Roseanne McDonald

Welcome to my blog!

Hi, and welcome to my blog!

Let me tell you a little about myself and what I’m going to be doing. Firstly, my name is Rosie and I’ve just finished an MSc in Environmental Protection and Management at Edinburgh. Prior to that, I studied Geography at Aberdeen. I’m now a month into a PhD as part of a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) IAPETUS funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH). That means NERC pay me to carry out independent research towards a qualification. You can find out more about NERC-funded DTPs, and the application procedure, on their website.

The PhD’s also a bit different in that the majority of my time will be spent at CEH rather than one of my partner universities, Stirling and Glasgow. CEH is one of six environmental research centres under NERC’s purview. The British Antarctic Survey or British Geological Survey may ring some bells. CEH focuses on land and freshwater ecosystems, and their interaction with the atmosphere.

My research will be in the field of biogeochemistry, which explores the biological, geological, physical and chemical processes that govern the composition of, and changes to, the natural environment. More specifically, I will be looking at greenhouse gas release from reservoirs across the UK.

This blog exists for me to discuss my PhD journey over the next four years, and talk more generally about environmental research that interests me.