Dr Peter Melville-Shreeve has worked in consultancy, startups and academic roles over the last decade. He works closely with the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management’s (CIWEM’s) policy team to support sustainable water management systems and chair’s CIWEM’s Water Reuse Task & Finishing Group. Much of Peter’s early research focusses on rainwater management systems and the need for dual purpose designs – which can mitigate droughts and floods. His thesis highlighted the opportunities for Internet of Things technologies to be harnessed to reduce water demand AND manage stormwater flood risk. He consequently founded and exited a technology business which developed analytics and control systems to enable such technologies to be implemented at a range of scales.
Lora is the director of the Centre for Environment and Human Health and chair of oceans and human health at the University of Exeter Medical School. She is a board certified occupational and environmental health physician and epidemiologist with over 30 years of experience and expertise in environment and occupational exposures and human health research and training.
Gabriel researches the effects of environmental change on the structure and functioning of ecosystems (which comprise groups of species, their interactions with one another and with the physical and chemical environment in which they exist). His work spans multiple levels of biological organisation, from sub-cellular biochemistry to the dynamics of ecosystems, and searches for similarities across aquatic and terrestrial systems. The ultimate goal of his work is to develop a predictive ‘tool box’ to forecast how ecosystems will change in a world increasingly dominated by humans and the oceans.
Michiel combines approaches from microbiology, evolutionary ecology and population genomics to study bacterial evolution, focusing on horizontal gene transfer, sociomicrobiology and pathogens in the environment. Key projects include exploring the ecological drivers of antimicrobial resistance and virulence in aquatic bacteria.
Rod is a comparative physiologist. He aims to provide a more holistic understanding of homeostasis in aquatic animals, both fish and invertebrates, freshwater and marine. This includes studies of how anthropogenic and natural environmental changes impact upon physiology and behaviour in the wild, and how to use physiology to help improve the sustainability of aquaculture (including animal growth efficiency and health, pathogen/parasite resistance, and farm effluent output). He also studies the reverse process: how physiological processes in aquatic animals can influence the regional and global environment in freshwater and the oceans.
Charles is a reproductive physiologist and environmental biologist. His research interests include mechanisms of endocrine disrupting chemicals and nanoparticle ecotoxicology and assessing population level effects of contaminants in wildlife (primarily fish).
Kelly’s research focuses on the global threat of antimicrobial resistance and developing more sustainable aquaculture practices, both in the UK and globally.
Clare researches social movements, protest and environmental politics. Her work has been particularly focused on environmental and global justice movements, although she has recently been engaged in a pan-European study of protest on a range of issues. Her current work looks at pro-environmental behaviour change – looking especially at energy use and clothing – and climate change policy networks.
Aimee’s research area is antimicrobial resistance in the environment, particularly due to anthropogenic impacts in wastewater and receiving environments. This includes evolution and ecology of antimicrobial resistance, direct selection at low concentrations and co-selection by other antimicrobials and non-antimicrobial compounds, environmental risk assessment, and developing and validating the novel ‘SELECT’ method for rapid determination of selective concentrations of antibiotics and environmental surveillance of antimicrobial resistance. She has a long-standing collaboration with AstraZeneca and engaging with industry and policy makers.
Ilya is an applied ecologist interested in climate-vegetation interactions at the scales relevant to management and decision-making. He has expertise in microclimatology, remote-sensing and fine-scale hydrological modelling.
Anne’s research focuses on marine systems and epidemiology. She studies catchment-level processes contributing to the transmission of antibiotic resistant bacteria in coastal bathing waters, with a view to identifying mitigation strategies to reduce the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria in the environment. She is particularly interested in recreational waters, transmission in coastal bathing waters and microbial genes associated with land uses and re-use of water and crop irrigation.
Will research is in antimicrobial resistance in farmed and natural environments, including major elements of environmental sampling and wide-ranging analytical methodologies. This includes AMR evolution in the environment, using in situ and in vivo experiments, landscape scale dissemination of AMR and human exposure and transmission studies. Projects are divided into three main themes: ecology, evolution and public health perspectives. These map onto those identified in successive WHO, EU and UK AMR action plans facilitating interdisciplinary research approaches and joined up thinking.
Tamara studies the biological effects of environmental pollutants in human and wildlife populations. Using a systems wide approach to address how pollutants damage ecosystems, how animals evolve tolerance and resistance in polluted environments and what makes some animals more sensitive than others. She has worked with funders to develop a predictive capability of the likely outcome for natural populations of pollutants, such as nanomaterials, micro and nanoplastics.
Guangtao’s research is focused on developing and applying new computer models, data analytics and artificial intelligence tools to tackle urban water challenges in water supply resilience, network leakage, flood risk, urban stormwater and wastewater management.
Raziyeh specialises in urban water systems modelling, water resources management and asset management and has expertise in multi-objective optimisation of water networks. Her research interests covers evolutionary optimisation, artificial intelligence and data mining.
Slobodan researches the development and application of advanced methodologies and software tools for water management. These include: drainage and floods simulation, impacts of flooding, effects on human health and impacts on road transportation, resilience to diverse extreme weather events in the context of climate change, tidal energy extraction, water quality modelling, river and coastal engineering, water-food-energy nexus, cascading effects between water, waste, energy, transportation and other infrastructure systems, nature-based solutions, and drought risk management.
Albert’s research focuses on water and human environment systems. Particular focus is on: hydraulic modelling, urban drainage, flood forecasting, innovation technology applications, water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus, climate change impact on critical infrastructure, prediction of water-borne disease, hazard impact and cascading effects assessment, and mitigation and resilience strategies.
David’s research area is urban water management, including sustainable and resilient water systems, integration and control and water-energy-carbon interactions.
Angus is an experimental biologist interested in links between water and health. He works on evolutionary ecology of microbes, primarily by studying evolution in real time in controlled environments (experimental evolution).
Sarah’s research examines the role of individuals in disease persistence and invasion; social networks and infectious disease dynamics; citizen science and the use of AI to track disease.
Shailen’s research has focused on aspects of international development, and on poverty analysis and anti-poverty strategies including the problem of multiple malnutrition in young children in West and Central Africa. Interested in social policy and its role in national development strategies in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Thomas’s research focuses on pathogen evolution; bioinformatic; computational biology; sequencing; phylogenetics; population genomics; and public health.