon’s benthic invertebrates and determine the environmental factors influencing their distribution, including salinity, particle size and organic matter content. The lagoon specialist starlet sea anemone Nematostella vectensis will be focused on given its protected and cryptic status within the UK.  The spatial distribution of the non-native Australian tubeworm Ficopomatus enigmaticus will be mapped and the interaction of its calcareous reef structure with the native fauna will be investigated using sampling of the reef itself and in-situ video footage.

The results from this data will inform an overall assessment of Poole Park lagoon’s ecosystem health and inform suggested management measures. It will also add to the current data for the non-native Australian tubeworm’s distribution in the UK, its effect in one it’s rarest ecosystems, and its interaction with its equally rare fauna.

Research links: Linkedin

Supervisor: Dr Roger Herbert 

Richard Rowley

MRes student at Bournemouth University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Archaeology, Anthropology & Forensic Science

My research begins with investigating the accuracy, precision and resolution of Structure from Motion (SfM) – 3D computational modelling using photographs – for recording cultural heritage at both object and site level. The practicalities of using SfM alongside other spatially referenced datasets, within the wider suite of contemporary geomatics, will then be explored, considering underwater and intertidal sites alongside those on dry land. In the longer term, I will be exploring the potential applications of such datasets to computational modelling for the management of cultural heritage in-situ: monitoring, and possibly predicting, change over time. I specialise in using digital technologies to investigate and promote the historic environment, in particular within the coastal and marine sectors. Although my work can involve cultural heritage from any era or area, I am especially interested in post-industrial revolution Europe and in maritime, aviation and contemporary conflict archaeologies. Many of my case studies are in Hampshire, Dorset and Normandy; frequently investigating D-Day and its preparations.

Research links: tbc

Supervisor: Dave Parham 

Emily Winter

PhD student at Bournemouth University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Life and Environmental Sciences 

Emily Winter’s research interests focus on ecosystem ecology and freshwater fish behavioural ecology. She is working towards a PhD on the effects of a biomanipulation programme on the population dynamics and behaviour of lowland river fish in the Norfolk Broads, principally using acoustic telemetry and stable isotope analysis. Her wider interests include environmental change​ and conservation biology in both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

 

 

Research links: ResearchGate

Supervisor: Professor Robert Britton

Emma Nolan

PhD student at Bournemouth University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Life and Environmental Sciences 

‘Reconciling fisheries with conservation: quantifying recreational values of non-native fishes with their consequences for native biodiversity’This unique project utilises Severn Basin Predator Fisheries as a model system to study the ecological and trophic interactions of co-occurring native and invasive, large-bodied piscivorous fishes, pike (Esox lucius) and zander (Sander lucioperca), in England. Data are gathered through non-destructive sampling and monitoring techniques including stable isotope analysis and acoustic telemetry, with sample collection in collaboration with local predator anglers. The project also has a socio-ecological element whereby angler motivations, behaviour and levels of participation are assessed to highlight the value of fisheries based on non-native fishes. ​

Research links: ResearchGate, Linkedin, Twitter

Supervisors: Professor Robert Britton, Dr Susanna Curtin

 

Victoria Dominguez Almela

PhD student at Bournemouth University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Life and Environmental Sciences 

The impact of invasive species has resulted in large losses in the biodiversity of freshwater ecosystems. Predicting how climate change will affect the invasiveness of species could be essential for developing appropriate environmental management measures. This project will cover the study of the dispersal mechanisms of invasive species using individual based models. They are increasingly powerful tools for exploring ecological interactions in changing environments and within spatial and regulatory contexts. We aim to include the effects of climate change and the interactions between invasive and native species.

This research will be a first attempt to use those kinds of models for freshwater invasive fish species in England. They have not been applied yet to understanding how climate change and management interventions interact to affect the invasion probabilities of non-native fishes. It is a very exciting project and a fulfill challenge that I am so happy to undertake. It is still the beginning of the journey since I just started my PhD at Bournemouth University, but I will be very pleased of keeping you all updated with any advances during my research.

Research links: tbc

Supervisor: Professor Robert Britton