Dr. Debbie Snook

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Chartered Biologist and Chartered Environmentalist with 20 years experience as an ecologist within research, regional planning, government and voluntary bodies, in temperate, alpine and tropical habitats.
Full Name
Dr. Deborah Louise Snook
Year of Birth
1966
Nationality
British
Profession
Freshwater Ecologist
Range of Experience
Dr. Snook is a Chartered Biologist and Chartered Environmentalist with 20 years experience as an ecologist within research, regional planning, government and voluntary bodies, in temperate, alpine and tropical habitats. Experience has focused on the hydro-ecology of freshwater environments, investigating and resolving water quality problems, habitat restoration and amelioration, and ecosystem community dynamics.
Career Summary
  • 2004-date Consultant freshwater ecologist (ASEDA)
  • 2004-date Associate, Aquatonics Ltd
  • 2002-2003 Nicholas Pearson Associates
  • 2000-2002 Aquatic Environments Research Centre
  • 1996-2000 The University of Birmingham
  • 1990-1993 National Rivers Authority, Wessex Region
  • 1990 South Glamorgan County Council
  • 1988-1989 University of East Anglia
  • 1987-1988 British Trust for Conservation Volunteers
  • 1987 UEA Expedition to Belize
Education
  • 1984-1987 B.Sc in Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia
  • 1996-2000 PhD Macroinvertebrate communities in alpine glacier-fed streams: The Taillon catchment in the French Pyrénées., University of Birmingham
Professional Affiliation
  • Member of the Institute of Biology
  • Member of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management
  • British Ecological Society
  • Freshwater Biological Association
Recent Work
  • Consultant freshwater ecologist. Specialist freshwater ecological surveys throughout southern UK. River and pond creation, enhancement and restoration.
  • A review of the water quality of the River Lee catchment [London’s Waterway Partnership funded project]. A graphical and statistical presentation of a comprehensive long-term data set.
  • Study of the macrophyte – epiphyte dynamics in the River Kennet (EA funded research project).
  • EU funded research project Arctic and Alpine Stream Ecosystem Research. Alpine zoobenthic community ecology; taxonomic zonation; the role of stream hydraulics, geomorphology and water quality in determining zoobenthic communities; patch-scale habitat utilisation; adaptive life history strategies to habitat templates; resistance and resilience of taxa to physical disturbance; population dynamics of chironomid taxa.
  • Biologist with the National Rivers Authority responsible for the assessment of biological water quality as defined by macroinvertebrate, riparian and in-channel macrophyte communities.
  • Research in use of biomanipulation in restoring water quality in Hickling Broad NNR. The trophic relationships in this eutrophic brackish lentic waterbody.
  • Research in the role of water quality in the early decay of thatching reed in reedbeds in the Norfolk Broads.
  • Expedition biologist studying the fire ecology of the Caribbean Pine in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve.
Country Experience
United Kingdom, France, Belize.
Languages
English
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