Department / group: School of Geoscience & Northern Rivers Institute
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Research interests:

As would be expected I am highly interested in the role of urban green space in successfully mitigating the hydrological impact of climate change and increasing urbanisation. To do so successfully we must first fully comprehend how different types of green space effect the hydrological regime differently. For instance, does one particular type increase the levels of groundwater recharge, whereas another increases the levels of evapotranspiration?

Furthermore, understanding where the information lies within a hydrological dataset, and the role of sampling frequency on the observed characteristics is an area of hydrology that I have an incredible interest in, for two reasons. Firstly, does, for example a weekly sampling regime provide different answers to a daily sampling effort and therefore mean that weekly sampling is insufficient. Secondly if the latter assertion is incorrect can we reduce the level of resource intensity and still maintain dataset information content?

Career history:

Upon leaving college I found myself working in manual, unskilled factory shop floor jobs. Realising that education was the only way to circumvent a forty year ‘career’ in such jobs I enrolled on a three year part time foundation degree (Countryside Conservation and Recreation Management), which I proudly graduated with Distinction. I then was able to study for one year full time for my BSc (Hons) degree, graduating with a 1st and two academic awards. The grades and awards allowed me to gain full funding for my MSc degree which I graduated with Distinction and have ow progressed, coterminous, onto my PhD. I cannot say how grateful I am to research and academia in helping me transition from my ‘previous life’ to this.

Active research projects:

Title: The role of isotopes in urban eco-hydrology

Description: My PhD is concerned with quantifying and understating the role of differing land covers in the partitioning of water, specifically investigating how different types of urban green space impact observed hydrological patterns. Furthermore, I am investigating how a change in sampling regime impacts the observed hydrological regime.

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