Worcester Lecturer Scoops Top Award for Postgraduate Research

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A Physical Geography lecturer at the University of Worcester has been awarded the highly regarded Dick Chorley Medal by the British Society of Geomorphology (BSG) for her research into river restoration.

Each year the Society awards the medal to recognise ‘the most significant original contribution to geomorphology by a current or recently graduated post-graduate student.’ This year it has been awarded to Dr Tory Milner, from the University of Worcester’s Institute of Science and the Environment.

Dr Milner said: “I am deeply honoured and very happy to be awarded the Dick Chorley Medal for my paper entitled ‘Characterisation of hydraulic habitat and retention across different channel types: introducing a new field-based technique.’ It’s fantastic to be at a university which supports early career researchers.”

Professor John Newbury, Head of the Institute of Science and Environment, said: “I was delighted to hear that Dr Tory Milner had received this prestigious accolade. This reflects the growth of the research base of the University of Worcester. The River Science Group, to which Tory belongs, is one of the most active areas within the team of geographers at the University.”

Dr Milner used the findings from her research to create a new method for assessing the differences in the variety of habitat pre and post river restoration activities.

“River habitats, such as aquatic plants, along with insects and fish are a strong indication of good water quality,” she said. “It is important to have the tools to characterise the variety and volumes of habitat so that other academic research institutions, fellow river scientists and environmental consultancies can successfully measure and improve the richness of species in rivers.”

Dr Milner joined the Institute of Science and the Environment in 2011 and will receive her medal at the BSG Conference in September where she will also give a lecture on her research.