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Elaine Halliday – University of Reading

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Elaine Halliday

Evaluating the impact of woodland management and drinking water abstraction on groundwater fed wetlands.

Groundwater fed wetlands (fens) are a rare and important habitat rich in biodiversity and ecosystem services. This project will use hydrogeological modelling of Greywell fen, in North Hampshire, to understand the effects groundwater abstraction and tree clearance are having on the ecological health of the site. The aims are to determine a sustainable amount of groundwater abstraction and correct management methods to prevent degradation and loss of critical fen species. It is funded by the SCENARIO NERC DTP, South East Water and the British Geological Survey.


About Me:

I have a First Class Integrated Master's in Chemistry (with a year in industry) from the University of York and an MSc in Environmental Science and Management (with Distinction) from York as well. My MSc research project investigated pharmaceutical contamination introduced by the use of treated wastewater as irrigation. Through a series of source-pathway-receptor routes, human and environmental exposure and risk was modelled and quantified for current Israeli irrigation practices and possible future UK practices. This involved collaboration with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I presented my findings at a conference in Israel the following year.

Research Interests:

  • Peatlands.
  • Hydrological modelling.
  • Groundwater.
  • Water security.
  • Sustainable management.

Research Groups:

Environmental Science Research Division 

Water @ Reading 



Twitter: @Elaine_EnvSci

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Professor Joanna Clark (University of Reading)

Professor Anne Verhoef (University of Reading)

Debbie Wilkinson (South East Water)

David Macdonald (British Geological Survey)

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