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Lee Brown Dr Lee Brown

Contact details

Room 10.03 Garstang
School of Geography
University of Leeds
University Road
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK

Email:
l.brown

Telephone:
+44 (0) 113 34 33302

Student hours:
Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 10:00am - 16:00pm please email to make an appointment

Research overview

My research on river ecosystems falls into three subject areas:

  1. ecology and hydrology of streams in cold environments
  2. peatland management effects on stream ecosystems
  3. aquatic food webs

This inter-disciplinary work has allowed me to gain an understanding of several research fields (population and community ecology, hydrology, hydroclimatology, and hydrochemistry). The inter-disciplinary nature of my research and the skills I possess allow me to address complex research issues, work with physical scientists and ecologists on both theoretical and applied issues, and adapt to a range of project requirements. 

PhD Supervision

I would be interested in supervising PhDs on topics such as:

  • Aquatic ecology (biodiversity, functional processes, food webs)
  • Carbon cycling in aquatic ecosystems

Within the River Basin Processes and Management research group I lead research on river ecosystems and aquatic ecology. Current team members include:

Jeannie Beadle (PhD student, 2011-present). Aquatic biodiversity of natural and artificial peat ponds. Funded by NERC studentship

Tom Doherty-Bone (PhD student, 2012-present). Impacts of invasive species on aquatic biodiversity, food webs and ecosystem function. Funded by University of Leeds John Henry Garner scholarship

Will Fincham (PhD student, 2014-present). Predicting ecological impact of invasive species using comparative functional responses. funded by NERC studentship

Previous team members

Sorain Ramchunder (PhD student, 2006 - 2010; Post Doctoral Researcher, 2011-2013).
PhD Peatland management effects on river ecosystems. Co-supervised with Joseph Holden. Funded by a NERC studentship with CASE support from Yorkshire Water. Post-doctoral research on peatland pond biodiversity funded by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

Neil Dickson (PhD student, 2007 - 2011).
Hydroecological dynamics of an alpine braided river system, Odenwinkelkees, Austria. Co-supervised with Jonathan Carrivick and Leo Füreder (Innsbruck). Funded by a NERC studentship

Katie Aspray (PhD student, 2008 - 2012).
Freshwater biodiversity and ecosystem function in changing moorland environments. Co-supervised with Joseph Holden, Mark Ledger (Birmingham) and Chris Mainstone (Natural England). Funded by a NERC open CASE studentship

Stephen Hughes (PhD student, 2009-2013). Impacts of pharmaceuticals and personal care products on river ecosystems. Co-supervised with Paul Kay. Funded by a NERC studentship

Gary Rushworth (PhD student, 2010 - 2014). Macroinvertebrate community structure and functioning in reedswamp habitat. Co-supervised with Mike Dobson. Funded by the Freshwater Biological Association and the University of Leeds 

Ben Gillespie (PhD student, 2011-2014). Options for reservoir operations to meet European Union Water Framework Directive Good Ecological Potential in regulated rivers. Funded by Yorkshire Water 

Kerrylyn Johnston (Post Doc, 2009-present). Aquatic ecologist working on the EMBER project

Dr Naomi van der Velden (Post doctoral research assistant, 2008)

Rebecca Langton (Laboratory Assistant, 2008 - 2009)

Julien Mocq (Laboratory Assistant, 2008 - 2009)

Catherine Wearing (Post Doc, 2009 - 2011). Soil and water chemist working on the EMBER project

External co-supervision

Dr Mike McDermott (Post doctoral research assistant, 2006 - 2007, University of Birmingham). NERC funded FLOODRESET project

Philip Blaen (PhD student, 2009-present, University of Birmingham). NERC funded studentship Hydroecological response of Arctic rivers to climate change

Kieran Khamis (PhD student, 2010-present, University of Birmingham). EU FP7 funded studentship - Hydroecology of alpine streams in a changing climate

Presentations

Recent conference and seminar presentations

  • Brown, L.E. Peatland management effects on river ecosystems. Invited seminar, University of Birmingham. December 2014
  • Doherty-Bone, T., Dunn, A. & Brown, L.E. Impacts of British native and alien freshwater decapods on leaf litter breakdown. British Ecological Society Aquatic Group meeting, London. July 2014
  • Brown LE; Palmer SM; Johnston K; Holden J (2015) Vegetation management with fire modifies peatland soil thermal regime. British Hydrological Society Upland Hydrology group, Leeds. March 2014.
  • Brown, L.E. Peatland management effects on river ecosystems. Invited seminar, University of Sheffield. December 2014.
  • Brown, L.E. Peatland management effects on river ecosystems. Invited keynote presentation, Yorkshire Dales Biodiversity Conference. December 2014.
  • Brown, L.E., Johnston, K.L., Palmer, S., Aspray, L. & Holden, J. River ecosystem response to prescribed vegetation burning on blanket peatland. INTECOL, London. August 2013 (Talk)
  • Brown, L.E., Clitherow, L. & Carrivick, J.L. Food web structure in glacier-fed rivers. Symposium for European Freshwater Science. INTECOL, London. August 2013 (Poster)
  • Brown, L.E., Johnston, K.L., Palmer, S., Aspray, L. & Holden, J. River ecosystem response to prescribed vegetation burning on blanket peatland. Münster, Germany. July 2013 (Talk)
  • Clitherow, L., Carrivick, J.L. & Brown, L.E. Food web structure in a harsh glacier-fed river. Symposium for European Freshwater Science. Münster, Germany. July 2013 (Talk – LEB presented)
  • Brown, L.E. Invited presentation and poster at RCUK Water showcase – Wellcome Trust. May 2013