Dr Nicki Whitehouse publishes a new paper on the historical legacies of river systems
Dr Nicki Whitehouse has just published a new paper in Quaternary Science Reviews on the historical legacies of river systems, using a case study from the River Culm in Devon, England, and the persistence until the current day for a river system with high heterogeneity and biodiversity, due to the effects of previous channel history. The paper reveals why this river survived in a multichannel state, and by implication, why others did not. These results are being used in the bespoke eco-heritage management of the Culm, but could also inform the restoration of other former multi-channel lowland temperate river systems worldwide.
The work was funded by the NERC and was done when Dr Whitehouse was a postdoctoral researcher on the project; the work was led by Prof Tony Brown, the lead author of the article. Dr Whitehouse undertook the geomorphological mapping, aspects of geoarchaeology and fossil insect analysis.
First published: 26 April 2021