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Mr Nicholas Wilding 

Postgraduate Research Student

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Nicholas Wilding is a Postgraduate Research Student at the University of Southampton, within Engineering and Physical Sciences, Water & Environmental Engineering Group.

Nicholas graduated from Loughborough University with a BSc (Hons) in Geography (2012-2015) and a Masters degree in Environmental Monitoring for Management (2015-2016).

In 2016 Nicholas began an Integrated PhD in Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (CDT-SIS). The aim of his research is to model the influence of flow and other environmental variables on the migration of Atlantic salmon in UK chalk streams.

The chalk streams on the south coast of England are famous for their native salmon populations. Many of these rivers play host to adult salmon migrating from the marine to freshwater environment in the summer to spawn, and subsequent runs of smolts from freshwater spawning grounds out to the sea in the spring months to feed.

The impact of climate change is at the forefront of current environmental legislation, where increased periods of drought and rising air temperatures are all sure to have some impact on environmental systems globally. This, coupled with human population growth and the consequential strain on water resources, means that it is imperative that the influence of variations to flow and other closely related environmental variables on historic salmon populations are studied.

Research interests

Mitigation and management of anthropogenic threats to freshwater ecosystems

Ecological monitoring and assessment

The interactions between aquatic organisms and the development of landforms (ecogeomorphology).

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Mr Nicholas Wilding
Engineering, University of Southampton, Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus, Burgess Road, Southampton, SO16 7QF

Room Number NNN: 178/Level 5

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