Team and Opportunities

Designed by Riaan Beukes

Welcome to the Invasion Ecology Research Group at Newcastle University. We focus on the impact of invasive alien species on the environment, biodiversity and livelihoods (food and water security). However, our project interests are diverse and also include research on plant and soil community ecology.

We are always looking to work with new people and discuss potential project opportunities. If you are interested in collaborating and/or joining the group, please contact me.

Group ‘away day’ at Cullercoats 9th May 2022

Opportunities

PhD and job opportunities will posted here when available.


Current team members

PhD Students

Salome Ojunga

Distribution, dispersal and management of Lantana camara in the Kilombero Region, Tanzania. Commenced: 2022

Supervisors: Dr Zarah Pattison, Dr Marion Pfeifer (Newcastle University), Dr Charles Kilawe (Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania) Funded by: Commonwealth Scholarship Commission 

Email me: S.Ojunga2@newcastle.ac.uk

James Hardwick

Impact of invasive riparian plants on riverbank erosion. Commenced: 2022

Supervisors: Dr Zarah Pattison, Dr Chris Hackney, Dr Clare Fitszimmons (Newcastle University), Prof. Nigel Willby (University of Stirling). Funded by: Newcastle University

Email me: J.Hardwick2@newcastle.ac.uk

Lizzie Keen

Impact and management of Impatiens glandulifera in ancient woodlands. Commenced: 2021

Supervisors: Dr Zarah Pattison, Prof Nigel Willby (University of Stirling), Richard Wilson (Woodland Trust) and Dr Aileen Mill (Newcastle University). Funded by: NERC IAPETUS DTP, Woodland Trust

Email me: e.keen3@newcastle.ac.uk

Patrick Cook

From farmland to wildland: an ecological journey. Commenced: 2021

Supervisors: Prof Nigel Willby (University of Stirling), Dr Zarah Pattison, Dr Alan Law (University of Stirling). Funded by: NERC IAPETUS DTP

Email me: patrick.cook@stir.ac.uk

Ava Waine

The risks to water security from invasive by non-native species via bulk water transfer. Commenced: 2020

Supervisors: Prof. Pete Robertson, Dr Zarah Pattison (Newcastle University), Stuart Pudney (Northumbrian Water) and Dr Martin Crapper (Northumbria University). Funded by: NERC ONEPlanet DTP

Email me: A.Waine2@newcastle.ac.uk

Emily Hickinbotham

The risk of significant phenological changes causing mismatching between species (moths, beetles & plants) as a result of climate change. Commenced: 2019

Supervisors: Dr Gavin Stewart, Prof Stephen Rushton and Dr Zarah Pattison (Newcastle University) Funded by: RB Cooke Scholarship

Email me: E.Hickinbotham@newcastle.ac.uk

Research Assistants

Meg Vine

Freshwater fieldwork assistant. Commenced: 2022

Supervisors: Ava Waine, Dr Zarah Pattison (Newcastle University) Funded by: Newcastle University, Northumbrian Water

Email me: m.s.vine1@newcastle.ac.uk

Caitlin Frampton

Ancient woodland ecology field assistant. Commenced: 2022

Supervisors: Lizzie Keen, Dr Zarah Pattison, Dr Josie South (Leeds University) and the Angling trust Funded by: Newcastle University, Woodland Trust

Email me: c.a.frampton1@newcastle.ac.uk


Previous team members

2022 Hasab Osman, Research Assistant. Project: Impact of alien plants on recreational fisheries. Supervisors: Dr Zarah Pattison, Dr Josie South (Leeds University) and the Angling trust. Funded by: NERC ONEPlanet

2022 Dr Briony Carlin, Postdoctoral Researcher. Project: Assessing the risks faced by researchers from marginalised groups when working in the field. Supervisors: Dr Zarah Pattison, Dr Tina Sikka, Prof Peter Hopkins, Dr Louise Mair. Funded by: NERC

2022 Dr Laura Braunholtz, Postdoctoral Researcher. Project: Identifying knowledge gaps within current risk assessment policies used by researchers when conducting work in the field. Supervisors: Dr Zarah Pattison, Dr Tina Sikka, Prof Peter Hopkins, Dr Louise Mair. Funded by: NERC

2021-22 Caitlin Frampton, Research Assistant. Project: Digitising River Habitat Survey data collected from the North East of England. Supervisors: Dr Zarah Pattison. Funded by: Newcastle University

2021 Courtney Glenwright, Research Assistant. Project: Identifying global hotspots of invasive alien plant species. Supervisors: Dr Zarah Pattison and Prof. Nigel Willby (University of Stirling). Funded by: Newcastle University

2019 Dr Hannah Hamilton, Postdoctoral Researcher. Project: Identifying global hotspots and drivers of aquatic and terrestrial invasive alien plant species. Supervisors: Dr Zarah Pattison, Dr Lynsey Bunnefeld and Prof. Nigel Willby (University of Stirling), Dr Wayne Dawson (Durham University) Funded by: Carnegie


MSc Research Projects

2021/22

Megan Vine: Impact of non-native species on fisheries. Supervisors: Dr Zarah Pattison, Dr Josie South (Leeds University)

Caitlin Frampton: Litter decomposition in ancient woodlands: invasive versus native plant species. Supervisors: Dr Zarah Pattison, Lizzie Keen

2020/21

Kate Bunt: Impact of Impatiens glandulifera on ancient woodland flora. Supervisors: Dr Zarah Pattison, Richard Wilson (Woodland Trust)

Sarah Jarrett: Native macrophyte community changes with invasion across lakes globally. Supervisors: Dr Zarah Pattison, Prof. Nigel Willby (University of Stirling), Dr Janne Alahuhta (University of Oulu).

Jack Morris: Invasion of Acaena novae-zelandiae ( Piri piri burr) on Holy Island, Lindesfarne. Supervisors: Dr Zarah Pattison, Dr Aileen Mill, Andrew Craiggs (Natural England)

2019/20

Shannon Goldberg: Assessing effectiveness of varied management strategies for Acaena novae-zelandiae ( Piri piri burr) on Holy Island, Lindesfarne. Supervisors: Dr Zarah Pattison, Andrew Craiggs (Natural England)

Courtney Glenwright: Which native freshwater species are threatened by invasive alien species in UK? Supervisors: Dr Zarah Pattison, Prof. Pete Robertson

*Lucy Duke: Opportunities towards achieving post 2020 biodiversity targets: examining the potential of invasive species threat reduction. Supervisors: Dr Zarah Pattison, Dr Louise Mair *Winner of Best Dissertation Prize

Kirsty Witts: Identifying key themes in the management of invasive alien species using Topic Modelling. Supervisors: Dr Zarah Pattison, Prof. Pete Robertson

Emily Stephenson: Identifying key themes in Invasion Ecology using Topic Modelling. Supervisors: Prof. Pete Robertson, Dr Zarah Pattison


BSc Research Projects

2022

Lizzy Harbridge: Impact of Impatiens glandulifera on ancient woodland soil

Aaron Blanchard: How riparian invasive plants alter riverbank morphology

Evie Skinner: Perceptions of anglers towards invasive alien plant species

Christian Lee: Cost of alien species to fisheries

2021

*Megan Vine: Economic cost of invasive alien species to fisheries *Winner of W.H. Young Prize for Best Biological Dissertation

Lottie Wadsley: Drivers of macrophyte diversity in lakes

Declan Swales: The impact of Impatiens glandulifera on ancient woodland flora

Magnus Clements: Success and failures of mangrove restoration techniques

2020

Yasmine Airton: Economic cost of invasive alien species to food security

Beth Williams: Identifying key themes in Aquatic Invasion Ecology using Topic Modelling

Ryan Johnson: Literature review of impact and management of invasive macrophytes

2018

Cameron Wynne: Impacts of Impatiens glandulifera restoration on terrestrial invertebrates.

2017

David Eastwood: Determinants of invasion success along riparian zones by Impatiens glandulifera.

Lucy Crawford: Impact of sediment deposition on riparian plant communities.

Cheye Pollard: Quantifying the success of freshwater invaders in the UK and Germany.

Rachel Clarke: Attributing bird movement to spatial variation of E.coli in lochs.

2016

Catherine Daw: Fine sediment and grazing impacts on riparian plant communities.


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