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Dr Andrew Vowles BSc (hons), PhD

Research Fellow

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Dr Andrew Vowles is a Research Fellow in Ecohydraulics and Fisheries Management within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

His research interests relate to mitigating anthropogenic impacts on freshwater environments. Initially this was achieved while working with a river restoration consultancy and, more recently through PhD and Post-Doctoral research positions. Andrew’s experimental research is truly interdisciplinary, linking biology and ecology with principles of hydraulic engineering with the aim of advancing river management. One focus has been to better understanding how fish respond to their environment, which has important application e.g. to assessing and mitigating factors that may limit fish passage and screening performance and the environmental impact of hydropower development. Field based research, employing telemetry techniques, has enhanced our understanding of habitat selection of brown trout (Salmo trutta) relative to physical characteristics of rivers and water temperature. Andrew has worked on projects funded by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Environment Agency (England), Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust and the EU.

Andrew lectures at the Centre for Environmental Science (Faculty of Engineering and the Environment). His teaching is research lead, focusing on topics such as Freshwater Ecosystems, River and Fisheries Restoration, and Environmental Impact Assessment. Andrew is also module lead for Environmental Field Techniques and Applications, the first year undergraduate residential field course. The emphasis of this module is on the learning and application of key practical skills, facilitating the development of the next generation of environmental scientists so they can change the world for the better.

Protecting our river fish-University of Southampton

Research interests

My research interests focus around the mitigation and management of anthropogenic activities on the aquatic environment. Particular interests are physical habitat restoration and methods / approaches of facilitating fish passage at river infrastructure (such as hydropower dams).

PhD research

Experimental quantification of the response of fish to conditions associated with low-head hydropower and fish passage facilities
Supervisors: Dr Paul Kemp and Dr Gerald Müller. Funded by the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement #212423.

Research group

Water and Environmental Engineering Group

Affiliate research groups

Centre for Environmental Sciences, International Centre for Ecohydraulics Research

Research project(s)

Fish passage upstream over gauging structures

Distribution and activity patterns of brown trout in a chalk river

Improving fish passage at low-head river barriers

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Code Title  Role
ENVS1004 Environmental Science: Concepts and Communication Lecturer
ENVS1006 Environmental Science: Research and Applications Lecturer
ENVS1007 Environmental Field Techniques and Applications Coordinator
ENVS2003 Freshwater Ecosystems Lecturer
ENVS2006 Environmental Impact Assessment Lecturer
FEEG3003 Individual Project Lecturer
ENVS6003 Freshwater Ecosystems Lecturer
ENVS6009 Advanced Research Project Lecturer
ENVS6024 River and Fisheries Restoration Lecturer
Dr Andrew Vowles
Engineering, University of Southampton, Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus, Burgess Road, Southampton, SO16 7QF

Room Number: 178/5017/B1

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