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Latest news from the aquatic MSc cohort at QMUL Jan2013

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  • 1. FACS & AER Review… Jan’13The latest... Where are they now? • Congratulations to Shaun Cotter (FACS 04- 05) on finally submitting his doctoral thesis on effects of watercress beds on macroinvertebrate communities in chalk streams. Admittedly, he was self-funded and doing it part-time! • Katherine Harris (FACS 07-09 PT) is now Principal Marine Environmental Consultant at HR Wallingford and often swanning back and forth to Australia for work apparently! FACS & AER students after a long day surveying the biota ofthe R Cray in Kent for Thames21. Bruno Gallo strikes the heroic • Chris Jennings (FACS 08-09) turned pose with the electrofishing anode! immediately to consultancy after completing hisWell, we’re already halfway through the taught MSc and after several promotions at Thomsonmodules for FACS; onto optional courses now.... Ecology Ltd is now an Ecologist with PJC.Plankton has already run, part taught by Dr PeterSmyntek who has been working on Windermere • Dr Kev Wood (FACS 07-08) has taken up afor the last three years. Post Doc position within the School of Conservation Sciences at Bournemouth Uni as a wildfowl modeller: swans perchance? • Alex Seeney (FACS 11-12) is back... Or did he ever leave? He’s in the lab for further analyses to strengthen his Icelandic thesis for publication • Hillery Warner (FACS 08-09) was awarded the Dimitra Mantzorou & FACS colleagues getting to grips with FBA Bursary to support her studies & continues plankton sampling her love for entomology as a Curatorial Assistant of mantids & termites at the NHMThe new residential field module for Science,Policy & Management down in Dorset was wellreceived by all, and there was lots of interaction Many of our graduates are now popping up withwith the local Environment Agency. profiles on social media such as LinkedIn or Academia.edu. Easier to keep tabs on them now!The next module for most will be Lakes & Pondswith a field excursion to the Lake District andfieldwork on Esthwaite Water with Prof StephenMaberly of the CEH Lake Ecosystem Group. So… What’s new?Now the students are starting to think aboutprojects for the spring and summer. The Aquatic Ecosystems: Science, Policy & Management module has now been restructured.Ed Willis-Jones (AER) is ahead of the curve with Prof Alan Hildrew will introduce the module andrespect to his Environment Agency sponsored we will continue to have several guest lecturersproject on invasive crayfish ecosystem engineering from Defra, the consultancies and governmentand their impact on greenhouse gas mediation. He departments. Dr Stephen Perriss (Environmenthas set up 25 pond mesocosms to naturalise over Agency) will contribute to a Case Study on thewinter and caught a stock of red swamp crayfish EU Water Framework Directive with practicalfrom Hampstead Heath which are now resident in input from our River Communities Group basedthe basement of the Fogg Building until spring! in Dorset.They’re breeding......Ed is currently learning to sample methane & Dr Pascale Nicolet’s Million Ponds Project 2ndoxygen from PhD student, Flick Shelley (FACS09- Phase - recently launched at the House of Lords10), and how to measure turbidity with DrGemma Harvey in Geography, prior to starting the The latest version of the Handbook for 2013 isexperiment in late February. available to download from the AER web pages.Compiled by Dr Jonathan Grey Type ‘FACS field trips’ into YouTube and see what you get!E-mail: j.grey@qmul.ac.uk Follow on Twitter @drjongrey Web: www.sbcs.qmul.ac.uk/

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