Research Profile

  • After graduating from Nottingham Trent University with a BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences in 2012, Atish went on to complete a MSc in Environmental Science in 2013 and a PhD in Aquatic Biology in 2018 at Loughborough University. Atish’s research examines how aquatic fauna respond to drying in rivers and the factors that affect their resistance and resilience to drying events. Atish joined the University of Northampton in 2017.

  • Atish is the Module Leader of ENV1126 Life on Earth, ENV2124 Fieldwork Module and ENV2140 Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystems.

    Atish also teaches on a range of modules in the Biological Sciences and Environmental Science programmes including ENV1002 Introduction to Ecology, ENV1016 Environmental Science Practical, ENV2018 Habitat and Ecology Management and ENV4101 Research Project/ Dissertation.

    He supervises undergraduate and postgraduate student research projects  in freshwater science.

  • Research interests include:

    • ecological responses to drying in rivers;
    • macroinvertebrate use of subsurface refuges in response to drying;
    • impact of fine sediment and water chemistry on aquatic ecology;
    • use of novel experimental lab and field techniques in river ecology;
    • climate change resilience / governance.
  • For publications, projects, datasets, research interests and activities, view Atish Vadher’s research profile on Pure, the University of Northampton’s Research Explorer.

    • Foster, I.D.L, Boardman, J., Evans, J.L., Copeland-Phillips, R., Vadher, A.N. et al. (2021) Anthropogenic sediment traps and network dislocation in a lowland UK river. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. 1–16.
    • Patel C., Vadher A.N. Mathers K.L., Dwyer C. & Wood P.J. (2021) Body size affects the vertical movement of benthic amphipods through subsurface sediments in response to drying. Hydrobiologia 848: 1015–1025.
    • Durrant L.J., Teller J. & Vadher A.N. (2020) Sustainable historic environments holistic reconstruction through technological enhancement & community-based resilience – Community Interaction Rulebook. SHELTER Project – European Union 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.
    • Vadher A.N., Millett J. Stubbington R. & Wood P.J. (2018) The duration of channel drying affects survival of Gammarus pulex (Amphipoda: Gammaridae) within subsurface sediments: an experimental flume study. Hydrobiologia 820: 165–173.
    • Vadher A.N., Millett J. & Wood P.J. (2018) Direct observations of the effect of fine sediment deposition on the vertical movement of Gammarus pulex (Amphipoda: Gammaridae) during substratum drying. Hydrobiologia 815: 73–82.
    • Vadher A.N., Millett J. Stubbington R. & Wood P.J. (2018) Drying duration and stream characteristics influence macroinvertebrate survivorship within the sediments of a temporary channel and exposed gravel bars of a connected perennial stream. Hydrobiologia 814: 121–132.
    • Vadher A.N. (2017) Factors limiting the vertical movement and use of subsurface sediments by lotic macroinvertebrates in response to dewatering and surface drying. Doctoral Thesis, Loughborough University.
    • Vadher A.N., Leigh C., Millett J., Stubbington R. & Wood P.J. (2017) Vertical movements through subsurface stream sediments by benthic macroinvertebrates during experimental drying are influenced by sediment characteristics and species traits. Freshwater Biology 62: 1730–1740.
    • Vadher A.N., Stubbington R. and Wood P.J. (2015) Fine sediment reduces vertical migrations of Gammarus Pulex (Crustacea: Amphipoda) in response to surface water loss. Hydrobiologia 753: 61–71.