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Steph is a Sêr Cymru Research Fellow. She is passionate about freshwater ecosystems, particularly rivers, and about better understanding people’s relationships with these systems. Grounded in a liberal arts education and trained in environmental studies and spatial sciences, Steph draws on sciences, arts, and writing to address diverse questions, and communicate, about rivers. She joined the Department of Biosciences and FIRE Lab at Swansea University in January 2018.
Sayali is a Research Assistant with FIRE Lab. She joined the Department of Biosciences and FIRE Lab at Swansea University in October 2018. Sayali’s research focuses on using Geographical Information Systems to understand impacts of built infrastructure on rivers globally. She graduated in 2018 from Swansea University with an MSc in Geographical Information Systems and Climate Change. She is passionate about leading scientific research to understand the impacts of climate change on river systems and urban environments. Apart from this, she enjoys science communication and engagement and also leads a twitter game called #Macroinvertebrate Monday.
James is a research assistant who joined the FIRE lab in August 2018. He joined the Swansea team after recently completing his PhD on invertebrate responses to water management operations. James’ research broadly entails capturing the spatial distribution of different river infrastructure (e.g. dams, weirs and culverts) and appraising the ecological implications of this for freshwater ecosystems.
Daphne is a visual designer. She enjoys working in interdisciplinary environments. She recently submitted her PhD thesis focused on science-art education via the medium of installation art. Her background is drama and performance, and she is passionate about exploring the field of art-science education, communication, and engagement. She joined the Department of Biosciences and FIRE Lab in January 2020.
Merryn joined FIRE Lab in March 2020. She draws on a background in geography and social science to explore how people relate with their environment. For her PhD, she studied perceptions of sea-level rise, and since then has worked on topics including fracking and coastal well-being. She is very excited to be working with the FIRE Lab team, using creative methods to engage people with freshwater environments.
Kherelen is an MSc student with the Department of Biosciences at Swansea University. She is working with FIRE Lab team to determine freshwater fish diversity patterns in Mongolian rivers as well as the fragmentation of fish ranges by dams.
Loren was an MSc student with the Department of Biosciences at Swansea University. She worked with FIRE Lab team to explore underwater cameras as a technique for characterising the diversity and behaviour of aquatic invertebrate communities. Loren graduated 12/2019.
George is a home-ed student who is inspired by rivers and fishes. He describes himself as ‘a bit of a fish maniac’ with particular passion for sturgeon, and is a keen wildlife photographer. George, his sister Rose, and their parents Kate and Rorie collaborate with FIRE Lab team on community-lead fish projects.
Rose is a home-ed student who has a deep love for all animals and wants to be a conservationist when she is older. Rose loves river swimming, and along with her brother George, and their parents Kate and Rorie, she collaborates with FIRE Lab team on community-lead fish projects.