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Cecilia Medupin - Small but mighty impact: aquatic macroinvertebrates & public engagement Author: Manchester Environmental Research Institute Added on Aug 10, 2020 Duration: 0:14:15 This was presented at an event series convened by Manchester Environmental Research Institute to showcase water related research and was part of the ‘Water Research at Manchester - Hydrological Change and Society's Response’ event on the 22nd July 2020. Macroinvertebrates are considered important organisms in the aquatic ecosystem. This is based on their roles as bioindicators, their sensitivity to environmental variables and, ability to inform aquatic health. They are also important organisms in the aquatic food chain. This study aims to investigate the impact of human activities on aquatic macroinvertebrate assemblage structure and composition using some examples in the Greater Manchester areas. By exploring existing management options, this study provides insight into strategies needed to sustainably manage, protect or restore these aquatic organisms for the future including the role of public engagement. Dr Cecilia Medupin is a Lecturer in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, School of Natural Sciences. 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. Cecilia Medupin is passionate about teaching of ecology and has engaged members of the public through her theme “What’s in your river?” to communicate to diverse groups of people, the fact that there is life below water including macroinvertebrates. Some of these people include 16-18-year-olds. Which she does through the British Ecological Society (BES) summer school; to younger children in science festivals and museums, and to older adults in the UK and abroad. Overall, Cecilia aims to communicate the fascination of freshwater ecology, promote inclusion and participation, through her teaching and research activities. She is a co-lead with the national community for Engaging Environments.  

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