1.Excellent progress is being made on the ViPER II project and the necessary integration of the ViPER platform with SCIMAP to develop SCIMAP-FIO, a FIO risk mapping decision support tool (coupling FIO source risks with hydrological connectivity). On Feb 7th, members of ESHH (Dr Jared Parnell, Dr David Oliver, and Dr Richard Quilliam), along with Dr Phil Batrie and Dr Sim Reaney, ran a workshop at Durham University to update on progress and to demonstrate developments thus far to a range of end-users, including SEPA, EA, Scottish Water, Natural England, DWQR and CREW.
2. New publications from the ESHH research group can be found here
Heather Purshouse and Dr. Richard Quilliam conducted research in Malawi investigating the potential use of innovative sanitation systems.
1. ESHH PhD students presented posters and oral presentations at the University of Stirling Biological and Environmental science Winter Symposium. Research themes ranged from catchment science to novel techniques for optimizing grain yield. Claire Paton received a prize for best presentation and Heather Purshouse and Francesc Ferrando Molina also were awarded best poster presentations.
Javier Carrillo-Reche attends Sustainable Intensification conference at Rothamsted Research, Harpenden. Learning the lastest advances in sustainable agriculture and presenting a poster showing the enormous potential of ‘on-farm’ seed priming for closing yield gaps in marginal and degraded agricultural areas.
ESHH welcomes Heather Purshouse and Francesc Ferrando Molina to the research group. Heather will be investigating the role of insect larvae for the sustainable management of fecal wastes in sub-Saharan Africa and Francesc will be developing novel seed treatments for grain legumes.
Jonathan Fletcher commences a study of water bodies around central Scotland to determine the phytoremediation potential of native aquatic plant communities.
Typha latifolia (Reedmace) and Lemna minor (Duckweed) community in eutrophic water.
Right: Sparganium erectum (Branched Bur-Reed) and Potamogeton perfoliatus community (Clasping-leaved Pondweed) in copper and manganese enriched water
Dr Jared Parnell joins the ESHH Research Group as a Post-doc and web-developer on the NERC-funded ViPER II project.
Exciting PhD Studentship available in Plant-microbe Interactions under the supervision Dr Richard Quilliam (University of Stirling), Prof Adrian Newton and Dr Pete Iannetta (JHI, Dundee):
‘Developing novel seed treatments for grain legumes: optimising sustainable outcomes in agricultural systems.’
Sarah Buckerfield has left for China to undertake the first fieldwork campaign of her PhD project. Sarah will be in China from April through to the end of June investigating E. coli fate and transfer linked to different hydrological and land-use drivers in the Houzhai catchment. She’ll be based at the Puding Karst Ecosystem Research Station in Guizhou Province, which is the centre of the South China Karst terrain.
ESHH members will be attending the Scottish Ecology, Environment and Conservation Conference, to be held at the University of Aberdeen during April 3rd-4th 2017.
12 month position available in ESHH: Web Application Developer. We are looking for a developer to integrate two existing web-based packages (SCIMAP and ViPER) to produce an innovative decision support tool (DST) for environmental management – Deadline 9th March, full details HERE.