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I am an aspiring aquatic ecologist. My research focuses on groundwater dependant subsurface ecosystems, invertebrate and microbial communities, and their response to groundwater drawdown. I utilise my experience in groundwater invertebrate taxonomy and environmental DNA (eDNA) to characterise the composition and function of groundwater ecosystems. I compare these biological characteristics alongside abiotic environmental factors, such as water quality variables and groundwater depth, to assess the impact groundwater drawdown has on these ecosystems. To do this I utilise multiple field based experimental approaches, as well as, lab based manipulative studies assessing stygofauna’s ability to “move” in response to drawdown. I aim to complete a PhD presenting a wholistic understanding of how groundwater drawdown impacts groundwater ecosystems. Concluding by providing insight into management practises and legislation that balances groundwater usage while maintaining a healthy groundwater ecosystem.


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