EMILY ALDERTON – I am a postgrad student at UCL, and the Ghost Ponds Project is my PhD. I have spent my life pond dipping to a greater or lesser extent, and became set on pond research when I realised how little studied these habitats are, despite their frequency in the landscape.
CARL SAYER is an aquatic ecologist with interests in the chemistry, ecology, palaeoecology and the management of shallow lakes and ponds. He has specialist expertise in the study and identification of aquatic macrophytes, diatoms and fishes. He is interested particularly in lake, pond and river restoration. He has published extensively on shallow lake ecology and he is an enthusiastic communicator of his work to landowners, farmers and the general public.
PHILL BROWN is a keen botanist, excellent at both aquatic and terrestrial plants. He particularly enjoys practical conservation work, and has helped me with both pond surveying and restorations.
DOMINIC ARNOLD is our pond digger extraordinaire (among other skills), and he has helped us out with numerous pond restorations, resurrections and creations. His skill with a 13-tonne JCB has to be seen to be believed – he can even rescue frogs in the bucket while working!
IAN PATMORE is a technician at UCL, and has helped with the creation and surveying of the ponds in the Ghost Ponds Project. From dragging out tree stumps, to teaching me how to take sediment cores, Ian’s help has been much appreciated through the whole project.
EMMA WIIK researches lakes and their responses to eutrophication, climate and any other change detectable in historical records. She thoroughly enjoys hands-on work to help undo and prevent ecological degradation.
EMILY SMITH and PHOEBE LEWIS have also been dedicated and cheery members of the Ghost Ponds team, keeping spirits high even when we found ourselves ripping out bramble bushes in the rain (pictured).
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