The River Laboratory experimental stream channel mesocosms

Name
The River Laboratory experimental stream channel mesocosms
Legal name of organisation
Queen Mary University of London
Country
United Kingdom
Continent
Europe
Organisation address

QMUL

Mile End Road

London E1 4NS

United Kingdom

Primary contact information (PI)

Dr John Iwan Jones

 

j.i.jones@qmul.ac.uk

Years of Mesocosm Experiments
1998 - present
Description of Facility

12 flow-through gravel bed stream channels, each 12m long arranged in 4 blocks. Draws water from a chalk stream site of special scientific interest, colonized by natural communities.  

Controlled Parameters
  • Flow
  • Suspended sediment
  • Bed composition
  • Pesticides
  • [Dependent on experimental objectives, e.g. flow and colmation]
Research Topics
  • Drought (e.g. Ledger et al. 2013 Nature Climate Change 3: 223-227: Lu et al. 2016. Nature Climate Change 6: 875)
  • Low flows (e.g. Jones et al. 2015. Freshw. Biol. 60: 813-826)
  • Fine sediment (e.g. Growns et al. 2017. Marine and Freshwater Research 68: 496-505)
  • Pesticides
Facility location(s)
Primary interests
  • Impacts on invertebrate
  • algal and plant communities
Specialist areas
  • Food web structure
  • hyporheic invertebrates
  • hyporheic chemistry
  • traits
Equipment

All sampling and set up equipment available

Lodging

available on site

Photos of experiments/installations
Foto credit: Iwan Jones
Foto credit: Iwan Jones
Foto credit: Iwan Jones