Dr Rhian Thomas

  • Lecturer in Physical Geography and Freshwater Science (School of Geographical & Earth Sciences)

telephone: 01413302287
email: Rhian.Thomas@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

My current research focuses on improving and adding new knowledge of the habitat, ecology and behaviour of the Freshwater Pearl Mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera), a critically endangered bivalve (IUCN Red List), of which Scotland is home to approximately half of the global population. The species is in decline across its range so it is crucial we better understand how to improve conservation management of this globally endangered species. My research brings together both Government bodies, such as SNH and SEPA, and also industry, such as SSE.  We are specifically looking at how the mussel responds to changes in the flow regime, and the mussel's relationship with its host fish, which can be Atlantic salmon or brown trout here in Scotland. 

Another research interest are the associations between environmental drivers of change and disease risk in northern Tanzania.

My PhD was based on the development and evaluation of a cellular model to simulate braided river dynamics. The fieldwork for this research was carried out in the Harper-Avoca catchment in the South Island of New Zealand.

 

 

 


Grants

NERC-funded CASE PhD £86,776: Investigating the impact of changing hydrodynamics on the behaviour of the Freshwater Pearl Mussel

NERC-funded IAPETUS PhD: Salmonid host utilisation by the Freshwater Pearl Mussel 

BBSRC/DfID-funded (£3million+): SEEDZ (Social, Economic and Environmental Drivers of Zoonotic Disease in Tanzania), 10% FTE

SAGES+ PECRE £3K

LKAS, University of Glasgow funded PhD Scholarship

University of Glasgow Maternity Returners Scheme, £10K

SNH-funded contract £3.9K

SSE-funded contract £1.9K


Supervision

I am currently lead supervisor for 3 PhD students:

Chris Uzzell - Investigating the association between environmental change and disease risk in Tanzania. Lord Kelvin-Adam Smith PhD Scholarship (2014-1018). 

Ed Curley - Investigating the impact of changing hydrodynamics on the behaviour of the Freshwater Pearl Mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera). NERC CASE PhD, SSE CASE Partner, SNH and SEPA staff advisory board (2016-2020).

Sarah King - Salmonid host utilisation by the Freshwater Pear Mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera). NERC IAPETUS PhD, with SNH (2017-2021) 

 

Completed:

Rob Brackley - Impact of low-head turbines on fish passage

Khruewan Champangern


Teaching

My current roles are Head of Geography Degree Programmes, Geography Examinations Officer and Adviser of Studies. 

I teach on every year of the undergraduate geography degree, Level 1 World of Resources, Level 2 Fluvial Processes, Level 3 Geographical Techniques and Geographical Thought, and my Undergraduate Honours option, Environmental Hazards. I also teach on the postgraduate MSc Sustainable Water Management Masters degree, Ecology and Restoration of Water Systems module. 


Publications

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Jump to: 2018 | 2016 | 2007 | 2002
Number of items: 6.

2018

Clements, E.A., Thomas, R. and Adams, C.E. (2018) An investigation of salmonid host utilisation by the endangered freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera) in north-west Scotland. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 28(3), pp. 764-768. (doi:10.1002/aqc.2900)

Brackley, R., Lucas, M. C., Thomas, R., Adams, C. E. and Bean, C. W. (2018) Comparison of damage to live v. euthanized Atlantic salmon Salmo salar smolts from passage through an Archimedean screw turbine. Journal of Fish Biology, 92(5), pp. 1635-1644. (doi:10.1111/jfb.13596) (PMID:29537067)

2016

Brackley, R., Bean, C., Lucas, M., Thomas, R. and Adams, C. (2016) Assessment of Scale-Loss to Atlantic Salmon (Salmo Salar L.) Smolts from Passage Through an Archimedean Screw Turbine. In: 11th International Symposium on Ecohydraulics (ISE 2016), Melbourne, Australia, 07-12 Feb 2016, ISBN 9780734053398

Clements, E., Thomas, R. and Adams, C. (2016) Freshwater Pearl Mussel (Margaritifera Margaritifera) Host Choice and Behavioural Responses to Changes in Flow Regime. In: 11th International Symposium on Ecohydraulics (ISE 2016), Melbourne, Australia, 07-12 Feb 2016, ISBN 9780734053398

2007

Thomas, R. (2007) Cellular modelling as a tool for interpreting historic braided river eveolution. Geomorphology, 90(03-Apr), pp. 32-317.

2002

Thomas, R. (2002) Simulation of braided river flow using a new cellular routing scheme. Geomorphology, 43(03-Apr), pp. 179-195.

This list was generated on Fri Feb 22 03:17:25 2019 GMT.
Number of items: 6.

Articles

Clements, E.A., Thomas, R. and Adams, C.E. (2018) An investigation of salmonid host utilisation by the endangered freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera) in north-west Scotland. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 28(3), pp. 764-768. (doi:10.1002/aqc.2900)

Brackley, R., Lucas, M. C., Thomas, R., Adams, C. E. and Bean, C. W. (2018) Comparison of damage to live v. euthanized Atlantic salmon Salmo salar smolts from passage through an Archimedean screw turbine. Journal of Fish Biology, 92(5), pp. 1635-1644. (doi:10.1111/jfb.13596) (PMID:29537067)

Thomas, R. (2007) Cellular modelling as a tool for interpreting historic braided river eveolution. Geomorphology, 90(03-Apr), pp. 32-317.

Thomas, R. (2002) Simulation of braided river flow using a new cellular routing scheme. Geomorphology, 43(03-Apr), pp. 179-195.

Conference Proceedings

Brackley, R., Bean, C., Lucas, M., Thomas, R. and Adams, C. (2016) Assessment of Scale-Loss to Atlantic Salmon (Salmo Salar L.) Smolts from Passage Through an Archimedean Screw Turbine. In: 11th International Symposium on Ecohydraulics (ISE 2016), Melbourne, Australia, 07-12 Feb 2016, ISBN 9780734053398

Clements, E., Thomas, R. and Adams, C. (2016) Freshwater Pearl Mussel (Margaritifera Margaritifera) Host Choice and Behavioural Responses to Changes in Flow Regime. In: 11th International Symposium on Ecohydraulics (ISE 2016), Melbourne, Australia, 07-12 Feb 2016, ISBN 9780734053398

This list was generated on Fri Feb 22 03:17:25 2019 GMT.