Research Themes

Theme 1: Aquatic ecosystems in a modified world

Under this theme, we have shown that small structures, such as culverts (like in the photo above), are ubiquitous in landscapes of North America (see Januchowski-Hartley et al. 2013). We also developed a method to predict road culvert passability for native fishes with different swimming speeds, showing that commonly available data on topography and drainage area are good predictors of passability. 

CURRENT RESEARCH: Through several collaborations with the Environment Agency England, researchers at The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and Bristol University, as well as volunteers from Netherlands and Canada, FIRE Lab team members James White, Sayali Pawar, and myself are developing spatially explicit approaches to mapping built infrastructure such as dams, weirs, and roads in relation to freshwater ecosystems across the UK and the globe. These works are funded by European Regional Development Fund, The Welsh Government – WEFOand NASA.

Theme 2: Knowledge, values, and learning in conservation

My colleagues and I have demonstrated that understanding and accounting for stakeholders’ perceptions can help meet many environmental management and conservation goals as well as deliver public and private benefits (see Januchowski-Hartley et al. 2012). I am interested in exploring how the integration of sciences and arts can enhance dialogue, sharing, and learning about aquatic ecosystems (see Januchowski-Hartley et al. 2018). 

CURRENT RESEARCH: Through collaborations formed during the International Marine Conservation Congress and Project Conservation Haiku, we are exploring the role and potential future of poetry in environmental science communication and education. This further inspired our currently funded research to explore people’s knowledge and relationships with the Tawe River in Wales. Our work on the Tawe depends on diverse relationships and collaborations. Myself and artist Rose Davies have lead several science-art interventions along the river in 2019, and are working to develop a seasonal program of interventions to engage different communities along the Tawe in 2020. This work is funded by European Regional Development Fund and The Welsh Government – WEFO.

Under this theme, I also work with Simon Foale, Jenny Gabriel, Mike Wood, and communities across Pomio District, Papua New Guinea to better understand and share knowledge of freshwater ecosystems, as well as community relationships with rivers and fishes, particularly. This work is funded by United Nations Development Programme