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The Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences includes staff with interests in biological sciences, conservation, ecology, environmental sciences, environmental statistics, geography and waste management. We offer a range of degree programmes and have a number of postgraduate research students. For more information about studying with us please visit http://www.northampton.ac.uk/.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Students take the plunge! Ecology fieldwork in Northampton

Water quality is important to all our lives. Second year BSc Biology, BSc Environmental Science and BSc Wildlife Conservation students recently spent a day investigating the water quality of three sites along Dallington Brook, Northampton. Measuring water quality involves donning waders and using a net to collect samples of bottom-dwelling animals (snails, insects, crustaceans) by kick-sampling alongside taking measures of stream characteristics such as water depth, stream velocity, pH, temperature and conductivity. Back in the laboratory the animals are sorted, identified and classified according to their requirements for clean water. The biodiversity data help us to understand the ecosystem health of the river. The students will present their results in a special scientific poster session.

All ready to sample Dallington Brook

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