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)

AGU 2020

*Update: due to exceptional personal circumstances, I have had to withdraw my participation as a speaker at the AGU this year*

A few of our talks at AGU 2020:

AGU 2019

A brief overview of talks and sessions in the upcoming AGU Fall meeting:

AGU 2018

I’m excited to present two papers at the AGU Fall meeting in Washington D.C. in December this year –

  • One hydrology paper: Slater, L.J., Anderson B., Blum, A., Archfield S., Attribution of changes in hydrologic extremes to changing land cover, AGU USA →  session H51L: The Role of Data in Understanding and Attributing Changes in Hydrologic Extremes (Friday 14 December, 08:00 – 10:00; H51L-1446)
  • One geomorphology paper: Slater, L.J., Khouakhi, A., Climate modes of variability and fluvial response over interannual to multidecadal timescales → session EP52B: Signatures of Climate Change in Surface Processes I (Friday 14 December, 11:20am,  147A; EP52B-05)

And our exciting session on ‘Flooding and Geomorphology‘:

  • Advances in Incorporating Geomorphology and Flooding: Feedbacks and Impacts on Flood Risk Posters (Monday 10 December, 08:00 – 12:20, Poster Hall A-C; EP11E).

Two NERC-funded PhD positions

Two new NERC-funded PhD positions starting in 2018 are available with me and colleagues at Loughborough University, as part of the CENTA Doctoral Training Programme.

Applications for 2018 entry are now live. Further details on how to apply can be found here. Please see the links above for further details. The application deadline is 22 January 2018.