Henk KrajenbrinkLoughborough University
Putting ‘ecology’ into environmental flows – multiple pressures and biological processes
Paul Wood (Lboro), David Hannah (Bham), Mike Acreman (CEH)
River flow is a critical factor for the health of riverine ecosystems. Changes in the flow regime can have serious impact on the population of species in the ecosystem and on biodiversity as a whole. Environmental flow (e-flow) studies investigate relationships between flow and ecosystems in order to describe and mitigate the effects of changes in river flow. However, the exact relationships between river flow and ecosystems are still poorly understood. This PhD project aims to further integrate hydrological and ecological datasets into e-flow studies.
What inspires you?
Since I was a child, I’ve always been greatly interested in and inspired by nature, and birds in particular. I’ve been a birdwatcher for about 20 years. Through my interest in nature, I’m fully aware of the vulnerability of the natural world and the urge to counteract negative impact.
I did my undergraduate and Masters in Hydrology and Water Quality at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. After graduating, I worked for several Dutch consultancy companies, working on projects about surface water and groundwater issues.
Why did you choose Docotoral Research?
I found the general lack of in-depth research and the focus on budgets and (financial) planning in commercial business increasingly unsatisfactory. Moreover, I wanted to add an environmental and ecological component to my work.
Why did you choose a CENTA Studentship?
The combination of PhD research and a thorough training programme appealed to me. Moreover, I believe that doing a PhD research in an English-speaking country will greatly benefit my language skills.
What are your future plans
I believe this PhD project will help me to gain profound knowledge of ecohydrological processes. In the future, I want to play a role in counteracting and reversing the negative human impacts on river ecosystems to preserve these vital environments for the future.