April 15, 2018

Meet the team

Paul Withers is a Professor of Catchment Biogeochemistry in the Lancaster Environment Centre at Lancaster University and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Bangor University with particular interests in sustainable phosphorus use, and how we can recycle and recover phosphorus in agricultural settings.


Donnacha Doody is a Principle Scientific Officer at the Agri-food and Biosciences Institute in Northern Ireland. Donnacha’s research focuses on the identification of the soil and land use management variables controlling nutrient loss from soil to water and the development of mitigation measures to decrease impacts on water quality.


Julia Martin-Ortega is a Professor in the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds. Julia’s research focuses on the relationships between society and water systems, and has a strong interdisciplinary and policy-relevance emphasis.


Dana Cordell is a Research Director at the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney. Dana is a global food and resource security expert, and has worked with stakeholders in several nations to identify how food systems can cope or transform in response to the emerging global phosphorus challenge.


Brent Jacobs is an Associate Professor and Research Director at the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney. Brent’s current research interests include resilience, vulnerability and adaptive capacity of communities in the development of catchment action plans.


Miller Alonso Camargo-Valero is a water@leeds Associate Professor of BioResource Systems. Miller’s interests primarily include water and sanitation in developing countries and resource recovery from low-grade waste streams.

Erin Sherry is a Senior Agricultural Economist within Agri-food and Biosciences Institute in Northern Ireland. Erin’s research focuses on integrating the economic system with physical and social systems to inform policy design and implementation strategies.

Shane Rothwell is a Senior Research Associate at the Lancaster Environment Centre at Lancaster University. Shane’s interest is in creating new knowledge that delivers sustainable and resilient farming systems with a particular focus on improving phosphorus use-efficiency in agriculture and utilising alternative sources of nutrients for crop nutrition.


Kirsty Forber is a Senior Research Associate at the Lancaster Environment Centre at Lancaster University. Kirsty’s interest is in understanding catchment properties that govern phosphorus movement in the environment and how such knowledge can aid the development of sustainable, resilient farming into an uncertain future.


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Bryan Spears is a freshwater ecologist at the UK Centre of Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh with an interest in biogeochemical processes and ecological resilience in lakes. Currently, his research is focussed on the control of legacy pollution in lake bed sediments using geo-engineering. This research is designed to develop our ability to manage freshwater resources more effectively.


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Ellie Mackay is a freshwater nutrient ecologist at the UK Centre of Ecology and Hydrology, Lancaster. Ellie’s research includes understanding the causes and consequences of environmental change in lakes, spatial and temporal dynamics of lake plankton communities and the responses of lake ecosystems to restoration.


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Linda May is a freshwater ecologist at the UK Centre of Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh whose research is focused on the causes and effects of water quality problems in lakes. This includes gathering the scientific evidence that is required to underpin the successful restoration of lakes and to support their sustainable management.

Shervin Shahvi began his studies in water science at the University of Tehran, Iran followed by a Masters and PhD in Sweden and Italy.  He worked as a post-doc in Teagasc, Republic of Ireland where he worked on the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme ‘WaterProtect’. Shervin joined the RePhoKUs project in April 2021 and is undertaking work packages on water quality issues from  a social science perspective using quantitative and qualitative analysis, and preparing interviews scripts and questionnaires for stakeholders.


Colleagues who have previously worked on the RePhoKUs project


Helen Jarvie is a Water and Global Environmental Change at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Helen’s research explores the role of nutrients (phosphorus and nitrogen) in river eutrophication, and how improved nutrient stewardship can help ensure the future resilience of our river water quality and water resource security.


Myles Patton is a Agricultural Economist within DAERA, Northern Ireland. Myles has undertaken analysis of agricultural commodity markets using sector-based models which has assessed the impact of various CAP reforms and UK agricultural & trade policy post-Brexit.


Christopher Lyon was a RePhoKUs Research Fellow at the University of Leeds. He is interested in the social dimensions of resilience and adaptation to future natural resource, technology, and environmental change. Chris now works at McGill University, Montreal.

Murat Okumah worked on the RePhoKUs project  as an interdisciplinary researcher, using behavioural and catchment science to explore whether/how psychosocial factors influence behaviour within the farm environment and how this interacts with biophysical factors to affect water quality. He is also interested in how policy responds to environmental impacts of agricultural land use. Murat now works as a senior analysist for UNOPS.