Dr. George Swann (University of Nottingham)
George is an Isotope geochemist and palaeoclimatologist, who works on both freshwater and marine sediments, to investigate past environmental change over the Quaternary and Pliocene. Research interests include diatom isotopes in lacustrine and marine records, along with investigating ocean meltwater influxes and the role of the biological pump in CO2 sequestration within marine regions.
Find out more: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/geography/people/george.swann
Dr. Suzanne McGowan (University of Nottingham)
Suzanne is an aquatic ecologist and palaeolimnologist, with specific expertise in analysis of chlorophyll and carotenoid pigments. Interests include cultural impacts on lakes, with recent work investigating: eutrophication and acidification in lakes of the Windermere catchment to inform management strategies, the impacts of atmospheric nitrogen deposition and terrestrial carbon flux on the ecology of lakes in West Greenland, and evidence for recent eutrophication in Lake Baikal using silicon isotopes.
Find out more: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/geography/people/suzanne.mcgowan
Dr. Anson W. Mackay (University College London)
Anson is a palaeoecologist who has worked on Lake Baikal for over 20 years, researching the anthropogenic and climate-driven impacts on the freshwater ecosystem. Anson works within the Environmental Change Research Centre at UCL, and has specific expertise in the analysis of diatom taxonomy and using stable isotopes to reconstruct environmental change. Research interests include Aral Sea in central Asia and the Okavango Delta in southern Africa.
Find out more: http://www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/~amackay/
Dr. Virginia Panizzo (University of Nottingham)
Ginnie is a stable isotope geochemist and palaeolimnologist. Her interest is in the application of diatoms (unicellualr algae), from lake sediment cores to reconstruct Holocene environmental change. In particular, looking at the effects that natural and anthropogenic perturbations have had upon lake productivity (e.g. from remote, high altitude lakes in Uganda to remote sites in North East China). More recently her work has focused on stable isotope geochemistry, in particular the silicon cycle (both in oceans and lakes). Silicon is essential for diatoms to form their frustules, so it is strongly linked to diatom productivity and, in turn, the carbon cycle (through diatom photosynthesis).
Sarah Roberts (University of Nottingham)
Sarah is a PhD candidate, interested in using algal biomarkers, diatom taxonomy and phytoplankton composition to investigate the impact of recent pollution and climate change on Lake Baikal. Sedimentary algal pigments will be used to investigate the response of other algal groups (non-siliceous algae) and obtain a fully holistic insight into the ecosystem.
Jennifer Adams (University College London)
Jennifer is a PhD candidate, interested in using biological proxies (e.g. diatoms) and heavy metal reconstructions to identify pollution and climate impacts on the Selenga River Delta, and reconstruct associated food web dynamics. The Selenga River contributes over 50% of the total annual inflow to Lake Baikal, making the sensitivity and resilience of the Selenga River Delta extremely important to the ecology of the lake.
Dr. Stephan Price (University of Southampton)
Stephan is a human geographer with interests in social and political influence, social networks, environmental policy and politics, and political participation and organisation. He is working with the other members of the team to understand the extent of their influence and develop ways to help them and other participants reflexively guide their work.
Find out more: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/socsci/about/staff/shp1g11.page