Doctoral culture

Over the years we have built a widely international doctoral community, with students from Spain, Germany, Switzerland, France, Netherlands, Romania, Ethiopia, Pakistan and UK. Our doctoral students are fully integrated into the research culture of the unit, being treated as full researchers with full participation in all research activity.

You can find out more about the research degrees we offer at Roehampton, how to apply and how we can support you during the application process here.

Ignacio Peralta-Maraver

My PhD at Roehampton (supervised by Robertson and Reiss; awarded 2018) focussed on the Links between hydrology, community ecology and ecosystem services in the hyporheic zone of streams and rivers. My research enhanced our understanding of the structure of hyporheic zone communities, the mechanistic understanding of the processes and services that occur in the hyporheic zone, and their relative importance for the whole ecosystem functioning compared with those that take place in the benthic zone. I also focused on how emerging organic contaminants (e.g. ibuprofen) and leaf litter are processed in the stream bed. Since completing my PhD I have been a post-doctoral fellow at Roehampton studying the link between species richness, abundance, trophic relationship, metabolic activity and secondary production of the protozoan and invertebrate communities of riverine streambeds. I will shortly take up a Ramon y Cajal Post-doctoral fellowship in Spain.

Zerihun Kebewe

My PhD research at Roehampton (supervised by Robertson) is focussed on the Ethiopian highlands, where I am studying the biodiversity of endemic coffee forests under contrasting management regimes.  I am also interviewing forest users and managers to develop an ethnographic understanding of their relationship with the forests.  The aim is to explore the extent to which local people's attitudes affect forest biodiversity, providing evidence that will underpin conservation planning.

Marie-Claire Danner

In my PhD (supervised by Reiss and Robertson), I examined the effects of antibiotics and temperature on bacteria resistance and how this impacts food-webs and ecosystem processes. I found that antibiotics did not have any negative impact on higher level organisation or ecosystem process, but that when coupled with temperature, (i) antibiotics had more impact on bacteria and algae in a simple food-web, and (ii) leaf litter degradation was higher at higher temperature. Moreover, I showed that environmental bacteria can be an important reservoir for antibiotic resistance genes which is a worrying result as bacteria can acquire resistance via horizontal gene transfer. I am currently working as a Science & Communication Officer for the Fondation pour la Recherche sur la Biodiversité ¦ Montpellier, France.

You can find out more about our students' research here.