The Project Director is Professor David Gowing. He is responsible for overseeing the project and managing the Project Co-Ordinators.
Professor David Gowing has studied floodplain meadows for 18 years. He has won numerous research contracts from organisations such as Defra, RSPB, English Nature, the Environment Agency, and the Natural Environment Research Council. He has published widely including seminal papers in the world’s leading scientific journals. He is regularly called upon to advise conservation organisations, statutory authorities and landowners within the UK and has numerous collaborations internationally (e.g. Netherlands and South Africa).
In the course of his work, Professor Gowing has collected data from most of the major remaining stands of floodplain meadow in England. He has access to a unique dataset of historical records relating to the botanical composition, hydrological regime and nutrient status of these meadows. Continued data collection at these sites combined with these historic records will permit ecological responses to the changing environment to be defined and for appropriate conservation management to be identified.
The Co-Ordinator role has been split into 2 part-time posts run on a job share basis.
The Floodplain Meadows (Research) Co-ordinator is Hilary Wallace. She is managing the survey programme, developing the database and analysing the data. This will include helping to produce models for management, and provision of technical advice.
Hilary Wallace is a botanist with significant experience on working with the Open University on species-rich floodplain meadows, as well as in her own consultancy as an ecologist with a botanical specialism. She is working in the team 2 days per week.
The Floodplain Meadows (Outreach) Co-ordinator is Emma Rothero. She is responsible for the day to day management of the project, liaising with project partners, organising training courses, seeking funds for further work, providing interpretation material and developing the partnership. Emma was previously employed by the Environment Agency as a Biodiversity Officer with experience in general wetland management and partnership and project development and is working on the project 3 days per week.