Bio

Amy Burgess is a freshwater (palaeo)ecologist with almost 15 years experience in the aquatic bio-monitoring of UK lakes and reservoirs. She has specific expertise in diatom, plant macrofossil and aquatic macrophyte taxonomy. She regularly carries out lake macrophyte surveys; often analysing and interpreting these data to produce site condition assessments on the conservation status of protected lake habitats for various UK agencies. She also undertakes biological analyses of samples from both contemporary aquatic habitats and lake sediment cores to assess environmental change and afford evidence to guide lake management and restoration strategies. She has particular research interests in the effects of eutrophication on ecosystem structure and function.

Current Position

Freelance Consultant Ecologist (Ensis Ltd), Honorary Research Fellow (UCL)


Selected Publications

Sayer, C.D., Bennion, H., Davidson, T.A., Burgess, A., Clarke, G., Hoare, D., Frings, P., & Hatton-Ellis, T. (2012). The application of palaeolimnology to evidence-based lake management and conservation: examples from UK lakes. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 22, 165 180.

Sayer, C.D., Burgess, A., Kari, K., Davidson, T.A., Peglar, S., Yang, H., & Rose, N. (2010). Long-term dynamics of submerged macrophytes and algae in a small and shallow, eutrophic lake: implications for the stability of macrophyte-dominance. Freshwater Biology 55, 565 583.

Davidson, T., Sayer, C., Langdon, P., Burgess, A., & Jackson, M. (2010). Inferring past zooplanktivouous fish and macrophyte density in a shallow lake: application of a new regression tree model. Freshwater Biology 55, 584 599.

Bennion, H., Goldsmith, B., Burgess, A. & Skulmowska, S. (2010) Diatom analysis of Polish cores. Report to the Norwegian Institute for Water Research, Project Number O-28428. ECRC Research Report 143.

Goldsmith, B., Burgess, A., Bennion, H., Turner, S.D., Appleby, P.G. & Piliposian, G.T. (2010) Palaeoecological and surface sediment analysis of Welsh SSSI / SAC lakes incorporating chemical and bathymetric surveys. Report to CCW as part of: Lake Macrophyte & Habitat Surveys for the Water Framework Directive, 2007–10. Contract No: 20457. The Environment Agency. 58 pp.

Kelly, M., Bennion, H., Burgess, A., Ellis, J., Juggins, S., Guthrie, R., Jamieson, J., Adriaenssens, V., & Yallop, M. (2009). Uncertainty in ecological status assessments of lakes and rivers using diatoms. Hydrobiologia 633(1), 5 15.

Holman, I.P., Davidson, T., Burgess, A., Kelly, A., Eaton, J. & Hatton-Ellis, T.W. (2009). Understanding the effects of coming environmental change on Bosherston Lakes as a basis for a sustainable conservation management strategy. CCW Contract Science Report No.858. Countryside Council for Wales, Bangor. 131 pp.

Burgess, A., Goldsmith, B., Hatton-Ellis, T., Hughes, M., & Shilland, E. (2009). CCW Standing Waters SSSI Monitoring 2007-08. CCW Contract Science Report No. 855. Countryside Council for Wales, Bangor. 350 pp.

Bennion, H., Rawcliffe, R., Burgess, A., Davidson, T., Sayer, C. & Rose, N. (2009). Using novel palaeolimnological techniques to define lake conservation objectives. Natural England Commissioned Report NECR022, Natural England, Peterborough. 75 pp.

Davidson, T.A., Clarke, G.H., Rawcliffe, R., Salgado, J., Burgess, A., Turner, S., Yang, H., Rose, N. & Goldsmith, B.J. (2008). Palaeoecological assessment of freshwaters in SACs and ASSIs in Northern Ireland. Report to the Environment and Heritage Service.

Goldsmith, B., Davidson, T. A., Burgess, A., Hughes, M., Madgwick, G., Rawcliffe, R., Rippey, B. & Tyler, J. (2008). Site Condition Assessments of Standing Water Features in SACs and ASSIs: Northern Ireland. Final Report to the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.

Molversmyr, Å., Bunting, L., Burgess, A. & Bennion, H. (2008). The eutrophication of Lake Frøylandsvatn, South-Western Norway, as indicated by the sedimentary records. Verhandlungen des Internationalen Verein Limnologie 30(4), 560 564.

Kelly, M.G., Juggins, S., Bennion, H., Burgess, A., Yallop, M., Hirst, H., King, L., Jamieson, J., Guthrie, R., & Rippey, B. (2007). Use of diatoms for evaluating ecological status in UK freshwaters. Environment Agency Science Report no. SC030103, Environment Agency, Bristol. 171 pp.

Bennion, H. & Burgess, A. (2007). Palaeoecological study of Loch Ussie. Final report to Scottish Natural Heritage. ECRC Research Report no. 114.

Burgess, A., Goldsmith, B. & Hatton-Ellis, T. (2006). Site condition assessments of Welsh SAC and SSSI standing water features. Final report to the Countryside Council for Wales under contract no. FC-73-02-318. CCW Contract Science Report No. 705.