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Department of Zoology

 

Biography

I received a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Warwick in 2011. After taking a year out to work for the NHS, I then went on to complete my masters degree in Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate, also at the University of Warwick, in 2013. My masters thesis was concerned with assessing the carbon footprint and environmental impacts of the salmon aquaculture industry in Scotland.

Prior to my PhD, I worked for WSP as an environmental consultant. I produced and coordinated many different environmental assessments mainly for large infrastructure projects. I was the environment manager for the South East Section of Crossrail and subsequently worked on large Highways England projects and an international solid waste scheme in Moldova.

In October 2016 I undertook a BBSRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnership under the theme of food security supervised by Professor David Aldridge. My research aimed to quantify and understand the impact of invasive species on alternative equilibria in freshwater ecosystems and their effect on harmful algal blooms. With a particular focus on whether invasive species may present potential management solutions for maintaining a clear water state, or aiding ecosystem recovery.

I am currently working on a BBSRC innovation grant investigating a circular economy approach to using the waste shells from invasive mussel species to remove excess nutrients during wastewater treatment and in eutrophic waters. We hope to be able to further utilise these waste shells post water treatment, by trialling the release of these adsorbed nutrients into nutrient-deficient agricultural soils.

Research

I am currently working on a BBSRC innovation grant investigating a circular economy approach to using the waste shells from invasive mussel species to remove excess nutrients during wastewater treatment and in eutrophic waters. We hope to be able to further utilise these waste shells post water treatment, by trialling the release of these adsorbed nutrients into nutrient-deficient agricultural soils.

 

Publications

Key publications: 

Reynolds, S.A., Aldridge, D.C., (2021) Impacts of invasive quagga mussels (Dreissena rostriformis bugensis) on reservoir water quality, as revealed by progressive-change BACIPS analysis. Water Research. 197, 117105. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2021.117105 

Reynolds, S.A., Aldridge, D.C., (2021) Embracing the Allelopathic Potential of Invasive Aquatic Plants to Manipulate Freshwater Ecosystems. Front. Environ. Sci. 8, 1–10. https://doi.org/10.3389/fenvs.2020.551803

Reynolds, S.A., Davey, M.P. & Aldridge, D.C. (2019) Harnessing Synthetic Ecology for commercial algae production. Sci Rep 9, 9756. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-46135-6

 

Research Associate

Contact Details

CCI David Attenborough Building