New Identification guide to Diatoms now available

Common freshwater diatoms of Britain and Ireland: An interactive identification key
A standalone CD-ROM version of the diatom key has now been published by the Environment Agency and is available to purchase from here.

Bearded Stonewort - A new species for Northern Ireland

ECRC researchers have uncovered a new species record for Northern Ireland during the 2006 lake surveys undertaken on behalf of EHS. The bearded stonewort (Chara canescens) was found by Dr Tom Davidson in one of the large drainage dykes on the southern shore of Lough Foyle. 

How the Aral Sea is shrinking

The Aral Sea is drying out so rapidly that it has shrunk by two-thirds in less than fifty years, leaving two separate lakes where the world's fourth largest lake once was. But research published by Dr Patrick Austin and Dr Anson Mackay of the ECRC shows that humans, including Genghis Kahn and the White Huns, have affected the lake's fortunes for centuries. 

Lochnagar Book

Congratulations to Dr Neil Rose who has edited the recently published 'Lochnagar: The Natural History of a Mountain Lake'. As well as several chapters by Dr Rose the book includes other chapters from a variety of ECRC staff and is volume 12 of the "DPER - Developments in Paleoenvironmental Research" series of books.

Climate Change Report

The UCL Environment Institute has published a report which reveals that the government is set to achieve only a third to a half of their overall policy targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. 

ECRC in UCL Views

Photographs from recent ECRC work in China are being used on the UCL home page along with information about the project. 

UCL Environment Institute PhDs

The UCL Environment Institute (EI) has funding available for one PhD studentship in the broad field of "Climates: past and future", including (but not limited to) any of the following areas: the dynamics of past, present and future climates; the effects of past, present and future climate change on biotas and environments; biological (including human) adaptations to climate change. 

Dr Dan Hoare

Congratulations to Dr Dan Hoare who passed his PhD viva on Monday 5th February.

Encyclopedia of Quaternary Science

Several ECRC scientists have contributed to the new Encyclopedia of Quaternary
Science published by Elsevier. 

New lakes website launched

The new website of the UK Joint Steering Group for the Lake Habitat Action Plans was launched today during the World Wetlands Day conference in London.

Climate Change Meeting

UCL will host a one-day meeting on 'Climate Change and UK's Aquatic
Ecosystems' on Wednesday 16th May, 2007. The meeting is sponsored by
the Environment Agency, FBA and the European Commission.

Further details  

Dr Patrick Austin

Congratulations to Dr Patrick Austin who passed his PhD viva on Tuesday 17th October. 

Prof Maslin heads UCL Environment Institute

Professor Malcolm Grant, President and Provost of UCL, has appointed Professor Mark Maslin to the post of Director of the UCL Environment Institute. 

Commenting on the appointment, Professor Grant said: “Environmental science is already a great strength of UCL. Professor Maslin will lead the UCL Environment Institute to link together our existing environmental research strengths and to produce a greater focus on environmental research related to climate change, a pressing concern for all of us in the twenty first century.”

Tributyltin (TBT) hits the headlines

In the press this week Dr Carl Sayer highlights the potential harm caused by tributyltin (TBT) to aquatic species in the Norfolk Broads.

PhD Awarded

Congratulations to Dr Jo Thorpe who passed her PhD viva on Friday 7th July.

Recent Conferences

There has been a strong ECRC presence at many of the summer conferences with important presentations being given and posters displayed. 

Conferences and meetings attended include the Freshwater Biological Association Annual Scientific Meeting, ASLO in British Columbia, Canada, BIOGEOMON in California, USA,  the 10th International Palaeolimnology Symposium in Duluth, USA and UCL's own HOLIVAR2006 Open Science Meeting in London.

Presentations are listed below


Many congratulations to Mark Maslin on his promotion to a chair.

Macrofossil Analysis in NERC News

Drs Carl Sayer and Tom Davidson star in an article on macrofossil analysis in the Summer 2006 edition of Planet Earth - NERC's quarterly magazine.

Histories of Underwater Weeds

Drs Carl Sayer and Tom Davidson star in an article in the Summer 2006 edition of Planet Earth - NERC's quarterly magazine. This 2-page item describes macrofossil analysis - a technique being developed at ECRC and one that is very useful in documenting recent environmental histories of lakes and ponds.

weblinkVisit the NERC Summer 2006 Planet Earth website
pdf_logoDownload the 2-page article


ECRC is organising the HOLIVAR2006 Open Science Meeting on Natural Climate Variability and Global Warming. This takes place at UCL on 12th - 15th June, 2006.