Team and Opportunities

Designed by Riaan Beukes

Welcome to the Invasion Ecology Research Group at Newcastle University. We focus on the interaction of invasive alien species and the environment on biodiversity and livelihoods (food and water security). If you are interested in joining the group, please contact me for potential opportunities.


Opportunities

We are always looking to work with new people and discuss project opportunities. PhD and job opportunities will posted here when available.


Current team members

Salome Ojunga

PhD student– starting Oct 2021

Impact of land use change on freshwater biodiversity. Supervisors: Dr Zarah Pattison, Dr Marion Pfeifer (Newcastle University) Funded by: Commonwealth Scholarship Commission 

Email me: Starting Oct 2021

James Hardwick

PhD student– starting Jan 2022

Impact of invasive riparian plants on riverbank erosion. Supervisors: Dr Zarah Pattison, Dr Chris Hackney, Dr Clare Fitszimmons (Newcastle University), Prof. Nigel Willby (University of Stirling). Funded by: Newcastle University

Email me: Starting Jan 2022

Lizzie Keen

PhD student

Biological invasions in ancient woodlands. 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

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

Patrick Cook

PhD student– starting Oct 2021

From farmland to wildland: an ecological journey. Supervisors: Prof Nigel Willby (University of Stirling), Dr Zarah Pattison, Dr Alan Law (University of Stirling). Funded by: NERC IAPETUS DTP

Email me: Starting Oct 2021

Ava Waine

PhD student

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

PhD student

The risk of significant phenological changes causing mismatching between species (moths, beetles & plants) as a result of climate change. Supervisors: Dr Gavin Stewart, Prof Stephen Rushton and Dr Zarah Pattison (Newcastle University)

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


Previous team members

2021 Courtney Glenwright, Research Assistant

Identifying global hotspots of invasive alien plant species. Supervisors: Dr Zarah Pattison and Prof. Nigel Willby (University of Stirling).

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)


MSc Student Projects

2021/22

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 Student Projects

2021

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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