My interest is in understanding and managing water quality and ecology of urban watercourses. Through the use of benthic macroinvertebrates, I investigate the interactions between these organisms and how they respond to changes in the aquatic environment.
Cecilia Medupin MIEMA, FHEA is a Lecturer in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, School of Natural Sciences and the Coordinator of the Student Ambassador Programme. She completed a BSc degree in Biochemistry at Bayero University, Nigeria and then worked for a Nigerian soft drinks company as a Process Control Officer. Following her Masters degree in Pollution and Environmental Control at the University of Manchester, Cecilia worked as an Environmental Auditor for a UK rubber recycling company, Environment Officer with the UK Environment Agency and Environmental Compliance Adviser with Sellafield Limited (Formerly BNFL), Cumbria. Upon returning to Nigeria she worked at the National Open University as a Lecturer/Course Coordinator. During this time, Cecilia also studied for a PhD at Manchester in the lab of Drs. Keith White and James Rothwell examining the impact of point source pollution on an urban river. During her PhD programme, Cecilia was nominated for the Volunteer of the Year award in 2015 and, ‘VoluntHero’ in 2016 by the University for her role in public engagement involving citizen science activities related to aquatic ecology.
Cecilia is passionate about citizen science as a way of engaging with school students, women and minority communities. She is passionate about the involvement of research in knowledge-exchange and public engagement. She has contributed to Blastfest science project, manchester science festival, member of the equality and diversity working group and in partnership with organisations such as the British Ecological Society, CIWEM and she is the Convener of Women in Environmental Sciences. She is also a co-lead with the national community for Engaging Environments https://nerc.ukri.org/press/releases/2019/14-engaging-environments/