Latest news from the aquatic MSc cohort at QMUL June 2013


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Latest news from the aquatic MSc cohort at QMUL June 2013

  1. 1. FACS & AER Review… Jun’13 The latest... So, the taught elements of FACS are now over, wrapped up by a week of combined fieldwork and lectures on the banks of the R Frome in Dorset for the ‘Streams & Rivers’ module. Attention has now turned to projects! Dimitra Mantzorou has been into the field with Environment Agency colleagues to learn to identify some of the invasive, non-native ‘shrimps’ that have established in the R Thames. Dimi collecting her first ‘Demon’ shrimps from the R Thames at Bell Weir Lock Alex Domenge has carved herself a niche at the Natural History Museum where she is examining the depth optima for chironomids in Lake Bogoria, Kenya. She is working with NERC-funded PhD student, Phil Sanders. Meanwhile, Bruno Gallo is busy preparing himself for an extended field trip to Iceland to take part in a research expedition to the Woodward Group’s field site where geothermal springs provide a useful ‘natural’ climate change experiment. Up on the roof of the Fogg Building, Ed Willis- Jones is already dismantling his first mesocosm experiment on red swamp crayfish as ecosystem engineers. His critters of choice were recently the focus of Jack Perks Photography - one had a starring role next to the Regents Canal, promoting invasive species for the Canal & River Trust! Earlier this year, both Dimi Mantzorou & Ed Willis-Jones represented The Grey Lab at a conference hosted by the Institution of Civil Engineers on Urban Aquatic Ecosystems, where they presented posters on their Environment Agency funded project work. We’d never noticed Ed’s halo before! So… What’s new? A root & branch restructuring within the School of Biological & Chemical Sciences means that the current cohort of FACS students will be the last! Our attention will now focus exclusively on the AER programme, better reflecting the research- driven ethos of the Aquatic Ecology Group. We are extremely proud of our former (& current!) FACS MSc students, the great majority of which have gone on to pursue careers in closely related fields as evidenced from the ‘Where are they now’ section. Of course we will keep in touch & wish them continued success. The latest version of the Handbook for 2013 is 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: Follow on Twitter @drjongrey Web: Where are they now? • Maria Potoroglou (FACS 09-10) worked for Thomson Ecology Ltd as an Assistant Biologist and is now undertaking PhD research at Napier University in Edinburgh • Adrian Hards (FACS 09-10) is embarking on another season of salmonid related research for his PhD after surviving his first Canadian winter! • Rebecca Bromley (FACS 08-09) has moved on from working as an Ecotoxicologist at ADAS to an Environmental Monitoring Officer position with the Environment Agency • Dr Kev Wood (FACS 07-08) has now produced eight papers as well as his PhD thesis since completing FACS: see them on • Anna Doeser (FACS 07-08) is looking in to how researchers and regulatory bodies survey and monitor small rivers and streams for classification / monitoring requirements of the WFD. This is a PhD study funded by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency • Catherine Fuller (FACS 08-10) is now an EA Catchment Co-ordinator of one of the 25 Defra catchment pilots in England and Wales Many of our graduates are now popping up with profiles on social media such as LinkedIn or Easier to keep tabs on them now!