PhD Opportunity - Gravels to Offset Habitat Loss

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Effective, sustainable, river restoration? Monitoring the dynamics of gravels added to upland rivers to offset aquatic habitat loss

Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship at Plymouth University. The studentship will start on October 1st 2017.

The project is focused on improving the scientific basis of river restoration in upland rivers. It uses recent advances in passive monitoring of river bedload to study the dispersal dynamics of gravels added to degraded river reaches and intended to benefit downstream spawning habitats for native fish. Gravel dispersal dynamics and favourable spawning habitats are not well parameterised in hydraulically-complex, boulder-bedded streams: the results will thus provide insight into the efficacy and sustainability of gravel augmentation practices in river rehabilitation, and will directly benefit the primary project partner, the Westcountry Rivers Trust (WRT). Technological advances within the project will be examined jointly with a second project partner, ENS de Lyon, who has excellent experimental facilities for testing passive and active monitoring techniques. Research will build upon recent experiences of the primary project supervisor and understanding gained since pilot projects commenced in 2014-15. It is exceptionally timely at WRT commenced an up to 5-year programme of gravel augmentation in two rivers below dams in SW England in winter 2015-16.

Closing date 12 noon on Sunday April 30th 2017.

For more information please visit the website.

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