James White

Loughborough University

Project

Quantifying the influences of groundwater abstraction and hydromorphological controls on river ecosystems.

PhD Summary

My PhD examines the ecological influences of groundwater abstraction acting in concert with hydromorphological controls within river systems. The ongoing need to study and protect such environments stems from the range of socioeconomic benefits offered by river biota. My research works alongside Wessex Water and explores long-term data collected from their bio-monitoring surveys. It will also examine faunal communities in streams exhibiting different abstraction pressures and observe real-time hydrological influences on river ecosystems. It will aim to marry academic and industrial approaches to such issues through inter-disciplinary research incorporating principles underpinning environmental legislation. Such research will improve the science guiding existing environmental flow methodologies and assist in quantifying the ecological implications of hydrological alterations within river ecosystems.

Previous Activity

2014 - Present: PhD student, Department of Geography, Loughborough University. Supervisors: Dr Paul Wood, Professor David Hannah and Andy House. 2013 – 2014: MSc (Hons), ‘River environments and their management’, University of Birmingham. 2010 - 2013: BSc (Hons) Geography, University of Southampton.