My research focuses on understanding greenhouse gas release from UK reservoirs by combining field measurements with lab experiments, ranging from catchment-scale assessments of aquatic carbon and nitrogen fluxes to carbon sequestration in sediments.
Last week, I attended the Scottish Freshwater Group (SFG) Meeting held at the University of Stirling. The meeting was co-hosted with CREW and aimed to give freshwater scientists the opportunity to identify important knowledge gaps and research needs to support the development and implementation of River Basin Management Plans (RBMP) in Scotland.
Earlier this week I presented my first poster as a PhD student at the Biological and Environmental Sciences (BES) Winter Symposium. Each 2nd and 3rd year student presented a 15 minute talk, whilst 1st years presented a poster to introduce themselves and to discuss PhD plans. Current professors and past alumni also talked about their research.
I’m just back from a fantastic couple days at the Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society (SAGES) annual Graduate School Retreat! SAGES is a Scottish Funding Council pooling initiative which builds on five interrelated reach groupings of Earth System Sciences: landscape dynamics; carbon cycle; oceans, atmosphere and climate; modelling; and society/knowledge transfer.
I spent a few days last month attending induction events to gain further insight into what a PhD is about, institutional deadlines and common issues researchers face. This involved a day at Stirling University and two nights in Oxfordshire – first time visiting both! I’ll also be heading to Durham University later this month for a cohort induction event.
Last week, myself and thirteen other IAPETUS-funded students attended the first cohort training event at the University of Durham. This NERC-funded course provided a comprehensive introduction to PhD research, with guest speakers delivering presentations on time- and project management, reviewing literature, effective reading, presentation skills, getting the most out of conferences, and career planning.
I spent the day at Loch Katrine with a second-year student who demonstrated a method of measuring aquatic carbon flux, which will be heavily used throughout my PhD. There are many forms of carbon in freshwaters: organic from soil, leaves and oil; inorganic from weathering, in-stream respiration of organic matter, and soil carbon dioxide inputs. One way of measuring dissolved greenhouse gases is via the Headspace method (Hope et al., 1995):
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