Current & recently completed projects


SPACES: Sustainable Plastic Attitudes to benefit Communities and their Environments [NERC-GCRF; £3.85 million; PI Richard Quilliam], January 2021 – January 2025

VITCaM: Virtual Inventory Toolbox for Catchment Management [STFC, £19k, PI David Oliver], January 2021 – March 2022

Microbial hitch-hikers of maine plastics: survival, persistence and ecology of microbial communities in the ‘Plastisphere’ [NERC £1.85m, PI Richard Quilliam], January 2019 – December 2022

MIDST-CZ: Maximising Impact by Decision Support Tools for sustainable soil and water through UK-China Critical Zone science [NERC, £1.1m, PI Paul Hallett, University of Aberdeen], January 2019 – March 2022

Recently completed

Hydroscape: connectivity x stressor interactions in freshwater habitats [NERC, £2.9m, PI Nigel Willby], December 2015 – November 2019

The transmissive critical zone: understanding the karst hydrology-biogeochemical interface for sustainable management [NERC-NSFC, £750k + 15m RMB, PI Susan Waldron, University of Glasgow], January 2016 – December 2018

Visualising Pathogen & Environmental Risk: transition to a user-ready toolkit (ViPER II) [NERC; £125k, PI David Oliver], May 2017 – October 2018,

Exploring agri-food-water policy transfer opportunities for improved human health protection under a changing climate [OECD; £6k, PI David Oliver], July – August 2018

Integration and evaluation of LoRa sensor technology for a flood early warning system [EPSRC via the SECURE network; £15k, PI Surajit Ray, University of Glasgow], September 2017 – December 2017

AquaFly – Insects as natural feed ingredients for sustainable salmon farming [Research Council of Norway; £1.06m, PI Bente Torstensen, NIFES, Norway], September 2014 – September 2017

Pathogen Risks in Agricultural Catchments: Towards International Collaboration And Learning in Modelling (PRACTICAL Modelling) [NERC, £46k, PI David Oliver], December 2014 – September 2015. Click here for project info

Visualising Pathogen & Environmental Risk (ViPER): an innovation platform to bridge science & decision-making in catchment microbial dynamics [NERC; £81k, PI David Oliver], October 2014 – March 2015.

Reshaping models to forecast faecal pathogen risk to humans [NERC; £100k, PI David Oliver], March 2012-September 2014.

ReBALAN:CE – Recycling Biomass to Agricultural LANd: Capitalising on Eutrophication [NERC; £76k, PI David Oliver], April 2013-October 2013.

Delivering Healthy Water: building the science-policy interface to protect bathing water quality [NERC; £125k, PI David Oliver], October 2011-June 2013.

Delivery of phosphorus & faecal indicator organisms from agricultural sources to watercourses – PEDAL2 [Defra; £582k (£39k Stirling), PI Louise Heathwaite], July 2008-December 2013

Landscape burden & storm delivery of E. coli from land to water in a headwater catchment [EA; £54k (£7k Stirling), PI Louise Heathwaite], November 2012-July 2013

Diffuse Pollution Management [Scottish Government; £31k, PI’s Andy Vinten & David Oliver], October 2011-March 2012.

Catchment modelling strategies for faecal indicator organisms [Defra; 70k (£31k Stirling), PI Dave Kay], Sept 2010-March 2011

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