Amelia Bulcock

Loughborough University


The geomorphic and hydraulic impacts of complex weir removals: Field evaluation and numerical modelling of risks and benefits


Professor Stephen Rice and Dr Dapeng Yu

PhD Summary

Many of the weirs that constrain British river systems are no longer needed for their original purpose, and following the implementation of the WFD many are being considered for removal. This can have a very positive impact on ecology, flow and the natural regime, but can also prompt undesired effects. The aim of my project is the model both the benefits and associated risks of weir removal to better inform involved stakeholders about future actions.

What inspires you?

I have always loved being in the outdoors since I was a small child, walking, exploring and playing sport etc. This allowed to be see a lot of the processes that I then went on to learn about in geography, consolidating my interests and desires to learn more.

Previous Activity

BSc (Hons) Geography

Why did you choose Docotoral Research?

Doing my undergraduate dissertation and following research gave me a desire to take forward a topic which I enjoy and will hopefully be able to develop further, using existing, but also my own knowledge and ideas, something which greatly excites me.

Why did you choose a CENTA Studentship?

Doing a CENTA studentship has many benefits, which are extremely desirable. The training, opportunities and networking that I will gain by doing it will stand me in a very good position for the future.

What are your future plans

I believe studying here will give me the skills, training and contacts to go and into the future and achieve my goal. My plan for the future is to, while still having an input to the applied side of my research, continue in academia, further my research and deliver it to up and coming students.