Zarah Pattison BSc. MRes. MSc.
Research Student


e-mail: zarah.pattison@stir.ac.uk / Website

Zarah Pattison

Research

My research aims to address the comparative ecology of several riparian, invasive alien plant species (IAPs), namely Impatiens glanduliferaFallopia japonicaHeracleum mantegazzianum and Mimulus guttatus, and their response to climate-induced changes in flow regimes. A range of rivers that vary in flow regime, including those that are regulated by dams or reservoirs, for water storage or hydro-electric power, have been used in this study. Vegetation surveys will be conducted at a much finer scale than those hitherto used in most river survey work and will thus allow the possible effects of IAPs to be resolved at different spatial scales. Germination trials with be used to assess the degree to which upstream dispersal of propagule (seeds and vegetative fragments) contributes to the existing vegetation. Population genetics methods using microsatellite markers will be used to assess the genetic diversity of I. glandulifera along these varying river systems.

A bank of the River Earn invaded by Impatiens glandulifera

PhD Project

Effect of high flow events in the distribution of invasive riparian plants

Funding: Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA)

Supervison: Dr Nigel Willby, University of Stirling. Dr Mario Vallejo-Marin, University of Stirling.

Start Date: 5th November 2012

Qualifications

MRes. in Ecology and Environmental Biology– Royal Holloway University of London (2011-2012)
BSc. (Hons.) Ecology and the Environment – Royal Holloway University of London (2008-2011)

   

Zarah Pattison BSc. MRes. MSc.
Research Student


e-mail: zarah.pattison@stir.ac.uk / Website