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University College London (UCL)

University College London (UCL)is one of the UK’s top multi-faculty research Universities. It is the original University of London and the oldest in the UK after Oxford and Cambridge. The Environmental Change Research Centre (ECRC) in UCL specialises in freshwater ecology and palaeolimnology. It has a major international reputation for its work on the use of palaeoecological techniques, especially diatom analysis, in understanding changes in the structure and functioning of lake ecosystems through time. Its pioneering work on diatom-based transfer functions in particular has been applied to problems of surface water acidification and eutrophication. A major current emphasis is the use of diatoms, Cladocera and aquatic macrofossils in the sediments of shallow lakes to test hypotheses on reference states, resilience and functional change in response to nutrient and other stresses.

Martin Kernan

Martin Kernan (PhD) is a Senior Research Fellow in the ECRC. His research has focused on European mountain lake ecosystems especially with respect to the effects of climate change and atmospheric pollution on aquatic biodiversity and ecosystem health. He previously co-ordinated the EU Euro-limpacs project and is currently co-ordinator of the EU REFRESH project..


Gina Clarke

Gina Clarke (PhD) trained as a palaeolimnologist with expertise in using diatoms, plant macrofossils and chironomid head capsule assemblages to track changes in past climate and environmental conditions. In recent years she has also been using diatoms and phytoplankton to assess more contemporary issues including the seasonal succession of phytobenthos in UK lakes, phytoplankton biodiversity from both the UK and Russia, and nutrient interpretation of UK rivers using the Trophic Diatom Index.


Rick Battarbee

Rick Battarbee (Emeritus Professor) is a diatomist and palaeolimnologist and has been involved extensively in EU research programmes. He was PI for the EU-funded research projects AL:PE, MOLAR, EMERGE and EDDI. He is also PI for the FP6 Integrated Project, Euro-limpacs (“Global change impacts on European freshwater ecosystems”). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and has published over 200 research papers.


Viktoria Bauer

Viktorija Bauere is responsible for developing AMPHORA - the ECRC's database.


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April 2013 - News

The Issue 06 of the BioFresh Newsletter is out now.

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Annual BioFresh meeting - News

The 4th annual BioFresh meeting is just around the corner! The focus of this year’s meeting will be on the interface between science and policy and making freshwater biodiversity science more politically influential.

The fourth annual meeting of the BioFresh project will be held next week from April 15-19 in the trendy Germany city of Leipzig. The slogan of this year’s meeting is “BioFresh goes political”, which captures the focus of linking BioFresh science with policy and conservation outcomes. The meeting is a chance for members from our 19 partner organisations of the BioFresh team to get together and assess the progress of the previous 3 years and discuss plans for the final phase of the BioFresh project.

July 2012 - News

The Issue 05 of the BioFresh Newsletter is out now.

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December 2012 - News

New DAET maps available. The BioFresh contingency fund serves as additional support for non-partner organisations to adapt, complete and submit databases that are of interest for BioFresh.

NATURE paper - News

NATURE paper: Cryptic biodiversity loss linked to global climate change

Climate impacts on biodiversity are usually assessed at the morphospecies level with effects at the genetic level less well studied. Now research into the distribution and mitochondrial DNA variability of nine mountain-dwelling insect species shows that range contractions will be accompanied by severe loss of genetic diversity as the climate warms, implying that conventional assessments may underestimate losses.

Read more on the Nature website

Freshwater: the essence of life - News

Scientists and photographers joined their efforts to publish a large-format illustrated book in the CEMEX conservation book series on “Freshwater: The Essence of Life”.  The book was coordinated by Conservation International and involved scientists from all over the world, including many BioFresh partners.  They contributed to the different chapters drawing a picture of the amazing richness of freshwater ecosystems, and raising awareness on why Earth’s freshwater supplies and systems are in peril. These ecosystems have proved resilient throughout millennia, but in the last few decades, human activities have drastically modified and destroyed them to the point of alarm. The book was launched on December 6th in Cancun at the UNFCCC COP 16.

Freshwater: The essence of life. (2010).Russell A. Mittermeier, Tracy A. Farrell, Ian J. Harrison, Amy J. Upgren, Thomas M. Brooks.  Series editor: Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier

For more information visit the Conservation International website.

A short animation: What is BioFresh? - News

We’re delighted to present a short animation produced by Paul Jepson and colleagues at Oxford University which outlines BioFresh’s work in helping improve the protection and management of global freshwater ecosystems.

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Water lives - News

“Water Lives…” is a new science communication animation designed to draw attention to the important (yet largely invisible) biodiversity which underpins and sustains our freshwater ecosystems. Produced by Rob St.John and Paul Jepson at the School of Geography and the Environment for BioFresh the animation brings artists and scientists together to collaborate and communicate the concept the idea that freshwater is more than an inert resource: instead a living, dynamic system inhabited by beautiful, important organisms largely unseen by the naked eye. “Water Lives…” invites viewers to engage with their freshwater environments, perhaps value them in new ways and engage with how they should be managed [...]

Read more and watch the film on the BioFresh blog

Protect the “Amazon of Europe” - News

Danube’s most valuable and best preserved floodplain system along its entire 2,850 kilometers length is threatened with destruction: the "Kopački Rit" in Croatia. A major project to regulate this unique region is currently in the final stage of decision. If the project becomes reality, the natural Danube will be transformed into a monotonous canal, with fatal consequences for its wildlife: The white-tailed eagle, the black stork and the Danube sturgeon would be in severe danger of extinction.

For more ínformation go to www.amazon-of-europe.com

Interessting blog - News

National Geographic’s Freshwater Initiative "Water Currents is part of the National Geographic Society’s freshwater initiative, a global effort to inspire and empower individuals and communities to conserve freshwater and preserve the extraordinary diversity of life that rivers, lakes, and wetlands sustain..." (from NG's website)

Read more on newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/blog/water-currents/