Contact

Name

Paul Gaffney

Position

Hydrochemist

E-Mail Address

Paul.Gaffney@uhi.ac.uk

Phone Number

+44 (0)1847 889592

Joined the ERI

October 1, 2012

Job Description

Field and laboratory water chemistry analysis
Reporting and Interpretation of hydrological and chemical data

Career

2017 – present       Hydrochemist  – Environmental Research Institute

2012 – 2017           PhD student, Environmental Research Institute, University of the Highlands and Islands

2011 – 2012            MSc student,  Applied Marine Science, Plymouth University

2010 – 2011            Graduate Researcher, Shetland Islands Council

Qualifications

2012 – 2017       PhD Environmental Science “The effects of bog restoration in formerly afforested peatlands on water quality and aquatic carbon fluxes”, Environmental Research Institute, University of the Highlands and Islands

 

2011 – 2012      MSc Applied Marine Science, Plymouth University

 

2006 – 2010     BSc (Hons) Environmental Chemistry , University of Glasgow

Profile

I am currently a Hydrochemist at the ERI, working mainly with water chemistry analysis for wind farm developments. I undertake laboratory analysis of samples for water quality parameters, along with interpretative reporting of these results in the context of assessing land management effects and water quality targets.

 

Prior to this I undertook a PhD research project entitled “The effects of bog restoration in formerly afforested peatlands on water quality and aquatic carbon fluxes”. This research investigated the effects of conifer harvesting and drain blocking on pore water, stream and river water chemistry, along with measuring fluxes of aquatic carbon. I undertook weekly field sampling, hydrological measurements and lab work using a range of analytical techniques and this project involved collaboration with a range of landowners, stakeholders, fellow researchers and students in the wider Flow Country research hub. This work was carried out on the RSPB Forsinard Flows NNR, around the Dyke Forest, where restoration began in autumn 2014.

 

I have a background in Environmental Chemistry, which I studied at the University of Glasgow. Here my dissertation project was also looking at water quality draining disturbed peatlands, due to windfarm construction. I have also worked for KIMO, a marine pollution campaign group and studied Marine Science at Plymouth University, thus my research interests are strongly focused on water chemistry.