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
 
   

Nigel Willby BSc, PhD
Centre Director

tel: +44 (0) 1786 467 805
e-mail: n.j.willby@stir.ac.uk / Website

Research

Nigel’s main field of research is on aquatic plant and riverine ecology, biomonitoring systems and macroecology. Other fields of research comprehend the application of remote sensing to large scale ecology, plant palatability, urban ecology and sustainable aquaculture. Current research projects include application of remote sensing to early detection of environmental stress in freshwater vegetation, plant ecology of palaeochannels in large rivers in relations to disturbance regime; palatability of aquatic plants in relation to regenerative strategies; historical reconstruction of lake macrophyte communities; ecological aspects of the reintroduction of beavers to Scotland and biological functioning of sustainable urban drainage systems.

Activities

Centre Director

Senior lecturer in the School of Biological and Environmental Science

Member of working group on future priorities for Freshwater Science in the UK.

Member of several technical advisory groups and expert panels on implementation of Water Framework Directive in the UK

Qualifications

1994 PhD Management of navigable waterways for nature conservation of fisheries – University of Liverpool.
1989 1st class (Hons) Applied Environmental Biology – University of Liverpool.

 

Recent Technical Reports (more)

Willby, N.J., Biggs, J, Eaton, J.W. & O’Hare, M. (2008) Canal Classification Tool. WFD61. Final Report to SNIFFER

Willby, N., Pitt, J. A. and Phillips, G. (2009) The ecological classification of UK lakes using aquatic macrophytes. UK Environment Agency Science Reports. Project SC010080/SR

Willby, N.J. and Casas Mulet, R. (2009). European beaver trial reintroduction to Knapdale: baseline survey of the aquatic and semi-aquatic macrophytes of the lochs, 2008. SNH Commissioned Report.

Willby, N.J. and Casas Mulet, R. (2010). European beaver trial reintroduction to Knapdale: baseline survey of the aquatic and semi-aquatic macrophytes of additional primary lochs, 2009. SNH Commissioned Report.

Recent journal publications (more)

Elger, A., Willby, N.J. & Cabello-Martinez, M. (2009) Invertebrate grazing during the regenerative phase affects the ultimate structure of macrophyte communities. Freshwater Biology. 54: 1246-1255

Holman, IP; Whelan, MJ; Howden, NJK, Bellamy, PH, Willby, NJ, Rivas-Casado, M, McConvey, P (2008) Phosphorus in groundwater-an overlooked contributor to eutrophication? Hydrological Processes, 22: 5121-5127

Hunter, PD; Tyler, AN; Gilvear, DJ, & Willby, N.J. (2009) Using Remote Sensing to Aid the Assessment of Human Health Risks from Blooms of Potentially Toxic Cyanobacteria. Environmental Science and Technology, 43: 2627-2633
Holman, I.P., Howden, N.J.K. Bellamy, P. Willby, N. Whelan M.J. and Rivas-Casado M. (in press) An assessment of the risk to surface water ecosystems of groundwater P in the UK and Ireland. Science of the Total Environment

Indicators of esteem

NERC Junior Fellow 1999-2002

NERC peer review college

Member of the Editorial Board of the international journals Freshwater Biology and Aquatic Conservation: Marine & Freshwater Ecosystems.

External examiner at University College London (MSc)

Teaching

MSc River Basin Management

   

Nigel Willby BSc, PhD
Centre Director

tel: +44 (0) 1786 467 805
e-mail: n.j.willby@stir.ac.uk / Website