Early careers, fine sediment & hydroecology: Supporting GES with research

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Environment Agency, Reading

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A workshop supported by the British Ecological Society Aquatic Group (BESAG)

Erosion, transport and deposition of fine sediment (organic and inorganic particles <2mm in diameter) are fundamental processes in the hydrogeomorphic cycle, and river systems require a constant supply in order to function. However, excessive sediment delivery can cause serious deleterious effects to aquatic systems both in suspension and by deposition. This is one of the leading causes for failure to meet Good Ecological Status as set out by the EU Water Framework Directive.

The aim of this workshop will be to help postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers to ensure that their work can have a direct impact on the achievement of good ecological status.


09:30 Registration and coffee

10:00 Introductions

10:30 Angela Gurnell (Queen Mary University of London). Title: Plants as River Engineers

11:15 Iwan Jones (Queen Mary University of London). Title: TBC

12:00 Lunch (provided)

12:45 John Murray-Bligh & Judy England (Environment Agency). Title: TBC

13:30 Q&As

14:00 Workshop:

· Generating a research question

· Deciding on study design and methodology

· Making an impact; supporting good ecological status

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Martin Wilkes, Coventry University (martin.wilkes@coventry.ac.uk)

Morwenna Mackenzie, Coventry University (mckenz36@uni.coventry.ac.uk)

Kate Mathers, Loughborough University (K.Mathers@lboro.ac.uk)

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