Career progression for Duress researcher

As Duress comes to an end, Duress researcher, Dr Hugh Feeley, has secured a job as Research Fellow within the School of Biology and Environmental Science at University College Dublin. There he will work on “ESManage – Incorporation of Ecosystem Services values in the Integrated Management of Irish Freshwater Resources”. The project main aim is to to embed an appreciation of ecosystem services approach into policy and decision-making for sustainable management of Irish water resources. We are delighted for Hugh and wish him every success.

Cardiff University Research Impact: River conservation highlighted

UK Academics are gearing up for next week’s announcements of the outcomes of REF 2014: the Research Assessment Exercise. Cardiff School of Biosciences were appraised in UoA5 (Biological Sciences), and Prof Steve Ormerod’s River Ecological research with Isabelle Durance along with Mike Bruford’s conservation genetics have been flagged as examples of research with impact. Click here to read more

UPDATE: Cardiff University was ranked 5th overall in the Research Excellence Framework

Vacancies on new MARS project

2 post-doc jobs available to work on the EU-funded MARS project (Managing Aquatic ecosystems and water Resources under multiple Stress), investigating the impact of multiple stressors on stream biodiversity and ecosystem function. For more information see:

DOC experiments underway

The DOC (Dissolved Organic Carbon) experiments are now well underway with the second twelve hour run going ahead next week.

The first experiment to make use of our new artificial channels was carried out over 12 hours last week and went without a hitch. On site from 6am to 11pm, the team relentlessly collected 175 water samples, filtered 75 very uncooperative samples, tooth-brushed 102 biofilm tiles and rocks and monitored flow levels.

With this experiment, we now have data equivalent to 4km of an average upland headstream – so bravo to the Cascade team!

Photos courtesy of our Cardiff PDRA Hugh Feeley (pictured).




Duress students at Welsh Language Scheme launch

Duress PhD students Marian Pye and Ifan Jams presented their projects last week at a launch event for Cardiff University’s new Welsh Language Scheme. The event showcased work being carried out by Welsh speaking postgraduate students at the university.

New experimental facility unveild at Duress sites: the world’s first cascading experimental streams?

New infrastructure at three of the Duress experimental field sites has been unveiled this month in the shape of bespoke artificial river channels. These channels will make it possible to perform detailed hydrochemical monitoring and a range of experimental work over the coming years. The sites have been chosen within the Llyn Brianne Stream Observatory in Mid-Wales, adding a new facet to the extensive data which have been collected from the area for over 30 years.

This summer, the channels will be used to investigate the role of organisms in controlling organic carbon flux as part of the Duress project. In the future, this facility will allow for high resolution data to be collected on other macro-nutrients which are key to river ecosystem health and also build capacity in the longer term for further important work on ecosystem services.

And perhaps the world’s first cascading experimental streams…?

Work with us! Research Assistant – Environmental and Ecological Economics (Aberystwyth University)

Aberystwyth University are currently advertising two new research assistant posts in environmental and ecological economics. The research assistants will work with Prof Mike Christie to deliver the ‘valuation’ work package of the DURESS project. This work package involves the evaluation of the economic benefits / costs of changes to provisioning, regulating and cultural services in upland rivers. The successful candidates should have good degree and /or Masters in environmental / ecological economics, economics, sociology, anthropology, or a related subject and have experience of undertaking surveys and working in interdisciplinary research.

More details can be found at:

Closing date is the 7th February 2014.