Senior Research Fellow secures funding for art/science collaboration

16 January 2015

Senior Research Fellow at CREAM, Dr Loraine Leeson, has been successful in raising nearly £25,000 from the Western Riverside Environmental Fund, which re-directs revenue from landfill tax for environmental purposes, for an exciting new art/science collaboration designed to support biodiversity in the River Thames.

Loraine is working with bio-physical chemist Dr Nithin Rai, who is constructing a floating reed bed alongside the Tamesis Dock barge opposite Tate Britain on the site of the original Lambeth Marshes. Lambeth Floating Marsh will promote the 'greening' of the shored up banks of the river, while providing a sheltered habitat and monitoring station for river organisms. It will also serve as a pilot for how biodiversity conservation may be expanded along the inner city reaches of urban rivers.

An artificial ‘rock pool’ in the form of a large petri dish located in the centre of the reed bed will offer a sustaining environment for organisms brought in with the tide, and act a static observatory. Visitors will be able to connect to the project web site via their phones to observe activity and learn about the issues affecting biodiversity conservation.

The project is currently under development and benefiting from the use of microscopes at the University’s Faculty of Science and Technology. Later in the year watch out for images of the organisms projected along the northern embankment.

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