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Rick Battarbee FRS

We are delighted to announce that Professor Rick Battarbee, director of the ECRC, has been elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society, the UK national academy of science.

Quaternary Science Prize

The annual Quaternary Science Reviews/Elsevier Prize for the top-graded student of the University of London MSc Degree in Quaternary Science in 2005 was shared between two students who were graded equal first: Virginia Panizzo and Mark Ruddy.

Graduate School Poster Success

Congratulations to Genevieve Madgwick for her success at the recent Graduate School Poster Competition. 

PAGES Focus 5 Session

There will be a PAGES Focus 5 session at the Global Environmental Change/Earth System Science Partnership Meeting "Global Environmental Change - Regional Challenges" in Beijing in November 2006.

Chinese Visitors

Li Shijie and Wu Jinglu from Nanjing will be visiting from 17th - 30th March.  This marks the end of the second year of our three year Royal Society Joint Project on the Middle and Lower Yangtze lakes. 

New GPS equipment

ENSIS now owns two new Garmin eTrex Venture Global Positioning System units.

NERC award for fish kill research

Congratulations to Carl Sayer and Tom Davidson who have been awarded a NERC Small Grant entitled Fish kills and their consequences in shallow lakes: the potential of palaeolimnology.

Successful Proposal

Congratulations to Viv Jones and Nadia Solovieva who have been successful with the 'CARBO-North: Quantifying the carbon budget in Northern Russia: past, present and future' proposal to the EU FP6 programme. 

Euro-limpacs in SIL News

Congratulations to Cath Rose and Martin Kernan who have had an arcticle published in the January Issue of SIL News.

Leverhulme award for Tibet research

Congratulations to Neil Rose, Handong Yang and Simon Turner who have been awarded a Leverhulme grant to work in Tibet, alongside colleagues from the Tibetan Plateau Research Institute in Beijing (and Joan Grimalt in Barcelona).

Metals in lakes

Results of an ECRC study has been published in ENDS. The report shows that levels of toxic metals in lake sediments are increasing across Britain despite reductions in atmospheric emissions. The levels are high enough to affect invertebrates - posing problems for compliance with the water framework Directive.

UK rivers show acid rain 'reduction'

Don Monteith was interviewed for the BBC Radio4 Today program. You can listen to the interview on the BBC Radio4 website. He talks about acid rain and the recovery being seen at some UKAWMN monitoring sites.

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UK sites in acid rain 'recovery'

The BBC News website reports on recent results from the UK Acid Waters Monitoring Network which show signs of recovery from biological damage sustained due primarily to acid rain.

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Future of Britain's Upland Waters

The report "Future of Britain's Upland Waters", launched today, details the proceedings of a one-day workshop held at UCL in a series of papers. These stress the importance of upland water ecosystems and the threats they face from atmospheric pollutants and changes in climate and land-use. 

UK waters recovering from acid rain

Some of the UK's most environmentally sensitive upland lakes and streams are starting to recover from the effects of acid rain. According to new research the amount of acidic sulphur in UK waters has generally halved in the last 15 years. In turn acidity is declining and wildlife is beginning to recuperate.

NERC Annual Report

Viv and Nadia's work on Arctic Lakes has been noted in the 2004/2005 NERC Annual Report.

Diatoms in The Material World

Dr Helen Bennion took part in a BBC Radio4 program called The Material World. Together with Professor David Mann from the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh they discuss the importance of diatoms.

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Scottish Natural Heritage PhD Studentships 2006

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) manages a vigorous Research and Technical Support Programme and is supported in this by its Scientific Advisory Committee. As part of developing its research work linked to its operational priorities, SNH proposes to fund a number of studentships to support research.

PhD Completion

Congratulations to Virginia Ettwein who has recently completed an excellent PhD that will make an important contribution to our knowledge of South American climate.

Environmental Pollution: Special Issue

A special issue of Environmental Pollution, edited by Don Monteith, has been published and features articles from various ECRC authors.