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 agencies in the United Kingdom, researchers at Université Paul Sabatier, The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and a diverse group of Citizen Scientists, we are developing spatially explicit approaches to mapping and quantifying potential impacts on freshwater ecosystems across Europe and the globe. These works are funded by European Regional Development Fund, The Welsh Government – WEFOAgence Francaise pour la Biodiversité, and 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 knowledge and values of our aquatic ecosystems.

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 values of rivers in Western Wales. This work is in infancy, but we hope to share updates in 2019. Stay tuned for our poetry paper in late 2018.