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Steve AddySteve Addy – his research background is in the study of the physical form and associated landscapes of mountain streams in the Cairngorms. Currently he is particularly interested in the links between the physical processes and forms of river systems, and how these determine river habitats and the ability of rivers to convey floods.

 

Yvonne CookYvonne Cook has 25 years experience as Research Assistant which has involved field and laboratory skills in many different areas. She has experience in a range of analytical techniques in both soil and water analysis and her main task is the nutrient analysis of fresh water and soil extracts using a Skalar auto analyser. Current Interests include being the main contact for Virtual Observatory project in Tarland which will see the local community and Schools being involved in uploading weather data and any interesting environmental issues onto the web site.

 

Susan CooksleySusan Cooksley is an aquatic ecologist currently focusing on the impacts of hydro regulation and river engineering on pearl mussel populations in the Rivers Kerry, Moriston and Dee. She has been undertaking and leading pearl mussel research, monitoring and surveys throughout Scotland for over 10 years. Susan is also the Project Officer for the Dee Catchment Partnership, an initiative coordinating local stakeholders in the common aim of restoring habitat and water quality throughout the Dee catchment. She also works closely with the Spey and South Esk Catchment planning processes.

 

Sohan GhimireSohan Ghimire is a Hydrologist and is interested in Water Resources Management, Fluvial Geomorphology and Flood Risk Management and Adaptation. He works at undertaking hydrologic and hydraulic modelling using a wide range of numerical models. Sohan has applied various hydrodynamic simulation models in many river catchments in England and Wales to support water resources development and land use planning. Currently he is developing a two-dimensional hydrodynamic model of Tarland Burn to understand hydrology and flood risk in catchment and plot scales.

 

Lynne JohnstonLynne Johnston graduated from Aberdeen University with a BSc in Marine Biology before working on a temporary contract looking at the distribution of Sand eels in the North Sea at FRS Marine Laboratory, Aberdeen. Since joining the Institute in 1998 Lynne has worked on a variety of projects focusing on water quality. This work involves field sampling, freshwater macro invertebrate identification, data analysis and GIS.

 

Wendy KenyonWendy Kenyon has a background in economics and looks at how natural features such as wetlands and tree planting can be created or improved to reduce flood risk in communities. I am interested in learning about the economic, social, cultural, ecological and environmental aspects of managing flood risk. I am particularly keen to investigate how communities and people are affected both by floods and the way we try to reduce them.

 

Keith MarshallKeith Marshall is a post-doctoral researcher having completed an applied thesis concerned with natural resource management for species conservation. Further experience includes project management, team management, contract research, consultancy, ecological fieldwork, lecturing, practical conservation & participatory appraisal, both in the UK & overseas. Career interests include conservation ecology, habitat management, natural resource management & the practical application of these disciplines for social & environmental benefit.

 

Jenni StockanJenni Stockan is an insect ecologist who has been involved in projects at Tarland since 2006. I am interested in the biodiversity of riparian zones and the interactions between invertebrates living in the streams and those living alongside them.

 

Marc StutterMarc Stutter works at investigating the interactions between soil and land management and river water quality and has studied the River Dee for 15 years. I am interested in the science and practicalities of managing rivers and the land adjacent for a range of purposes including water quality, habitat, food production and flood management.

 

Helen WatsonHelen Watson completed her academic study at the University of Aberdeen and then began her career at the Institute in 1998. She is an experienced technical assistant with both field and laboratory based skills.

 

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