Fresh water insects

We are researching the impact of environmental change on freshwater systems, over various time frames, by following changes in insect diversity and abundance (especially Chironomidae).

Projects investigating environmental change include:
  • Holocene environmental change in Arctic Russia and Kamchatka
  • late-glacial climate gradients in Europe
  • chironomids as indicators of climate change during the last glacial and in earlier glacial cycles
  • recent environmental change in UK freshwater systems
  • saline lakes and their catchments during periods of climate change

We are also investigating the cryptic diversity found in green lacewings.

Steve Brooks
Mr Steve Brooks

Research entomologist focusing on freshwater insect diversity and abundance as an indicator of annual, decadal and millenial environmental change.

Glossary

Holocene
The Holocene is a geological epoch that began at the end of the Pleistocene (around 12,000 to 11,500 ago) and continues to the present. It is often studied as the Holocene includes the growth and impact of humans.

Project leader

Collaborators

PhD students

Murray Thompson, Phil Sanders, Ginny Bernadout, Alex Lombino, Frazer Bird