Photo: Anya Freeman © 2020
Plankton in The River Thames
Sep 2014 - 2019
During my research in the chemistry of lake/river eutrophication, I understood how dissolved oxygen, silicon, phosphorus, forms of nitrogen and chlorophyll can indicate trophic changes in aquatic ecosystems, but there was a missing link! Life. Organisms. What were they doing when the environment was changing. In 2014, I started a PhD at the University of Reading and Centre for Ecology and Hydrology studying plankton ecology in the River Thames on a catchment scale.
Freshwater zoopkankton (rotifers, microcrustaceans, heterotrophic protists, insect larvae)
Freshwater phytoplankton (diatoms, chlorophytes, chrysophytes, cryptophytes dinoflagellates, cyanobacteria)
Compound light (inverted/upright), digital and stereo microscopy,
Experience of FlowCam
Experience of confocal, electron microscopy.
DNA extraction. PCR.
Programming in Python (advanced) and R (advanced)
Data quality control,
Exploratory and standard analysis,
Interpretation of results,
Data limitation assessment.
Research and Communication
Organised and delivered my own research projects and worked as part of the bigger group.
Confidently work with large numerical datasets (e.g. climate, hydrological, ecological, water chemistry)
Actively participating in public engagement activities (Pint of Science presenter, BeesNeeds 2018)
Presenting research projects at national and international seminars.
Won several awards for best oral and poster presentations.