Species Diversity in a Fractal World

I was very lucky to join a team of aquatic ecologists (Barbara Downes, Jill Lancaster, Rebecca Lester and Georgia Dwyer) and fluvial geomorphologist (Stephen Rice) on an Australian Research Council grant over the last few years. The project addressed interesting questions such as ‘How do emergent rocks numbers (in rivers) vary through time?’ and ‘Are emergent rocks fractal?’
See: https://barbaradownes.wordpress.com/current-projects/species-diversity-in-a-fractal-world/species-diversity-in-a-fractal-world/.

Some of the outputs include (full list on Barbara Downes’ webpage):

  • Lancaster J., Rice S.R., Slater L., Lester R.E. and Downes B.J. (2021) Hydrological controls on oviposition habitat are associated with egg-laying phenology of some caddisflies. Freshwater Biology
  • Dwyer, G.K., Cummings, C.R., Rice, S.P., Lancaster, J., Downes, B.J., Slater, L. and Lester, R.E, Using fractals to describe ecologically-relevant patterns in distributions of large rocks in streams (in revision)

Some recent publications

EGU 2021 sessions and presentations

This year at the virtual European Geosciences Union conference (19-30 April 2021), we have:

Sessions and workshops

Presentations

  • Slater, L., Detecting flood drivers through large-sample geomorphology (award lecture)
  • Slater, L., Hydrological data retrieval in R (tutorial for “Using R in Hydrology” short course; materials are available on GitHub)
  • Han, S., Slater, L. Projecting future streamflow under changing climate and urban land cover across the UK
  • Buechel, M., Dadson, S., Slater, L., Afforesting the UK: potential hydrological impacts
  • Anderson, B., Slater, L., Dadson, D., Blum, A., Influence of tree cover and urban area on streamflow in the United States using multiple statistical attribution techniques
  • Kelder, T., Slater, L., Marjoribanks, T., Wilby, R., Prudhomme, C., Wagemann, J. Seasonal predictions as a high-resolution large ensemble to study extreme events over recent decades
  • Kowal, K., Slater, L., Van Loon, A. Evaluation of SEAS5 Precipitation Forecasts in the Central American Dry Corridor
  • Lees, T., Coxon, G., Dadson, S., Reece, S., Anderson, B., Buechel, M., Slater L., Rainfall-Runoff Simulation and Interpretation in Great Britain using LSTMs
  • Buckley, J., Hodge, R., Slater, L. Compiling and Analysing Bedrock River Data Across the USA to Unpick Bedrock River Geomorphology
  • Khouakhi A., Driouech, F., Slater, L., Waine, T., Chafki, O., Raji, O. Extreme weather associated with atmospheric rivers over Morocco

The full session programme can be browsed here: https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU21/sessionprogramme

New paper (discussion): Nonstationarity review

Slater L., Anderson A., Buechel M., Dadson S., Han S., Harrigan S., Kelder T., Kowal K., Lees T., Matthews T., Murphy C., Wilby R.L.
Nonstationary weather and water extremes: a review of methods for their detection, attribution, and management.
Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussion, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2020-576, in review, 2020

Please see here for an up-to-date list of papers published and under review