Charles Perfect

David Pryce
Tory Milner
 
David Gilvear
Centre Director
Nigel Willby
Centre Director
Colin Bull
Senior Consultant
Stuart Bradley
Technician
Charles Perfect
Research Ecologist
Antoine Keruzoré
PhD Research
Alan Law
PhD Research
Melanie Van Niekerk
PhD Research
David Pryce
PhD Research
Fiona Thompson
PhD Reserach
Edward Nelson
PhD Research
 
   

Melanie Van Niekerk BSc. MSc.
Research Student

tel: +44 (0) 1786 466542
e-mail: m.a.vanniekerk@stir.ac.uk

Research

This project investigates the impacts of windfarm construction on downstream aquatic systems. The study area is located in Ayrshire in the southwest of Scotland where Scottish Power is building a windfarm of 60 turbines in Arecleoch Forest.  As with many such projects in Scotland, the land upon which this windfarm is to be built consists mainly of peat. Although there has been much work investigating the impacts of disturbance and land use change on water quality in relation to forestry practices, until recently the impacts of windfarm development had not been studied. In particular this research will focus on concentrations and fluxes of suspended sediment and dissolved organic carbon (DOC), the latter of which has received much interest due to long-term increasing concentrations being recorded in surface waters draining peatland.

PhD Project

The impacts of windfarm construction on downstream aquatic systems.

Funding: Scottish Power and the University of Stirling’s Strategic Research Development Fund.

Supervison: Prof David Gilvear, Stirling University

Start Date: 1st October 2008

   

Melanie Van Niekerk BSc. MSc.
Research Student

tel: +44 (0) 1786 466542
e-mail: m.a.vanniekerk@stir.ac.uk