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Dr Catherine Gutmann Roberts
Lecturer in Environmental Science
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
Interested in the aquatic ecology and conservation, especially freshwater. Researches trophic and spawning dynamics of native and non native fishes. Understanding how barriers affect the timing and success of movements, especially those related to spawning migrations. Interested in early life stages, especially the egg and larval stage of fish that bury eggs within sediment and therefore cannot move to seek better environmental conditions. Interested in public engagement and using evidence based conservation methods to manage the environment. Advocate of citizen and community science as an inclusive method for data collection and as an engagement tool.
PhD in Population ecology of European barbel (Bournemouth University) http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/30876/ Match funded by the Severn Rivers Trust.
MRes in Aquatic Ecology and Conservation (Swansea University) - Maternal effects of domestication on Atlantic Salmon. Funded by the Knowledge Exchange Scholorship.
Zoology BSc First Class Honours (University of Liverpool). Awarded attainment scholarship.
Higher Education Academy Fellow
British Ecological Society
Institute of Fisheries Management
Fisheries Society of the British Isles
Royal Society of Biology
Roles on external bodies
Grant reviewer British Ecological Society
Associate editor Journal of Aquatic Sciences (Springer)
Council member Fisheries Society of the British Isles
Module lead for stage 2 Environmental Expedition and Environmental Management and Sustainability in Practice. Teaching on undergraduate modules; The Biospherre, Biological Conservation and Sustainability Science. Teaching on masters module Ecological Survey Evaluation and Mitigation.
Staff serving as external examiners
MSc Rhodes University, South Africa
Researches the trophic and spawning dynamics of native and non native fishes. Understanding how barriers affect the timing and success of movements, especially those related to spawning migrations. Interested in early life stages, especially the egg and larval stage of fish that bury eggs within sediment and therefore cannot move to seek better environmental conditions.
Research degrees awarded to supervised students
Kate Vogiatzis (PhD student, University of Plymouth) 2019 - Forest biomass following wildfire disturbance in Ghana
Rose Boardman (PhD student, Bournemouth University) 2020 - Phenology and ecology of the critically endangered European eel during their marine to freshwater transition
Vanessa de Santis (PhD Bournemouth University/ University of Insubria) 2017 - 2020 Ecological impacts of the invasive and cryptic Barbus barbus L. (Pisces: Cyprinidae)
Matthew Harris (MRes Bournemouth University) 2018 - 2020 The life cycle of the parasite Pomphorhynchus tereticollis in reference to 0+ cyprinids and the intermediate host Gammarus spp in the UK
Grants & contracts
NERC Environmental Solutions discipline hopping fellow working with external stakeholder Westcountry Rivers Trust
Sustainable Earth Institute grant - " Laying the foundations for an evidence base of healthy landscapes for sustaining life under water"
Creative practice & artistic projects
Designed a board game on fish migrations
Key publications are highlightedJournals
Reports & invited lectures
British Ecological Society Movement Ecology 2022: Understanding animal movement in human-altered landscapes