Progress on sponsored PhD research projects

Vitacress Conservation Trust 2017 Chalk Stream Headwaters Forum – 24 November

We were delighted that Merrick Denton-Thompson kindly agreed to Chair our 2017 Forum.

Our first guest speaker, David Sears (University of Southampton), talked about the “Response of Chalk Lake Sediment and Total Phosphorus Records to External Forcing”, whilst  Charles Tyler (University of Exeter), gave a presentation entitled “Feminisation of Freshwater Nature”.

Forum 2017

We also had our regular updates on the Bourne Rivulet and Upper Itchen Initiatives from Pete Shaw and Graham Roberts respectively, as well as hearing how the VCT sponsored PhD research projects are progressing with presentations from Asa White (University of Brighton) whose PhD is titled “Can Watercress Farming Directly Impact Fish Communities?” and Rob Holland (on behalf of Jen Ball) looking at “Ecosystem Services in Chalk Streams”.

It was also an opportunity for Ali Morse from the Test & Itchen Catchment Partnership to update on the Watercress and Winterbournes project lottery bid.

Forum presentations available for download:

The Upper Itchen Initiative
Graham Roberts, VCT Trustee

Watercress & Winterbournes
Ali Morse, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

The Bourne Rivulet Initiative
Pete Shaw, University of Southampton

Response of Chalk Lake Sediment and Total Phosphorus Records to External Forcing
David Sear, University of Southampton

Ecosystem Services in Chalk Streams
Rob Holland, University of Southampton

Can Watercress Farming Directly Impact Fish Communities?
Asa White, University of Brighton

Feminisation of Freshwater Nature
Charles Tyler, University of Exeter

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