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Health of the Environment

Unit(s) of assessment: Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology

Research theme: Health and Wellbeing

School: School of Science and Technology


We are the Health of the Environment research group: a diverse team of interdisciplinary scientists with expertise in ecology, conservation, environmental management, ecotoxicology, molecular biology and bioinformatics. We work to develop and apply innovative solutions to major environmental challenges at local to global scales.

We have developed long-term collaborative partnerships with key national environmental stakeholders and international research institutions. These collaborations evidence our commitment to the application of scientific advances to environmental management. In particular, our ecological research exploring dynamic stream ecosystems and bioacoustic monitoring methods is internationally recognized and discipline leading. We are also leaders in developing advanced management approaches that promote sustainability across the higher education sector, including international leadership of the EcoCampus scheme.


You can search and read our research publications on iRep


Opportunities often arise for postgraduate research towards a PhD within the Health of the Environment research group. If you are interested in carrying out a PhD in our team, please contact the prospective supervisor directly. Further information can be found on the NTU Research Degrees webpage or visit


Our research is supported by facilities including a ZEISS SteREO Discovery.V8 stereomicroscope, allowing up to 128× magnification and thus enabling species-level identification of invertebrate specimens.


Our current research includes multiple projects funded by the Environment Agency:

  • Small Streams Network: Methods Development Project (2023–24)
  • Research Fellowships in ‘Refuges, the Key to Unlocking Drought Resilience’ and ‘Climate Change in Chalk Rivers’ (2023–25)
  • Two match-fund PhDs characterizing the aquatic–terrestrial biodiversity of dynamic river ecosystems (2019–23, 2023–26)

Other current and recent funders include the Valuing Nature Programme, the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and the Vitacress Trust.

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